Vancouver International Guitar Festival - News April 2017
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VIGF MONTHLY NEWS & UPDATES ROUND-UP
Over 60 master luthiers from Canada, the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Australia will be displaying their work at the VIGF Exhibition on June 24-25. Don't miss your chance to meet these amazing artisans and demo their work!

See the still-growing list of luthiers joining us here.

Meet the Maker

Jason Romero, J. Romero Banjo Co.

Each of Jason's banjos is handmade and unique, with just enough innovation to provide a tasteful alternative to the rest. 

As a builder, long-time player, and enthusiast of all things banjo, Jason is always thinking of the banjo's design and sound. After studying as a cabinetmaker and fine woodworker, he began working with the Wildwood Banjo Co.in Arcata, CA., as well as P.W. Crump Instruments and Clinesmith Guitars. Working in these shops and building a variety of instruments rounded out his experience as a luthier and developed a strong sense of instrument craftsmanship and skilled efficiency. 

Meet the Maker
Michael Heiden, Heiden Instruments

Michael Heiden began making instruments in the rich music environment of Vancouver, British Columbia in the 1970's.

Apart from playing fiddle, mandolin, and guitar in numerous folk, bluegrass, and swing bands, he developed a reputation as a skilled repairman concentrating on restoration and setup of quality instruments. This experience combined with a genuine desire to create fine tuned, responsive and player friendly instruments has made Heiden Stringed Instruments distinctive and collectable.

Michael's mandolins are played by John Reichman, Ry Cooder, Andrew Collins and Forrest O’Conner.

Visiting Vancouver?

Welcome to our beautiful city! 

The VIGF event hall is conveniently located within walking distance of most downtown hotels, and is just a few blocks from two Skytrain stations (Stadium-Chinatown and Main Street).
 
Going to the Vancouver International Jazz Festival while you're here? Our event hall is close to many of the Jazz Fest's concert locations. 

Hungry? We're nearby many of Vancouver's trendiest restaurants, ranging from award-winning dining to delicious take-out. Here are just a few:
Thirsty? Vancouver's known for its fine cocktail bars and craft breweries, many of which are just steps away:
Need a caffeine fix? Vancouver has some of the best roasters in the world, and several great coffee houses are just a short walk from our venue:  
Find more things to do in Vancouver on our Visitor Information page.
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