Toronto Jazz Festival

Toronto Jazz Festival 2014
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Toronto Jazz Festival 2014

Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Venue
Downtown Toronto (various locations)
Lat/Long
43.676811, -79.384675 (View Map)
Dates
10 Days (Mon, 19 Jun 2017 - Wed, 28 Jun 2017)
Ticket Price
FREE - $65.50
Status
Festival Planned
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The 2014 Toronto Jazz Festival will see an estimated 500,000+ attend to enjoy 350+ performances by 1,500+ musicians spread out in approximately 40 venues around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Keep you’re diary free for the last two weeks of June as this year is going to be dynamite!

The Toronto Jazz Festival is a large 10 day jazz festival held in the heart of Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada in mid-late June each year. The past years have seen annual attendances of over 500,000 people making it Toronto’s 2nd largest music event (2nd only to North by North East aka: NXNE).

The festival has established itself as one of the premier jazz festivals in North America. With previous performers like: Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Sonny Rollins, Ray Charles, Sun Ra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Dr. John, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz & Oscar Peterson you can see why it’s so popular!

Each year the festival’s music genres diverse ever so slightly and what once was an 8-day festival dedicated solely to jazz music has now transformed into a 10 day festival where you can experience many different genres; look out for blues, funk, hip-hop & latin as they’re around! For the jazz purists out there, you will not be disappointed, you’ll find that 80+% of music is still jazz orientated!

Some interesting facts: To date the festival has hosted over 25,000 artists; contributed over $420 million pounds to the local economy, entertained 8.5 million people and has presented almost 2,000 free public concerts.

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History

Formerly known as the DuMaurier Jazz Festival until the ban on tobacco advertising by the federal government forced the need for a new sponsor. Today, the festival is now sponsored by TD Bank and has since dropped the word “Downtown” from its title.

Originally started in 1987, the Festival was co-founded by Executive Producer Patrick Taylor and Former Artistic Director Jim Galloway; currently, the Artistic Director is Josh Grossman. Roy Thomson Hall, the CN Tower and Metro Convention Centre were the three venues for that inaugural season. Miles Davis, Roberta Flack and Tony Bennett were the head-liners that year. – Source: Wikipedia

A more extensive history at the National Post: Looking back on Toronto Jazz Festival’s 25 years, plus must-see shows at this year’s fest.

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Venues

Koerner Hall Fisheye Photo

Koerner Hall Fisheye Photo

The inside venues for this year’s Toronto Jazz Festival will be in the Koerner Hall TELUS Centre and the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Whilst most of the outdoor stages are hosted in and around Nathan Phillips Square in Downtown Toronto.

Each year there are roughly 40 locations which take part in the Jazz fest spread out across the city.

Koerner Hall TELUS Centre

Koerner Hall Seating Plan

Koerner Hall Seating Plan

Koerner Hall is a 1,135 seat venued designed in the tradition of the classic “shoebox” venues of Europe, built without compromise and with a mission to provide acoustic perfection for music of all genres.Classical, jazz, pop, opera, and world music are right at home in Koerner Hall. Its high ceiling and first-rate projection and communication technology make it perfect for films, lectures, and educational or corporate conferences. With its layered ribbon of wood forming a floating ceiling canopy, integrating an acoustic reflector, performance lighting, and technical bridges, Koerner Hall provides a dramatic yet intimate ambience between the audience and performers. The spectacular glass lobbies welcome guests to Koerner Hall and offer an extraordinary view of the city. – Source: http://www.rcmusic.ca/venues/koerner-hall

Venue Address

TELUS Centre for Performance & Learning
273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1W2
Canada

Phoenix Concert Theatre

Phoenix Concert Theatre

Phoenix Concert Theatre

The Phoenix Concert Theatre is an eighteen thousand square foot entertainment complex featuring three distinct environments. The Main Room features one of the city’s largest dance floors, leading edge sound and lighting system, five bars including a fifty foot bar made of marble, a twenty by thirty foot stage, full concert facilities and a 10ft. retractable projection screen.

Le Loft, a mezzanine space overlooking the Main Room, features an overhanging balcony which stretches the entire width of the club, lounge seating, separate bar, custom artwork and features unobstructed sightlines to the stage.

The Parlour, a self contained space off the Main Room, features a separate sound system, dance floor and lighting system. – Source: Phoenix Concert Theatre

