About Us

The Vancity Hot Jazz Society (VHJS) is a registered not-for-profit organization based in Vancouver, incorporated under the BC Societies Act since 2016. Our focus is to assist in creating events that foster live traditional hot jazz music in dance friendly spaces in Vancouver. All the events are organized and run by our dedicated volunteers and board of directors.

From our constitution, the purposes of Vancity Hot Jazz Society mission are:
1. To encourage and promote live traditional hot jazz music in dance friendly spaces in Vancouver BC.
2. To collaborate with other organizations and individuals to achieve the purposes set out above.

VHJS currently organizes the weekly HOT JAZZ JAM, the annual Hot Jazz FEST, and Hot Jazz SummerStage with fantastic live hot jazz music, awesome jam sessions, and super fun dancing.


HOT JAZZ JAM Tuesdays!

HOT JAZZ JAM Tuesdays, weekly live concert, dance & jam sessions, hosted by rotating jazz ensembles playing 1920s early swing era traditional jazz in the spirit of New Orleans “hot jazz” for dancers & jazz lovers alike. The later set jam sessions are open to musical guests and moderated by the band-lead of the night.

Your participation directly supports performing musicians and provides a dynamic environment to hone their craft by playing with other musicians and dancers. Our events are created for musicians, dancers, and hot jazz lovers. Please spread the word and join us for an evening of live music, jamming, dancing, and fun!

Please check  HOT JAZZ JAM FB page for the most up-to-date band info & happenings.

VHJ SummerStage

Vancity Hot Jazz SummerStage
Celebrating summer and live hot jazz in Vancouver, VHJ SummerStage is organized by Vancity Hot Jazz Society in partnership with local talents and organizations to further encourage and promote a series live concerts with dancing in the summer in Vancouver.


VHJ SummerStage:  BLACKSTICK feat. Lloyd Arntzen
Celebrating Vancouver traditional jazz with Lloyd Arntzen and his premier band BLACKSTICK at Vancity Hot Jazz SummerStage on Saturday, June 22, 2019. BLACKSTICK will be bringing a fantastic New Orleans jazz party for dancers and hot jazz lovers alike at the Peretz Centre.

**TICKETS**: click on the [Get Tickets] at https://www.facebook.com/events/559940194493897/

Vancity Hot Jazz SummerStage: BLACKSTICK feat. Lloyd Arntzen
DATE: SAT, JUNE 22, 2019.
TIME: Doors at 7:30; Show at 8 PM
VENUE: Peretz Centre, 6184 Ash St, Vancouver, BC

BLACKSTICK band lineup:
Lloyd Arntzen – clarinet/soprano sax/vocals
Arnt Arntzen – banjo/guitar/vocals (New York, NY)
Evan Arntzen – clarinet/saxophone/vocals (New York, NY)
Tom Arntzen – piano/vocals
Georgina Arntzen – vocals
Jen Hodge – bass
Julian MacDonnough – drums (Seattle, WA)
and special guests from Vancouver and afar joining for this hot jazz celebration!

joe abbottVHJ SummerStage:  Let’s Hear It For Yaletown

As part of Vancity Hot Jazz SummerStage and Yaletown BIA Let’s Hear IT For Yaletown, celebrating Canadian live music in the beautiful outdoor summer Yaletown setting.

Let’s Hear It For Yaletown, a 5-day outdoor concert series hosted by Yaletown BIA and curated by Vancity Hot Jazz Society, brings you sounds of some of the best live Canadian hot jazz bands to delight your ears and heat up your dancing feet! Free dance lessons will be provided between sets so you too can join the party and dance to live hot jazz.

Visit Yaletown and join the community at Bill Curtis Square (Canada Line Roundhouse Station at Mainland and Davie) for free performances from Monday, June 24th to Friday, June 28th, 2019.
Artists Schedule:  2019 Lineup To Be Announced…


Hot Jazz Fest

THANK YOU for participating and supporting the 2018 Hot Jazz FEST!
We’ll see you next year.


hotjazzfestheaderJoin us this year for our second annual Hot Jazz Fest! A one day Hot Jazz Festival put on by Vancity Hot Jazz in partnership with Vancouver Dixieland Jazz Society.

WHEN: Saturday, September 29th, 2018

WHERE: Peretz Centre (6184 Ash St, Vancouver, BC, near 45th & Cambie Street/ Oakridge Centre)


1:00 – 4:00 PM: Phoenix Five, lead by Jim Armstrong.

4:30 – 7:30 PM: Benny and the Goodmen, lead by Ben MacRae.

8:30 – 11:30 PM: Brad Shigeta’s Swingtime Band, lead by Brad Shigeta.

Continuing our success from Lloyd’s sold-out 90th Birthday show last year, Vancity Hot Jazz Society, with the guidance from the Vancouver Dixieland Jazz Society, will be bringing together some of the best live Vancouver dixieland jazz ensembles to celebrate live hot jazz music for your listening and dancing pleasure. We will be treated to the music of experienced local and out-of-town players. Join us at the Peretz Hall for a day of celebration for hot jazz on September 29th!