Shorts weather is just on the horizon. What better way to celebrate the start of summer than with the unveiling of the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival lineup. There's plenty of live music on your horizon...
Now celebrating its 28th year, Winnipeg’s largest downtown music festival will feature nearly 100 performers taking over various city stages, June 15-25. Drawing thousands of concert goers, the live music spans just about every genre, from jazz standards to R&B, 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 15-18. The Cube will feature a diverse line-up spanning the genres from jazz standards to hip hop, indie pop to Dixieland, and so very much more.
The opening weekend local roster includes roots pop outfit Sweet Alibi, Brasilian guitarist Marco Castillo's tribute to Hermeto Pascoal, dynamic Mexican trad prog rock outfit The Mariachi Ghost, New Orleans style funk and soul act Dirty Catfish Brass Band, pop rockers FINN, electro-R&B trio ATLAAS, fiery alt rock act Sc Mira, indie pop/rock act Boniface, teenage pop singer/songwriter Faouzia, the dance rock rhythms of Attica Riots, trumpeter Chuck Copenace, soul rock dynamos The Noble Thiefs. jazz hip hop act Super Duty Tough Work, and DJ.producer 2oolman of A Tribe Called Red, and more.
This year's international headliners include the legendary Mavis Staples, Brazilian cult favorite Seu Jorge, indie darlings Wolf Parade, world music supergroup Bokante, Welsh rock band The Joy Formidable, slowcore heros Low , Niger's Les Filles De Illighadad, and many more. See the complete list of this year's performers at jazzwinnipeg.com
Other locals hitting the venues include hip hop triumvirate 3PEAT, prairiegaze duo Basic Nature, jazz folk trio Casati, African musician/dancer/choreographer Casimiro Nhussi & Nafro Band, high energy emcee Chris Bxnnxtt, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dave Quanbury, guitarist/composer Keith Price, bilingual R&B soul pop singer Kelly Bado, jazz/funk/soul-infused singer Mal Magorel, R&B vocalist/pianist/songwriter Marisolle Negash, indie rock outfit Mise en Scene, jazz/roots/blues singer Monika Wall, ambient electronic due Poemss, sibling folk duo Roger Roger, soul/R&B quartet The Heights, Latin Canadian ensemble The Indestructible Latin Orchestra, and '70s inspired yacht rockers The Middle Coast.
You can also grab a little jazz with your lunch with free weekday noon hour concerts at Old Market Square, June 20-23, featuring the likes of jazz vocalist Nadia Douglas, Joel Miller with Sienna Dahlen, and more, and enjoy the likes of at The Cube Lounge nightly, June 19-24.
For those looking to connect with festival artists to boost their music skills, Jazz Fest also offers free workshops. Taking place at the the Rachel Browne Theatre, the TD Jazz Labs will feature free evening sessions and talks by festival performers including Gabriel Palatchi, Nomadic Massive, Warren Wolf, and Jimmy Greene, as well as a new music career-focused talk with Manitoba Music.
Night owls can keep the music going late at The VG Lounge at the Fairmont for Late Night Jam hosted by Derrick Gardner, June 20-24.
Tickets and passes go on sale April 13 and will be available at the Jazz Winnipeg office at 100 Arthur Street, at jazzwinnipeg.com, or by calling 204.989.4656. Tickets for Burton Cummings Theatre Shows will also be available through Ticketmaster. New this year is a five-show multi pass the allows music fans to see two shows at the Burton Cummings Theatre and any other three shows of their choosing for $135.