Beaches International Jazz Festival
A BRIEF HISTORY…
The Festival began in 1989, when local jazz artists were booked to perform at the Kew Beach Bandshell in the Beach area of Toronto. Now celebrating her 27th anniversary, the Festival has blossomed into a 14-day event that attracts millions of fans and makes a major contribution to promoting Canadian jazz excellence locally and on the world stage.
This great diva of jazz festivals goes about her business in a steady and nurturing fashion, welcoming her guests, new and old, and winning a new generation of admirers by experimenting around her edges and keeping her programming current and fresh.
StreetFest is a Beaches International Jazz Festival signature event showcasing the finest in Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, Smooth, Afro-Cuban, Fusion, Funk, R&B, Ska and Soul sounds that Toronto has to offer. Over forty Canadian bands entertain you along a closed to traffic 2.5 km stretch of Queen Street East located between Woodbine Avenue to the west and Beech Avenue to the east. It’s an annual pilgrimage for tens of thousands of music enthusiasts who flock on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the final Festival week, to groove to the music, swing to the sounds and soak in the street scene and ambience.