Venue Address

410 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, ON M4X 1K2
Canada

Lineup & Tickets

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A table showing the dates, times, line-up, programme and performance info for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2014.
Date / TimeArtistVenuePrice
Thu Jun 19 8:00pmChaka Khan (Shemekia Copeland opening)Sony Centre$45/ $69/ $79/ $89/ $129
Thu Jun 19 5:00pmKathleen Gorman GroupGate 403No Cover
Thu Jun 19 6:00pmCreative Class: Power of Jazz w / Neil BraithwaiteHarlem East RestaurantNo Cover
Thu Jun 19 6:30pmSean Dobbins Detroit Organ QuartetDominion On Queen
Thu Jun 19 7:00pmSophia PerlmanReservoir LoungeCover Charge
Thu Jun 19 8:00pmMark McLean featuring Kellylee EvansJazz Bistro$30.00
Thu Jun 19 8:00pmMemo Acevedo & The Building Bridges Band / Jane Bunnett MaquequeLula Lounge$39.50
Thu Jun 19 8:00pmDenielle Bassels TrioLa Revolucion
Thu Jun 19 8:00pmJunikPainted LadyPWYC
Thu Jun 19 8:00pmNothin' But The BluesN'awlins Jazz Bar & DiningNo Cover
Thu Jun 19 8:00pmMark 'Bird' StaffordMonarch's PubNo Cover
Thu Jun 19 8:00pmTribute to Freddie Hubbard feat. Brownman Akoustic QuartetMay Cafe$10.00
Thu Jun 19 8:30pmHeilig ManoeuvrePaintbox Bistro$15 cover
Thu Jun 19 9:00pmCarlos Bastidas TrioLatinada Tapas and Jazz BarNo cover for dinner guests. Others $10 cover
Thu Jun 19 9:00pmChelsea & CItyscapeHabits Gastropub$10 cover
Thu Jun 19 9:00pmBlackburnJoe Mama'sNo Cover
Thu Jun 19 9:00pmDuane Forrest TrioShangri-La Hotel TorontoNo Cover
Thu Jun 19 9:00pmTiffany Hanus Jazz BandGate 403No Cover
Thu Jun 19 9:00pmSix Plus FourSteady Cafe & Bar$8 Cover
Thu Jun 19 9:00pmPatrick Hewan Group (Vol. 1)Poetry Jazz Cafe$10 cover
Thu Jun 19 9:00pmMary McKayReservoir LoungeCover Charge
Thu Jun 19 9:30pmBobby Sparks TrioThe Rex Jazz & Blues BarCover Charge
Thu Jun 19 9:30pmBruce Domoney BandPainted LadyPWYC
Thu Jun 19 9:30pmLady KaneAlleycatzNo Cover
Thu Jun 19 9:30pmThe ReposadistsReposado BarPWYC
Thu Jun 19 10:00pmLaura HubertGrossman's TavernNo Cover
Thu Jun 19 10:00pmSean Dobbins Detroit Organ QuartetDominion On Queen
Thu Jun 19 11:00pmThe ResponsiblesPainted LadyPWYC
Fri Jun 20 8:00pmMelissa Etheridge / Deborah CoxToronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Fri Jun 20 8:00pmGregory PorterJane Mallett Theatre / St. Lawrence Centre For The Arts$52.50
Fri Jun 20 1:00amLate Night Jazz on OZPainted Lady
Fri Jun 20 4:00pmCheshire Cats Jazz BandSeven44No Cover
Fri Jun 20 5:00pmThe JivebombersThe Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
Fri Jun 20 5:00pmVocal Jazz Workshop w / Yvette TollarMusideum$30 participant / $10 audit
Fri Jun 20 5:00pmWhitney Ross-Barris Jazz BandGate 403No Cover
Fri Jun 20 6:00pmBruce Cassidy QuartetDominion On Queen
Fri Jun 20 6:00pmChris Pruden's Selbon CrisisCentral (The)PWYC
Fri Jun 20 6:30pmBossa TresLa Revolucion
Fri Jun 20 7:00pmLuis Mario Ochoa SextetShops at Don MillsFree Admission
Fri Jun 20 7:00pmSinger's Jazz Series: Something CoolPauper's Pub - Upstairs Piano Bar$15 cover at the door
Fri Jun 20 7:00pmLara SolnickiLula Lounge$15.00
Fri Jun 20 7:00pmDave Restivo - solo pianoMusideum$20 cover
Fri Jun 20 7:00pmSteve Koven DuoPantages Hotel Martini Bar
Fri Jun 20 7:30pmJune Garber & Friends featuring the Russ Little Quartet with Jackie RichardsonHome Smith Bar at The Old Mill Toronto$35.00
Fri Jun 20 7:30pmMike FieldHarlem East RestaurantNo Cover
Fri Jun 20 7:30pmMboya NicholsonHarlem West RestaurantNo Cover
Fri Jun 20 8:00pmSharron McLeod Fauxtet Music & Art InstallationBeaver Hall Gallery$20 cover
Fri Jun 20 8:00pmAlex Pangman & Her AlleycatsThe Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
Fri Jun 20 8:00pmMark McLean featuring Lester McLeanJazz Bistro$30.00
Fri Jun 20 8:30pmN'awlins All Star BandN'awlins Jazz Bar & DiningNo Cover
Fri Jun 20 8:30pmKevin Hurley QuartetPlacebo PlaceNo Cover
Fri Jun 20 9:00pmRuben Vazquez TrioLatinada Tapas and Jazz BarNo cover for dinner guests. Others $10 cover
Fri Jun 20 9:00pmFraser Melvin Blues BandGate 403No Cover
Fri Jun 20 9:00pmMichael Dunston & Dave Young's Tribute to Donny HathawayPaintbox Bistro$20 cover
Fri Jun 20 9:00pmMary McKay & Co.Shangri-La Hotel TorontoNo Cover
Fri Jun 20 9:00pmJulian Fauth & FriendsLa Revolucion
Fri Jun 20 9:00pmYvette TollarMusideum$20 cover
Fri Jun 20 9:00pmBig Rude JakeMonarch's PubNo Cover
Fri Jun 20 9:00pmLaura Fernandez TrioHabits Gastropub$10 cover
Fri Jun 20 9:00pmTribute to Cole Porter feat. Ori Dagan QuintetMay Cafe$10 advance / $15 door
Fri Jun 20 9:00pmLorne Lofsky & Kieran OversMezzetta Restaurant & Tapas Bar$10 Cover
Fri Jun 20 9:00pmMarcius ExtavourPoetry Jazz Cafe$10 cover
Fri Jun 20 9:30pmAscencionAlleycatz$10 Cover. Free w / Dinner Reservation
Fri Jun 20 9:45pmDee Dee and the Dirty MartinisReservoir LoungeCover Charge
Fri Jun 20 10:00pmThe GrindJoe Mama's$10 cover
Fri Jun 20 10:00pmManuel Valera TrioThe Rex Jazz & Blues BarCover Charge
Fri Jun 20 10:00pmSoul Sonic w / DJ NVPainted LadyNo Cover
Fri Jun 20 10:00pmPaul Wiggin's Jazz ComboGrossman's TavernNo Cover
Fri Jun 20 10:00pmCaribbean Jazz Connection w / Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo BandDominion On Queen
Fri Jun 20 10:00pmThe ReposadistsReposado Bar$10 cover
Sat Jun 21 8:00pmDavid Clayton-Thomas (Oakland Stroke opening)Toronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips Square$42.50
Sat Jun 21 1:30amOpen JamReposado Bar
Sat Jun 21 12:00pmDanny Marks & FriendsThe Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
Sat Jun 21 12:30pmLighthouseToronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Sat Jun 21 2:00pmWagner Petrilli SextetShops at Don MillsFree Admission
Sat Jun 21 2:30pmRehan DalalAcoustic Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Sat Jun 21 3:00pmHot Five JazzmakersC'est WhatPWYC
Sat Jun 21 3:30pmSwing Shift Big BandThe Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
