Thanks to you, the 2016 Jazz Festival was one of our most packed, most electric, and most memorable festivals ever. The Exchange District was positively buzzing for the whole 11 days that you helped us fill with music, dancing, enthusiasm, and a little sweat. We love welcoming summer with you and this year we’ve managed to give you even more music, more ways to find your new artists, and more experiences that you just can’t get anywhere else.


One of Brazil’s most celebrated contemporary singers, Jorge rose to international fame in the Wes Anderson film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. In commemoration of David Bowie’s recent passing, Seu Jorge performs a special tribute to the legend while recreating an immersive The Life Aquatic experience for audiences.

Indie darlings Wolf Parade are one of Canada’s most celebrated bands of their generation. Once dubbed the “Nirvana of Montreal” by Win Butler, the band broke out after opening for Arcade Fire in 2003. Their kinetic and unpredictable live shows are the stuff of legends. Wolf Parade returned from a five-year hiatus in 2016 and didn’t skip a beat.


How did Miley Cyrus'”We Can’t Stop” become a ’50s-style doo-wop number? And whose idea was it to rework Lorde’s “Royals” into a polished ballad sung by a sad clown? It’s all part of the topsy-turvy world of Postmodern Jukebox, spearheaded by pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee. Postmodern Jukebox is taking contemporary pop and rock tunes, fashioning new arrangements for them, and casting them in an unpredictable variety of musical styles from the past.



Snarky Puppy founder Michael League has debuted a new project called Bokante. For the newly-formed international ensemble, connection is the foundation upon which all things are built. Rich in the sound of both delta and desert, the unusual but evocative instrumentation blends musical worlds to convey an urgent message of social awareness against the rising tide of exclusion and human indifference.

With three GRAMMY® nominations and 11 albums to his name, saxophonist Donny McCaslin’s celebrated path has taken him to unexpected places – namely being David Bowie’s final collaborator on Blackstar. McCaslin plays with energy and his sound is unmistakably his own. The group’s current album, Beyond Now, is their way of processing and dealing with the loss of David Bowie with the most fitting tribute – song.



Four-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can be likened to a force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman. With a career now blazing into its third decade, the Philadelphia native has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in jazz today.
The Joy Formidable will grace the stage with their raucous energy and shoegaze/noise-rock; Low will fill Knox United Church with their masterfully hushed slowcore; bassist Buster Williams brings his solid, dark tone and highly refined technique; Danish guitar whiz Jakob Bro plays his only North American tour date; Kandace Springs’ soulful jazz-pop will soothe and sizzle, GRAMMY®-nominated composer and saxophonist Jimmy Greene returns to Winnipeg; Jean-Michel Blais will enchant with his minimalist piano masterpieces; Nomadic Massive will make your body rock with their multilingual hip hop and sharp, socially conscious lyrics — and that’s just the beginning.


That’s right — we’re adding three more nights of completely free music in Old Market Square for a total of ten nights at The Cube. Summer starts here.

We’ll bring the party with our signature opening weekend programming, kicking off June 15, including a bunch of your favourites all week long: The Mariachi Ghost, Combo Latino, Sweet Alibi, and Dirty Catfish Brass Band. We know you’re going to love the new faces too: Faouzia, Scenic Route To Alaska, and 2oolman of A Tribe Called Red.Make sure you sleep in on Monday, June 19 because our week at The Cube Lounge starts that night. Come by for a post-work glass of wine on the Liquor Marts Patio and stay for the sweet tunes by Gabriel Palatchi Trio, Kelly Bado, Myriad3, Vox Populi, and Marisolle Negash. Need to let loose and shake a little something in the middle of the week? We’re taking advantage of the longest day of the year and bringing you Latin Night on Wednesday, June 21.

Spend your whole evening in The Exchange and do it in style with dinner and a show at one of the city’s best hidden gems. From June 15-17 with seatings at at 6 and 9 p.m., Chef Ben Kramer serves up an incredible 3-course dinner while Steve & Anna-Lisa Kirby serenade you. It’s the best of both worlds for just $90 and only few blocks away from Old Market Square.


Tickets and passes go on sale April 13 and will be available at the Jazz Winnipeg Office  at 100 Arthur Street, at, or by calling 204-989-4656. Tickets for Burton Cummings Theatre Shows will also be available through Ticketmaster.

This year we’re making it easier than ever to check out the artists you love and take a risk on some new-to-you shows. Our 5-Show Multi-Pass gives you the freedom to get a single ticket to two different Burton Cummings Theatre shows and any three other shows of your choosing for only $135.