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Friday, June 22, 2018

TD Toronto Jazz Festival opening weekend line-up 2018

165+ Free Concerts
Opening Weekend Festivities Featuring Macy Gray, CeCe Winans, No BS! Brass Band and More


Friday, June 22
FEATURED PERFORMANCES
Friday Night Live: Clairmont The Second, JAZZ MONEY, Holla Jazz, Jesse Barksdale Trio, Woodshed Orchestra & Angela Turone Trio
7pm | Royal Ontario Museum
A special edition of Friday Night Live as we turn the museum into a jazz club

Heather Bambrick & Friends with Russ Little Quartet feat. Guido Basso
7:30pm | Home Smith Bar at The Old Mill Toronto
A festival within the Festival, showcasing a lineup of some of Canada's best-loved jazz luminaries

Maylee Todd
9pm | Pilot Tavern
A creative powerhouse in duo format with fast-rising producer Kyvita

Pat LaBarbera Quartet
8pm | Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
Best known for his solo work with the Buddy Rich Band, he has been among the key members of the local scene for more than 30 yearsParis_Monster
10pm | Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
Experimental garage music

FREE PERFORMANCES
CeCe Winans
8:30pm | OLG Stage on Yorkville Ave
True gospel royalty and a 12-time GRAMMY winner

Hector Quartet
5:30pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St
What better way to kick off the Festival than with one of the local scene's regular contributors - Chris Gale

Lester McLean
6pm | Yorkville Village - The Lane

David Braid The North
7pm | Church of The Redeemer
Winner of this year's JUNO for Jazz Album: Group, the ensemble reunites

A Novel of Anomaly
7pm | Heliconian Hall
The unique combination of voice, accordion, guitar and percussion creates unpredictable music

Soul Stew
7:45pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St

Stacie McGregor Trio
10pm | ONE Restaurant

Roberta Hunt Trio
10pm | Sassafraz
Mix big piano with beautiful voice, add some attitude and a lot of charisma

Mill Street Late-Night Jam with Lauren Falls Trio
10pm | InterContinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel
Our nightly late-night jam with the outstanding house band Lauren Falls (bass), Dave Restivo (piano) and Ethan Ardelli (drums)



Saturday, June 23
FEATURED PERFORMANCES
Seal with Rennie Adams opening
8pm | Sony Centre
R&B legend performs jazz standards from his new album as well as his greatest hits

Liona Boyd & Friends - A Tribute to Yorkville in the 60's
8pm | Church of The Redeemer
See the First Lady of Guitar as she pays tribute to an iconic time in Toronto's musical past

Heather Bambrick & Friends with Russ Little Quartet feat. Jackie Richardson
7:30pm | Home Smith Bar at The Old Mill Toronto
A festival within the Festival, showcasing a lineup of some of Canada's best-loved jazz luminaries

Toronto Poetry Slam with D'bi & The 333
9pm | Pilot Tavern
A night of powerful spoken word and Afro-Dub-fusion

Joy Lapps Project
8pm | Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
Explore Afro and Latin-Caribbean jazz with a hint of R&B and soul

Paris_Monster
10pm | Rex Jazz & Blues Bar

FREE PERFORMANCES
No BS! Brass Band
8:30pm | OLG Stage on Yorkville Ave
Embracing the spirit of New Orleans, think James Brown meets John Coltrane meets Michael Jackson with a dash of Led Zeppelin

Duchess
12pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St
Three vocalists, tight harmonies and lots of swing

OKAN
1pm | OLG Stage on Yorkville Ave
A look into the past and the roots of Cuban music with a modern and fresh touch

Norman Marshall Villeneuve's Canadian Jazz Messengers
2:30pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St

Nefe
3:30pm | OLG Stage on Yorkville Ave
The power of Tracy Chapman, the uniqueness of Bruno Mars and a voice that can silence a room

Larnell Lewis Band
5pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St
The internationally acclaimed drummer performs music from his newly released debut album

Jake Clemons
6pm | OLG Stage on Yorkville Ave
He shows there's more to him than holding the sax chair in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band

Gorilla Mask
7pm | Heliconian Hall
Ground-shaking grooves, hammering rhythms and wailing melodies, layered with explosive no-holds barred improvisations

Moon Hooch
7:30pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St
Two saxes and a drum set - their New York subway busking became a viral sensation

Stuart Harrison Trio
10pm | ONE Restaurant

Bill King Trio with Gavin Hope
10pm | Sassafraz

Mill Street Late-Night Jam with Lauren Falls Trio
10pm | InterContinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel



Sunday, June 24
FEATURED PERFORMANCES
The Bad Plus
8:30pm | Trinity-St. Paul's
The iconic trio debuts with new pianist Orrin Evans

Becca Stevens
8pm | Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
"A best-kept secret" (New York Times), she performs songs from her current release, Regina

Rinse The Algorithm
10pm | Rex Jazz & Blues Bar

FREE PERFORMANCES
Macy Gray
7:30pm | OLG Stage on Yorkville Ave
The two-time GRAMMY winner closes out opening weekend festivities, performing a mix of songs including samples from her album, The Sellout

Hoffman-Lemish Quartet
12pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St
Fresh-sounding blend of jazz and Jewish folk melodies

Pan Fantasy Steelband
1pm | OLG Stage on Yorkville Ave
8 players, 15 steel pans and a total party, start your Sunday with some calypso

Chris Platt Trio
2pm | Yorkville Village - The Lane

Tara Kannangara
2:30pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St
JUNO-nominated artist who uses trumpet and voice equally to create her original compositions which exist somewhere between jazz and pop

Jay Douglas
3pm | OLG Stage on Yorkville Ave

Shakura S'Aida
5pm | OLG Stage on Yorkville Ave
Her warm personality and truly remarkable voice take audiences on a sublime journey that lingers on, long after the lights have dimmed

Crystal Shawanda
5pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St
She brings her powerful voice and unique experience - including a stint in Nashville and an RCA Records deal - to every performance

L.J. Folk Quartet
5pm | Yorkville Village - The Lane
His voice has been described as "sheer perfection"

Reg Schwager - Songbook
7pm | Heliconian Hall
A chance to see one of Canada's top jazz musicians along with three outstanding vocalists - John Alcorn, Luanda Jones and Jeanette Lambert

Russell Malone Quartet
7:30pm | OLG Stage on Cumberland St
A long-time member of Diana Krall's ensemble, he is one of  the international jazz scene's great gutiarists

Eric St-Laurent Trio
10pm | ONE Restaurant

Bill King Trio with Cornelia Luna
10pm | Sassafraz

Mill Street Late-Night Jam with Lauren Falls Trio
10pm | InterContinental Toronto Yorkville Hotel

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