Sat Jun 21 4:00pmBruce Cassiday's Hotfoot OrchestraDominion On Queen
Sat Jun 21 4:00pmClimax Jazz BandSeven44$5 cover
Sat Jun 21 4:30pmHappy Pals - New Orleans Jazz BandGrossman's TavernNo Cover
Sat Jun 21 5:00pmOur Old School: Gord SheardShops at Don MillsFree Admission
Sat Jun 21 5:00pmBrownman +1Musideum$20 cover
Sat Jun 21 5:00pmBill Heffernan & FriendsGate 403No Cover
Sat Jun 21 6:00pmLorne Lofsky TrioChalkers Pub$20 door / or in advance
Sat Jun 21 6:00pmCarmel Freeman BandCentral (The)PWYC
Sat Jun 21 6:00pmKohen Hammond QuartetHabits Gastropub$10 cover
Sat Jun 21 6:30pmSam HeinemanN'awlins Jazz Bar & DiningNo Cover
Sat Jun 21 6:30pmVictor Monsivais TrioLa Revolucion
Sat Jun 21 7:00pmSundar & His QuartetPauper's Pub - Upstairs Piano Bar$10 cover at the door
Sat Jun 21 7:00pmElizabeth ShepherdMusideum$25 cover
Sat Jun 21 7:00pmSteve Koven DuoPantages Hotel Martini Bar
Sat Jun 21 7:30pmNeil 'Bee' BraithwaiteHarlem East RestaurantNo Cover
Sat Jun 21 7:30pmMadetteHarlem West RestaurantNo Cover
Sat Jun 21 7:30pmJune Garber & Friends featuring the Russ Little Quartet with Amanda MartinezHome Smith Bar at The Old Mill Toronto$35.00
Sat Jun 21 8:00pmMark McLean featuring Wade O. BrownJazz Bistro$30.00
Sat Jun 21 8:00pmSharron McLeod Fauxtet Music & Art InstallationBeaver Hall Gallery$20 cover
Sat Jun 21 8:00pmManuel Valera TrioThe Rex Jazz & Blues BarCover Charge
Sat Jun 21 8:30pmMegan Jutting SextetPlacebo PlaceNo Cover
Sat Jun 21 9:00pmTribute to New Orleans feat. Ted Peters & Gumbo Ya-YaMay Cafe$10 advance / $15 door
Sat Jun 21 9:00pmQue Isso? w / Kyle McGyleDominion On Queen
Sat Jun 21 9:00pmEliana Cuevas TrioLatinada Tapas and Jazz BarNo cover for dinner guests. Others $10 cover
Sat Jun 21 9:00pmN'awlins All Star BandN'awlins Jazz Bar & DiningNo Cover
Sat Jun 21 9:00pmRobb Cappelletto GroupPoetry Jazz Cafe$10 cover
Sat Jun 21 9:00pmBLUShangri-La Hotel TorontoNo Cover
Sat Jun 21 9:00pmHilario Duran TrioPaintbox Bistro$30.00
Sat Jun 21 9:00pmRita di GhentLa Revolucion
Sat Jun 21 9:00pmElizabeth ShepherdMusideum$25 cover
Sat Jun 21 9:00pmTed Quinlan & Mike DownesMezzetta Restaurant & Tapas Bar$10 Cover
Sat Jun 21 9:00pmGroove CorporationMonarch's PubNo Cover
Sat Jun 21 9:00pmMax Senitt BandGate 403No Cover
Sat Jun 21 9:30pmAscencionAlleycatz$10 Cover. Free w / Dinner Reservations
Sat Jun 21 9:45pmTyler Yarema and His RhythmReservoir LoungeCover Charge
Sat Jun 21 10:00pmShuggaJoe Mama's$10 cover
Sat Jun 21 10:00pmThe Hi-WiresReposado Bar$10 cover
Sat Jun 21 10:00pmKandinsky EffectThe Rex Jazz & Blues BarCover Charge
Sat Jun 21 10:00pmMusic By SalazarPainted LadyNo Cover
Sat Jun 21 10:00pmChloe Watkinson Gospel RevivalGrossman's TavernNo Cover
Sat Jun 21 11:00pmLate Night Jazz JamMusideum$10.00
Sun Jun 22 8:00pmRobert Randolph Family Band / Kenny Wayne ShepherdToronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips Square$69.50
Sun Jun 22 1:30amOpen JamReposado Bar
Sun Jun 22 11:00amJazz Mass - Jim Clayton TrioSt. James CathedralNo Admission Charge
Sun Jun 22 11:00amBlank QuintetRelish Bar & GrillPWYC
Sun Jun 22 11:00amJazz Mass w / Tom Reynolds Trio & Choir of St. Andrews United ChurchSt. Andrew's United Church
Sun Jun 22 12:00pmOdessa HavanaShops at Don MillsFree Admission
Sun Jun 22 12:00pmJazz For The Teach - Jazz Fundamentals w / Lisa Martinelli & Andrew ScottPaintbox BistroFree Admission
Sun Jun 22 12:00pmNew Excelsior Dixieland BandThe Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
Sun Jun 22 12:30pmToronto Mass ChoirToronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Sun Jun 22 1:00pmHandmade Guitar ShowcaseChalkers Pub$10 door / or in advance
Sun Jun 22 1:00pmYork Jazz EnsembleDominion On Queen
Sun Jun 22 2:00pmCarin Redman TrioMorgans On The Danforth
Sun Jun 22 2:30pmOrganicAcoustic Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Sun Jun 22 3:00pmPoli's Jazz Salon w / Lorne LofskyMusideum$20cover
Sun Jun 22 3:00pmAubrey Wilson QuartetPlacebo PlaceNo Cover
Sun Jun 22 3:00pmJazz For The Teach - Big Bands w / Paul ReadPaintbox BistroFree Admission
Sun Jun 22 3:00pmLorraine Klaasen GroupShops at Don MillsFree Admission
Sun Jun 22 3:30pmRed Hot RambleThe Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
Sun Jun 22 4:00pmJohn Farrell & FriendsLa Revolucion
Sun Jun 22 4:30pmNew Orleans Connection All Star Jazz BandGrossman's TavernNo Cover
Sun Jun 22 4:30pmJazz Vespers w / the Brian Barlow Big BandChrist Church Deer ParkNo Admission Charge
Sun Jun 22 5:00pmsixplusfourCentral (The)
Sun Jun 22 5:00pmSan Murata / Tony Quarrington & Beverly TaftDominion On Queen
Sun Jun 22 5:00pmChristopher Simmons Jazz BandGate 403No Cover
Sun Jun 22 6:30pmOrganicJoe Mama'sNo Cover
Sun Jun 22 7:00pmEric West TrioPoetry Jazz Cafe$10 cover
Sun Jun 22 7:00pmAllison Long w / CJ&TMusideum$20 cover
Sun Jun 22 7:00pmLes Petit NouveauxLa Revolucion
Sun Jun 22 7:00pmLisa Particelli's Girls Night Out Jazz All-Star Vocal ShowcaseChalkers Pub$20 door / or in advance
Sun Jun 22 7:00pmBrenda Carol & ClaireVoyanceHot House Restaurant and BarNo Cover
Sun Jun 22 7:00pmBrooke BlackburnN'awlins Jazz Bar & DiningNo Cover
Sun Jun 22 7:30pmGary Gray & FriendsPauper's Pub - Upstairs Piano Bar$5 cover at the door
Sun Jun 22 8:00pmGary MorganLula Lounge$20.00
Sun Jun 22 8:00pmBarbra LicaPaintbox Bistro$30 cover
Sun Jun 22 8:00pmTribute To Pop Music feat. Worst Pop Band EverMay Cafe$10.00
Sun Jun 22 8:00pmDarcy James Argue's Secret SocietyMusic Gallery$39.50
Sun Jun 22 8:00pmLonesome Ace StringbandSteady Cafe & Bar$8 Cover
Sun Jun 22 8:00pmBill Mays - Solo PianoJazz Bistro$30.00
Sun Jun 22 8:00pmSharron McLeod Fauxtet Music & Art InstallationBeaver Hall Gallery$20 cover
Sun Jun 22 8:00pmJoe Bowden's 'Voices In My Head'The Rex Jazz & Blues BarCover Charge
Sun Jun 22 9:00pmBrownman Akoustic TrioGate 403No Cover
Sun Jun 22 9:00pmThe Monk JunkiesPainted LadyPWYC
Sun Jun 22 9:00pmThyron Lee WhyteMusideum$20 cover
