|June 18, 2018||Filled under Music||
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 www.torontojazz.com
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.
|May 26, 2018||Filled under Music||
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.
|September 16, 2017||Filled under Music||
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).
|July 3, 2017||Filled under Music||
Where: Tudhope Park, Orillia
When: July 7-9, 2017
Cost: Weekend Pass (25+) $132.50, Weekend Pass (19-24) $75, Weekend Pass (13-18) $24.50, Friday Evening Pass $76, Flex Pass (Valid Saturday or Sunday) $99.50 and Camping Passes are available at www.mariposafolk.com
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 57th 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 Barenaked Ladies, Bruce Cockburn, Matt Andersen and the Last Waltz (a musical celebration of the Band’s last concert). So come out and enjoy!
|July 2, 2017||Filled under Music||
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS)
When: July 7 – September 8, every Friday night at 8pm
Cost: Free concert series
Details: This summer’s lineup for Indie Fridays, the free concert series in the heart of the city is a sure-fire way to add some flavour to Friday night with a musically diverse lineup that’s sure to tickle any music-lover’s fancy.
July 7, Indie Fridays kicks off with Turbo Street Funk, echoing a sound and performance style rooted in New Orleans horn band tradition. Headlining the evening will be Five Alarm Funk; the eight-piece band, direct from Vancouver, will hit YDS with an epic performance of heavy grooves and tons of fun.
July 14, Ria Mae will represent the other side of the country when the Halifax native brings her personal blend of pop melodies with alternative and folk music to Toronto. Before Ria Mae takes the stage, The Pick Brothers Band will fill the Square with a blend of compelling writing, dynamic arrangements, and a gritty rock and roll spirit.
July 21, The Pack A.D. will put Torontonians on edge because “the Pack won’t stop their mad pace of stealing every stage they play on“ (Exclaim!). Co-headliners, Ginger Ale & The Monowhales will be keeping with the theme of thievery when they steal the hearts of passers-by with their boundless energy and indie pop/rock tunes.
July 28, two-time Juno Award-winner, Derek Miller Band will bring their bluesy soul-stirring roots rock to YDS. Co-headlining the evening will be the multi award-winning Six Nations artist, Jace Martin who masterfully mixes the blues, R&B, soul, and funk to make a sound all his own.
August 4, “citizen of the world,” Zaki Ibrahim will find herself in the Heart of the Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square, showing audiences why she’s a Juno-nominated R&B singer.
Indie Fridays continue through September 2 with Alx Veliz and Michelle Treacy (Aug 11), Hunter Siegel presents #NoNeon (Aug 18), Terra Lightfoot and Klooch (Aug 25), Exco Levi and High Priest and The Human Rights (Sep 1), and The Deep Dark Woods and Wildlife (Sep 8)!