Jam in Jubilee: The History and the Vision



Madison Stewart
Kristin Witko

Jam in Jubilee is a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural concert series every Thursday night in July. Each night in Abbotsford’s Jubilee Park, a crowd of local culture-lovers enjoys three musical acts, side-stage performances, a vendor market, interactive art installations, workshops, food trucks, craft beer, and the After Dark musical showcase.

Since 2010, a committee of young volunteers has directed Jam in Jubilee, first under the Atangard Community Project. Atangard is a nonprofit organization which provides affordable housing to students and young professionals on the second oor of the Fraser Valley Inn. As of last year, this program came under the umbrella of the Abbotsford Arts Council.

The organizers of Jam in Jubilee believe culture makes a place worth calling home. Over the years, they have worked hard to bring a family-friendly, culturally vital concert series to the people of Abbotsford. As a result, local families and youth have a safe and well-organized festival experience that includes youth-focused musicians and artists.

What began as a grassroots, youth-led answer to the challenge of community-building has become a beloved institution, drawing thousands of people to Jubilee Park each summer.

Read the full Jam in Jubilee zine here.