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Toronto Jazz Festival Coming To Town This Week


If you’re a fan of jazz or just looking to discover some fun new music, this year’s Toronto Jazz Festival will be happening from June 23 – July 2, 2017. The Festival will help reopen the iconic Concert Hall, celebrate the 100th anniversaries of Monk and Buddy Rich, and will host more than 100 free acts in Yorkville, on different stages at the area.

To find their calendar, click here and for the venues here.

Choir! Choir! Choir! singing Neil Young’s “Lotta Love” with Special Surprise Guest

A must-do Toronto event, Choir! Choir! Choir! takes it to the nth degree performing in the historic Concert Hall as we help open the legendary venue. Bringing that feeling of “togetherness”, “power” and “spirit”, join us as we sing Neil Young’s “Lotta Love”. Started from a small weekly gathering at Clinton’s Tavern, it’s now grown into a wildly successful meet-up with their videos reaching into the millions worldwide, proving that music really has no language barriers.

John LaBarbera Big Band “Celebrating Buddy Rich”

Iconic jazz drummer Buddy Rich, who is celebrating his 100th anniversary this summer, has a deep Toronto connection. Local heavyweight musicians John and Pat LaBarbera were long-time collaborators of Rich, witnessing some of the most interesting tour stories of all time – considering Rich’s infamous temper.

Larnell Lewis Band

It’s the story of a local boy done good who tours internationally with the Grammy award winning group Snarky Puppy (they beat out the likes of Anthony Hamiliton, Hiatus Kaiyote, Kendrick Lamar and Miguel in 2014 to win) . Yet he’s still one of the best kept secrets in town.

Soul Motivators

They are a 9-piece, 3 horn deep funk explosion, known for turning out some of the most energetic live funk performances in the city. A great chance to meet with Toronto’s thriving underground Funk scene.

Concerts with Free Admission:

Dialectica / Hogtown Brass Quintet

Nine emerging local artists are featured here in a perfect acoustic:  saxophone quartet Dialectica and the Hogtown Brass Quintet put their unique spins on these traditional musical ensembles.

KC Roberts and the Live Revolution

Funk meets Bruno Mars’ upbeat rhythms plus Daft Punk’s electronic tunes: A monstrous, original 8-piece funk band from Toronto, known for their highly energized live performances. It’s funk/rock/hip-hop/electronic like you’ve never heard it. This will be dancing at the highest level.

Chloe Charles

Music runs in her family – her mother is a guitarist and poet; her stepbrother is Julian Lennon. Imagine orchestral soul-pop with a clear voice – you’ll get Chloe Charles, a hypnotizing performer that combines Billie Holiday, Adele, Amy Winehouse and Bjork with her own original sound.

Alex Pangman

Known as “Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing”, Alex will make the crowd time-travel to the early era of jazz with the upbeat and warm rhythms of gypsy music.

Les Petits Nouveaux

Les Petits Nouveaux invite you to a night full of gypsy-jazz songs, inspired from a broad range of genres from Django Reinhardt to Stephane Grappelli, to Astor Piazzolla and Béla Bartók. A Toronto-based sweet french gypsy-jazz band awaits the audience.

Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens is surely one of the emerging artists of Canada, whose critically acclaimed latest album “Preverbal” is recently featured in the “Top 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2017 (So Far)” list of the Observer. He regularly collaborates with and responsible for the sound of Christian Scott and Esperanza Spalding. Toronto-born, New York-based guitarist is returning to the town, making this appearance as one of the shouldn’t-miss events.

The Jessica Stuart Few 

Inspiring the term “folk-jazz power trio,” The Jessica Stuart Few is turning heads as one of the freshest groups to emerge from Canada’s creative indie music scene. This will be a good chance to experience the addictive warm sound and charismatic energy of the band live.

Jill Peacock

Belonging to the highly popular genre, rising recently from inside of jazz, Jill Peacock is one of the bests in town to perform in trip-hop-R&B-jazz. Having recently returned to the city, she is the Toronto equivalent for the likes of NAO, Kelela or Anderson .Paak, who brings jazz, soul and electronics together. Sweet, sexy and soulful, Jill is quickly becoming a favourite for younger audience on the Toronto scene.


Live disco warning! This 6-piece Toronto boogie outfit is best known for bringing their high-energy live set to the best warehouse parties in the city. Fronted by a powerful duo of vocalists, Kamilah Apong and Kaysie Quansah, their sets consist of both original material and tried-and-true party jams – they know a thing or two about making the dance floor hot. A guaranteed time travel to 70’s-80’s groovy rhythms and shiny costumes!

Taken from: Details taken from Jazz Festival Press Release

By: Nazaneen Baqizada

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