The TD Toronto Jazz Fest is back, and it’s better than ever. Following a wildly successful post-pandemic return in 2022, the Festival is set to light up the city’s music scene once again this summer, taking over the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood from June 23rd to July 2nd, 2023 with 10 days of FREE outdoor programming plus a selection of ticketed concerts all featuring a blockbuster lineup of world-renowned musicians.
TD Toronto Jazz Fest celebrates opening weekend with an epic street takeover on Queen’s Park June 24 and 25 with FREE concerts on the TD Avenue Stage featuring Festival headliners like Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Ashanti, Toronto’s own Grammy Award-winning jazz fusion group, BADBADNOTGOOD, Scarborough rhythm and blues rising star, LOONY, and the first woman to win the Juno Award for Best Rap Album, Haviah Mighty.
The not-to-be-missed Opening Night party presented by OLG featuring none other than Canada’s Juno Award-wining Queen of R&B, Jully Black takes place on Friday, June 23 nestled in the new fan-favourite OLG Grove in the Burwash Quad on the historic Victoria College campus. Added last year to expand the Festival’s footprint, the OLG Grove quickly established itself as a Jazz Fest mainstay, welcoming packed crowds to enjoy free live music from a blanket on the grass or from the comfort of muskoka chairs.
This year’s OLG Grove is amping up the festival vibes even more with a DJ Booth and an all-new beer garden from official beer partner Steam Whistle to keep the party going day and night.
In addition to 100+ free live performances, this year’s Festival includes ticketed shows from legendary jazz artists – musicians who helped shape the history of jazz – like Herbie Hancock and George Benson, returning fan-favourites like Grammy Award-winning jazz and funk collective Snarky Puppy, Melody Gardot and Avishai Cohen, and the Festival debut of Afro-Cuban rockstar Cimafunk.
YouTube Video – Cimafunk: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert