The Beaches Jazz Festival is a free event that visiting guests are sure to enjoy.
TORONTO – If you are getting married in July and putting together a list of fun events for your out-of-town guests to enjoy, the 29th Beaches Jazz Festival should be on it. The free event runs from July 7 to July 30, 2017. And it offers music and a range of activities for all ages.
For three weeks each year, the festival, which is located in the heart of Toronto’s lakeside community, transforms the neighborhood into a bustling flock of families, friends and jazz lovers.
This year the extravaganza kicks off on July 7 – 9, with the Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside at Jimmie Simpson Park. It features the Arsenals, Turbo Street Funk and Gypsy Sound System bands.
Following on July 14-16 at Woodbine Park, the Latin Jazz Carnival presents an array of Latin American musical styles. This showcase features local and international artists, including Yani Borrell and the Latin Swing Orchestra.
You can enjoy the new Urban Stage at the Beaches Jazz Festival.
New to the Festival is the Urban Stage at Woodbine Park. Its line-up, from July 21 to 23 and July 28 to 30, includes Toronto favorites T.Dot Bangerz Brass, Spek Won and Maya Killtron.
From July 21 to 23, on the TD Main Stage at Woodbine Park, will be The Fun Frequency: A Live Tribute to Prince & The Minneapolis Sound. And The Last Waltz: A Musical Celebration of The Band – Live.
Then there is the beloved StreetFest, from July 27 to 29. This is where music enthusiasts can walk along Queen Street East and tune into over 40 bands. The bands perform the finest in Afro-Cuban, funk, R&B, soul, ska and Big Band music.
Concluding the 2017 season from July 28 to 30 on the OLG  Main Stage at Woodbine Park are featured artists Tortured Soul and Monkey Junk with Paul Reddick.
Since its launch in 1989, BIJF Founder and Executive Producer Lido Chilelli has worked with the Beaches community in turning this event into one of Toronto’s longest standing musical celebrations. And Artistic Director Bill King continues this tradition with an exciting and diverse lineup.
The Festival will also hold its annual Beaches Jazz Run on the Beach Boardwalk on July 30.
To date, the Festival has raised more than $450,000 in support of local charities. This year, it is working in partnership with the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation  in Toronto.
All Festival events are free excluding the Beaches Jazz Run.
For further event information, schedules, and great programs, please visit www.beachesjazz.com .