TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL OPENING WEEKEND
There was a time, before its high-end designer boutiques and $18 cocktails, when Yorkville was a centre of Toronto’s music community. Known for its coffeehouse folk scene in the 60s and 70s, the neighbourhood will be been making its music mark this year during Toronto Jazz Festival, when the village becomes a strip of soul, jazz and funk, with free shows spread out through venues on Cumberland, Yorkville Avenue and beyond.
Opening weekend (June 22-24) includes 20 shows alone: gospel royalty CeCe Winans, raspy soul-pop powerhouse Macy Gray (whose I Try is still a major jam), plus No BS! Brass Band, saxophonist Jake Clemons, Shakura S’Aida, Nefe and many more.
Toronto Jazz Festival continues to July 1, with over 150 shows spread throughout the multiple Yorkville stages and other non-Yorkville venues. Don’t forget previously announced ticketed shows featuring Seal, Gregory Porter, Herbie Hancock, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones and lots more.
June 22-24 at various venues throughout Yorkville. torontojazz.com.