Sun Jun 22 9:00pmBruce Cassidy's Mbaqanga South African Township JazzDominion On Queen
Sun Jun 22 9:00pmMike Murley & Steve WallaceMezzetta Restaurant & Tapas Bar$10 Cover
Sun Jun 22 9:00pmRuben PupoLatinada Tapas and Jazz BarNo cover for dinner guests. Others $10 cover
Sun Jun 22 9:30pmParc X TrioReposado Bar
Sun Jun 22 10:00pmJeff Coffin w / TriodesThe Rex Jazz & Blues BarCover Charge
Sun Jun 22 10:00pmNational Blues Jam w / Brian CoberGrossman's TavernNo Cover
Mon Jun 23 8:00pmGalactic (Big Sam's Funky Nation opening)Toronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips Square$42.50
Mon Jun 23 10:00pmSnarky PuppyHorseshoe Tavern$28.50
Mon Jun 23 8:00pmGerald Clayton - Solo PianoJazz Bistro$30.00
Mon Jun 23 12:00pmElizabeth Shepherd QuartetToronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Mon Jun 23 12:00pmDrumhandShops at Don MillsFree Admission
Mon Jun 23 2:30pmJim Clayton TrioSt. James CathedralNo Admission Charge
Mon Jun 23 5:00pmThe Jazz ForgeGate 403No Cover
Mon Jun 23 5:00pmSly Juhas TrioReposado BarPWYC
Mon Jun 23 5:00pmViva Mexico MariachiShops at Don MillsFree Admission
Mon Jun 23 5:00pmTara Kannangara GroupThe Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
Mon Jun 23 5:00pmJoy Lapps TrioAcoustic Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Mon Jun 23 5:00pmCanadian Jazz Quartet w / Ken PeplowskiKAMA on King$40.00
Mon Jun 23 5:00pmCarson Freeman & Co.Shangri-La Hotel TorontoNo Cover
Mon Jun 23 7:00pmBrenda Carol & ClaireVoyanceHot House Restaurant and BarNo Cover
Mon Jun 23 7:00pmJohn CheesmanMusideum$20.00
Mon Jun 23 7:30pmGTA Swing BandSeven44No Cover
Mon Jun 23 8:00pmLuanda Jones - soloMay Cafe$10.00
Mon Jun 23 8:00pmDamian Szidiropulosz TrioPaddock Tavern$5 cover
Mon Jun 23 8:00pmDinner & Comedy with Jason Gracey & FriendsPauper's Pub - Upstairs Piano Bar$10 or PWYC at the door
Mon Jun 23 8:00pmNeil 'Bee' BraithwaiteHarlem East RestaurantNo Cover
Mon Jun 23 8:00pmBlues & TroublesPainted LadyPWYC
Mon Jun 23 8:00pmBentrootsRelish Bar & GrillPWYC
Mon Jun 23 8:30pmJohn MacLeod's Rex Hotel OrchestraThe Rex Jazz & Blues BarCover Charge
Mon Jun 23 8:30pmLady HarnonyPlacebo PlaceNo Cover
Mon Jun 23 9:00pmRichard Whiteman Jazz BandGate 403No Cover
Mon Jun 23 9:00pmRon Davis & Mike DownesMezzetta Restaurant & Tapas Bar$10 Cover
Mon Jun 23 9:00pmSteve Cole GroupDominion On Queen
Mon Jun 23 9:00pmLaura MarksMusideum$20 cover
Mon Jun 23 9:30pmSalsa NightAlleycatz$5 Cover / Free Dance Lessons
Mon Jun 23 10:00pmOpen Mic MondaysPainted Lady
Mon Jun 23 10:00pmMr. Rick's Tin Pan Jazz BandGrossman's TavernNo Cover
Tue Jun 24 8:00pmDianne Reeves (Brandi Disterheft opening)Toronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips Square$42.50
Tue Jun 24 8:00pmHiromi: The Trio ProjectKoerner Hall TELUS Centre$65.50 / $57 / $43
Tue Jun 24 10:00pmNels Cline / Julian Lage DuoHorseshoe Tavern$28.50
Tue Jun 24 8:00pmJon Ballantyne - Solo PianoJazz Bistro25
Tue Jun 24 1:00amLate Night Jazz on OZ JamPainted Lady
Tue Jun 24 12:00pmHappy PalsShops at Don MillsFree Admission
Tue Jun 24 12:00pmPatricia CanoToronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Tue Jun 24 5:00pmThe Cookers QuintetReposado BarPWYC
Tue Jun 24 5:00pmMike Murley TrioAcoustic Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Tue Jun 24 5:00pmTyler Yarema & Co.Shangri-La Hotel TorontoNo Cover
Tue Jun 24 5:00pmCanadian Jazz Quartet w / Harry AllenKAMA on King$40.00
Tue Jun 24 5:00pmThe Big ThreeGate 403No Cover
Tue Jun 24 6:30pmBill McBirnie & Stephen GardnerMorgans On The Danforth
Tue Jun 24 6:30pmJeff EagerJoe Mama'sNo Cover
Tue Jun 24 6:30pmStacie McGregorN'awlins Jazz Bar & DiningNo Cover
Tue Jun 24 7:00pmBrownmanPoetry Jazz Cafe$10 cover
Tue Jun 24 7:00pmRhythm & Truth Brass BandShops at Don MillsFree Admission
Tue Jun 24 7:00pmBeverly TaftMusideum$20 cover
Tue Jun 24 7:00pmJordan Glick and The Usual SuspectsRelish Bar & GrillPWYC
Tue Jun 24 8:00pmTerra Hazelton TrioMonarch's PubNo Cover
Tue Jun 24 8:00pmShannon ButcherMay Cafe$10.00
Tue Jun 24 8:00pmDamian Szidiropulosz TrioPaddock Tavern$5 cover
Tue Jun 24 8:00pmKen Yoshioka w / Dave 'Mayor of the Junction' McManusLa Revolucion
Tue Jun 24 8:00pmDave Young QuintetThe Rex Jazz & Blues BarCover Charge
Tue Jun 24 8:00pmEarth / Wind & FireSony Centre$59.50 / $69.50 / $89.50 / $125 / $210.00
Tue Jun 24 8:30pmHot Club of Corktown w / Wayne NakamuraDominion On Queen
Tue Jun 24 8:45pmTyler Yarema and His RhythmReservoir LoungeCover Charge
Tue Jun 24 9:00pmDanny Marks & Alec FraserGate 403No Cover
Tue Jun 24 9:00pmJeff King's CatalystPaintbox Bistro$15.00
Tue Jun 24 9:00pmLatinada Trio w / Special Guest Laura FernandezLatinada Tapas and Jazz BarNo cover for dinner guests. Others $10 cover
Tue Jun 24 9:00pmKlezmology TrioMezzetta Restaurant & Tapas Bar$12 Cover
Tue Jun 24 9:00pmNick Morgan QuintetPainted LadyPWYC
Tue Jun 24 9:00pmJohn AlcornMusideum$20 cover
Tue Jun 24 9:30pmSalsa NightAlleycatz$5 Cover / Free Dance Lessons
Tue Jun 24 9:30pmMiz Debbie & The Don Valley StompersGrossman's TavernNo Cover
Tue Jun 24 10:00pmJamey Haddad QuartetThe Rex Jazz & Blues BarCover Charge
Wed Jun 25 8:00pmKEITH JARRETT - Solo PianoRoy Thomson Hall$59 / $69 / $89 / $99
Wed Jun 25 8:00pmBuikaKoerner Hall TELUS Centre$65.50 / $57 / $43
Wed Jun 25 8:00pmDirty Dozen Brass Band / LettuceToronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips Square$42.50
Wed Jun 25 10:00pmJoey DeFrancesco TrioHorseshoe Tavern$28.50
Wed Jun 25 8:00pmIan Shaw - SoloJazz Bistro$30.00
Wed Jun 25 1:00amLate Night Jazz on OZ JamPainted Lady
Wed Jun 25 12:00pmLaila Biali - TrioToronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Wed Jun 25 12:00pmWoodshed OrchestraShops at Don MillsFree Admission
Wed Jun 25 2:30pmJim Clayton TrioSt. James CathedralNo Admission Charge
Wed Jun 25 4:00pmCheshire Cats Jazz BandSeven44No Cover
Wed Jun 25 5:00pmLeigh Graham Jazz DuoGate 403No Cover
