Beaches International Jazz Festival


1798 Queen Street EastTorontoOntarioM4L 1G8Canada View Map


$7 Million




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(416) 698-2152


(416) 698-2064


We continued to offer workshops and clinics for youth in the city through our Youth Initiatives Program in 2011. Schools, community centers and local pubs played host to some amazing jazz music being made by young people in the city under the direction of some of our finest jazz professionals. Our jazz jams proved more popular than ever. Our Honour Combos continued this year and were featured amongst other great high school aged musicians on our youth stage. They toured the city, performing a multiple venues. They really are the future of Jazz in Canada! Our New Generation stage really captured some of the best and brightest musicians in town. Heavyweight Brass, Michael Schatte and Larra Skye were amongst the fine talent that we showcased. Many of the New Generation artists will go on to main stages and continue to progress in their careers in music. Our new Big Band Stage was well represented by four powerhouse bands, all bringing their own unique style and sound to its large audiences, from the contemporary sounds of The Jazz Mechanics and Big Smoke Big Band, to the more traditional offerings of the George Lake and Swing Shift Big Bands. Folks loved the setting along the boardwalk under the shady trees. Our ever explosive Latin Stage, a treat for the ears, the heart and the hips was back for its second year. It gave its audience the feeling of being in the Caribbean without having the need to take a plane to get there. Bands like CaneFire, provided a richness of sounds - mixed and matched into something uniquely Canadian. BIJF has a world vision and 2011 will be remembered for that big embrace! On a related note, we really do have the best volunteers to help make the Beaches Jazz Festival run smoothly. Over 300 people helped out during the 10 days of the festival. In spite of the heat, they came, helped out and represented our festival in a professional and friendly manner. We couldn't have done it without them. Our Free Workshops were amazing. Many people came out to learn and enjoy such varied topics as Concert Photography, Heather Bambrick's Vocal Bootcamp, Second City Comedy Improv, the Ukulele Workshop and our ever popular dance classes. We broke the record for attendance this year and can't wait to start planning for next year. Did you check out our Photo Exhibit at Woodbine and Kew Gardens this year?

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