Category: Music

TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2017

Aaron Neville – Headlining at Yorkville Avenue stage with a free performance on June 24

Where: Various venues in Toronto
When: June 23 – July 2, 2017
Cost: Ticket prices vary depending on venue and artist. To purchase visit

Details: Whatever flavor of jazz you enjoy, find it at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival this summer, featuring 100+ free concerts in Yorkville and the Iconic Concert Hall. Discover a new artist, explore different genres and attend a live concert surrounded by thousands as the city’s largest music festival takes over.

Joss Stone, Mavis Staples, Gregory Porter and more are included in this year’s lineup. Multiple Grammy award-winner Aaron Neville will be headlining the Festival’s Yorkville Avenue stage with a free performance on  June 24. And the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin will bring her extraordinary voice to the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, performing at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on July 1.

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Whiskey Jack Presents Stories and Songs Of Stompin’ Tom

Where: Ontario Venues
When: October  – November, 2016
Cost: Tickets range from $30 to $40 depending upon venue.

Details: Whiskey Jack is a Toronto-based band that has been performing country, roots and bluegrass music across North America since 1977. As a regular backing band for Stompin’ Tom Connors from 1993 to his death, they are now touring with their new show, Whiskey Jack Presents Stories & Songs of Stompin’ Tom featuring highlights from years of touring together and the stories that were born on those tours. Current Ontario tour dates include Timmins, Oshawa, Alliston, Sutton, Maryhill and Toronto.

Canadian Country Music Award nominees, Whiskey Jack have appeared at festivals and in concert from coast-to-coast; starred on The Tommy Hunter Show for five years in the 1980s; recorded with the likes of Nashville legend Mac Wiseman and world-famous fiddle player Graham Townsend; then hooked-up with Stompin’ Tom Connors in 1993 to record Dr. Stompin’ Tom . . .Eh?  Their collaboration took them on a national tour culminating in a sold-out show at Massey Hall, an unprecedented performance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and a 20-year relationship.

On Wednesday, October 19 at Lula Lounge, the Toronto premiere of Whiskey Jack Presents Stories & Songs of Stompin’ Tom will also mark the re-release of Dr. Stompin’ Tom . . .Eh? on the Universal Music label.  The show includes performances of “Margo’s Cargo,” “Gumboot Cloggeroo,” “Bud The Spud,” and more! As a matter of fact, one of Stompin’ Tom’s more unusual contract clauses stated that the band had to perform some of Tom’s age-old songs at every one of their shows. Whiskey Jack’s contemporary take on Stompin’ Tom’s classics turn each song into a highly polished and honest Canadian story for modern audiences.

Whiskey Jack is Duncan Fremlin (Banjo), Bob McNiven (Guitar), Eric Jackson (Double Bass), Howard Willett, (Vocalist, Harmonica), Randy Morrison (Fiddle), Jen Cook (Vocalist), and Al Cross (Drums).

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Kick-Start the Weekend with Indie Fridays at YDS

Pierre Kwenders - August 26

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS)
When: Every Friday @ 8pm until September 2, 2016
Cost: Free

Details: Toronto knows good music, and how to have a good time. Indie Fridays, curated by the programming team at Massey Hall, have both those things in spades! From indie crooners to Latin world beats, the lineup for Indie Fridays is a trip around the world without leaving The Heart of the City. Indie Fridays, the free concert series every Friday at 8pm, continues until September 2, 2016.

On Friday, August 5, Ben Caplan will bring his huge beard and unruly mane, not to mention his poetic charisma to YDS; with special guest and fellow musically poetic mastermind, Taryn Kawaja.

On Friday, August 12, YDS will be filled with the sweet sounds of the New Orleans brass band tradition with The Heavyweights Brass Band; and Minotaurs, the self-described purveyors of funky-socio-politico-folk-dance-party music.

On Friday, August 19, the Massey Hall Band takes part in citywide celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ last Toronto visit. The Massey Hall Band will take on the Fab Four’s catalogue with special guests, Latin singer-songwriter, Amanda Martinez; world/fusion vocalist Suba Sankaran; members of modern Filipino tribal music crew DATU; and more.

On Friday August 26, Pierre Kwenders will share his rich cultural heritage with audiences at YDS through his music ripe with Congolese rumba and Afro-electro beats; with special guest, former front-woman of orchestral pop band Ohbijou, Casey Mecija who will fill the Square with her stirring sounds.

On Friday, September 2, YDS will welcome special guests in association with Ryerson University Orientation Week for a Caribbean celebration at Soca Fête!

Previously announced Indie Fridays performances scheduled this month include electro hip-hop band Radio Radio, and from Cali, Colombia, Herencia de Timbiquí (July 22); and JUNO-winner Boogat and hip-hop crew Los Poetas (July 29).

More Info: For the full schedule of summer events visit

Mariposa Folk Festival 2016

Canadian-born bluesman Colin Linden is an acclaimed singer-songwriter, a master of the slide guitar and a finger-picker extraordinaire.

Where: Tudhope Park, Orillia
When: July 8-10, 2016
Cost: Weekend Pass (25+) $138.39, Weekend Pass (19-24) $72.39, Weekend Pass (13-18) $22, Friday Evening Pass $68.39, Flex Pass (Valid Saturday or Sunday) $93.39 and Camping Passes are available at

Details: 58 Performers,  12 Stages, 3 Glorious Days!

One of the longest running folk festivals in North America, the Mariposa Folk Festival is beginning its 56th year building on an amazing legacy. Mariposa is renowned for its wide range of folk/roots artists, with 100+ 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 Rita Coolidge, The Good Family, Lori Yates, Brother Sun, Colin Linden and many more. So come out and enjoy!

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Darcys at The Mod Club – First Toronto Show in Two Years

The Mod Club, 722 College Street
When: May 25, 2016 at 8pm
Cost: $3 with Red Bull Sound Select RSVP, $12 Without RSVP. To RSVP visit

Details: The Darcys are a Canadian two-piece art rock band – consisting of Jason Couse and Wes Marskell – from Toronto, Ontario. The beloved alt pop duo will play their first live date in two years on May 25 at The Mod Club in Toronto for Red Bull Sound Select.

The band recently unveiled “Miracle,” a bright, summery single produced by Grammy and JUNO-award winner Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Julian Casablancas), available worldwide on Arts & Crafts. The song was recorded at Red Bull Studios in Auckland, New Zealand, and is the band’s first commercial release since 2013’s Polaris and JUNO-nominated album Warring.

The Darcy’s have over four previous releases on Arts & Crafts they have delivered two studio albums, a reimagining of Steely Dan’s AJA, and a 20-minute Southern Gothic-themed instrumental track.

More Info:   @TheModClub   @RBSoundSelect   @itsthedarcys   @artsandcrafts

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