TORONTO JAZZ FES­TI­VAL OPEN­ING WEEK­END

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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.

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