The TD Toronto Jazz Festival Summer Concert Series is a weekly concert series, broadcasting live from the Long & McQuade Performance Hall at JAZZ.FM91, which kicks off our 35th anniversary celebrations, culminating in the 35th edition of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival in June, 2022. Presented by TD, the Summer Concert Series highlights 10 local acts who each bring their own unique perspective to the performance of jazz, and reflect a variety of the elements which have been part of the Festival over the past 35 years: from emerging artists and young lions to the best of the best; from traditional jazz to new sounds; from mentorship to community connections.
Since 1987, at least 85% of Festival performers have been Canadian. From the smallest clubs to the biggest stages, the Festival has provided an outstanding development opportunities for musicians from across the country, whether just emerging, or well-established…and each artist brings a unique perspective to their music of what it means to be Canadian. Joe Sealy is a great example – a Canadian jazz legend, he brought to life the Africville Suite: a groundbreaking work musically, but also a vital showcase of a difficult period in the Canadian history of race relations – a history which Joe experienced first hand. His performance of the Africville Suite at the 1996 Festival remains one of our most important moments.