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Serving the Jazz Community Since 1987
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has become known as one of North America’s premier jazz festivals produced annually by Toronto Downtown Jazz, a Canadian registered charity (No. 12969 0269 RR0001). What began in 1987 as an eight day showcase of jazz now attracts in excess of 500,000 loyal patrons annually over 10 days. Attractions include more than 400 performances with over 2000 musicians performing at approximately 50 locations around Toronto. The heart of the Festival is now located at Nathan Phillips Square in the heart of downtown Toronto with an impressive 1,200 seat fully-licensed Mainstage Marquee and outdoor stage, and where many extraordinary events are offered free to the public.
The Festival has become a destination event, not just for music lovers but for some of the greatest jazz celebrities in the world, reinforcing its reputation as a leader in artistic excellence and outstanding production standards. Its continued success and growth is a testament to its strong relationships with its stakeholders including patrons, Toronto City Council, Members of Parliament, corporate sponsors, volunteers, private donors and all levels of government. The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is endorsed by Toronto City Council, international artists and has been designated as an event of municipal significance that enhances Canada’s international reputation.
Toronto Downtown Jazz
Over the past 29 years, Toronto Downtown Jazz has:
- Presented over 32,000 artists, 85% of whom were Canadian
- Presented over 3,200 free public events
- Contributed over $560 million to the GTA economy
- Been blessed with over 68,500 hours contributed by volunteers
- Welcomed 10.5 million people to the Festival
BIZBASH Magazine: Toronto's Top 100 Events 2011 - #4 Festival & Parades; Toronto's Top 100 Events 2012 - #4 Festival & Parades; Top 100 Events in Canada 2013 - #4 Music Event; Toronto's Top 100 Events 2013 - #1 Music Event; Top 100 Events in Canada 2014 - #4 Music Event; Toronto's Top 100 Events 2014 - #1 Music Event; Top 100 Events in Canada 2015 - #3 Music Events; Toronto's Top 100 Events 2015 - #1 Music Event.
Natonal Jazz Awards Canada: 2006 Best Jazz Festival in Canada; 2007 Best Jazz Festival in Canada.
Festival and Events Ontario: 2006 Best Apparel; 2010 Best Merchandise; 2012 Best Youth Initiative; 2012 Best Poster.
Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards:2014 Jazz Hero - Patrick Taylor.