Wed Jun 25 5:00pmDenis Keldie TrioAcoustic Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Wed Jun 25 5:00pmCanadian Jazz Quartet w / Warren VacheKAMA on King$40.00
Wed Jun 25 5:00pmSly vs. Spy vs. SlyReposado BarPWYC
Wed Jun 25 6:00pmPamfritCentral (The)PWYC
Wed Jun 25 6:30pmGeoff Torrn & Thomas ReynoldsJoe Mama'sNo Cover
Wed Jun 25 7:00pmJim Heineman TrioN'awlins Jazz Bar & DiningNo Cover
Wed Jun 25 7:00pmJon FosterPoetry Jazz Cafe$10 cover
Wed Jun 25 7:00pmLouis Simao & Wagner PetrilliMusideum$20 cover
Wed Jun 25 7:00pmSlocan RamblersShops at Don MillsFree Admission
Wed Jun 25 7:00pmShipleyCentral (The)PWYC
Wed Jun 25 7:30pmChris Gale QuintetPauper's Pub - Upstairs Piano Bar$10 at the door
Wed Jun 25 7:30pmThe BTB'sRelish Bar & GrillPWYC
Wed Jun 25 8:00pmErrol Fisher TrioShangri-La Hotel TorontoNo Cover
Wed Jun 25 8:00pmThe Colour of Soul w / Lester McLeanThe Rex Jazz & Blues BarCover Charge
Wed Jun 25 8:00pmRoarshaqLa Revolucion
Wed Jun 25 8:00pmMelissa LaurenMonarch's PubNo Cover
Wed Jun 25 8:00pmArecibo featuring Ruben VasquezMay Cafe$10.00
Wed Jun 25 8:00pmLisa Particelli's Girls Night Out Jazz JamChalkers PubNo Cover
Wed Jun 25 8:00pmWagner PetrilliLula Lounge$15.00
Wed Jun 25 8:00pmDamian Szidiropulosz TrioPaddock Tavern$10 cover
Wed Jun 25 8:30pmSinners QuartetPainted LadyPWYC
Wed Jun 25 8:30pmCassandra BeauvaisCentral (The)PWYC
Wed Jun 25 8:30pmDon Francks & FriendsDominion On Queen
Wed Jun 25 8:30pmBlank QuintetPlacebo PlaceNo Cover
Wed Jun 25 8:45pmBradley and the BouncersReservoir LoungeCover Charge
Wed Jun 25 9:00pmEvaristo MachadoLatinada Tapas and Jazz BarNo cover for dinner guests. Others $10 cover
Wed Jun 25 9:00pmMike Field Jazz BandGate 403No Cover
Wed Jun 25 9:00pmStacie McGregor QuartetPaintbox Bistro$15 cover
Wed Jun 25 9:00pmRobi Botos - solo pianoMusideum$20 cover
Wed Jun 25 9:00pmPosgate / Clutton / Michelli / StamSteady Cafe & Bar$8 Cover
Wed Jun 25 9:00pmDavid Young & Rob PiltchMezzetta Restaurant & Tapas Bar$10 Cover
Wed Jun 25 9:30pmCarlo Berardinucci Jazz BandAlleycatzNo Cover
Wed Jun 25 10:00pmRudresh Mahanthappa TrioThe Rex Jazz & Blues BarCover Charge
Wed Jun 25 10:00pmBruce DomoneyGrossman's TavernNo Cover
Wed Jun 25 10:30pmLate Night Jazz on Oz Improv All Star Jazz JamPainted Lady
Thu Jun 26 8:00pmMeasha BrueggergosmanKoerner Hall TELUS Centre$65.50 / $57 / $43
Thu Jun 26 8:00pmDave Holland / Kevin Eubanks / Craig Taborn / Eric Harland: PRISM / John Scofield Uberjam BandToronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips Square$49.00
Thu Jun 26 8:00pmNorma Winstone TrioJazz Bistro$35.00
Thu Jun 26 12:00pmSuzie Vinnick QuartetToronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Thu Jun 26 2:00pmBig Band SlamThe Rex Jazz & Blues BarFree
Thu Jun 26 4:00pmCheshire Cats Jazz BandSeven44No Cover
Thu Jun 26 5:00pmSam Broverman Jazz TrioGate 403No Cover
Thu Jun 26 5:00pmCanadian Jazz Quartet w / Houston PersonKAMA on King$40.00
Thu Jun 26 5:00pmRosemary Galloway TrioAcoustic Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Thu Jun 26 6:00pmARTCentral (The)PWYC
Thu Jun 26 6:30pmRalphe Armstrong & The International DetroitersDominion On Queen
Thu Jun 26 7:00pmMaylee ToddShops at Don MillsFree Admission
Thu Jun 26 7:00pmCarissa KimbellReservoir LoungeCover Charge
Thu Jun 26 7:00pmOri DaganPauper's Pub - Upstairs Piano Bar$10 cover at the door
Thu Jun 26 7:00pmPerlHazeMusideum$20 cover
Thu Jun 26 7:00pmJazz Lovers SocietyHarlem East RestaurantNo Cover
Thu Jun 26 7:00pmBlank QuintetCentral (The)PWYC
Thu Jun 26 7:00pmLiane Fainsinger & Touch of JazzRelish Bar & GrillPWYC
Thu Jun 26 8:00pmEric St. LaurentPainted Lady$5 cover
Thu Jun 26 8:00pmNothin' But The BluesN'awlins Jazz Bar & DiningNo Cover
Thu Jun 26 8:00pmJoe LaBarbera & Pat LaBarberaThe Rex Jazz & Blues BarCover Charge
Thu Jun 26 8:00pmDenielle Bassels TrioLa Revolucion
Thu Jun 26 8:00pmJack de Keyzer BandMonarch's PubNo Cover
Thu Jun 26 8:00pmDon Laws QuintetMay Cafe$10.00
Thu Jun 26 8:00pmJake Wilkinson QuartetPaddock Tavern$10 cover
Thu Jun 26 8:30pmMortaPlacebo PlaceNo Cover
Thu Jun 26 8:30pmRalphe Armstrong & The International DetroitersDominion On Queen
Thu Jun 26 9:00pmBill McBirnie & Louis Simao Brazilian JazzMezzetta Restaurant & Tapas Bar$10 Cover
Thu Jun 26 9:00pmLaura Fernandez & Don NaduriakLatinada Tapas and Jazz BarNo cover for dinner guests. Others $10 cover
Thu Jun 26 9:00pmShafton Thomas Group (Vol. 1)Poetry Jazz Cafe$10 cover
Thu Jun 26 9:00pmAt EaseGate 403No Cover
Thu Jun 26 9:00pmAlexis Baro QuintetPaintbox Bistro$15.00
Thu Jun 26 9:00pmBlackburnJoe Mama'sNo Cover
Thu Jun 26 9:00pmChristine Ghawi TrioShangri-La Hotel TorontoNo Cover
Thu Jun 26 9:00pmAmanda TosoffMusideum$20 cover
Thu Jun 26 9:00pmHarry Vetro QuartetHabits Gastropub$10 cover
Thu Jun 26 9:30pmEvan KuhnAlleycatz$5 Cover
Thu Jun 26 9:30pmReposadistsReposado BarPWYC
Thu Jun 26 9:45pmMary McKayReservoir LoungeCover charge
Thu Jun 26 10:00pmHeavyweights Brass BandPainted LadyPWYC
Thu Jun 26 10:00pmDennis Mackrel w / Kirk MacDonaldThe Rex Jazz & Blues BarCover Charge
Thu Jun 26 10:00pmCheshire Cats Jazz BandGrossman's TavernNo Cover
Thu Jun 26 10:00pmMozayicPlacebo PlaceNo Cover
Fri Jun 27 8:00pmBobby McFerrin - spirityouall (Soul Nannies opening)Toronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips Square$69.50
Fri Jun 27 8:00pmRoy Hargrove QuintetJane Mallett Theatre / St. Lawrence Centre For The Arts$52.50
Fri Jun 27 8:00pmOliver Jones TrioJazz Bistro$35.00
Fri Jun 27 (All day)Bouffant Babies feat. Bangs & BlushPainted LadyNo Cover
Fri Jun 27 12:00pmBenny Meets Artie: Galaxy Orchestra directed by Ross WooldridgeToronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Fri Jun 27 4:00pmCheshire Cats Jazz BandSeven44No Cover
Fri Jun 27 5:00pmBacchus CollectiveThe Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
Fri Jun 27 5:00pmHarkness - Herriott DuoAcoustic Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Fri Jun 27 5:00pmJoel SheridanGate 403No Cover
