May 2012 e-news

<br /> Toronto Jazz E-news<br />


Hear the Sound of Hotel Discounts
Are you ready to soak up the sounds of jazz with sweet hotel savings this summer at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival?

With 10 days of jazz taking over the city from June 22 to July 1, 2012, it's a great time to treat yourself to a relaxing stay in Toronto. Performances by legendary and rising stars such as Natalie Cole, George Benson, Esperanza Spalding, Janelle Monáe, and many more are sure to satisfy all of your summer jazz cravings.

Just steps away from our hub at Nathan Phillips Square, three of Toronto's finest hotels are offering great rates and added value:

Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Offering a special official hotel sponsor rate
(Rate code: DAILY0)

Delta Chelsea
20% off the Best Available Rate of the Day
(Rate code: JCN)

Fairmont Royal York
Starting from $179: 1 night Fairmont Room, 2 complimentary cocktails in the Library Bar, $10 iTunes download card
(Rate code: PJZZ)
All deals valid June 22 to July 1, 2012

Book now, and come on out to the Festival! Whichever travel package you choose, you're sure to sleep soundly and have sweet dreams of the sound of jazz.

Putting a spotlight on supporting stars
This year, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival is excited to host some truly unique supporting stars. And as headliners seem to get most of the attention, here's a little taste of the lesser-knowns:

Saidah Baba Talibah is wild soul with a strong rock sound, her music is a hard, fast trip: satisfying and soulful, raw and raunchy, scandalous and sensual. As the opening act for funky horn band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Saidah will offer listeners a rockin' start to a funky night! (Presented by Panasonic/Media Sponsor: Radio-Canada)

The Stone Sparrows have combined their diverse backgrounds in
classical, funk, soul, blues, jazz, and bluegrass into a uniquely fresh
sound. Providing twists on classic instrumental styles and heartfelt
lyrics, their strong vocals and honest twang will be a warm, soulful
start to an evening followed by Tedeschi Trucks Band. (Presented by Mill Street Brewery)

With a soulful voice that has come leagues since her chart-topper "One of Us," Joan Osborne has entered a whole new realm of richness and sultry. As the first half of a double-bill evening, preceding a performance by Matt Andersen.

KC Roberts & The Live Revolution live where horns and rock
meet. With a groovy, multi-layered sound, their music crosses over
genres and offers a unique and atypical taste of funk. Aptly slotted for
the evening as the opening act for Spectrum Road, KC Roberts & The Live Revolution are sure to rock the Sound Academy. (Media Sponsor: Toronto Star)

Calling All Jazz Hands!
Each year, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival takes on more than 200 helping hands (well, 400 counting both hands) to help in a variety of areas including merchandise sales, box office, ground transportation, hospitality, headquarters operations, promo distribution, site co-ordination, and front of house duties.

Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of three shifts totalling 12-15 hours over the course of the 10-day Festival. In return, jazz fans, music lovers, and volunteer junkies will not only get the chance to hear some of this year's amazing artists, they will also receive a souvenir Festival t-shirt and be invited to the Festival Volunteer Party.

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