Every year, JazzYYC assembles a fantastic concert series called Illumin8. And while some people might think of Calgary as a country music town (it’s not really), thanks to the work of the great people at JazzYYC, artists from around the world are getting to know Calgary as a great place to play in front of an enthused audience! The Illumin8 series is for long time fans of the genre, but also aims to promote jazz appreciation and development in Calgary, making it perfect for new fans (like me.) JazzYYC represents, supports and promotes jazz in Calgary year around.

This year’s Illumin8, features eight shows with a variety of artists from around the world, including two time Juno Award Winners Metalwood, who’ll be performing at the new Decidedly Jazz Danceworks studio on Friday, September 16th. Visit their website to get your tickets.

The rest of the series’ seven concerts will be announced at a special season launch next week!

To celebrate the new season, we’ve put together quite a remarkable contest.
One lucky winner will win a pair of tickets for each of the eight concerts in the Illumin8 Series for 2016/2017, and 8 CDS from various artists in the series – Total value of $600.00

To enter, leave us a comment about what jazz music means to you. Or if you’re a new fan to jazz, why you’re excited for this fantastic series.

Winner will be chosen and contacted on Wednesday, September 14th.

Mike Morrison


  1. My 17 year old trumpet player has recently gotten into jazz music, after years of saying he didn’t like jazz. Now it’s what he asked for for Christmas and birthday. Would love to go see live jazz music with him.

  2. To me, jazz is all about:
    Sensitivity (almost put sensation to keep with the “shuns”)
    Being fearless
    Listening louder than you play or sing
    Continual learning
    Joyfulness, and so much more.

  3. I love jazz because it expresses all of life. You can be sad and jazz can lift you up. You can be happy and it expresses joy. You feel all the human emotions when you listen to it. It continually inspires and surprises.

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