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Toronto Beaches International Jazz Festival 2012

 

The 24th annual Toronto Beaches International Jazz Festival kicks off with concerts at Woodbine Park, July 20-22, 2012. The festivities continue with a street party running July 26-28, 7pm-11pm nightly along Queen Street East (from Woodbine to Beech), and the closing weekend performances at Kew Gardens, July 28-29, 11:30am-6:30pm. Print full schedule! or BeachesJazz.com

Main Festival Stages

Woodbine Park (July 20-22, 2012)

Multiple outdoor stages feature free concerts.  In addition to the “Woodbine Park Main Stage”, the “New Generation” and “Youth”stages celebrate young upcoming musicians that are having an impact on the jazz and contemporary music scene.   Located at the western edge of the Beach community, Woodbine Park is situated at the corner of Northern Dancer Boulevard and Lake Shore Boulevard East (Northern Dancer is between Coxwell and Woodbine Avenues).

TIPS: If you plan to stay a while – bring sun screen and a hat, a big blanket or folding chairs to rest on and/or rain gear.  Because it’s lakeside, it can get cool at night, so bring a sweater or another blanket or just cosy up to your neighbour. You can also grab a seat in their licensed beer garden!  Food kiosks are scattered throughout the site. Woodbine Park is wheelchair accessible.

KEW Gardens (11am-6pm – July 28-29, 2012)

The OLG Main Stage at Kew Gardens stage is the global “listening post”.  Bands that headline this stage come with a story to share.  It’s a unique opportunity to witness up close and personal, jazz musicians who’ve created a special buzz on the international music scene.

TIPS: You can also grab a seat in the licensed beer garden located within viewing distance of the stage!  Kew Gardens park is wheelchair accessible.  There is a viewing area in the vicinity of the stage for people using wheelchairs or scooters.

Saturday July 28, 2012

TIME
ARTIST (Click on a name to visit website)
11:00 AM
Julia Cleveland Quintet
12:30 PM
Robert Scott Trio
2:00 PM
Heavyweights Brass Band
3:30 PM
Liona Boyd
5:00 PM
Sharrie Williams


Sunday July 29, 2012

TIME
ARTIST (Click on a name to visit website)
11:00 AM
Lou Pomanti
12:30 PM
Lemon Bucket Orkestra
2:00 PM
Bill King Trio with special guests
Lou Pomanti & Stacy Bulmer
3:30 PM
Johnny Rawls
5:00 PM
LMT Connection

Latin Square (July 27-29, 2011)

Where Jazz meets Salsa. An irresistible lakeside combination that bridges jazz sounds with Latin flavours from the Caribbean.  Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia.  It’s a feast for the ears and the feet!  Who says you need to travel to the Tropics to find it!  Located south of Kew Gardens stage, at the foot of Lee Avenue next to the Beach Boardwalk across from Leuty Life Guard Station.

Friday July 27, 2012

TIME
ARTIST
3:00 PM
Conjunto Tropical de Cuba
5:00 PM
DJ Manyoma
6:00 PM
Un Poco Latino


Saturday July 28, 2012

TIME
ARTIST
NOON
Jazzmeetssalsa Band
2:00 PM
DJ Gury Gury
3:00 PM
Miko Sobreira
salsa dance class
4:00 PM
Lucho De Sedas y Los Selectos
6:00 PM
La Heavy Mambo


Sunday July 29, 2012

TIME
ARTIST
NOON
The Latin Jazz Ensemble
1:00 PM
DJ Manyoma
3:00 PM
Miko Sobreira
salsa dance class
4:00 PM
El Swing de Azuris

Big Band (July 27-29, 2012)

Launching this season and promising to be an extraordinary treat, the Big Band Stage is a celebration of the 1930s, 40s and 50s Golden Era of Big Bands with all of their Hollywood glamour; gritty romance and mesmerizing instrumentation, arrangements and vocals. The Big Band Stage is located adjacent to the Beach Boardwalk directly across from the Latin Square stage.

Friday July 27, 2012

TIME
BANDS
3:00 PM
The George Lake Big Band


Saturday July 28, 2012

TIME
BANDS
NOON
Bees’ Knees Dance Free Lessons & Demos
12:30 PM
The George Lake Big Band
3:00 PM
The Big Smoke Big Band
5:30 PM
Swing Shift Big Band


Sunday July 29, 2012

TIME
BANDS
NOON
Bees’ Knees Dance Free Lessons & Demos
12:30 PM
The Jazz Mechanics
3:15 PM
Swing Shift Big Band

World Beat Stage (July 27-29, 2012)

Coming your way this season – it’s our new “world” within a stage offering.  We’ve taken our uniquely Toronto global perspective, added a lively mix of indigenous sounds, stirred in some contemporary music and voila – we have ourselves some decidedly groovy beats.  We encourage you to whip yourself up into a dancing frenzy or just sit back and indulge in blissful contemplation – World Beat encourages both reactions!  Great location along the Beach Boardwalk, east of the Boardwalk Café and west of the Woodbine Beach Bathing Station.

StreetFest (7pm-11pm – July 26-28, 2012)

StreetFest is a Beaches International Jazz Festival signature event showcasing the finest in Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, Smooth, Post-Bop, Afro-Cuban, Fusion, Funk, R&B and Soul sounds that Toronto has to offer.  Upwards of 50 Canadian bands entertain you along a 2 km stretch of Queen Street East, closed for this occasion.  It’s an annual pilgrimage for close to a million folks who come out on the Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday to groove to the music, swing to the sounds and soak in the street scene and ambience.

During Beaches Jazz Festival StreetFest, on the nights of Thursday July 26thFriday July 27th, andSaturday July 28th, , Queen Street E. will be closed from Woodbine Ave. to Beech Ave. from 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm nightly. The north / south streets of Waverley Ave., Wineva Ave., and Lee Ave. will remain open throughout the evening.

2012 StreetFest Line-up

LOCATION (Bands play at the same location every night)ARTIST (Bands plays 3 sets from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm nightly)
SE Corner Queen & WoodbineSamba Squad
1899 Queen St. E. (Brigitta’s Hair)Dr. Draw
Fire Hall-Northwest DrivewayBlackboard Blues Band
1910 Queen St. E. (Breakwall BBQ)The Joyful Sinners
1921 Queen St. E.Imbayakunas
1930 Queen St. E. (Ends)Who Stole The Cookies
1938 Queen St. E. (Pizza Nova)Erin McCallum
1944 Queen St. E. (Envy Eyewear / Smokin’ Cigar Inc.)Johannes Linstead
1943 Queen St. E. (The Gull & The Firkin)Jason Wilson
1958 Queen St. E. (Lion On The Beach)David Rotundo
1963 Queen St. E. (St. Louis Bar & Grill)Yiannis Kapoulas
1970 Queen St. E. (Bow Thai)Puente del Diablo
1972 Queen St. E. (Seagull)Seagull All-Stars
1982 Queen St. E. (Starbucks Coffee)Thursday – Dana Jean Phoenix
Friday and Saturday – God Made Me Funky
KEW Gardens (West Entrance)Brian Rose Little Big Band
2018 Queen St. E. (Bagel World)Shrimp Daddy
Beach Public Library Gardens (East Entrance)Midnite Riders
2169 Queen St. E. (Coles)Downtown Dixieland Band
2175 Queen St. E. (RBC)Scott McCord & The BonafideTruth
2185 Queen St. E. (LCBO)KC Roberts
2066 Queen St. E. (Noel Trumpour At My Place)Suzana d’Amour
2076 Queen St. E. (Gabby’s / Scotia Bank)Neil Chapman
2090 Queen St. E. (Hair Dynamix)Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo
2215 Queen St. E. (Beach Hardware)PHUSION
2233 Queen St. E. (Queen Compact Cars)Samantha Kate Sheppard
2114 Queen St. E. (First Choice Hair Cutters)The Metro Big Band
2237 Queen St. E. The Al Sinclair Team (Remax)Gone Phission
2253 Queen St. E. (Starbucks Coffee)Rob Christian
2259 Queen St. E. (Expedia Cruiseship Centres)Quincy Bullen
2271 Queen St. E. (Totto Salon & Spa)Soul Motivators
2148 Queen St. E. (Swiss Chalet)Toronto All-Star Big Band
2301 Queen St. E. (Royal LePage)Project Phoenix
2152 Queen St. E. (Homeward)Blue Room
2162 Queen St. E. (Beacher Café)Patrick Tevin’s New Orleans Rhythm
2180 Queen St. E. (Essentia At The Beach)Juice
2196 Queen St. E. (BeachMac)Sultans Of String
2198 Queen St. E. (Arts on Queen)Terry Gillespie
2206 Queen St. E. (Healthy Earth School)Jeanine Mackie
2210 Queen St. E. (Pet Valu)Not Affiliated Big Band
2216 Queen St. E. (Beach Chiropractic Centre)Mae Cromwell
2232 Queen St. E. (Honey’s Beestro)Cobra Kings
2375 Queen St. E. (Suzuki Shiatsu)Bernadette Connors
Balmy Beach Club (foot of Beach Ave.)Paul James Band

Beaches Jazz continues to be one of the few remaining mostly free jazz festivals and the leading festival for promoting Canadian musical talent. So come on down to The Beach this weekend and enjoy the sights and sounds. Once again, a portion of the proceeds from this year’s festival will be directed to the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation, which is aiming to raise $60 million for the health care centre’s $211 million comprehensive redevelopment.

*Photo of Dr Draw, courtesy Flickr/jbach

 

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