Rennie Adams From The Voice Joins Festival Lineup

Rennie Adams will be performing at this year's Festival, opening for Seal on Saturday, June 23, at the Sony Centre.

Adams is best known for his talents on The Voice Australia, where his soulful folk tones put him in the top eight and garnered international recognition.

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Lake Street's Free Yourself Up Drops May 4

Lake Street Dive's Free Yourself Up, due May 4, is, in many ways, the band's most intimate and collaborative record. The band worked as a tightly knit unit to craft its ten songs and self-produced the album in Nashville with engineer Dan Knobler. "Free Yourself Up is about empowering yourself, emboldening yourself," says the band, "no matter what's going wrong." Pre-order to get an exclusive print signed by the band and download the album track "Good Kisser" now.

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Weaves Nominated for a JUNO

Earlier this month, Weaves was nominated for a JUNO for Alternative Album of the Year, for the second year in a row.

Shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize in 2017, one of Canada’s most prestigious music awards, Weaves has had an impressive run since their debut just a few short years ago. From a collection of voice memos on an iPhone to establishing themselves as one of the most stridently individual acts to emerge from Toronto’s fertile and multifaceted DIY scene, Weaves has captivated audiences and critics alike.

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Nicola Piovani

Thu Jun 20 8:00pm
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Cinema #1

Recipient of the 1998 Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score for his work on Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful, Nicola Piovani will present La Musica è Pericolosa (Music is Dangerous). This is the title of the event, as well as his autobiography released in 2014. The audience will be delighted to find the maestro at his piano, accompanied by a small orchestra, playing previously unreleased theatrical tracks as well as some of his most celebrated works, spanning his five-decade long career. Piovani will narrate the path that led him to collaborate with some of the most influential film directors in history.

Pianist, conductor and composer of film and theatre scores, Nicola Piovani is a Rome native who rose to international fame following his 1998 Oscar win for Best Original Score for La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful). He has won more than a dozen other prizes, including three David di Donatello awards and a Golden Globe for Lifetime Achievement. He has written more than one hundred and fifty film scores, working with some of the most famous Italian directors, including the legendary Federico Fellini, who commissioned Piovani for three films: Ginger e Fred, Intervista and La Voce della Luna. He even went on to write a ballet dedicated to Fellini.

This event is proudly organized by the Italian Embassy, the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the ICFF presented by IC Savings, and the TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

Ghost-Note / Rinsethealgorithm

Wed Jun 26 9:00pm
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$30 + service charge
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Doors 8:00pm

Band members include A.J. Brown (Fred Hammond) on bass, internet star Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas (Prince) on bass & guitar, Sylvester Onyejiaka (Prince, Quantic) baritone sax, tenor sax, & flute, Xavier Taplin (Prince) on keyboards, Jonathan Mones (Funky Knuckles, RC and the Gritz) on alto sax & flute, Mike Jelani Brooks (Kirk Franklin, RC & the Gritz) on tenor saxophone & flute, Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy) on keyboards, Vaughn “V-keys” Henry on keyboards, Daniel Jones (Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake) on keyboards, Nick Werth (Galaxe, Yak Attack) on xylosynth, and Alvin Ford Jr. (Pretty Lights, Dumpstaphunk) on drums.

Multi-Grammy Award winning artists Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth take percussion out of the shadows and into the spotlight with their new project, Ghost-Note. World renown for their ongoing catalog with international sensation Snarky Puppy, this dynamic duo expands their rhythmical voice into a celebration of music in all its forms. This is music that takes listeners on a mind-blowing journey, inspired by the influences of James Brown, Prince, and J Dilla to name a few.

Since forming, Ghost-Note’s sound has evolved to a state that can best be described as ‘conscious funk’ – an elaborate and sonically powerful surge of the tremendous talents that each of the players provides, with the bandleaders leaning back and letting the band go. The core lineup is a rotating cast of heavy hitters - all stretching to meet the expanding nature of the band. The explosive rhythm fueled band, deeply rooted in neck breaking funk, is comprised of the industry’s best and quickly becoming one of the most anticipated live shows of today.

Rich Brown & Rinsethealgorithm is a Canadian modern Jazz supergroup led by Juno-nominated bassist Rich Brown. The band’s music combines elements of Jazz, Funk, and World Music with a sophisticated approach to rhythm and harmony. As bandleader and composer, Brown’s music has been described as "highly charged, richly imaginative, and at times poignant". The stellar lineup of rinsethealgorithm combines some of the brightest stars in modern Canadian Jazz with Rich on electric bass, Jeremy Ledbetter on piano & keys, Luis Deniz on alto saxophone, and joining the band from Washington DC is powerhouse drummer Mark Prince. All wildly popular and highly acclaimed in their own right, these 4 musicians collectively create a very exciting and deeply captivating musical experience that is not to be missed.

Matt Yuyitung wraps up the fest with three new articles (TDJ News Corps)

TDJ News Corps member Matt Yuyitung had a busy closing Festival weekend, writing three pieces which explored various aspects of his Festival experience:

Read his interview with ART the Band (they played June 25th at The Pilot).
Read his review of Herbie Hancock's June 29th performance at SONY Centre.
And check out his five Festival highlights.

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Jaimie Nackan chats with Alex Pangman (TDJ News Corps)

TDJ News Corps member Jaimie Nackan chatted with Alex Pangman about a wide variety of topics in advance of Alex's June 25th performance at Heliconian Hall. Read the interview here.

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Matt Yuyitung Reviews Knower (TDJ News Corps)

TDJ News Corps member Matt Yuyitung sweated it out with Knower at the Horseshoe on June 26. Read his review.

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Matt Yuyitung Reviews Snarky Puppy (TDJ News Corps)

TDJ News Corps member Matt Yuyitung checked out a sold-out Snarky Puppy show June 26th at the Danforth Music Hall. Read his review.

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Matt Yuyitung reflects on opening weekend (TDJ News Corps)

TDJ News Corps member Matt Yuyitung got out and about during the Festival's opening weekend - read his reflections here.

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