Fri Jun 27 6:30pmBossa TresLa Revolucion
Fri Jun 27 7:00pmDominic MancusoMusideum$20 cover
Fri Jun 27 7:00pmSteve Koven DuoPantages Hotel Martini Bar
Fri Jun 27 7:00pmKevin Laliberte TrioLula Lounge$15.00
Fri Jun 27 7:00pmCyndi CainShops at Don MillsFree Admission
Fri Jun 27 7:30pmDinner & Comedy Show w / Jason Gracey & FriendsPauper's Pub - Upstairs Piano Bar$10 cover at the door / or PWYC
Fri Jun 27 7:30pmMike FieldHarlem East RestaurantNo Cover
Fri Jun 27 7:30pmMboya NicholsonHarlem West RestaurantNo Cover
Fri Jun 27 7:30pmJune Garber & Friends featuring the Russ Little Quartet with Barbra LicaHome Smith Bar at The Old Mill Toronto$35.00
Fri Jun 27 7:30pmPartisansDominion On Queen
Fri Jun 27 8:00pmMike Murley SeptetThe Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
Fri Jun 27 8:00pmMusic of the Mediterranean StarsRelish Bar & GrillPWYC
Fri Jun 27 8:00pmJake Wilkinson QuartetPaddock Tavern$10 cover
Fri Jun 27 8:30pmN'awlins All Star BandN'awlins Jazz Bar & DiningNo Cover
Fri Jun 27 8:30pmDC Sound CollectivePlacebo PlaceNo Cover
Fri Jun 27 9:00pmHotland TrioLatinada Tapas and Jazz BarNo cover for dinner guests. Others $10 cover
Fri Jun 27 9:00pmAnne Bonsignore & Dunstan MoreyGate 403No Cover
Fri Jun 27 9:00pmCarissa Kimble & Co.Shangri-La Hotel TorontoNo Cover
Fri Jun 27 9:00pmAnthony Fung QuintetPaintbox Bistro$15 cover
Fri Jun 27 9:00pmAndrew StewartMusideum$20 cover
Fri Jun 27 9:00pmBrian and the BlainettesMonarch's PubNo Cover
Fri Jun 27 9:00pmOgguere & Cuarteto RumberosMay Cafe$10 advance / $15 door
Fri Jun 27 9:00pmFraser Melvin BandLa Revolucion
Fri Jun 27 9:00pmOri DaganHabits Gastropub$10 cover
Fri Jun 27 9:00pmRebecca Enkin & Mark KieswetterMezzetta Restaurant & Tapas Bar$10 Cover
Fri Jun 27 9:30pmLady KaneAlleycatz$10 cover. Free w / Dinner Reservations
Fri Jun 27 9:45pmDee Dee and the Dirty MartinisReservoir LoungeCover Charge
Fri Jun 27 10:00pmThe GrindJoe Mama's$10 cover
Fri Jun 27 10:00pmDJ Frank Phantastic JohnsonPainted LadyNo Cover
Fri Jun 27 10:00pmShafton Thomas Group (Vol. 2)Poetry Jazz Cafe$10 cover
Fri Jun 27 10:00pmTony Malaby w / Kayos TheoryThe Rex Jazz & Blues BarCover Charge
Fri Jun 27 10:00pmFrankie FooGrossman's TavernNo Cover
Fri Jun 27 10:00pmThe Reposadists w / Terra HazeltonReposado Bar$10 cover
Fri Jun 27 10:00pmPartisansDominion On Queen
Fri Jun 27 10:00pmBroadswayHard Rock Cafe$25.00
Fri Jun 27 10:30pmOliver Jones TrioJazz Bistro$35.00
Sat Jun 28 8:00pmMehliana / Stanley Clarke TrioToronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips Square$49.00
Sat Jun 28 8:00pmBill Frisell - GUITAR IN THE SPACE AGE!Jane Mallett Theatre / St. Lawrence Centre For The Arts$52.50
Sat Jun 28 1:30amOpen JamReposado Bar
Sat Jun 28 6:00amClimax Jazz BandSeven44$5 cover
Sat Jun 28 11:00amYouth Jazz ShowcaseToronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Sat Jun 28 2:00pmJim Galloway QuartetShops at Don MillsFree Admission
Sat Jun 28 3:00pmBoxcar BoysC'est WhatPWYC
Sat Jun 28 3:30pmLaura Hubert BandThe Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
Sat Jun 28 4:00pmBeverly Taft's Bossa Nova ProjectDominion On Queen
Sat Jun 28 5:00pmAutorickshawShops at Don MillsFree Admission
Sat Jun 28 5:00pmTara Davidson TrioAcoustic Stage at Nathan Phillips SquareFree Admission
Sat Jun 28 5:00pmG Street TrioGate 403No Cover
Sat Jun 28 6:00pmPhill Albert GroupCentral (The)PWYC
Sat Jun 28 6:00pmDave Young QuartetChalkers Pub$20 door / or in advance
Sat Jun 28 6:30pmSam HeinemanN'awlins Jazz Bar & DiningNo Cover
Sat Jun 28 6:30pmThe Mediterranean StarsLa Revolucion
Sat Jun 28 7:00pmSinger's Jazz Series: Do It AgainPauper's Pub - Upstairs Piano Bar$15 cover at the door
Sat Jun 28 7:00pmDoulaMusideum$20 cover
Sat Jun 28 7:00pmSteve Koven DuoPantages Hotel Martini Bar
Sat Jun 28 7:30pmNeil 'Bee' BraithwaiteHarlem East RestaurantNo Cover
Sat Jun 28 7:30pmMadetteHarlem West RestaurantNo Cover
Sat Jun 28 7:30pmJune Garber & Friends featuring the Russ Little Quartet with Melissa StylianouHome Smith Bar at The Old Mill Toronto$35.00
Sat Jun 28 8:00pmOliver Jones TrioJazz Bistro$35.00
Sat Jun 28 8:00pmJake Wilkinson QuartetPaddock Tavern$10 cover
Sat Jun 28 8:00pmTony Malaby w / Kayos TheoryThe Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
Sat Jun 28 8:30pmSean Dowhaniuk GroupPlacebo PlaceNo Cover
Sat Jun 28 9:00pmN'awlin's All Star BandN'awlins Jazz Bar & DiningNo Cover
Sat Jun 28 9:00pmDonne Roberts BandGate 403No Cover
Sat Jun 28 9:00pmOri DaganLa Revolucion
Sat Jun 28 9:00pmJulian Taylor BandShangri-La Hotel TorontoNo Cover
Sat Jun 28 9:00pmPayadora Argentine TangoLatinada Tapas and Jazz BarNo cover for dinner guests. Others $10 cover
Sat Jun 28 9:00pmPatrick Hewan Group (Vol. 2)Poetry Jazz Cafe$10 cover
Sat Jun 28 9:00pmArchie Alleyne & FriendsPaintbox Bistro$20 cover
Sat Jun 28 9:00pmLalMusideum$20 cover
Sat Jun 28 9:00pmIrene Torres & The Sugar DevilsMonarch's PubNo Cover
Sat Jun 28 9:00pmBrownman Electryc TrioMay Cafe$10 advance / $15 door
Sat Jun 28 9:00pmRoland Hunter TrioMezzetta Restaurant & Tapas Bar$12 Cover
Sat Jun 28 9:00pmWintergarten OrchestraDominion On Queen
Sat Jun 28 9:30pmSoularAlleycatz$10 Cover. Free w / Dinner Reservations
Sat Jun 28 9:30pmJazz Funk Finale Party featuring The Robi Botos Jazz Funk Project & DJ Brendan DavisChalkers PubNo Cover
Sat Jun 28 9:30pmMark SepicRelish Bar & GrillPWYC
Sat Jun 28 9:45pmTyler Yarema and His RhythmReservoir LoungeCover Charge
Sat Jun 28 10:00pmShuggaJoe Mama's$10 cover
Sat Jun 28 10:00pmKelly & The KellygirlsHard Rock Cafe$25.00
Sat Jun 28 10:00pmMusic by SalazarPainted LadyNo Cover
Sat Jun 28 10:00pmTorben Waldorff QuartetThe Rex Jazz & Blues BarCover Charge
Sat Jun 28 10:00pmCaution JamGrossman's TavernNo Cover
Sat Jun 28 10:00pmBradley & The BouncersReposado Bar$10.00
Sat Jun 28 10:30pmOliver Jones TrioJazz Bistro$35.00
Sat Jun 28 11:00pmLate NIght Jazz JamMusideum$10 cover

