Beaches Jazz Fest Returns for the 29th Year in Toronto’s East End Neighbourhood

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The Beaches International Jazz Festival is a 10-day music festival held each year in the lakeside Beaches community of Toronto in the month of July. Originally started in 1988, it is now one of Canada's largest free jazz festivals with nearly 800,000 attendees, throughout its 10-day span.

The Festival takes place across a number of venues; stage concerts are held in several different parks within the area and also along a two kilometre stretch of the Beach main street - Queen Street East.

Every year, the Festival brings in internationally acclaimed jazz performers while also showcasing local talent, including “new generation” jazz musicians. The Festival now hires around 1000 artists per annum, including 50 bands for its “StreetFest” event along Queen Street East. The Festival offers concerts at six stage locations: Kew Gardens Main Stage; the Latin Square and Big Band Stages (also located in Kew Gardens Park); the Woodbine Park Main Stage and the New Generation and Youth stages also at Woodbine Park. The Festival holds a Workshop and Lecture Series which varies each year and is programmed to appeal to both professional musicians and to the general jazz loving public. The Festival also sponsors a "Jazz in Motion" Juried Photography Exhibition.

BIJF garners a lot of community support because of the community events that it supports. These include: a "Jazz-Up Your Windows" Beach BIA - BIJF jointly sponsored contest for local retailers; and multiple fundraising opportunities for local charities such as the "Beaches Jazz Tune-Up Run" on behalf of the Beach Rotary Club. The Festival attracts around one million attendees per Festival season. The BIJF benefits the local economy, injecting over $30 million into the GTA.

Although the festival is funded by the province's Ministry of Tourism and Culture, funding is also sourced from community donations. On November 2013, the Government of Canada donated $200,000 as part of the Department of Canadian Heritage funding program.

Beaches Jazz Festival presents: Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside
Dates: July 7, 8, 9, 2017
Location: Jimmie Simpson Park
Hours: Fri. July 7 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat. July 8 noon – 10:00 pm
Sun. July 9 11:30am – 6:00 pm

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Dates: July 14, 15, 16, 2017
Location: Woodbine Park
Hours: Fri. July 14 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat. July 15 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun. July 16 noon – 8:00 pm

TD presents Beaches International Jazz Festival
Dates: July 21, 22, 23, 2017
Location: Woodbine Park
Main Stage Hours:
Fri. July 21 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat. July 22 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun. July 23 noon – 8:00 pm

A Cappella Stage
Hours: Fri. July 21 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sat. July 22 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sun. July 23 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Urban Music Stage
Hours: Fri. July 21 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Sat. July 22 noon – 5:30 pm
Sun. July 23 noon – 5:30 pm
Beach Village Kew Gardens Series
Dates: July 15-16, 2017 and July 22-23, 2017
Location: Queen St. E, Kew Gardens Piazza
Hours: 12 noon – 6:00 pm

StreetFest
Dates: July 27, 28, 29, 2017
Location: along Queen St. E. (Woodbine to Beech)
Hours: Thurs. July 27 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri. July 28 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat. July 29 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

OLG presents Beaches International Jazz Festival
Dates: July 28, 29, 30, 2017
Location: Woodbine Park

Main Stage Hours:
Fri. July 28 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat. July 29 1:00pm – 11:00 pm
Sun. July 30 noon – 8:00 pm

Big Band Stage
Hours: Fri. July 28 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sat. July 29 noon – 8:00 pm
Sun. July 30 noon – 8:00 pm

Urban Music Stage
Hours: Fri. July 28 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Sat. July 29 noon – 5:30 pm Sun. July 30 noon – 5:30 pm

Beaches International Jazz Festival Fun Run
Date: Sun. July 30, 8:00 am till 11:00 am
Starting Location: Beaches Boardwalk, Leuty Life Guard Station

For more information visit www.beachesjazz.com