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Festival prime time
It's been almost a month since we wrapped the 2012 TD Toronto Jazz Festival and I feel myself slowly going into jazz festival withdrawal. Happily, there are still lots of festivals to catch around Ontario over the next several weeks. In case you're suffering from similar symptoms, I figured I would list some of the upcoming festivals. As is always the case when creating these sorts of lists, it's likely that I've missed a few. If you notice something missing, let me know.
I'd like to make a special mention of the Harbord St. Jazz Festival, launching its first edition this year. Under the artistic direction of local saxophonist Ryan Oliver, the festival is starting small, but features some of the top musicians in Toronto - and some of the top food in the city too. It's exciting to see these sorts of initiatives get off the ground, and we wish them the best of luck.
Okay - here's the list:
- Beaches Jazz Festival (Toronto) - July 20-29, 2012 (www.beachesjazz.com)
- Aurora Jazz+ Festival (Aurora) - August 3-5, 2012 (www.aurorajazzfest.com)
- Brampton Global Jazz and Blues Festival (Brampton) - August 9-12, 2012 (www.artofjazz.org)
- Harbord St. Jazz Festival (Toronto) - August 10 & 11, 2012 (www.harbordjazz.com)
- Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival (Oakville) - August 10-12, 2012 (www.oakvillejazz.com)
- Prince Edward County Jazz Festival (Picton) - August 15-19, 2012 (www.pecjazz.org)
- Markham Jazz Festival (Markham) - August 16-19, 2012 (www.markhamjazzfestival.com)
- Guelph Jazz Festival (Guelph) - September 5-9, 2012 (www.guelphjazzfestival.com)
- Jazz Sudbury Festival (Sudbury) - September 7-9, 2012 (www.jazzsudbury.ca)
- Port Credit Blues and Jazz Festival (Port Credit) - September 7-9, 2012 (www.southsideshuffle.com/home.htm)
- Jazz and Blues in the Village (Sarnia) - September 14 & 15, 2012 (www.jazzinthevillage.com)
- Brantford Jazz Festival (Brantford) - September 14-16, 2012 (www.brantfordjazzfestival.com)
- All-Canadian Jazz Festival (Port Hope) - September 21-23, 2012 (www.allcanadianjazz.ca)
Happy jazz festivaling!