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TD Toronto Jazz Fest is Back on June 21st for 2024 Edition

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TD Toronto Jazz Fest 2024
TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2024.. Photo: Jesse Milns
Featuring more than 100 free shows, blockbuster ticketed performances and all-new cultural themed nights celebrating the diversity of music in the city

Toronto, ON — The wait is almost over – we’re just one month away from the 2024 TD Toronto Jazz Festival – including 10 days of FREE outdoor music! Starting June 21, TD Toronto Jazz Fest will take over the iconic Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood with more than 100 free live performances together with ticketed performances throughout the city from world-renowned local and international musicians.

OLG Opening Weekend kicks off on Friday, June 21 in the OLG Grove, with free performances by SHOUT! The Band and special guest, two-time 2024 JUNO Award winner TOBi on the TD Main Stage. The weekend continues with Juno Award winners Kellylee Evans and Kirk Diamond in the OLG Grove; the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band at The Concert Hall (the old Masonic Temple); and a full roster of concerts in Village of Yorkville Park, at The Rex Hotel and Jazz Bistro, and the official Festival Late Night Jam at The Pilot.

New This Year: Sounds Like Toronto

As part of its ongoing commitment to showcasing a diverse lineup of local and international artists, and building community in the city, this year TD Toronto Jazz Fest has dedicated 50% of its programming in the OLG Grove to celebrating a variety of Toronto’s cultural communities. Made possible in part by the Government of Canada, we’re pleased to welcome  a stellar roster of guest curators:

  • SUNDAY, JUNE 23 – An evening of Afro-Caribbean music, with headliner Kirk Diamond, curated by Joy Lapps
  • TUESDAY, JUNE 25 –  An evening of Cuban music, featuring Alexis Baró, Dánae Olano, Marta Elena and Hilario Durán, curated by Hilario Durán
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 27 – An evening of Brazilian and Afro-Bop sounds, with headliners Bruno Capinan and Aiza, curated by Kristyn Gelfand at Uma Nota Culture
  • FRIDAY, JUNE 28 – An evening of Indigenous artists in collaboration with the International Indigenous Music Summit
  • SUNDAY, JUNE 30 – Gospel in the Grove, featuring gospel choirs from York University and the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, plus the Toronto Mass Choir, curated by Darren Hamilton and Karen Burke
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Continuing its commitment to supporting local and emerging artists, this year’s lineup features performances from local legends and jazz funk alchemists, the Shuffle Demons – celebrating 40 years of electrifying audiences the world over and a new album; Moneka Arabic Jazz – reflecting the life and artistic journey of its founder, Ahmed Moneka from Baghdad to Toronto, showcasing melodies from his homeland interwoven with African groove and rhythms; 16-piece percussion posse Samba Squad – celebrating 25 years of getting Toronto on its feet with special guest performers; queer up-and-comer Jennarie – known for her dynamic vocals, extensive range, and impassioned performances; and Youth Music Day (June 22) sponsored by Long & McQuade featuring the Fest’s Big Band Slam and sets from Community Music Schools of Toronto DJs.

“Supporting local and Canadian artists has always been a priority for us,” shares Josh Grossman, Artistic Director for Toronto Downtown Jazz, producers of TD Toronto Jazz Fest. “It’s especially vital to provide a platform for artists – younger and emerging artists in particular – to showcase their talents today given the challenges facing arts communities here in Toronto and across the country. We take pride in celebrating outstanding musicians from at home and around the world.”

Complementing this year’s lineup of free performances showcasing emerging and local artists are a number of ticketed performances from renowned, award-winning artists including keyboard master, Cory Henry, 7x Grammy-winning artist André 3000, Canadian-Mexican singer-songwriter, Amanda Martinez and Toronto-based Kuruza, the DJ collective uniting the African diaspora through music and the official late-night DJ following Andre 3000’s New Blue Sun LIVE. Limited tickets are available via torontojazz.com and selling fast!

TD Toronto Jazz Festival - June 21-30 2024
TD Toronto Jazz Festival – June 21-30 2024

To quench thirsts, the Steam Whistle beer garden returns to the OLG Grove as the official beer sponsor of the Festival, where Festival guests can also enjoy a hot meal in a shady spot while taking in free live music, visiting Empire State Tourism’s interactive activation or checking out Kops Records, the official merch seller of this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Fest.

The Yorkville Royal Sonesta returns as the official hotel of the TD Toronto Jazz Fest, and is offering one lucky contest winner a mini VIP getaway package inclusive of a two-night stay, breakfast for two and valet parking to complete the experience. Full contest details can be found on Instagram @torontojazzfest.

The legendary Pilot Tavern on Cumberland is back as the official host of the Festival’s Late Nite Jam, where musicians play into the wee hours, aspiring musicians line the streets hoping for a chance to join the jam, and surprise guests are known to drop in. A storied haunt with a decades long legacy of hosting legendary musicians, a trip to the Pilot is a can’t-miss for the complete Jazz Fest experience.

From FREE outdoor performances by local and internationally renowned musicians and select ticketed performances by award-winning artists at some of the city’s top venues, to thought-provoking conversations and evenings celebrating the cultural diversity of Toronto, the 37th annual TD Toronto Jazz Fest has something for everyone. For more information on the TD Toronto Jazz Fest and for tickets visit torontojazz.com.

Web Publisher. Founder, Editor & Webmaster for Latin Jazz Network, World Music Report & That Canadian Magazine. A passionate and committed communicator with a sensibility for the arts based in Toronto, Canada.

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