Our guide to the Toronto Jazz Festival

 

Are you ready to get into the groove of the Toronto Jazz Festival? The Toronto Jazz Festival returns from June 22nd to July 1st, 2018. Summertime in Toronto seems tailor made for jazz. The heat of the season, coupled with the multicultural roots of the city, are the perfect backdrop for a world-class jazz festival. Make your plans early so that you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the music.

 

About the Toronto Jazz Festival

 

Since its debut back in 1987, it has become well known as one of the premier jazz festivals in North America. It is produced each year by Toronto Downtown Jazz, a registered Canadian charity (No. 12969 0269 RR0001). The festival attracts over 500,000 loyal visitors, and more than 1,500 musicians every year over it’s 10 day run at free and ticketed shows all across the city. There is far too much music to cover here, but hopefully these festival highlights will put you in the mood.

 

TICKETED SHOWS

 

Herbie Hancock

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See the legendary Herbie Hancock, live at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, June 29th at 8pm. Herbie Hancock continues to be at the forefront of the music scene, as he has been for six decades and counting. The pianist and composer began as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet in the 1960’s. He later pioneered the electronic dance sound with the hits “Rockit” and “Future Shock”. Mr. Hancock received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. He is currently recording a new album. Get your tickets, today!

 

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones

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Bela Fleck & The Flecktones return to Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on Wednesday, June 27th, at 7pm. These are The Original Flecktones (Victor Wooten, Futureman and Howard Levy). Bela has received 11 Grammy Awards and 27 nominations since his first win back in 1998. He has been nominated in more categories than anyone else in Grammy history! Come hear a piece of the magic. Get your tickets, now.

 

Seal

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London-born, Los Angeles based legend Seal takes the stage at the Sony Centre on Saturday, June 23rd. He will be performing classic standards from his new 14 track album titled ‘Standards’, as well as some of his greatest hits. The soulful, signature sound of Seal is unmistakable. Don’t miss the four-time Grammy Award-winner. Rennie Adams will perform an opening set. Tickets are available now.

 

FREE SHOWS

 

What could be better than a warm summer day in Toronto, filled with free jazz? How about 10 days of it?! The Bloor-Yorkville area becomes the hub of the free show scene for the run of the Toronto Jazz Festival (June 22nd – July 1st). With over 150 free concerts to choose from, there is something for everyone to love. Here are just a few highlights to get you hooked;

 

Shirantha Beddage Quartet

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Catch the sound of the Shirantha Beddage Quartet on Saturday, June 30th, as they take to the OLG Stage on Cumberland St. for a 12:30pm show. Shirantha Beddage is a two-time JUNO nominated musician, composer, educator and baritone saxophonist from right here, in Toronto. Hear the sophisticated yet accessible sound, a synthesis of modern jazz and hard bop, live and free of charge!

 

John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra

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Hear and feel the “The Toronto Sound” of John MacLeod and the Rex Hotel Orchestra at the

Isabel Bader Theatre on Monday, June 25th, at 7:00pm. Their original music has been performed monthly at the Rex Jazz and Blues Bar since their formation. They have been nominated twice for JUNO Awards, winning for their debut album, OUR FIRST SET, in 2011.

 

Escola de Samba

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Celebrate Canada Day with a free show from Escola de Samba at the Village of Yorkville Park on Sunday, July 1st, at 7:15 pm. Lead by percussionist Alan “Canadense” Hetherington. Hetherington has been dedicated to the Samba Enredo tradition of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro for almost 15 years. Come and celebrate the sound, the tradition and the nation’s birthday!

 

There is so much music to take in during the 10 days of the 31st annual Toronto Jazz Festival. We hope this post helps you make the most of it!

 

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Get your tickets for Field Trip!

 

Get ready to have a field day of fun, food, frivolity, and lots and lots of live music. It’s time for Field Trip 2018. From Saturday, June 2nd, to Sunday, June 3rd, Historic Fort York and Garrison Common transform into much more than simply a summer concert venue. Field Trip is a cross-disciplinary exploration of creativity and collaboration. Come and discover the finest offerings in music, art, comedy, fashion, food and more.

