One of the premier jazz festivals in North America, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival celebrates its 2020 edition when it runs from June 18 to 28, 2020. With more than 1,500 musicians performing, the Festival has something for every music lover. From emerging artists to established musicians, jazz legends to undiscovered gems, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival showcases the very best in jazz this summer!
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby kicks off the Festival on June 18 at The Danforth Music Hall.
The very soul of Motown, Smokey Robinson performs June 22 at Meridian Hall while on September 3, Herbie Hancock celebrates his 80th birthday with a special post-Festival performance.
Combining one of hip-hop’s most influential bands with a Rolling Stone “must-see act”, Live Nation and TD Toronto Jazz Festival present The Roots and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on June 27 at Budweiser Stage.
Koerner Hall hosts four performances: JUNO-nominated pianist Michael Kaeshammer, June 23; internationally renowned fado singer, Ana Moura, June 24; the duo pairing of John Scofield and Dave Holland, June 25; and Gregory Porter on July 2.
Additional ticketed shows include Femi Kuti, June 23 at Opera House; Shabaka & The Ancestors, June 25 at The Horseshoe; and a double bill featuring Marc Jordan and Barbra Lica on June 26 at the Isabel Bader Theatre.
Regarding COVID-19, through the media release, the festival organisers said that, “They are incredibly sensitive to the potential concern of large public gatherings. We will continue to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 on an on-going basis. We are in constant communication with government officials and actively engaging with our partners, venues, and musicians to ensure that we can provide a safe festival this June. We will announce our outdoor programming in the coming months as appropriate.”
One of the premiere jazz festivals in North America. 2020 lineup includes Motown legend, Smokey Robinson, and enduring musical figure, David Crosby, alongside Gregory Porter, The Roots, Trombone Shorty, jazz heavyweights John Scofield and Dave Holland, UK export Shabaka & The Ancestors, Femi Kuti, Ana Moura, Michael Kaeshammer, Marc Jordan and Barbra Lica. Musical genius Herbie Hancock rounds out the season with a birthday celebration.
When: June 18 to 28, 2020
Where: Multiple venues in Yorkville, Toronto
How Much: Free and ticketed events