what do you think of this years lineup?

Last year’s schedule here.

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Flights & Transportation

The nearest international airport to the Toronto Jazz Festival is the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and is located approximately 30km from downtown Toronto.

Currently 37 airlines fly into Toronto Pearson International Airport (list of airlines here). To get the best flight deals I would use SkyScanner‘s official search widget below.

To get to the city from the airport you have a number of options available to you:

Taxi

A taxi will cost you around $55 if fare is agreed in advanced and will take anywhere from 30-60 minutes to get to Downtown depending on traffic on the roads.

You can hail a taxi and the fare will be metered and can be anywhere from $55-$70 plus tip.

Taxi Pick-Up Locations:

Terminal-1 DomesticTaxis – Area A1
Limousines – Area B1
Terminal-1 InternationalTaxis – D1
Limousines – D3
Terminal-3 DomesticTaxis – Post 11
Limousines – Post 19
Terminal – 3 InternationalTaxis – Post 31
Limousines – Post 35
Show Bus (Downtown Express) and Car Rental Info...

Downtown Express Service (Bus)

Airport Express Route Map

Airport Express Route Map

Airport Express Schedule

Airport Express Schedule

The Downtown Express (otherwise known as the Toronto Airport Express) is a quick and convenient way to travel from the airport to Downtown Toronto. The Downtown Express operates 7 days a week, 18 hours a day and leaves every 40 minutes from the airport and the following locations:

  • Bond Place Hotel
  • Westin Harbour Castle (pick-up spot on Yonge Street around the corner of Hotel)
  • Fairmont Royal York (Union Station, The Strathcona Hotel)
  • Intercontinental Hotel
  • Sheraton Centre
  • Eaton Chelsea
  • Bus Terminal (Elizabeth St & Edward St.)
  • Metropolitan Hotel, U of T Residence
  • Hyatt Regency

Starting December 1, 2013, Toronto Airport Express main route service operates between 6:25am – 12:05am from the airport to downtown, every 40 minutes. From downtown to the airport between 5:25am – 8:45pm , every 40 minutes

The coach has WiFi, on-board toilets, leather seats and charging facilities for laptops and mobile phones.

Prices for the Downtown Express (see image on the right for route map and latest prices):

Adult Single: $27.95
Adult Double (two people): $42.00

Car Rental

A number of reputable car rental companies operate from the airport (car rental counters on Level 1 of the parking garages adjacent to both terminals):

Avis
Tel: 1-800-TRY-AVIS (1-800-879-2847)
Terminal 1 – (905) 676-1032/33
Terminal 3 – (905) 676-1034/35

Budget
Tel: 1-800-268-8900
Terminal 1 – (905) 676-1500
Terminal 3 – (905) 676-0522

DollarThrifty
Tel (Dollar): 1-800-800-4000
Tel (Thrifty): 1-800-THRIFTY (1-800-847-4389)
Terminal 1 – (905) 676-9127
Terminal 3 – (905) 671-7830

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Tel: 1-800-RENT-ACAR

Hertz
Tel: 1-800-263-0600
Terminal 1 and 3 – (416) 674-2020

Accommodation

The cheapest accommodation options I could find in and around Toronto during the festival period (Late June) are shown below (Click HERE for a complete list):

*** Hotel prices rise exponentially as you get closer to the festival dates. Book early to avoid disappointment. ***

Hotels Combined

If you are on a super shoe-string budget then search HostelWorld and get a bed in Toronto for as little as $23.72! – (Private rooms $24.78+)

I would recommend checking Toronto hotel reviews on TripAdvisor prior to placing any booking. Alternatively, why don’t you try something different and rent someones apartment during the festival period at AirBnB?! Click here for a free £15 credit towards your first booking!

Note that there is NO TENT CAMPING at the Toronto Jazz Fest. If you are looking for some place to camp during the festival dates, the nearest camp ground is the Bronte Creek Provincial Park. For a more in-depth look into the available locations head over to The Top 5 Camping Sites in Toronto by Suburban Tourist.

Exclusive Interview

Josh Grossman

Josh Grossman

Recently Festival Archive was lucky enough to sit down with the Artistic Director of the Toronto Jazz Festival, Josh Grossman, and ask him a few questions about this years fest. This is what he had to say… Enjoy!

Q. The Toronto Jazz Festival is now in its 27th year which is a brilliant achievement and one you must be proud of. Can you tell us how long you have been working with the festival and give a little history as to how you made your way into your current position?

I joined Toronto Downtown Jazz in January, 2010, so the 2014 Festival will be my fifth. I’m a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance program and while performance has always been a passion, I’ve always also been interested in arts administration. Since graduating from U of T the various volunteer and job experience I gained – performing, leading bands, producing and presenting shows, with organizations ranging in size from volunteer-run jazz festivals to The Royal Conservatory – prepared me for my job with TDJ.

Q. Many people would think that planning a festival would be an ideal job but I can imagine that it must be fraught with stresses and complications. During your role within the festival what do you find to be the most challenging aspects of your job?

The most challenging aspect of the job each year is balancing the Festival’s artistic interests with its financial needs. We need to ensure the long-term viability of the festival, so we must make choices which make sense financially; but we also need to ensure the long-term artistic relevance of the festival – fostering new artists, developing new audiences, etc. Sometimes those two goals work in tandem – when great artists, whether young lions or seasoned veterans, also produce great box office returns – but sometimes those goals are more difficult to reconcile.

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Q. The lineup for this year is very impressive and has a host of many exciting and dynamic performers; which performer are you looking forward to seeing most and do you have any tips for festival go-ers out there seeking some fresh new acts?

