The Beaches International Jazz Festival is back with live concerts and the StreetFest celebration on Queen Street East in July

Imah performs at the Afrofest Showcase concert as part of last year’s Beaches International Jazz Festival. The drive-in concert took place at Guildwood GO Station as part of the two-day Afrofest showcase. This year, the 34th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival is back on the beach with many events planned for this month of July.

The 34th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival returns to Toronto’s east end this summer as an in-person event.

After two years of having to create a festival that was a mix of virtual and live events in some non-traditional venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 version of the festival is back in July in all its glory and with all the events that make it so popular including Streetfest.

In an earlier interview with Beach Metro Community News, Beaches International Jazz Festival founder Lido Chelli said he and everyone involved with the festival are excited to have it back next month as a live event.

“All the musicians are really looking forward to performing in front of the public again; get the engagement and the applause and see people stand up and dance,” Chelli said.

The Beaches International Jazz Festival 2022 has events scheduled from Saturday July 2 through Sunday July 24.

Woodbine Park will be the center of most of the musical action, with Salsa on the Beach (July 2 and 3), Main Stage Weekends (July 8-10 and July 22-24) which will take place there.

Also scheduled for the festival in July are The Sounds of Leslieville and Riverside from July 8-10, and the ever-popular Streetfest along Queen Street East in the Beach from July 21-23.

A series of workshops are also planned at the Beach United Church on July 18, 19 and 20.

As in previous years, entry to festival events is free. Here is the recap of July’s Beaches International Jazz Festival events:

TD Salsa on the Beach – Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3 at Woodbine Park

This year’s festival opens with TD Salsa on the Beach with performances scheduled for the afternoons and evenings of July 2 and 3.

The party starts Saturday, July 2 with DJ Victor Explosivo at 3 p.m.; followed by a Salsa lesson with Daylin Martinez at 3:30 p.m. The rest of Saturday’s performers will be El Sol De Cuba at 5:00 p.m.; Ricardo Barboza and Orq. – Dimension Latina tribute at 7 p.m.; and La Sanora Queen – Highlight at 9 p.m.

Salsa on the Beach continues Sunday, July 3 with DJ Alex Rios Rumbateca at 2 p.m.; Group Los Hijos De Tutat at 2:30 p.m.; Bachata Swing at 4 p.m.; and El Tuty and Son D’Aqui Orq. – Tributo Grupo Niche at 6 p.m.

Woodbine Park is located at 1695 Queen Street East.

Sounds of Leslieville and Riverside – Friday, July 8; Saturday July 9; and Sunday July 10

The Sounds of Leslieville and Riverside features many scheduled performances for locations along the Queen Street East area between Riverside Common (just west of Broadview Avenue) and Leslie Street.

The Sounds event will feature our four sections, including the Riverside Common Stage (657 Queen St. E.); Jimmie Simpson Park Main Stage (870 Queen Street East); and the Big Band Stage at Leslie Grove Park (1158 Queen St. E.). There will also be The Richards Group Queen Street East neighborhood night with performances at multiple locations.

The Riverside Common Stage will be open July 8 and 9 from 7-11 p.m. with performances by the Jerome Tucker Band and Reggaddiction.
The main stage at Jimmie Simpson Park hosts performances scheduled for July 8, 9 and 10.

Performing at Jimmie Simpson Park on July 8, Stacey Renee at 7 p.m.; followed by Sandra Bouza (Alanis Morissette Tribute) at 9 p.m.

The music starts at 2 p.m. on July 9 at Jimmie Simpson Park with a performance by Augusta. The rest of the lineup that day includes the Command Sisters at 3:30 p.m.; Quincy Bullen at 4:30 p.m.; Dr. Draw at 6 p.m.; Wolf Saga at 7:30 p.m.; and Les Arsenals at 9 p.m.

On the Jimmie Simpson Main Stage on July 10 will be the Toronto All-Star Big Band at noon; Ian Janes at 2:30 p.m.; Jerry Leger at 4 p.m.; and mother tongues at 5:30 p.m.

The Big Band Stage at Leslie Grove Park has performances scheduled for July 9 and 10.

The fun begins at noon on July 9 at Leslie Grove with swing dancing lessons with Swing Toronto. After that, there will be performances by Martin Loomer’s Orange Devils at 1 p.m.; The Advocates Big Band at 3:30 p.m.; and the Swing Shift Big Band at 5 p.m.

The Sunday, July 10 lineup at Leslie Grove Park also begins at noon with dance lessons followed by The Composers Collective Big Band Collective at 1 p.m.; and The Jazz Mechanics at 3:45 p.m.

