The TD Toronto Jazz Festival may be over for another year, but Festival season has only just begun! Here is our comprehensive list of festivals in and around the GTA and beyond.
STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC: REVIVAL HOUSE CABARET SERIES
What: A series of special Cabaret performances
When: July 23rd through August 27th
Where: Revival House (formerly the Church Restaurant)
Who will be there: Molly Johnson, Jane Bunnett, Patricia O’Callaghan & more.
PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY JAZZ FESTIVAL
What: Every summer, the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival brings together top jazz talent, from local heroes to international stars in our beautiful wine-country setting.
When: August 15th to 20th
Where: Regent Theatre in Picton and over 30 locations around the County
Who will be there: Laila Biali Trio, Jazz Masters (Phil Dwyer, Guido Basso, Robi Botos, Dave Young, Terry Clarke), Heather Bambrick, Drew Jurecka & Reg Schwager
MARKHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL
What: The Markham Jazz Festival is a premier event now entering its 20th season. Bring your friends and family to experience all the cool Jazz and the warm hospitality in a fabulous and quaint heritage village environment.
When: August 16th to 20th
Where: Main Street Unionville
Who will be there: Rich Brown, Dione Taylor, Molly Johnson and Peripheral Vision
What: The 4th annual event. World class music, wine and food. Celebrating Ontario’s Garden, Norfolk County!
When: August 18th to 20th
Where: Port Dover (Multiple venues)
Who will be there: Mark Kelso, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Avery Raquel
What: An expanded musical event in Waterdown featuring JAZZ.FM91’s own Ross Porter as a guest emcee.
When: August 19th to 20th
Where: Waterdown (multiple stages)
Who will be there: The Order of Canada Jazz Ensemble with Guido Basso, Tommy Banks, Dave Young Terry Clarke & Jens Lindemann and special guests Sophie Milman, Alex Pangman & Genevieve Marentette. The Shuffle Demons.
TD NEWMARKET MUSIC FESTIVAL
What: The annual music and art festivals seeking to stimulate and support York Region’s creative culture!
When: August 25th to 27th
Where: Ray Twinney Complex Newmarket
Who will be there: Pretzel Logic, Achromatics, After Hours Big Band
LEWISTON JAZZ FESTIVAL
What: The Lewiston Jazz Festival offers free Jazz performed by world class musicians on 4 different stages, along with delicious food as the region’s finest chefs come out of their kitchens and onto the street to showcase their culinary talents.
When: August 25th – 26th
Where: Center Street in Historic Lewiston, New York
Who will be there: Dave Stryker Quintet with Eric Alexander, The Hot Sardines
BRANTFORD JAZZ FESTIVAL
What: Now in its 10th year, the Brantford International Jazz Festival has grown to be one of the largest and musically diverse festivals in the Brantford and Brant County region attracting upward of 28,000 people.
When: September 15th to 17th
Where: Harmony Square in Downtown Brantford
Who will be there: Bernie Senensky’s Tribute to Moe Koffman, Matt Dusk,
GUELPH JAZZ FESTIVAL
What: The Guelph Jazz Festival is a singular organization earning critical international acclaim for presenting innovative jazz and creative improvised music in a community setting.
When: September 13-17th
Where: Various locations
Who will be there: Various artists
Kensington Market Jazz Festival
What: Toronto Jazz in the Historic Neighbourhood Kensington Market!
Making its debut last year featuring over 200 musicians to full houses; the 2nd Annual Kensington Market Jazz Festival will build on the first festival with new additions, including a big band stage, and a new series of curated busking within popular Kensington Market businesses.
When: September 15th – 17th, 2017
Where: Kensington Market, Toronto
Who will be there: Sharon Lee, Shawne Jackson, Jackie Richardson, Alana Bridgewater, Robi Botos & Mike Downes, Laila Biali, Elizabeth Shepherd, Alex Pangman, Heather Bambrick and more!