The House That Jazz Built - Jazz Exploration & Concerts for Families

Sun Jun 23 11:00am
Ticket Price: 
Free Admission

Wanna get into jazz but don’t know where to start? The House the Jazz Built is a family-friendly fun, dynamic, and multi-sensory jazz environment located in the heart of the Festival. It’s the perfect place to introduce a young audience to TD Toronto Jazz Festival and our city's great talent. Your child's imagination will be sparked by activities including an instrument “petting zoo”, a book centre, colouring and crafts, meet-the-musicians, interactive concerts geared towards our younger friends and more!

11:00 am - Nathan Beja Duo
1:15 pm - Chris McKhool's Fiddlefire
11:00 am - 3:00 pm - Mark Sepic's Jazz Junkestra plus hands on activities, crafts, books, and an instrument petting zoo

Also runs June 22

Toronto native and Humber College Music Program alumni Lorie Wolf is a musician, bandleader, composer, and teacher from Toronto. She has been working as a children's music educator and advocate for over 20 years and playing drums professionally all over the planet for about as long. Currently, Lorie is a full-time music teacher at Clinton St. Public School where she teaches music to a group of wonderful K-6 students with a variety of interests and abilities. She is very pleased and honoured be given the opportunity to contribute to the development of a future audience for Jazz. Lorie Wolf is Sisters in Jazz Almuni.

Breathe fire into your jazz festival! Violin sensation Chris McKhool gets children and families dancing, clapping, laughing and singing songs. Kids and their parents scat-sing, become a rhythm section and join Chris on stage to play rare percussion instruments from around the world! Chris plays several musical styles (jazz, blues, classical, Rumba flamenca, funk, world beat, East Coast fiddling and more) along with Kevin Laliberté (guitar), Drew Birston (bass) and Lorie Wolf (drums).

Chris McKhool is hailed as a “Children’s musical star” (National Post) and “Canada’s greatest troubadour for young people.” (Mississauga Living Arts Centre) Chris has been delighting audiences with infectious songs and exotic world instruments for over ten years, reaching almost 1 million children. All of Chris’ shows feature original songs from his appearances on Mr. Dressup, YTV’s Treehouse, TVOntario’s Crawlspace and live CBC Television and Radio.

“I was impressed by his musical virtuosity and personal appeal…His songs succeed!”
-Ernie Coombs, (Mr. Dressup)

Take a walk on the wild, green side of jazz with The Junkestra - the brain-child of internationally renowned guitarist/sound sculptor Mark Sepic.

East York artist, Mark Sepic is an internationally recognized guitarist, composer and sound sculptor. His Junkestra program, a hands-on wonderland of recycling, integrates sports, music, and the arts, bringing everyone together in a spirit of joy. Mark’s dream is to make recycling so much fun that it becomes Canada’s second national sport, leading the way to a greener world.

Mark will host a percussion petting zoo of drums, xylophones and more, all made of recycled objects. This jazz festival premier will feature demonstrations, guided improvisation, free style mashups and a make and take table, materials provided.

A hands-on wonderland of recycling, The Junkestra celebrates the magic of music from everyday things and has been featured at the 2015 Pan-Am Games, 2017 East York Cultural Hotspot launch, Nuit Blanche, Live Green Toronto Festival, CBC Radio and Roy Thomson Hall.

There are eleven such installations in Ontario, between Hamilton, Toronto, Barry's Bay and Moose Factory.

Mark’s goal is to save the world with creative re-use, while having as much fun as possible. To date, in schools, libraries, art galleries, community centers and arts festivals throughout Ontario, he has helped Canadians re use over 250,000 household items, giving cans, toilet paper rolls and plastic jars a musical afterlife as drums, kazoos and maracas.
Mark your calendars and come and help save the world with junk and jazz! You may never hear everyday things the same way again.

Viper’s Cloud is a Toronto based Gypsy Jazz collective curating traditional Eastern European music, 1940’s hot jazz and swing music in the style of Django Reinhardt. The group ranges from a guitar/violin duo arrangement all the way up to an 8 piece band expanding to include clarinet, saxophone, double bass, manouche guitars and trumpet.

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