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A world-class lineup of artists is set to perform at the 2014 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. From June 12-22, the Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary with music performed by the best local, national and international artists.

R&B superstar John Legend, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter and Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval are among the nearly 100 performers announced today.

The Theatre Series — which takes place at the Manitoba Theatre Centre and The Burton Cummings Theatre — also features headlining performances by blues legend James Cotton, New Orleans piano great Ellis Marsalis, Canadian rapper Shad, Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and sonic trailblazer St. Vincent.

Rounding out the series is a special concert by Winnipeg’s prodigal son Curtis Nowosad with special guest Jimmy Greene. Ten dollars from each ticket sold will be contributed to the Ana Grace Project.

“Since this is our 25th festival, we definitely wanted our lineup to reflect our history. We achieved that with legends like Ellis Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval,” says Executive Producer Paul Nolin. “At the same time — in the spirit of jazz and the festival itself — we’ve got a healthy dose of new, cutting edge artists as well.”

Jazz Winnipeg is thrilled to once again have TD Bank Group as title sponsor of the Festival. A generous community partner since 2003, TD Bank Group has broadened its commitment to this vital cultural event and helped Jazz Winnipeg to secure its place as an artistic leader in Winnipeg.

“TD strives to enhance the communities we serve and we know music festivals play an important role in enriching the lives of our customers and their communities,” said Monique Bateman, Senior Vice President, Prairie Region, TD Canada Trust. “On behalf of all my colleagues at TD, congratulations to the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival on this fantastic milestone!”


This year, all of the festival venues are within a three-block radius of Old Market Square, making it easier than ever for club-hopping festival-goers to experience more music. Dubbed the JAZZ DISTRICT, the six club venues — Union Sound Hall, the King’s Head Pub, the Winnipeg Free Press News Café, the Rachel Browne Theatre, Cinematheque and Cube Lounge — feature a diverse showcase of local and touring artists.

We are thrilled to include Winnipeg’s hottest new nightspot, Union Sound Hall, as a festival venue this year. Some of today’s hippest young acts will take to the stage, including Canadian indie folk band Timber Timbre, UK producer Quantic with his Colombian band, Brooklyn soundscape artist Oneohtrix Point Never, retro soul sisters Lady, Grammy Award-winning MC Killer Mike, and internet buzz-rapper Le1f.

The Winnipeg Free Press News Café, Cinematheque and the Rachel Browne Theatre will feature sets by some of Winnipeg’s top singers and instrumentalists, as well as nationally and internationally established artists like the James Carter Organ Trio, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque and pianist Laila Biali.

The King’s Head Pub will once again feature a powerhouse lineup of roots and blues acts, including Watermelon Slim, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Big Dave McLean and festival favourites Red Moon Road, this time joined by The Claytones from Ontario.

Back again as the hub of the Jazz District is The Cube Lounge, presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. Taking place over the second weekend of the festival, Old Market Square will be transformed into an open-air lounge, complete with cabaret-style seating directly in front of the “Cube Stage.” Here, audiences can partake in a beverage in a relaxed setting while enjoying free concerts by Toronto’s Joel Miller, The Ron Paley Big Band, Jeff Presslaff’s Complete Rebirth of the Cool project, and much more.


As always, the festival kicks off with four days of free music in Old Market Square. Thousands of music fans are expected in the Exchange District for Opening Weekend, June 12-15. Thursday night in the park features jazz and funk; Friday highlights Latin jazz; Saturday features some of Winnipeg’s most popular indie rock talent; and Sunday brings the party with The Noble Thiefs and the always-popular Moses Mayes.


The very popular weekday lunch hour concert series features free concerts in Old Market Square from June 13-20 with outstanding artists such as Son Latino Band, Jodie Borle, Laila Biali and more.


The TD Jazz Labs take place at the Rachel Browne Theatre this year. Sponsored by TD Bank Group and supported by Manitoba Music and Canadian Heritage, these free workshops are led by festival artists and cover a wide range of musical perspectives. Starting with a session led by multi-instrumentalist Jane Bunnett, the series features talks with pianist Chip Crawford, bluesman Watermelon Slim, harmonica player Rick Estrin and saxophonist James Carter.



To celebrate our silver anniversary, we’ve culled the archives and reproduced some of the best images ever captured over the last 25 years by our fabulous volunteer photo crew!

Visit our gallery at Old Market Square during the Free Opening Weekend or in the lobby of the Manitoba Theatre Centre during the Theatre Series.


Super Passes, Club Passes and tickets for St. Vincent are on sale now.

Members of the Friends of Jazz Winnipeg donor program can take advantage of front-of-the-line access to Theatre Series shows. Friends can purchase tickets starting Wednesday, April 9 – TWO DAYS before the general public. Complete details are available HERE or by calling 204-989-4656.