6 Must See Shows at TD Toronto Jazz Festival

Well we can all “say a little prayer” because the wait is finally over, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival is moving to Yorkville when it kicks off this weekend from June 23 – July 2nd, 2017. With more than 100 acts being presented throughout stages in Yorkville, everyone is invited to strut, shimmy and get down to the best jazz from Toronto, the country and around the world. Yorkville was once one of the most vibrant music scenes in North America during the 1960s and 1970s, the Jazz Festival is excited to be bringing the music back to the now posh neighbourhood. On deck and most exciting to look forward to, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin who’s songs have been the anthems and soundtracks of our lives will be making me proud to feel-like-a-natural-woman. For whom, I will gleefully shout out a little R.E.S.P.E.C.T. at the top of my lungs! Sing it Girrrrl.

3 Must-See Ticketed Shows

Randy Bachman

The Festival will also be reopening and reviving the iconic Concert Hall (in the former Masonic Temple), helping to reintroduce the historic venue as a music hall, with Canadian legend Randy Bachman. His performance, presented by Q107, will be specially priced at $19.17, as a nod to The Concert Hall’s 100th anniversary this year. The Concert Hall is known for having hosted live performances, including big band orchestras in the 30s and 40s, Frank Sinatra’s private parties in the 50s, the Rock Pile in the 60s and 70s, was Led Zeppelin’s first Toronto concert in 1969 and a favoured rehearsal space for the Rolling Stones. Performing Friday, June 23 | 8:30 p.m.

Aretha Franklin

From soul and gospel beginnings to the civil rights movement to American pop music as a whole, Franklin’s illustrious and storied career has been unchallenged thus far – 18 Grammy’s; the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and a Presidential Medal of Freedom honouree, the United States highest civilian honour. All of this justifiably earning Franklin Rolling Stone’s #1 spot on its list of The Greatest Singers of All Time. Now that calls for a little respect. After more than 50 years of touring, the legendary Queen of Soul is slowly winding down her much celebrated and lauded career. Don’t miss what may be your last chance to see the icon at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, performing on Saturday, July 1 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts | 8 p.m.

Joss Stone

Before Adele, before Jessie J, before Amy…there was Joss. The British songstress was only 16 years old when she hit the mainstream in 2003, armed with a powerful voice and a vintage, soul-based sound. Joss has performed onstage with the likes of James Brown, Gladys Knight, Blondie, and collaborated with musicians like Mick Jagger, Damian Marley, Jeff Beck, and Ringo Starr. Aiming to play in every country on the planet, Joss continues her Total World Tour which kicked off in April 2014. Performing Monday, June 26 at the Danforth Music Hall | 9 p.m.

3 Must-See Free Shows

Nomadic Massive

Nomadic Massive is a unique crowd-rocking, multilingual hip hop crew based out of Montreal. Known for their explosive shows and sharp socially conscious lyrics, the 10-piece band has captivated audiences worldwide with their own mix of global beats, based on live instrumentation. The group is the “melting-pot of hip hop” where rapping and singing takes place in 8 different languages. Tuesday, June 27 – OLG Stage on Cumberland | 8:30 p.m.


Disco is an attitude. This 6 piece Toronto boogie outfit is best known for bringing their high-energy live set to the best warehouse parties in the city. Fronted by a powerful duo of vocalists, Kamilah Apong and Kaysie Quansah, their sets consist of both original material and tried-and-true party jams – they know a thing or two about making the dance floor hot. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes! Sunday, July 2 – OLG Stage on Hazelton | 8 p.m.

KC Roberts and the Live Revolution

Funk meets Bruno Mars’ upbeat sound meets Daft Punk’s electronic tunes: An original 8-piece Canadian funk band, KCLR is well-known for its energized live performances “influenced by atypical genres” from hip-hop to rock to house to electronic. This is dancing at the highest level. Sunday, June 25 – OLG Stage on Yorkville Avenue | 8 p.m

By Melissa Dennie


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