The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is Moving to Yorkville and Reopens the Legendary Concert Hall
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival will be moving to Yorkville when it kicks off this summer from June 23 – July 2nd, 2017. With more than 100 free concerts being presented throughout stages in Yorkville, it is bringing the best jazz from Toronto, across the country and around the world with shows starting daily at noon and finishing at 10 p.m.
Strolling the streets of Yorkville now, you would hardly know that during the 1960s, one of the most influential times in Canada’s music history, Yorkville housed an explosion of talent in artists, poets and musicians who would go on to great acclaim — Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Buffy Sainte Marie and Carly Simon to name a few. The Festival aims to bring the music back and will do so with an all-star lineup that includes Randy Bachman, ACS: Allen, Carrington, Spalding, The Robert Glasper Experiment, Bokanté, Donny McCaslin Group and more.
The Festival will also be reopening and reviving the iconic Concert Hall (in the former Masonic Temple), helping to reintroduce the historic venue as a music hall. The Concert Hall is known for having hosted Led Zeppelin’s first Toronto concert in 1969 and as a favoured rehearsal space for the Rolling Stones.
To help honour that legacy and kick off the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Canadian icon, Randy Bachman, will perform with some very special guests, including Walter Trout and Laila Biali, at The Concert Hall on opening night, Friday, June 23. Multi Grammy award-winner Aaron Neville will be headlining the Yorkville Avenue stage with a free performance on Saturday, June 24.
This year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival will showcase a diverse lineup that features the greats- from the legendary Aretha Franklin (July 1st at the Sony Centre) to soulful songstress Joss Stone (Monday, June 26th at Danforth Music Hall). Tickets are on sale now. Get yours and soak in the sounds of summer!
Visit torontojazz.com for full schedule, details and tickets.