Even if you’ve turned your passion into a career, chances are you still have other interests outside of work. For Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse, that’s grabbing a guitar and just making music.
It seems whenever Nurse sets his mind on something he’s determined to see it through. This time, he’s stepping off the court and onto the stage during the TD Toronto Jazz Fest where he’ll be performing with The New Power Generation (NPG), the band behind the late singer Prince.
Nurse is no stranger to the music world. Two weeks after leading the Raptors to an NBA championship in 2019, he got onstage with Canadian rock group Arkells to perform a sold-out show at the Budweiser Stage.
This year, Nurse will be grabbing his guitar once again and rocking out with NPG members Morris Hayes, Tony M, Mike Scott, Keith Anderson, Sonny T, MacKenzie, and Brandon Commodore. Instead of rock, fans can enjoy live performances of some of Prince’s chart-topping hits from various eras such as “Diamonds and Pearls,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” and “Purple Rain.”
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Now in its 35th year, the TD Toronto Jazz Fest will also feature renowned performers such as Smokey Robinson and Gregory Porter.
NPG and Nick Nurse’s performance will be part of the festival’s free programming. You can can watch them in person on Sunday, June 26 at 8:45 pm at the TD Main Stage — The Block at Queens Park at Bloor Street.