The Festival Experience

Nestled in Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood, Jazzfest is a genre-bending 10 days of live music, featuring legendary performers + emerging talent

Jazz music is many things to many people. Its rich heritage and spirit of improvisation stretch back to New Orleans in the early 1900s. A unique stew of European song forms, African polyrhythms and blues were coming together to create new rhythms and melodic ideas: ragtime and swing led to bebop and cool, fusion and funk. At its heart, jazz is an idea – a notion that human expression and experimentation deserve to be at the forefront of the live music experience.

Jazz players are thinkers, tinkerers, arrangers, people deeply in love with the human soul. Just as J Dilla (the famous producer for hip-hop legends Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul) reached deep into his jazz vinyl collection to craft his 'beats', so it is that we are drawn to the collaborative talents of jazz players. No musical genre has been untouched by jazz. In turn, jazz draws the world's musical ideas back into its many-ness.

With musical boundaries as porous as ever, this Jazzfest celebrates talent across many musical spaces and communities – soul, funk and hip-hop are all part of this continuum ...

The 2022 TD Jazz Festival is set to be a feast – 10 days of incredible solos, lush arrangements and grooves that will get you moving, all set against the backdrop of downtown Toronto.

Featuring 5 outdoor stages, festival grounds will stretch out across a very walkable set of city blocks, organized into 3 sections: Festival Village gives music lovers the low-rise charm of Cumberland Street and Belair Avenue; The OLG Grove carefully nestles two outdoor stages in the intimate grassy quad of Victoria University (part of University of Toronto campus), and The Block turns Avenue and Bloor's iconic architecture into a grand urban amphitheatre.
TD Toronto Jazz Festival Map 2022

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With the iconic corner of Avenue Rd and Bloor shut down, the Queen’s Park North TD Main Stage kicked off the 2022 festival with a number of stellar acts: The New Power Generation: Featuring The Music Of Prince, JUNO Award winner for Traditional R&B/Soul Recording Savannah Ré, R&B sensation Amber Mark, critically acclaimed rapper and singer TOBi, and Motown icon Smokey Robinson

TD Toronto Jazz Fest remains committed to legendary and influential jazz and R&B greats - this year featuring Gregory Porter, Cory Henry, GoGo Penguin and so many more - while also reflecting on the evolution of jazz, setting its sights on a more expansive audience range with buzz-worthy acts including Polaris Prize short-listed hip-hop artist DijahSB and UK musician and producer Kamaal Williams
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The festival is dedicated to representing the many genres and communities that make Toronto an eclectic music city, and providing 100s of Canadian musicians a platform to showcase their work. As part of the 35th festivities, the festival is focused on getting local artists and crews back to work, with 90% of the free shows featuring Canadian artists.

Inclusive, Safe + Accessible

Music lifts when we are our best selves

If live music, in festival format, is to be made available to as many people as possible, we feel strongly that the key to festival success is arriving with grace and respect in our hearts. The TD Toronto Jazz Festival team is committed to providing an inclusive and safe atmosphere for everyone. Let's all be ambassadors of this city we cherish.

We invite festival-goers to read our Accessibility Policy. And here is our Harassment and Discrimination Policy.