Festival season is officially underway as the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival brings the party downtown for its 2015 edition. One of the summer's best sources for live local music, the venerable downtown fest kicks things off with a free opening weekend at The Cube in the heart of the Exchange District, June 11-21.
Now celebrating its 26th year, Winnipeg’s largest downtown music festival will feature nearly 100 performers taking over various city stages, June 11-21. Drawing thousands of concert goers, the live music spans just about every genre, from jazz standards to R&B, hardbop to hip hop, roots and blues to indie rock and electronic pop, latin jazz, and just about everything in between.
This year's fest boasts over 40 Manitoba acts in the clubs and theatres and on the outdoor stage. Jazz Fest kicks things off in the heart of the Exchange District with a free opening weekend at Old Market Square, June 11-14. The Cube will feature a diverse line-up, including jazz and soul on Thursday, Latin Jazz on Friday, the wildly popular indie night on Saturday, and closing out with a diverse Sunday night lineup.
The opening weekend local line-up includes funk festival fave Moses Mayes, New Orleans style funk and soul act Dirty Catfish Brass Band, Latin jazz acts Trio Bembe, Combo Latino, and Marco Castillo & Brazilian Beats, Mexican prog rockers The Mariachi Ghost, indie pop/rock outfit Federal Lights, electro pop act Vikings, pop singer/songwriter French Press, indie rockers Federal Lights, hip hop heroes The Lytics, R&B/soul troupe The Noble Thiefs, and more.
Other locals hitting the stages include JUNO-winning soul/pop group Chic Gamine, indie electronic duo Atlaas, yodeling western swinger Woody Holler and His Orchestra, roots trio Red Moon Road, crooner and pianist Doug Edmond, guitarist Keith Price, vocalists Monika Wall, Nadia Douglas, Amber Epp, and Grace Hrabi, roots/blues maven Little Miss Higgins, trumpeter extraordinaire Richard Gillis, and acclaimed drummer/composer/band leader Curtis Nowosad.
Get out there and see some live music! Check out the complete Jazz Fest schedule