If you’re missing the smooth sounds of jazz from festivals earlier this summer, there’s a new kid on the block ready to quench your musical cravings.
The Kensington Market Jazz Festival debuted last year, with over 200 musicians performing over three days in the eclectic neighbourhood. Now, the Jazz Festival returns to Handlebar, at 159 Augusta Avenue, and will be a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.
This year’s event features Canadian vocalists from all musical backgrounds, from Canadian R&B veterans Sharon Lee and Shawne Jackson to Soulpepper Theatre artists Neema Bickersteth and Daniel Williston fresh from the company’s Canada 150 celebrations in New York City. Also joining from Soulpepper’s theatre troupe are powerhouses Jackie Richardson and Alana Bridgewater.
“Canada has world class talent and the spirit of this festival is artist-driven,” said festival creator, artist, philanthropist and officer of the Order of Canada, Molly Johnson in a statement. “There are no advance tickets. Shows are Cash only with money going directly to the artists. This makes Kensington Market Jazz Festival unique around the world.”
Where: Various venues in Kensington Market
When: September 15 to 17