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.
When: Saturday July 2nd – 9pm
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.
When: Sunday July 3rd – 6:30pm
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.
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.
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.
When: Saturday July 23rd – 9pm
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.
When: Thursday July 21st + Saturday 23rd – 7pm