TD Toronto Jazz Festival June 24 – July 3
Aretha Franklin and her 14 musicians and the 10-piece Toronto Jazz Festival Orchestra will perform at a free concert June 24th to kick-off the TD Toronto Jazz Festival’s 25th anniversary. The concert will be held at the Toronto Star Stage at Metro Square next to Roy Thomson Hall (55 John St., Toronto).
This year’s festival includes several top performers including opera singer Jessye Norman who will sing traditional jazz tunes, Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Robert Cray Band, Bootsey Collins, Dee Dee Bridgewater who will present “To Billie with Love” a tribute to Billie Holiday, and the world premiere of Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo’s duo project “Songs of Mirth and Melancholy”.
The festival’s 350 free and ticketed shows will be spread out across 40 locations – bars, nightclubs, theatres, etc., including the Koener Hall and the Sony Centre, and will feature 1,500 musicians
For information, tickets, etc. check www.torontojazz.com.
July 1-2: The 5th Dimension – Fallsview Casino – 9 PM – Tickets from $20. 1-977-833-3110
Bear Creek Summer Music Festival – June 4 – July 2
June 28: 5-time Grammy winner Lionel Ritchie will perform. Rexall Centre – York University, 1 Shoreham Dr. (Keele St. South & Steeles Ave.)
July 23: Truth of Soul Gospel featuring: Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin and Mighty Clouds of Joy – Rexall Centre
July 2: Bootsy Collins plus Saidah Baba Talibath – Toronto Star Stage , Metro Square, 221 King St. W.
July 12: Jennifer Hudson “I Remember Me” tour at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts – Toronto
July 12 – August 12 – Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto (see schedule of events)
July 13: Toronto International Track & Field Games – University of Toronto Varsity Centre 7 PM Tickets start at $20. www.totrack.ca or 1-866.9443.8849. Jamaican sprint sensation Yohan Blake, the youngest sprinter in history to break the 10 second barrier in the 100m is being touted as the runner destined to break Usain Bolt’s records in the 100m and 200m. Blake’s personal bests are 9.89 (100m) and 19.78 (200m)
July 14: Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) – Documentary film Screening series: NFB, 150 John St. Toronto, 6 PM – firstname.lastname@example.org
July 15-24: Beaches International Jazz Festival – Multiple Bands along a closed off section of Queen St. E, Kew Gardens, etc.
July 23: OBHS Emancipation Day Bus Tour – departs Yorkdale Mall 8 AM – return 9 PM email@example.com
July 30: Kid Cudi – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Tickets: LiveNation.com
31: Drake – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Tickets: LiveNation.com
August 1 – Emancipation Day