My advice to festival guests is the same each year: go on a jazz adventure! Find names which are familiar, but be sure to explore a new venue, or check out a new name. Some of my most memorable festival experiences as an audience member came from unexpected bands in unexpected places.

Q. It’s always been a great mystery to me as to how the festival handles act selection. Are there specific criteria that artists have to meet? Are acts selected purely on talent and performance alone or do your gut instincts and emotions come into play when making decisions? Also, who has the final say as to who performs (if there is just one artistic visionary?!)?

Fist and foremost, any act being considered for a spot at the Festival has to meet some fairly strict performance standards. We are looking to book the best jazz artists in the world, so all artists, whether local or from abroad, have to be prepared to be held up to that standard.

When it comes to actual bookings, there are several methods at play. If an artist has performed before at the Festival, future bookings will be based on that artist’s history: the quality of the performance, audience reaction, and box office returns. If an artist has never performed at the Festival, whether an unsolicited submission or an agent recommendation, we’re sure to do our homework: where else has the artist played? How did those shows turn out? What kind of buzz is the artist creating in the community and in the media? What kind of following has the artist garnered online? And, of course, budgetary concerns also come into play.

It’s my job as Artistic Director to always to on the lookout for new and interesting acts, while maintaining contact with those artists who are always welcome to return. Programming decisions – deciding who plays when and where – are made by committee.

Q. Over the years the festival has grown from strength to strength and has now established itself as one of the great events in the international jazz festival circuit; what do you think has been the key to the festivals continued success and what are some of the major difficulties your team are faced with each year?

We do our best to ensure that the festival has “something for everyone”: free and ticketed shows in a wide variety of genres presented on a wide variety of stages. We also are sure to pay attention to trends in the jazz community in particular and the wider music community – by reflecting the interests of our current and potential audience members, we build loyalty and engagement with the audience.

The biggest challenge we face is Toronto’s saturated entertainment market. On any day throughout the year someone can choose from an enormous variety of entertainment options; during the summer the competition for entertainment dollars gets particularly stiff. We have to figure out each year how best to position the festival as an exciting option – our marketing and programming approaches help this cause.

Q. Can you tell us a little about your favorite moments of the past 2013 Toronto Jazz Festival?

Here are few things which stick out from last year’s festival:
Looking back from my seat in the tent to see an overflowing Nathan Philips Square for the Smokey Robinson concert
Experiencing legendary bluesman James Cotton one night at the Horseshoe, and “going to church” with the crowd at the Dr. Lonnie Smith show the next night.

Being in the audience for Gregory Porter’s first ever – and stellar – Toronto performance
The fantastic combination of great music and great comedy provided by Steve Martin, Edie Brickell and the Steep Canyon Rangers
And, on a particularly personal note, performing as part of the Lunchtime Series with my big band, and giving the world premiere of a suite I wrote and which is dedicated to one of my musical and personal mentors, Phil Nimmons.

Q. Are there any programmes/clinics, educational or otherwise, that run alongside the Toronto Jazz Festival? If people wished to participate in any of them what is the best way for them to find out some more information?

Absolutely. We’re committed to fostering the next generation of jazz musicians and jazz lovers along with that generation’s teachers; we also seek to engage our current audience members. We do so with a variety of programming: clinics and workshops for students and teachers; special performance opportunities for younger musicians; interviews and autograph sessions with performing musicians; and more. We want to make sure a jazz festival experience is so much more than just seeing concerts.

Q. The festival has now been around for a long time and some would say that the past couple of years has been the festivals’ best years, how do you strive to make each year better than the last and where do you see the festival in 10 years?

We do our best to pay attention to the feedback we receive each year from performers and audience members alike, and are constantly tweaking the Festival – from the lineup to the customer experience – to ensure it can be the best possible festival. In these past few years I think we’ve done a good job in particular of responding to trends in the jazz world, booking artists that are generating a lot of buzz within less traditional audience segments.

I’d like to see the Festival continue to program vital and relevant artists, reaching out to new and younger audiences. I’d like to see the Festival explore new models for festival presentation, ensuring we are always reflecting the needs and interests of our audience. Finally, I look forward to the day we can make more shows more accessible – through grants and sponsorship – with lower ticket prices to ensure that more people can see more shows.

Q. Organising a festival of this calibre takes incredible skill, team-work, coordination and dedication. Outside of your direct festival planning team (who seem to do an outstanding job by the way!) is there any person or groups of people you would like to especially thank for their help in making the festival a success?

The Festival certainly would not be possible without the 200 volunteers we bring onboard each year, and their outstanding volunteer coordinators. The musicians who perform on our stages deserve applause too – they put their everything into their shows, regardless of stage, audience size or even weather. And, of course, we would be nothing without our audience. All art requires engagement of some sort, and jazz festival audiences are some of the most engaged I’ve seen: they sing, clap, snap tap and dance along, elevating every performance from just a concert to an experience.

Q. Many people say that it’s the festivals diverse range of jazz styles and the introduction of other similar music genres that has led to the success of the festival. How do you manage to walk the fine line between keeping both the jazz purists happy with the programme lineup and audiences with lets say a more ‘general’ taste in music?

It’s not always easy! I will always remember one of the biggest compliments I received from a particularly ardent jazz connoisseur. He said “I actually found one thing to see each day.” Mission accomplished! A diverse program is always top-of-mind, and we are constantly cross-checking the genres being presented across venues and throughout each day to ensure that no one day has too much (for example) vocal jazz or traditional jazz. We really do aim to have shows for every kind of jazz lover every day during the Festival.

Q. What is the biggest marketing challenge you face when trying to spread the word about the festival? Are there any particular avenues or strategies you have focussed on that have led to noticably good results?

As I mentioned earlier, differentiating the Festival from all of the other summer activity in Toronto – from cultural events to sports to the great outdoors – is an ongoing challenge. We have great support from media and corporate sponsors, who help to spread the word through advertising (print, radio and online) and brochure distribution, but we’re always looking for new ways to connect with our current and potential audiences. In the past two years we’ve especially ramped up our online interactions – through Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets – and we’ve seen some success: likes and follows have increased, response to contesting and other gamification has been strong, and we’re starting to see coverage of the festival pop up in new and exciting places. Next up: a jazz festival app!

Q. For people wishing to help out at the festival this year round can you please tell them a little about any volunteer opportunities you offer or other ways they can help?

Volunteer opportunities are always posted in the spring – I encourage anyone interested in being a festival volunteer to check in regularly at torontojazz.com/volunteer. Volunteers play a variety of important roles – customer service to information to artist stewardship and more.

We would like to make a special thanks to Josh for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer these questions. We wish you all the best with this upcoming festival!

Outside of the Festival

Niagra Falls

Niagra Falls

If you’re coming to Toronto for the festival then why not take a few extra days to explore the highlights of Toronto. Niagra falls is only a 90-minute drive away so you could take a trip to see 750,000 gallons of water a second pour over the edge, it’s a lovely place to go at any point of the year.

CN Tower Edge Walk

CN Tower Edge Walk

The CN Tower is a brilliant way to see the city from above and they even offer an ‘edge walk’ (the worlds highest hands free walk) allowing you to get outside and hang over the edge to test your nerve. Whilst you’re up there you could also grab a bite to eat at the 360 restaurant which gives 360 degree views of the city.

If you require any further information on this festival or would like to leave a message for others then please use the comments section below.

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Post last updated by Paul Thomson on May 19, 2014
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