The warm weather and longer days remind us that summer is almost here, and that the city’s largest music festival is ready to kick off a musical celebration like no other! The TD Toronto Jazz Festival, running from June 25 – July 4, will feature local, national, and international musical sensations in almost every neighbourhood across the city. Rising stars, jazz giants, free concerts, late night jam sessions, kid-friendly activities, easy accessibility and affordability are just a few of this summer’s Festival highlights.
Who do you know?
The biggest names in Jazz are flocking to Toronto this summer for an array of live, intimate performances. Living legends and multi-platinum artists will include Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Harry Connick, Jr., Roy Hargrove, Keith Jarrett, Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal, Nikki Yanofsky and Bettye LaVette. Whether you’re a well-seasoned jazz listener or musical novice, these names are sure to sound familiar. Come and join the star-studded line-up for what are sure to be some incredible shows!
What’s new and fresh?
This summer, the Toronto Jazz Festival is challenging what some think jazz is, and what it is not. Legendary hip-hop group, The Roots, DJ trio, Scratch Skratch Scratch, Gypsy jazz group Emir Kuristica and The No Smoking Orchestra and Django-inspired Quebec natives,The Lost Fingers will showcase their talent for Torontonians. Take the time to appreciate the many sounds of jazz and maybe learn a thing or two. The Toronto Jazz Festival is full of surprises!
Fun for FREE
The Toronto Jazz Festival has just announced a FREE Saturday night street party with Grammy-Award winner Macy Gray, and legendary R&B artist Chaka Khan. Join Breakfast Television hosts Kevin Frankish and Dina Pugliese as they emcee this spectacular event at Yonge-Dundas Square on July 3rd. The free shows don’t stop there, Shops at Don Mills will host performances by Jane Bunnett, The Rhythm and Truth Brass Band, Elizabeth Shepherd, the Robi Botos Quartet and Latin band, Sambacana, all free of cost. This summer is the perfect opportunity to explore the magic of Toronto and the power of music without loosening any purse strings. And don’t forget to check out the Nathan Phillips Square lunchtime and after work concerts featuring Jim Galloway, Yvette Tollar, Christine Jensen, Jaffa Road and Buck 65, all for FREE!
And lots, LOTS more!
What more could the Toronto Jazz Festival possibly offer? How about fan-favourite Groove & Graffiti, live aerosol art with local artists Elicser and Mediah and some talented Toronto youth? Or extended bar hours at select locations to host late night jam sessions? Maybe some off-the-beaten-track jazz music as part of the Next Wave Series may be of interest. Believe it or not, the 2010 Festival will showcase 300 concerts, 1,500 performers and over 40 locations! Be sure to gather friends and family to take in a few shows, soak up the sun, and enjoy what the 2010 Toronto Jazz Festival has to offer!
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