The Nanaimo International Jazz Festival Association plans annual jazz festivals in Downtown Nanaimo and professional jazz events throughout the year.
To present an annual jazz festival in Downtown Nanaimo
To provide local opportunities for local and internationally known jazz artists
To increase tourism to downtown nanaimo through live jazz performance
To develop a greater appreciation and audience for jazz music by performing more of it locally
To work with other jazz festivals and organizations to help further the same and similar goals.
Nanaimo has a distinguished connection with jazz in its professional performers, some who have achieved national and international recognition as well as its jazz education programs in both the public schools and Vancouver Island University.