The Richards Group Queen Street East Block Party will take place on Friday July 8 and Saturday July 9 from 7-11 p.m. featuring Steinwall; South side of Booth Street with United Soul Nation; the McCleary Playground at McGee Street with Quincy Bullen; Degrassi Street with the Toronto All-Star Big Band; Boulton Avenue with the ghost of old man Flanagan; Saulter Street with Puente Diablo; Grant Street with Ayden Jacobs Band; and Lewis Street with Accolades.

For more information on The Sounds of Leslieville and Riverside in particular, visit www.beachesjazz.com/sounds-of-leslieville-riverside

TD Weekend on the Main Stage at Woodbine Park – Friday, July 15; Saturday July 16; and Sunday July 17

For the weekend of July 15-17, the Jazz Festival is moving to performances on the main stage in Woodbine Park with TD Weekend.

The music starts on Friday evening, July 15 with Rice & Mango at 7 p.m.: followed by Brass Transit (The Musical Legacy of Chicago) at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, July 16, performers are Maya Kiltron at 3 p.m.; Johnny Rawls and The Maple Blues Band at 5 p.m.; My son the hurricane at 7:00 p.m.; and Everyday People: A Tribute to Sly and the Family Stone at 9 p.m.

On Sunday, July 17, scheduled performances are Owen Barney at 2 p.m.; Tica Holiday at 3:30 p.m.; Johannes Linstead at 5 p.m.; and KC Roberts and the Live Revolution at 6:30 p.m.

TD Workshop Series Listening and Learning Concerts Monday July 18; Tuesday July 19; and Wednesday July 20 at the beach united church

The TD Workshop Series will offer music lovers the opportunity to attend an intimate concert and then chat with some of Toronto’s most interesting jazz musicians. The three free concerts are scheduled from 7-9 p.m. on the evenings of July 18, 19, and 20 at the Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave.

The concert on July 18 will be given by the Larnell Lewis Band. Based in Toronto, Lewis is a Grammy Award-winning musician, composer, producer and educator.

The July 19 concert will be given by Juno-nominated singer Heather Bambrick.

The July 20 concert will be performed by the Caribbean Jazz Collective, an ensemble comprised of some of Canada’s finest jazz artists representing our country’s diverse Caribbean diaspora. Members of the Collective include Eddie Bullen, Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo, Gareth Burgess, Neal Braithwaite and Andrew Stewart.

Seating is limited for these listening and learning concerts, and those wishing to attend should ensure they pre-register by visiting www.beachesjazz.com/td-workshops

Queen Street East StreetFest – Thursday July 21; Friday July 22; and Saturday July 23

The hugely popular StreetFest is back along Queen Street East in the range between Woodbine and Beech Avenues from 6-11 p.m. on the nights of July 21-23.

Over 30 bands will be performing at multiple venues on Queen Street East over the three nights of StreetFest. For a full list of venues and bands performing, go to www.beachesjazz.com/streetfest

The Beaches International Jazz Festival StreetFest along Queen Street East in the Beach last took place in the summer of 2019. In this photo on the left, the Black Knights Brass Band perform that year. StreetFest is back and will take place on July 21, 22 and 23 this summer.

As in years before COVID-19, StreetFest will see Queen Street East between Woodbine and Beech Avenues closed to vehicular traffic to make way for throngs of music fans. The closure is in effect from 6 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on all three StreetFest nights. In addition, vehicles will not be permitted to park on Queen Street East in the area which will be closed after 4 p.m. on July 21, 22 and 23 or they will be towed.

Please also note for StreetFest that the Main Street 64 bus route will be changed to avoid Queen Street East.

For safety and access reasons, Waverly Road, Lee Avenue and Wineva Avenue will be open to direct traffic northbound and southbound from Queen Street East.

OLG Weekend Series on the main stage at Woodbine Park – Friday, July 22; Saturday July 23; and Sunday July 24

The Beaches International Jazz Festival concludes with performances on the main stage at Woodbine Park as part of the OLG Weekend Series.

NuFunk.ca’s sixth annual Groovin’ in the Park Friday Night Vibes celebration runs from 7-11 p.m. on July 22. The event is presented by The Main Ingredient supported by Hot Stepper and will feature performances by WhatNaut Band (celebrating their 20th anniversary), Carlos & Pedro (Hot Stepper), Dave Campbell and Kwame, Mike Tull and Jason Palma; Le Retour, and DJ Mensa and Agile.

Groovin’ in the Park continues Saturday, July 23, from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Featured artists will be Starting From Scratch, DJ Greg Wilson, Jojo Flores, DJ Yogi, Jason Palma, Fairy J, Iced Miston, John Kong and Jay NuFunk.

The last day of performances of the festival, Sunday, July 24, runs from 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Mooks take the stage at 1:30 p.m.; then its Bywater Call at 3 p.m.; The Shuffle Demons at 5 p.m.; and The Larnell Lewis Band and The Joy Lapps Project at 6:30 p.m.

To learn more about the Beaches International Jazz Festival, visit https://www.beachesjazz.com/



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