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Toronto Jazz Festival

Toronto Jazz Festival 2016

© 2016 TorontoArtsandEvents Photos, Articles and layout.  Editors please contact us for use.

The 30 anniversary of the Toronto Jazz Festival 2016 was held from June 24 to July 3, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario and there were more than 1,500 musicians performing in over 350 concerts.

The Editor’s Choices were:

An Evening With Sarah McLachlan Fri Jun 24 8:00pm
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Sat Jun 25 8:30pm Mainstage Concerts
Lee Fields & The Expressions / Allen Stone Double bill Sun Jun 26 8:30pm Mainstage Concerts
Grace Potter Mon Jun 27 8:30pm Mainstage Concerts
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Tue Jun 28 8:00pm Koerner Hall Jazz Series
Oliver Jones & Trio Tue Jun 28 8:00pm Mainstage Concerts plus Greg Porter
Robert Glasper Experiment Wed Jun 29 8:30pm Mainstage Concerts
Molly Johnson / Jane Bunnett & Spirits of Havana 25th Anniversary Thu Jun 30 8:30pm Mainstage Concerts
Michael Franti Fri Jul 1 8:30pm Mainstage Concerts
Joe Jackson Sat Jul 2 8:30pm Mainstage Concerts

On opening night, K.C. and the Sunshine Bank rocked the crowd inside and out.  K.C. said he was 65 but wondered where all the time had gone!!  Gregory Porter wowed the sold out crowd with his soulful jazz at Natham Phillips Square while the warm up band starring Kandice with a “K” was fabulous.  Michael Franti had the crowd rocking & dancing as he danced, hugged and loved the crowd at the side stage and walked all around the Main Stage.  He won the best performer in our books!  Joe Jackson was brilliant especially with his hit “Is She Really Going out with Him?” and the crowd was behind him but he could have done more to get the crowd moving!

About the Toronto Jazz Festival:

“The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has become known as one of North America’s premier jazz festivals produced annually by Toronto Downtown Jazz, a Canadian registered charity (No. 12969 0269 RR0001). What began in 1987 as an eight day showcase of jazz now attracts in excess of 500,000 loyal patrons annually over 10 days. Attractions include more than 400 performances with over 2000 musicians performing at approximately 50 locations around Toronto. The heart of the Festival is now located at Nathan Phillips Square in the heart of downtown Toronto with an impressive 1,200 seat fully-licensed Mainstage Marquee and outdoor stage, and where many extraordinary events are offered free to the public.

The Festival has become a destination event, not just for music lovers but for some of the greatest jazz celebrities in the world, reinforcing its reputation as a leader in artistic excellence and outstanding production standards. Its continued success and growth is a testament to its strong relationships with its stakeholders including patrons, Toronto City Council, Members of Parliament, corporate sponsors, volunteers, private donors and all levels of government. The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is endorsed by Toronto City Council, international artists and has been designated as an event of municipal significance that enhances Canada’s international reputation.

Toronto Downtown Jazz

Over the past 29 years, Toronto Downtown Jazz has:

    Presented over 32,000 artists, 85% of whom were Canadian
    Presented over 3,200 free public events
    Contributed over $560 million to the GTA economy
    Been blessed with over 68,500 hours contributed by volunteers
    Welcomed 10.5 million people to the Festival” [news release]

Music is Canada’s most successful entertainment industry - Canadian musical artists are successful worldwide and hence the Toronto Jazz Festival one of the most important festivals that Canada has!  – so mark your calendar for next year’s Toronto Jazz Festival and check back here for details!

© 2016 TorontoArtsandEvents Photos, Articles and layout.  Editors please contact us for use.

Category: Music
Start Date: 2016-06-24
End Date: 2016-07-03
Venue: Toronto Ontario Canada

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