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I need closure!

Is perhaps what you've been saying to yourself this past week, waiting impatiently for my final festival post. (Also possible: I'm giving the impact this blog has on your daily life far too much credit.) Well wait no longer - here it is!

In the week since the festival ended, I've had some time to reflect on not just the 12 days of the festival, but on life in general; on what it means to be doing what I do on this rock hurtling through space and time.

Wait for it…

And suddenly, it's kind of the last day of the festival. Most of our official programming wraps up today. We'll be celebrating our volunteers at a party tomorrow evening, we've got Jamie Culllum on Monday night, and there's still a plethora of music in the clubs, but for the hub of the festival (Nathan Phillips Square) today marks the end of activity. It's been an incredible week - excellent music, great turnout overall, and a lot of fun.

Around the world in jazz

Looking back at the last 24 hours I realize it's been a sort of "around the world" musical adventure, with a variety of cultures and countries represented.

Musical contrasts

If jazz - and all its various kinds - can be represented by a rainbow, all of the colours were on display last night…

(Hey. Gimme a break. Opening lines are hard.)

Emerging, established, outstanding

As the days get busier, these posts might get shorter. Whether that's good news or bad I'll leave to you to decide…

Nice weather if you're a windmill

Let's skip right over the weak attempt at humour contained in the title of this post and get to today's festival activity recap…

What time is it?

Like, literally. My alarm went off at 5:45 am this morning, so I’m a little foggy on details like time of day and complete sentences. I didn’t even realize there was a 5:45 in the morning…

The hits keep coming

First - the Festival doesn’t often overlap with Father’s Day, but this year’s calendar being what it is, I can officially say: Happy Father’s Day!

So far so good

If my typing looks a little jumpy, it’s because I’m bopping along to the Freshkills Collective and Junia-T, part of our Groove and Graffiti festivities at Nathan Phillips Square…

And so it begins

Almost two weeks of festivities, shenanigans, fun and incredible music. The 2015 TD Toronto Jazz Festival gets underway tomorrow!

Each year around this time I write a blog post highlighting the various ways you can take in the jazz festival. The idea of exploration always seems to be central - discovering new artists and new venues, checking out a style outside your usual tastes or maybe even outside your comfort zone. Whatever you're seeking, you're sure to find it somewhere over the 12 days of the festival.


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