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.
THE BEACHES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
What: Over three weeks of music at multiple locations
When: Saturday July 8th – Sunday July 30th
Where: Woodbine Park, Jimmie Simpson Park, Queen Street East
Who will be there: Turbo Street Funk, The Larnell Lewis Band, Cadence, Lorraine Klaasen, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, The Swingshift Big Band and MonkeyJunk with Paul Reddick.
SUN LIFE UPTOWN WATERLOO FESTIVAL
What: With dozens of performers on two stages get set to enjoy a wide range of jazz and a lot of fun!
When: Friday July 21st through Sunday July 23rd
Where: Downtown Waterloo
Who will be there: The Shuffle Demons, Emilie Claire Barlow, Dave Young, Cadence, Laila Biali, Barbra Lica, Matt Dusk, Robi Botos and Brass Transit
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.
NIAGARA JAZZ FESTIVAL
What: The forth annual TD Niagara Jazz Festival boasts of performances from 40 different acts – featuring about 100 musicians who will be taking a stage in one of four municipalities.
When: Friday July 28th to Sunday July 30th
Where: Various locations around Niagara Region.
Who will be there: Adrean Farrugia Trio, The Jazz FM91 Youth Big Band, Shirantha Beddage, Barbra Lica Quintet, Turbo Street Funk, Bernie Senenensky’s Moe Koffman Legacy Band with Bill McBirnie, Laila Biali and a Celebration of Oscar Peterson with the John Sherwood Trio featuring Dave Young and Terry Clark.
KITCHENER BLUES FESTIVAL
What: An incredible blues festival experience
When: August 10th to 13th
Where: Various stages within Kitchener
Who will be there: The Sheepdogs, The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer, Paul Reddick, Bobby Rush, Booker T Jones, David Wilcox, The Box
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 FM’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
JAZZ AT THE LAKE
What: Lake George Jazz Festival: smooth jazz on the shores of ‘the Queen of American Lakes.’
When: September 16-17th
Where: Shepard Park
Who will be there: Various Artists.