Festival season has only just begun! Here is our comprehensive list of festivals in and around the GTA and beyond.
TD TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL
When: June 22 – July 1
Where: Various venues in the Yorkville area–including Trinity-St Paul’s Centre, Isabel Bader Theatre, Haliconian Hall, The Pilot Tavern–and venues around the city such as Danforth Music Hall, Elgin Theatre, The Old Mill Toronto, Pheonix Concert Hall, Horseshoe Tavern, Koerner Hall and more.
Who will be there: An all-star lineup featuring Herbie Hancock, Gregory Porter, Bettye LaVette, Savion Glover, Seal, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Holly Cole, and dozens more.
MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
When: June 28 – July 7
Who will be there: Kamasi Washington, Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, The War on Drugs Charlotte Gainsbourg, Robert Lepage, Ex Machina and Betty Bonifassi, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Jessie Reyes, Ani DiFranco, and tonnes more.
Where: All venues are near Place Des Arts, at Rue St-Catherine and Rue St-Urbain
THE BEACHES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
What: Over three weeks of music at multiple locations
When: Saturday July 6th – Sunday July 29th
Where: Woodbine Park, Jimmie Simpson Park, Queen Street East
Who will be there: Laila Biali, Five Alarm Funk, Toronto All-Star Big Band, Hilario Duran “CONTUMBAO” Quartet, Avery Raquel, The Heavyweights Brass Band, Bill King’s Uprising, Corey Henry and The Treme Funktet, a three-day Latin and much more.
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 20st through Sunday July 22nd
Where: Downtown Waterloo
Who will be there: Mike Downes, Turboprop, Manteca, Marito Marques, Coco Love Alcorn, Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School
STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC: REVIVAL HOUSE CABARET SERIES
What: A series of special Cabaret performances
When: July 20th through August 17th
Where: Revival House (formerly the Church Restaurant)
Who will be there: Heather Brambrick’s Jazz Ceilidh, Carole Pope, John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra, Bruce Dow, A Funny Proposition.
NIAGARA JAZZ FESTIVAL
What: The fifth 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: Bobby Millitello, Dr. Jazz the Jazz Bugs,Alysha-Brilla Sina Bathaie, Duncan Hopkins Trio, Eric St. Laurent Trio, Jocelyn Barth, Latin Vintage Orchestra, Atilla Fias & more.
KITCHENER BLUES FESTIVAL
What: An incredible blues festival experience
When: August 9th to 12th
Where: Various stages within Kitchener
Who will be there: LoFi Mind, Robert Gordon with Chris Spedding, Mike Todd Band, Ghost Town Blues Band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Ruthie Foster, Cecile Doo-Kingue, Conor Gains Band, Danny Marks, Kevin Breit/Johnny Goldtooth And The Chevy Casanovas, Jack de Keyzer, Tinariwen & 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 14th to 19th
Where: Regent Theatre in Picton and over 30 locations around the County Who will be there: Mike Murley & Reg Schwager, The Allison Au Quartet, Carol Welsman, Robi Botos & Friends, Brian Barlow Big Band,
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 17th to 19th
Where: Main Street Unionville
Who will be there: TBA
What: The 5th 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: Kellylee Evans, Heather Bambrick, Dave Young, Brian Dickinson and more to be announced.
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.