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Jazz Festival Season 2018 – The Complete List

Festival season has only just begun! Here is our comprehensive list of festivals in and around the GTA and beyond.




TD TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL

When: June 22 - July 1
Where: Various venues in the Yorkville area--including Trinity-St Paul's Centre, Isabel Bader Theatre, Haliconian Hall, The Pilot Tavern--and venues around the city such as Danforth Music Hall, Elgin Theatre, The Old Mill Toronto, Pheonix Concert Hall, Horseshoe Tavern, Koerner Hall and more.
Who will be there: An all-star lineup featuring Herbie Hancock, Gregory Porter, Bettye LaVette, Savion Glover, Seal, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Holly Cole, and dozens more.
Web: torontojazz.com


MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

When: June 28 - July 7
Who will be there: Kamasi Washington, Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, The War on Drugs Charlotte Gainsbourg, Robert Lepage, Ex Machina and Betty Bonifassi, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Jessie Reyes, Ani DiFranco, and tonnes more.
Where: All venues are near Place Des Arts, at Rue St-Catherine and Rue St-Urbain
Web:
http://www.montrealjazzfest.com


THE BEACHES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

What: Over three weeks of music at multiple locations
When: Saturday July 6th – Sunday July 29th
Where: Woodbine Park, Jimmie Simpson Park, Queen Street East
Who will be there: Laila Biali, Five Alarm Funk, Toronto All-Star Big Band, Hilario Duran “CONTUMBAO” Quartet, Avery Raquel, The Heavyweights Brass Band, Bill King’s Uprising, Corey Henry and The Treme Funktet, a three-day Latin and much more.
Web: www.beachesjazz.com


SUN LIFE UPTOWN WATERLOO FESTIVAL

What: With dozens of performers on two stages get set to enjoy a wide range of jazz and a lot of fun!
When:
Friday July 20st through Sunday July 22nd
Where:
Downtown WaterlooWho will be there: Mike Downes, Turboprop, Manteca, Marito Marques, Coco Love Alcorn, Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School
Web:
www.uptownwaterloojazz.ca



STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC: REVIVAL HOUSE CABARET SERIES

What: A series of special Cabaret performances
When: July 20th through August 17th
Where: Revival House (formerly the Church Restaurant)
Who will be there: Heather Brambrick's Jazz Ceilidh, Carole Pope, John MacLeod's Rex Hotel Orchestra, Bruce Dow, A Funny Proposition.
Web: www.stratfordsummermusic.ca



NIAGARA JAZZ FESTIVAL

What: The fifth annual TD Niagara Jazz Festival boasts of performances from 40 different acts – featuring about 100 musicians who will be taking a stage in one of four municipalities.
When: July 19-22 and July 27-29
Where: Various locations around Niagara Region.
Who will be there: Bobby Millitello, Dr. Jazz the Jazz Bugs,Alysha-Brilla Sina Bathaie, Duncan Hopkins Trio, Eric St. Laurent Trio, Jocelyn Barth, Latin Vintage Orchestra, Atilla Fias & more.
Web: www.niagarajazzfestival.com



KITCHENER BLUES FESTIVAL

What: An incredible blues festival experience
When: August 9th to 12th
Where: Various stages within Kitchener
Who will be there: LoFi Mind, Robert Gordon with Chris Spedding, Mike Todd Band, Ghost Town Blues Band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Ruthie Foster, Cecile Doo-Kingue, Conor Gains Band, Danny Marks, Kevin Breit/Johnny Goldtooth And The Chevy Casanovas, Jack de Keyzer, Tinariwen & more.
Web: www.kitchenerbluesfestival.com



PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY JAZZ FESTIVAL

What: Every summer, the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival brings together top jazz talent, from local heroes to international stars in our beautiful wine-country setting.
When: August 14th to 19th
Where: Regent Theatre in Picton and over 30 locations around the County Who will be there: Mike Murley & Reg Schwager, The Allison Au Quartet, Carol Welsman, Robi Botos & Friends, Brian Barlow Big Band,
Web: www.pecjazz.org



MARKHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL

What: The Markham Jazz Festival is a premier event now entering its 20th season. Bring your friends and family to experience all the cool Jazz and the warm hospitality in a fabulous and quaint heritage village environment.
When: August 17th to 19th
Where: Main Street Unionville
Who will be there:
TBA
Web: www.markhamjazzfestival.com



SOUTHCOAST JAZZ

What: The 5th annual event. World class music, wine and food. Celebrating Ontario’s Garden, Norfolk County!
When: August 18th to 20th
Where:
Port Dover (Multiple venues)
Who will be there: Kellylee Evans, Heather Bambrick, Dave Young, Brian Dickinson and more to be announced.
Web: www.southcoastjazz.com



WATERDOWN ARTSFEST

What: An expanded musical event in Waterdown. When: August 18th to 19th
Where: Waterdown (multiple stages)
Who will be there: Lighthouse, Jane Bunnet and Maqueque, Jully Black, Myles Goodwin and Friends of the Blues, Old Man Luedecke, Rita Chiarelli, Harrison Kennedy, Fred Penner, Matt Dusk and the Swing Shift Big Band, Matt Andersen, Quartetto Gelato, Michael Occhipinti and the Sicilian Jazz Project and many more. 
Web: www.artsfest.ca



TD NEWMARKET MUSIC FESTIVAL

What: The annual music and art festivals seeking to stimulate and support York Region’s creative culture! When: August 24th to 26th
Where: Ray Twinney Complex Newmarket
Who will be there: Lou Moore, Dani Strong, High Court County, Louisa and the Planets
Web: www.newmarketjazzfestival.com



LEWISTON JAZZ FESTIVAL

What: The Lewiston Jazz Festival offers free Jazz performed by world class musicians on 4 different stages, along with delicious food as the region's finest chefs come out of their kitchens and onto the street to showcase their culinary talents.
When: August 24th - 25th
Where: Center Street in Historic Lewiston, New York
Who will be there: Veronica Swift with The Benny Green Trio, Elio Villafranca and The Jass Syncopators
Web: www.lewistonjazz.com



BRANTFORD JAZZ FESTIVAL

What: Now in its 10th year, the Brantford International Jazz Festival has grown to be one of the largest and musically diverse festivals in the Brantford and Brant County region attracting upward of 28,000 people.
When: September 14th to 16th
Where: Harmony Square in Downtown Brantford
Who will be there: To be announced
Web: www.brantfordjazzfestival.com



GUELPH JAZZ FESTIVAL

What: The Guelph Jazz Festival is a singular organization earning critical international acclaim for presenting innovative jazz and creative improvised music in a community setting.
When: September 13-17th
Where: The Heavyweights Brass Band, The Shuffle Demons, Avaatar, Darius Jones Quartet, Steve Swell’s Soul Travelers, Satoko Fujii’s This is It!, Agustí Fernández & Yves Charuest
Who will be there: Various artists
Web: www.guelphjazzfestival.com



JAZZ AT THE LAKE

What: Lake George Jazz Festival: smooth jazz on the shores of 'the Queen of American Lakes.'
When: September 15-16th
Where: Shepard Park
Who will be there: Various Artists.
Web: www.lakegeorge.com






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