A 10-day-long Jazz Festival is taking over Toronto in June

May 14 2019, 5:16 pm

If you’ve ever wanted to see a collection of great blues musicians in one spot, your chance is fast approaching.

Dan Aykroyd and David Wilcox are among the many special guests who will headline opening night of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 22.

The performance will kick-off the Jazz Fest’s free opening weekend celebrations, as Bloor Street closes down for two days of non-stop music.

You can also look forward to the sounds of Shirley Caesar, Kenny Neal, and Gene Taylor.

The weekend performances are among 175 free concerts featured during the festival’s ten-day run, from June 21 to 30, during which all of Cumberland Street will be closed down.

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“Our approach to this year’s event was to turn Yorkville into the musical heartbeat of the city by bringing all the vibrancy, culture and passion the jazz community has to offer,” said Howard Kerbel, CEO of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, in a release.

“We have curated a lineup that offers music lovers a chance to fully immerse themselves in everything from once-in-a-lifetime performances by iconic artists to discovering artists who are from halfway around the world, to learning about artists they never knew were from Toronto. The celebration will be palpable,” he said.

 

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Not just for adults, the festival is also welcoming children into the world of jazz music with Cirque du Soleil offering hula hoop workshops and other child-friendly programming.

And on Sunday, June 23, the festival will offer its first-ever Gospel Sunday as 12-time Grammy award-winner Pastor Shirley Caesar, headlines the TD Mainstage on Bloor St.

Festival-goers can also take part in visiting daily interactive activations and roaming bands. Hazelton Avenue will also be part of the action from Monday, June 24 to Sunday, June 30 with performances by 20 bands from across Canada, the UK, and Italy.

Evenings will highlight up-and-coming talent, and you can count on the music going into the night throughout Bloor-Yorkville.

Swing by the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel to hear lively jam sessions with surprise guests. Or stop in at the Sassafraz, located in the heart of Yorkville, for high-energy jazz ranging from barrel house blues to New Orleans-style funk.

 

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Additionally, the Gatsby at the Windsor Arms and Hemingway’s will also feature late-night programming.

For the full TD Toronto Jazz Fest opening weekend schedule, check here.

TD Toronto Jazz Fest

Where: Bloor-Yorkville
When: June 21 to 30, 2019
Tickets: Available online

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