The first of more than 140 performances take the stage tonight (Fri) in Saskatoon to kick off the 30th Annual Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.
More than 80,000 people are expected to attend the 10 day festival.
Marketing Director Jacqueline Conway says to celebrate the 30th anniversary, they talked to some of the original board members and the first artistic director who created the Jazz Fest back in 1987. You can see the stories from the festival creators at https://saskjazz.com/30years.
When looking at how the festival got to where it is today, Conway credits the city's arts and culture scene, and everyone from that scene who have come out to watch the shows. She also credits the more than 400 volunteers who have set up stage and kept drinks cold for performance-goers.
Conway says one new feature they have brought foward this year is two free outdoor movies in the Bessborough Gardens: A Hard Day's Night on June 28th and The Wizard of Oz June 29th.
More than 70 events at the Jazz Festival this year are free to attend.