 

Field Trip Festival Toronto

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PERFORMANCES

Field Trip Festival Toronto

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Get ready to feel the good vibes. Field Trip gathers some of the world’s best musical artists and performers together in the heart of our fair city. Headlining the stage on Saturday, June 2nd, are Hogtown-hometown-heroes, Metric. On Sunday, June 3rd, NYC indie darlings, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, will close out the festival.

 

In addition to the headline acts, catch Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Noname, Trombone Shorty, and Orleans Avenue – just to name a few! Check out the full lineup for some can’t-miss artists.

 

‘DAY CAMP’

Field Trip Festival Toronto

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Field Trip is a family-friendly festival. Each year, the organizers outdo themselves as they seek to expand and refine the Field Trip Day Camp space. This is a place where parents and kids can celebrate together. The area will boast its own fun performances, including identical twin acrobats Jam Side Up, and performers OozaKazoo and Turbo Street Funk. The Toronto Magic Company will also entertain the family crowd all weekend long.

 

There will be a ton of fun, kid-focused activities including an open mic for wannabe child comedians to tell a joke or two, a chalk graffiti wall, Fay and Fluffy’s Storytime, and lots more! Best of all, kids under 12 can attend Field Trip for free!

 

COMEDY

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Take a side-splitting break and laugh yourself silly as some of the city’s best comedians crack you up in the Barracks Building.

 

ANALOGUE GALLERY SOUND IMAGE EXHIBITION

 

Also housed within the Barracks is one of Field Trip’s longest standing traditions – the Analogue Gallery Sound Image Exhibition. This curated showcase of Canadian music photography includes some of the greatest moments from past Field Trips.

 

ART & DESIGN

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Each year, Field Trip brings a new collection of artists in residence together to help fans and families explore art installations, as well as Historic Fort York’s green spaces.

 

FIELD TRIP MARKETPLACE

 

The Field Trip Marketplace is a meeting place where artists and designers can connect with potential buyers and those who appreciate their art. Visit the market to browse one-of-a-kind creations, crafts, and rare wares from around the city and around the world.

 

FOOD TRIP

 

The art of eating is never overlooked at Field Trip. Sample a sumptuous selection from the finest food purveyors. Beginning last year, each vendor began to offer at least one plant based menu item – so there is sure to be something for everyone to dig their teeth into. See a full a list of vendors to start planning your personal Field Trip food trip.

 

TICKETS & PASSES

 

As we mentioned above, children under 12 are admitted free of charge, with an accompanying adult ticket, up to a maximum of 2 kids per adult. VIP passes are the best way to experience Field Trip. Enjoy priority gate entry, VIP washrooms and amenities, VIP seating, premium food and beverage offerings, a VIP cell phone charging station, and a VIP water refill station. Get your tickets for Field Trip, today!

 

Field Trip 2018 is the perfect way to kick off your season of summer fun, and create some life long memories.

 

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TIFF is back!

 

The Toronto International Film Festival began back in 1976 as the Toronto Festival of Festivals. Today, in it’s 42nd year, TIFF has evolved into one of the most prestigious and most publicly attended film festivals in the world. It attracts almost half a million people annually and has grown to include a year-round hub for film culture at its headquarters at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre.

 

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Over the years, cinema has expanded and evolved in countless ways, but there is always one constant. The heart of every film is the story. TIFF provides engaging experiences for our patrons and guests through the diverse films we screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 365 days a year. – Piers Handling, Director and Chief Executive Officer of TIFF

 

About The Festival

 

The actual film festival portion of TIFF takes place during ten action-packed days from September 7th to September 17th. It’s a whirlwind of world premieres, red carpet star-gazing and lots and lots of movies.


We’re now in our fifth decade and this is our 42nd festival. Each year we challenge ourselves to develop, to adapt, to build on our strengths. In 2017, we bring you a tighter, more focused selection of films and we hope you have the opportunity to experience as many of them as you can.  – Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director TIFF

Get your tickets for the TIFF screenings of your choice while you can — they will sell out fast.


