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7 Acts And Events Not To Miss At Toronto’s Beaches Jazz Festival 2016

7 Acts And Events Not To Miss At Toronto’s Beaches Jazz Festival 2016

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Updated: 6 July 2016
A world of music will be arriving on the streets of Toronto on July 2nd as the Beaches Jazz Festival returns for its 17th year. The festival gives the city the opportunity to admire and love genres of music that don’t gain a great deal of discussion in mainstream media or popular culture. With so many acts and so many mini festivals within the festival, we have provided a few highlights not to miss this year.

 

Lucho de Sedas

Playing the 9pm show on the first night of the festival, Lucho de Sedas are certain to get you off your feet and dancing. Lucho is something of an icon in his home country of Panama and is well respected in the Latin music community. His music is an authentic taste of Latin culture, the perfect way to kick off the festival.

Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1G7

When: Saturday July 2nd – 9pm

Chantel Collada

Toronto born Chantel Collada headlines the last night of the Salsa Festival and her beautiful vocals seem more appropriate in a more exotic setting. Despite being born in Toronto, she sings (mainly) in Spanish and the influence of her Dominican roots are clearly very strong. She is considered a young singer to keep an eye on in the future.   

Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1G7

When: Sunday July 3rd – 6:30pm

Paul James

Paul James has been making music for nearly fifty years and still knows how to get a crowd going. Having toured with the likes of Bob Dylan, James is a man of real music pedigree whose songs vary from jazz to the blues, with a little something for everyone. He is well known for his seemingly tireless stage energy, making him a must-see live!

Where: Jimmie Simpson Park, 

When: Sunday July 10th – 4pm

De Bruces a Mi

If any band on this list proved the wide variety of music available at the Beaches Jazz Festival this year, it is De Bruces a Mi. This Colombian reggae band bring together two seemingly conflicting musical cultures into a series of tracks that exemplify the quality of both. They have played audiences across the globe from Argentina to Kenya all in the name of spreading cultural diversity.

Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1G7

When: Saturday July 16th – 9:30pm

Taste of Jazz

Jazz isn’t simply a music form that was created in cultural isolation. Its early inception in New Orleans gave way to a global musical artform but its roots can be tasted as well. With dozens of food trucks in attendance, enjoy a jazz themed menu that will take you back to New Orleans, all whilst listening to Ontario born singer songwriter Stacey Renee.

Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1G7

When: Tuesday July 19th + Wednesday 20th – 5pm

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

Zydeco might not be a music style you’re familiar with but it is an amazing spectacle live. Dwayne Dopsie’s high energy performance style and exceptional skill make this traditionally Louisianan music genre a mesmerising experience for an audience. Dopsie and his band make the accordion look incredibly cool, particularly because he plays at such a frenetic pace on stage.

Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1G7

When: Saturday July 23rd – 9pm

StreetFest

Over 40 of the acts at this year’s festival will take the the street for StreetFest this year, in what promises to be a cacophony of sounds for over 2.5 kilometers. Each band will play for four 30 minute sets, with times staggered to give you the best opportunity to listen to them all. This festival within the larger festival is the perfect summation of what the Beaches Jazz Festival is all about; bringing music from around the world to the streets of Toronto for everyone to hear.

Where: Queen Street East between Woodbine Avenue to the west and Beech Avenue to the east.

When: Thursday July 21st + Saturday 23rd – 7pm

Beaches Jazz Festival | © synestheticstrings/ Flickr

Beaches Jazz Festival | © synestheticstrings/ Flickr