Live Music



Vancouver International Guitar Festival All-Star Guitar Pull
AUGUST 10, 2018, 7:00 PM
Sarah McLACHlan school of Music
138 East 7th Avenue

Tickets $39.50 (plus service & tax), General Admission

A guitar-pull is a southern tradition where a small group of musicians take turns playing songs on a guitar.  The “pull” part comes from the assumption that there is only one guitar among the group, so a musician may have to “pull” it away from another in order to get a turn. Fortunately, VIGF has no shortage of guitars! We also have no shortage of outstanding musicians appearing over the weekend. This is your only chance to see them perform on the same stage. Join us for an unforgettable evening of guitar masters from Canada, United States, Europe and Australia. Featuring: Don Alder, Itamar Erez, Mark Lemaire, David Martone, Adam Miller, François Pelletier, Paul Pigat, Terry Robb

Harry Manx
August 11, 2018, 7:30 PM
Sarah McLACHlan school of Music
138 East 7th Avenue

Tickets $39.50 (plus service & tax), General Admission


Canada’s most versatile and expressive blues player, Billboard Magazine

Harry Manx has spent years fusing eastern musical traditions with the blues, switching effortlessly between conventional guitars, harmonica, and banjo and the decidedly different Mohan veena, a 20-stringed instrument invented by Manx’ Indian mentor Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Manx is often referred to as the “Mysticssippi” Blues Man, because of his expertise in melding both East and West music together and therefore, “creating musical short stories that wed the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas”.

Over the last 10 years, Harry Manx released 11 Albums and has garnered a room full of awards including, “seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, the Canadian Folk Award in for Best Solo Artist and won CBC Radio’s “Great Canadian Blues Award″. His most recent accomplishment was receiving yet another Juno Nomination for “Blues Album of the Year”, for his release, “Bread and Buddha”.



Van Django and Friends
with guest appearance by Vancouver Gypsy Jazz Legend and Master Luthier Michael Dunn

AUGUST 12, 2018, 7:30 PM
Sarah McLACHlan school of Music
138 East 7th Avenue

Tickets $39.50 (plus service & tax), General Admission



Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble made up of four of Canada's most talented and eclectic musicians; violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels.

Van Django's music is well-rooted in the gypsy jazz of 1930's Paris France, but beyond that it's all pure blue-skying; flights of dazzling fancy, driving rhythms and boundless creativity, featuring original compositions and arrangements including humorous mash-ups wearing their eclectic influences in full regalia.

"In an increasingly crowded niche, Van Django is a standout act. With a clever mix of contemporary standards, classical ditties, rock homages and solid originals they effortlessly whip the audience into a joyful frenzy. Attending a Van Django concert is the most fun you can have sitting down with your clothes on."

Here's what other folks are saying about the group:

“Van Django tosses off jaw-dropping technical licks with effortless ease, but above all, they entertain hugely, with every bar of every tune — tried and true or keenly original.”