YOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

YOUR ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR THE PERFECT DAY AT THE 2024 WHITE ROCK JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY RE/MAX COLONIAL PACIFIC.

For the full schedule and artist lineup, visit http://whiterockjazzfest.com

Live outdoor music is one of the best things about the summertime, which is why are so excited for the 2024 White Rock Jazz & Blue Festival, presented by RE/MAX Colonial Pacific, which will be taking place from May 24th to May 26th

With over fifteen FREE performances across four different stages in the Uptown and Five Corners neighbourhoods of White Rock, it is a perfect opportunity to explore White Rock’s many amazing businesses.

In this guide, we will highlight the best restaurants, coffee shops, craft breweries and places to shop while also enjoying the incredible musicians and performances that are a part of the Jazz & Blues Festival. 

Miramar Plaza (15181 Thrift Ave)

Miramar Plaza is a beautiful open plaza in the heart of the Uptown neighbourhood, surrounded by several of White Rock’s finest businesses, including:

  • 3 Dogs Brewing, one of White Rock’s fantastic breweries. Since 3 Dogs is located right on the Plaza, you can even enjoy the music from their outdoor patio. View their menu at www.3dogsbrewing.ca
  • Banh Mi Tres Bon is a local favourite, serving up elevated Vietnamese cuisine. You can either pop by the day of the festival or make a reservation (it’s a great spot to grab dinner after a day at the festival!) at www.banhmitresbon.ca

On May 25th the schedule of events for the Jazz & Blues Festival at Miramar Plaza are:

11:00 am Razmajazz Parade

12:15 pm Razzmajazz Ensemble

1:30 pm- Katrina Kadoski

2:45 pm- Hint of Lime

Five Corners (Pacific Ave and Johnston Rd)

The Five Corners neighbourhood offers its own set of delights. Located at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Johnston Road, Five Corners offers a large selection of White Rock’s best restaurants and cafes, such as:

  •  Mr. Chu’s Coffee and Tea: For an afternoon snack, Mr. Chu’s offers a wonderful selection of bubble tea and iced drinks, such as their famous Strawberry Slush. To see all about Mr. Chu’s, visit their Instagram page: www.instagram.com/mrchutea
  • Taka’s Sushi: Located right across the street from the Five Corners stage, Taka’s is the perfect place to pick up some delicious sushi to enjoy while you watch the performances.  You can also order online at their website http://www.taka.ca
  • Five Corner’s Café: If breakfast fare is more your style, visit the aptly-names Five Corners Café! You can keep up with these folks via Facebook at www.facebook.com/fivecornerscafe/

The schedule of events for May 25th at Five Corners is: 

11:45 AM            Katrina Kadoski

1:00 PM               Ruby Lane Organ Trio

2:00 PM               Brandon Isaak

Outside of Laura’s Coffee Corner (15259 Pacific Ave)

Our third stage location is right outside of Laura’s Coffee Corner, located at the corner of Pacific Ave and Fir Ave. 

  • Laura’s Coffee Corner: Of course, there is no better place to get a snack in this area that at Laura’s itself! Try out one of their delectable pastries or enjoy an iced coffee on the patio while you take in performances. Visit their website here to see the full menu at www.laurascoffee.com
  • (P.S. Laura’s currently has a job opening available! If you or someone you know is interested, check out the listing on the White Rock BIA Job Board: www.whiterockbia.com/jobpostings/)
  • Emilio Finatti Pizzeria: Pizza is never a bad idea, so the Emilio Finatti Pizzeria, located just a few steps down the block, is another great option for lunch. While you’re at Emilio’s be sure to pick up a pack of their amazing cupcakes to enjoy for dessert. You can see all their specials at www.emiliofinatti.com
  • Fashion on the Edge: May is the perfect time to update your wardrobe for the summer season, so pay a visit to Fashion on the Edge and browse their unique and popular selection. Learn more at www.fashionontheedge.com

At the stage outside of Laura’s Coffee Shop, the performances will be:

12:00 PM            Teapot in the Tuba

1:30 PM               Herbaceous Notes

2:45 PM               Lonnie Glass

Saltaire Amphitheatre (15231 Thrift Ave)

Located at the corner of Thrift Ave and Johnston Road, the Saltaire Amphitheatre will host performances on BOTH Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th. The Sunday programming will be the Casse-Tete festival- more on that later! 

