Category: Music

Mariposa Folk Festival 2018

Buffy Sainte-Marie; July 8, 7:45pm- 8:30pm on the Main Stage

Where: Tudhope Park, Orillia
When: July 6-8, 2018
Cost: Weekend Pass (25+) $150, Weekend Pass (19-24) $79, Weekend Pass (13-18) $26, Friday Evening Pass $97, Flex Pass (Valid Saturday or Sunday) $110 and Camping Passes are available at **Tickets prices will increase on July 1.**

Details: More than 50 Performers, 11 Stages, 3 Glorious Days!
One of the longest running folk festivals in North America, the Mariposa Folk Festival is beginning its 58th year building on an amazing legacy. Mariposa is renowned for its wide range of folk/roots artists, with 150+ performances of every kind that showcase music, dance and spoken word – but there’s lots more going on than that at the Mariposa Folk Festival! Much of the folk music events and programming invites audience participation of all ages exposing, engaging and educating patrons in folk culture.

Some of the highlights this year include Walk Off The Earth, Larkin Poe, Alan Doyle, Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Bahamas and many more. So come out and enjoy!

More Info:   @MariposaFolk  #Mariposa2018

Indie Fridays Return to Yonge-Dundas Square

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
When: June 29 – August 31, 2018
Cost: Free

Details: Score big at Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) with Chevrolet Indie Fridays, the popular multicultural free concert series every Friday night in the Heart of the City. Join YDS on the sunny side of the street for ten weeks of performances from Canada’s brightest artists! Beer Garden service begins at 7pm and WiFi at YDS is always free.

And, each week two Canadian graffiti artists will come together to showcase their unique creative style and individuality while drawing inspiration from the music of the week. The canvas for their art will be a wrapped Chevrolet Cruze Sedan that will provide a striking visual amidst the vibrant lights and sounds of the Square.

June 29: Electronica – DJ Shub w/ Datu & hey! dw
July 6: Folk – The East Pointers w/ Megan Bonnell & The Young Novelists
July 13: Country – The Reklaws w/ Leah Daniels
July 20: Combo of acts – Chloe Watkinson w/ Shred Kelly, The Achromatics & Carol Ellyn
July 27: “Girl Power” – Lydia Ainsworth w/ Iskwé & POESY
August 3: Reggae – Sattalites w/ Fujahtive with RaLion
August 10: Rock n’ Roll – The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer w/ Texas King & Johnson Crook
August 17: Punk – The Flatliners w/ PKEW PKEW PKEW & The Penske File
August 24: Funk – After Funk w/ KC Roberts and The Live Revolution
August 31: Hip-hop – Clairmont The Second w/ The Dirty B-Sides

More Info: @YDSquare 

TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2018



Seal – June 23, 8pm @SonyCentreTO

Where: Downtown venues and concert halls. The hub of the Festival returns to Bloor-Yorkville.
When: June 22-July 1, 2018
Cost: Ticket prices vary in price. To purchase visit

Details: From legendary artists to rising stars, the lineup for the 32nd edition of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival  includes names that will resonate with jazz lovers and music fans of all ages. Here are a few of the featured acts this year:
-Jazz master Herbie Hancock, joined by James Genus, Trevor Lawrence Jr. and Lionel Loueke
-British soul singer Seal, performing his hit songs as well as material from his new album of jazz standards with a big band
-Cécile McLorin Salvant, winner of the 2018 GRAMMY for Best Vocal Jazz Album
-Vocalist Gregory Porter performing songs from his new CD, Nat King Cole and Me
-Blues and soul legend Bettye LaVette, who just released an album of Bob Dylan covers The Guardian called “slinkily ferocious,” headlining our first ever Blues Revue hosted by Toronto legend Danny Marks
-Snarky Puppy, in their first Toronto play since 2016
-Tap master Savion Glover, star of the Broadway smash hit Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, with acclaimed drummer Marcus Gilmore
-Guitarist Liona Boyd paying homage to Yorkville’s folk music history of the 1960’s

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival kicks off with a celebration of gospel, soul and R&B on opening weekend with free performances throughout Yorkville that includes gospel queen CeCe Winans, the energetic No BS! Brass Band, saxophonist Jake Clemons, the soulful R&B songstress Macy Gray, vocalist Shakura S’Aida and 20 additional free concerts all weekend long.

The music continues throughout the 10-day Festival with over 165 free shows spread across Yorkville at locations including the OLG Stage on Cumberland St., OLG Stage on Yorkville Ave., OLG Stage on Hazelton Ave., Isabel Bader Theatre, The Village of Yorkville Park, Heliconian Hall, Church of The Redeemer, Hotel InterContinental, ONE Restaurant, Sassafraz and Yorkville Village The Lane.

More Info: @TorontoJazzFest

The Polka Dogs Official Album Release Party

Where: Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W
When: June 2 –  Doors at 8:30pm – Show at 9pm
Cost: Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door

Details: The revived, renascent and reformed Toronto theatre-based band, The Polka Dogs, have returned after a 25-year hiatus, with a new album The Bee officially released on June 1, and an Ontario tour.

Starting as a theatre pit band in 1989, the band wowed the world in the 90s with an explosive, raucous, joyous sound of trombone, tuba, banjo, drums and that sultry, fantastic voice of theatre staple John Millard. The band returns with the same original sound, and features all five of its founding members including, Tom Walsh on trombone, Tiina Kiik on accordion, Colin Couch on tuba, John Millard on banjo and vocals, and Ambrose Pottie on drums.

More Info: Facebook  @BurdockBrewery

Sina Bathaie to Perform at Kensington Market Jazz Festival

Where: The Handlebar, 159 Augusta Avenue
When: September 17, 2017 at 3pm to 4pm
Cost: Tickets are available at the door for $12

Details: Windcatcher Records World music recording artist Sina Bathaie will be performing at the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, Sunday September 17. He composes and blends Persian melodies in unique arrangements with western instrumentation which creates a hypnotic world fusion experience.

A composer, Santur-player based in Toronto, Bathaie is known for his unique style and approach toward Persian contemporary music. His hypnotic performances have garnered him fans from across the globe. Born in Iran, he started learning Santur at age seven from his father, Master Javad Bathaie. He then followed his passion in music by practicing Persian classical repertoire (Radif) with the instrument Oud and explored the concept of rhythm by learning Tonbak (Persian Percussion).

More Info:  @SinaBathaie  @KensingtonJazz @Handlebar_TO

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