Special Presentations

TIFF now features an intriguing Special Presentation program:


Films billed in our Special Presentation program include highly anticipated features from critically acclaimed, international auteurs. Major statements on how we live now from some of the biggest names in film and includes also, 13 World Premieres.

– Piers Handling

Battle of the Sexes


Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell. Battle of the Sexes is the true story of the historic tennis match in 1973 that pitted the top of the game, number one in the world Billie Jean King against ex-champ Bobby Riggs.


120 Beats Per Minute (120 battements par minute)


Directed by Robin Campillo, starring Nahuel Perez Biscayart and Arnaud Valois. Set in the early 90’s, almost ten years into the AIDS crisis. A group of young activists fight against the lingering indifference they perceive.


The Breadwinner


Starring Saara Chaudry, Laara Sadiq, and Shaista Latif. A strong willed young girl in Afghanistan disguises herself as a boy so that she can provide for her family in this animated feature from director Nora Twomey.


Downsizing

Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig star in Alexander Payne’s latest film about a husband and wife who decide to shrink themselves in order to live their dream life while consuming far fewer resources.


There is so much going on during the ten days of TIFF 2017. To make the most of your festival experience, browse the films and make plans. Ticket packages are on sale now. Don’t miss out on the memorable screenings and events for this year’s edition of the festival.


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Hot Docs is back!

 

The 24th edition of The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival returns for another season from April 24th to May 7th, 2017. Hot Docs is the largest festival of its kind in North America and will screen 230 incredible documentary films from 58 countries in 2017. It all happens right here, at home, in Toronto.


 

“Now especially, audiences are seeking voices and stories that will help them make sense of a turbulent world,” says Hot Docs executive director, Brett Hendrie. “This year’s festival will bring Toronto’s audiences insights and inspiration from the world’s most talented documentary filmmakers.” The festival is multifaceted and full of special events. Check out what’s in store this year:

 

Opening Night Gala

 

The Hot Docs Festival kicks off in style on April 27th. It begins with a VIP cocktail reception at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor Street West). The reception is followed by the opening night’s selected screening of Bee Nation. In this doc Saskatchewan students compete in the first province-wide First Nations Spelling Bee and try to earn a spot at the national championships. After the screening, the celebration continues at the ROM. If you choose to attend this special event you can expect time to discuss the film over cocktails and canapés. Get your tickets for this special evening now. The evening is in support of Docs for Schools, a province-wide program that provides curriculum materials and free doc screenings for grades 7 to 12.



Food and Film


Hot Docs knows the classic combination of dinner and a movie can’t be beat. On Saturday, April 29th, experience a 5pm screening of City of Ghosts, the story of fearless citizen journalists risking their lives to expose the atrocities committed by ISIS in their home city. After the film enjoy a 3-course, family-style meal at Dish Cooking Studio (587 College Street). Join Academy Award nominee and director of the film, Matthew Heineman at the table, along with women from Newcomer Kitchen (a nonprofit organization supporting Syrian refugee women). Limited tickets are available now.



The Films


With 230 documentary films from across the globe screening in only 11 days, it’s impossible to see them all. It can be hard to know where to start. It will take some careful planning to catch the films that may mean the most to you. You can check out some selected, highlighted films here, download the screening schedule or search by subject, by date or by title.


More Docs


If you can’t get out to this year’s festival, or you just can’t get enough docs. You can subscribe to the Doc Soup series. The series involves a monthly screening of docs, fresh from the festival circuit, throughout the fall and winter. Whenever possible, directors are in attendance live or via Skype for post-screening Q&As. If you need your docs right now, there are hundreds of titles from past Festivals and Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema selections available in the Collection, for on-demand viewing.


Don’t miss out! The Hot Docs Festival is a showcase like no other in North America and you don’t have to travel far from home to take it all in, especially when you live in in one of Greenrock’s premier rental communities in Toronto. For information on how to make a Greenrock Community your home, please visit our website.