  • Bean Around the World: The Saltaire Amphitheatre is located directly beside Bean Around the World Coffee, so you can grab a coffee to enjoy as you listen! If you want to take a quiz on what is the best coffee for you, visit www.batwcoffee.com/pages/quiz
  • Hillcrest Bakery and Deli: To go with your latte, be sure to pick up a treat from Hillcrest Bakery (they have the best doughnuts) which is right beside the performance area. Check it out at www.hillcrestbakeryanddeli.com
  • The Handpicked Home: No day at a festival is complete without a little browsing. There is sure to be something for everyone amongst the high-curated goods at The Handpicked Home. Browse in advance at www.thehandpickedhome.com

Here is the lineup for the Saltaire Amphitheatre stage on Saturday, May 25th:

11:30 AM            Mark Glanville

12:45 PM            The Heel of the Loaf

2:00 PM               Big Shoulders

3:00 PM               Jenny Banai

The Casse-Tete Festival

The Casse-Tete festival was founded in 2013 in Prince George, BC, where it ran for five years. When the artist director Jeremy Steward moved to Vancouver, the festival came with him and resumes in 2023 here on the Semiahmoo Peninsula. “Casse-Tête” is the French word for a puzzle, but it can also refer to a headache or a deafening noise.

To learn more about this unique and exciting festival, visit their website at www.cassetetefestival.com

  • Ground & Greens: While you enjoy the unique and entertaining performances of the Casse-Tete festival, pick up some lunch from Grounds & Greens, and try out their amazing reusable take-out container system. Their (ALL VEGAN!) menu can be viewed at www.groundsandgreenscafe.com
  • PG’s Jamaican Restaurant: PG’s offers another great option and is located right across the intersection from the amphitheatre.  They’ve been serving up great dished in White Rock since 1992! Check it out at www.pgsjamaicanrestaurants.com

Headliner Shows

We are delighted to hold the evening headliner shows of the festival at Blue Frog Studios. On Friday May 24th, the David Gogo band will be playing, and on Saturday the 25th, Jim Byrnes will be playing two seating’s- the first one is already nearly sold out! 

For tickets to THE DAVID GOGO BAND, visit: https://www.bluefrogstudios.ca/store/p155/DavidGogoBand.html

For tickets to see JIM BYRNES, visit: https://www.bluefrogstudios.ca/store/p156/JimByrnesBand.html

These evening shows are the perfect opportunity to try out a new White Rock restaurant for dinner. Name Sushi, located on Roper Ave, offers a wonderful selection of beautifully presented options, and is just steps away from Blue Frog Studios.

We can’t wait to see all the wonderful performers and enjoy a fun day here in our lovely and vibrant community. Visit the Jazz & Blues page on our website to view more information about the performers, or to book tickets to the shows at Blue Frog Studios. One of the Jim Byrnes showings is already SOLD OUT, so there is no time to waste. 

See you at the festival! 

The 2024 White Rock Jazz & Blues Festival is presented by RE/MAX Colonial Pacific, supported by the Province of British Columbia, an produced by the White Rock BIA, with WAVE 98.3 as media sponsor.

ABOUT THE WHITE ROCK BIA

  The White Rock BIA (Business Improvement Association) advocates for economic development in our beautiful City by the Sea. We support local businesses through marketing and promotional activities, coordinating local events (Concerts by the Pier, White Rock Jazz & Blues Festival, White Rock Craft Beer Festival and many more!), beautification projects, communicating community changes, and by advocating on behalf of businesses.

If you are interested in more news related to White Rock Businesses you can  join our monthly public newsletter, where we share the most relevant and up-to-date information about White Rock businesses and events- www.whiterockbia.com/newsletter

If you have a new business in White Rock, please get in touch so we can support you! You can reach us at (604) 536-4958 or via email at info@whiterockbia.com . 

The White Rock BIA gratefully acknowledges that we reside, work, and represent businesses located on the unceded traditional territories of the Semiahmoo First Nation People, who have lived here since time immemorial.