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2019 Vancouver Wine & Jazz fest canceled

Vancouver’s signature Wine and Jazz Festival will not take place this summer. It’ll be back and better in 2020, after a pause this year, according to its organizers.

Founder and artistic director Michael Kissinger announced on the festival website that significant health issues have “hampered our ability to produce this world-class event. Given these considerations, our team has unanimously decided to postpone the 2019 Festival.

“Michael’s health issues are now 100 percent resolved and he is able to move forward as a professional musician and concert producer,” the statement says. The pause is giving organizers time to rethink, restructure and rebrand for 2020 “to include new musical concepts, venues, themes, ideas, sponsors, and partnerships.” Dates for 2020 have already been set as Aug. 20-23.

Kissinger, a clarinetist and concert promoter, told the Columbian in previous interviews that he launched the festival after playing at the famous Spoleto music and arts festival, which is held in a little Italian town. If they could do it, he figured, we could do it.

“It’s a beautiful cultural festival for all of Europe. I remember thinking, ‘It would be so cool to create something like this at home.’ The seed was planted,” he said.

The Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival has hosted hundreds of artists and many thousands of fans since it launched in 1998.

This story will be updated. 


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