toronto_jazz_lovethiscitytvWhen we say music festival, what comes into our mind are electronic beats with famous DJs upstage doing modern disco mixes. However one music festival brings a different sensation of music. The Beaches International Jazz Festival is a musical event held annually on Lakeside Beach every July. The event runs for 10 days. As what the name suggests, this music festival will bring internationally acclaimed jazz artist in Toronto and local jazz artists as well.

Event: Beaches International Jazz Festival

Location: Beach main street – Queen Street East
Date: July 19-28, 2013
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There will be four venues/event for the music festival. The Woodbine Park, Kew Gardens, Beach Boardwalk Stages and Streetfest. On the Woodbine Park, this is where the Beaches International Jazz Festival would commence. They have a new decoration for the Afro-Beat Stage for 2013. It combines the African and Afro-Carribean jazz sounds for a new taste of sound. On July 23-24 the “Taste of Jazz” will feature live performances from your favorite jazz artist together with a table of great foods and drinks. To check out the full schedule you can visit their official website.

On the Kew Gardens, the main stage which is OLG will feature performances from great jazz_lovethiscitytvjazz bands. These are the artists that had a spotlight on the international jazz community. You will hear their performances up close and the story behind these compositions. The Youth Stage will present Canada’s best up-coming young jazz musicians. These musicians come from the National Youth Jazz Combo which is famous on the pre-professional scene. They have performed on different musical events across the country. Some of the artists who will perform on the main stage: Selena Evangeline, JP Saxe while for the Youth Stage that would be Matt Lagan Quartet and the 2013 National Youth Jazz Combo who will perform on 3pm.

Beach Boardwalk Stages will feature Latin Square. This is the event where jazz will make the salsa dance. Basically in this event you can jive with the music. Feel free to dance with the beat of jazz and the steps of salsa. The Big Band Stage will feature the music from the golden era of jazz, the 30s, 40s and 50s. They will be replayed for us by big bands. Dance lessons will also be offered on Saturday, July 27th.


Streetfest would be the main event of Beaches International Jazz Festival. This will showcase original performances by the finest jazz bands. Different genres of band will perform and up to 50 of them will entertain you. The streetfest will start on July 25 and would run until July 27. Some of the bands that will entertain you: PHUSION, Moka, George Oliver, Midinite Riders and many more.


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