Winnipeg’s largest downtown music festival takes over the town this June with performances from Esperanza Spalding, Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, Charles Bradley, Dave Holland and much more!

An exciting lineup of artists is set for the 2015 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. From June 11¬-21, the festival will take over Winnipeg’s Exchange District with performances from top local, national and international artists. The Grammy¬ winning new face of jazz previews her upcoming release: Esperanza Spalding presents Emily’s D+Evolution. Blues legend Buddy Guy and The Screaming Eagle Of Soul, Charles Bradley round out the headliners of this year’s festival.

The Theatre Series, which primarily takes place at the Manitoba Theatre Centre and The Burton Cummings Theatre,¬ also features headlining performances by soul trailblazer Mavis Staples, piano great Kenny Barron, Blue Note Records’ Otis Brown III, and a very special World Premiere ensemble performance from legendary jazz chameleon Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland. There are also Theatre Series concerts by New York’s inimitable pianist Fred Hersch and The Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, featuring her sister and noted trumpeter Ingrid Jensen.

Supporting Christine is Toronto’s Robi Botos (featuring Seamus Blake and former Winnipegger Terreon Gully).

“We’ve struck a great balance of modern and traditional jazz, legends and up-¬and¬comers, accented by forward¬-thinking artists from the broader music landscape,” Executive Producer Paul Nolin describes this year’s lineup. “There’s something for everyone.”


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.

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, Maw’s Beer Hall, Cinematheque and Cube Lounge) feature a diverse showcase of local and touring artists.

Union Sound Hall has charged onto Winnipeg’s scene to become its hottest nightspot. Some of today’s coolest acts will take to its stage, including NYC producer/soundscaper Son Lux, otherworldly pop songstress Zola Jesus, noise¬poppers Deerhoof, acclaimed songwriter and string arranger Owen Pallett, and Tuxedo (the hot new collaboration of Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One).

Maw’s Beer Hall, the Winnipeg Free Press News Café, and Cinematheque will feature sets by some of Winnipeg’s top singers and instrumentalists, as well as nationally and internationally established artists like Otis Brown III, Jimmy Greene and Little Miss Higgins.

The King’s Head Pub will once again feature a powerhouse blues lineup, including Juno¬winner Steve Hill, the legendary Duke Robillard, and MonkeyJunk. 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. Audiences can enjoy a drink in a relaxed urban setting while enjoying free concerts by Toronto’s Alex Pangman and Her Alleycats, The Big dig! Band, Sunny Roseland, and more.

As always, the festival kicks off with four free days of free music in Old Market Square. Thousands of music fans are expected in the Exchange District for Opening Weekend, June 11¬14. Thursday night in the park features jazz and funk; Fridayhighlights Latin jazz; Saturday features Winnipeg’s most popular indie rockers plus Edmonton’s buzziest party band The Wet Secrets; and Sunday bounces with hip¬hop allstars The Lytics.

The very popular weekday lunch hour free concert series features free concerts in Old Market Square from June 12¬19 with outstanding artists such as The Heavyweights Brass Band, Gypsophilia and fauxpasfunk.

This year the TD Jazz Labs take place at new venue Platform Gallery. 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 pianist Fred Hersch, the series moves through a range of styles from Otis Brown III, Duke Robillard Robo Botos, Steve Hill and members of MonkeyJunk.

We’re rolling out an app for our festival for the first time ever. Get enhanced artist info, schedules and music at your fingertips on the go. The Jazz Winnipeg App is available at the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Want to get a head start checking out the great artists at the 2015 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival? Check out our Spotify playlist.


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 startingTuesday, April 14 ¬ two days before the general public. Complete details are available at or by calling 204¬.989.¬4656.

Jazz Winnipeg and MTS are bringing young people to the jazz festival! Working in partnership with Youth Agencies Alliance, the Tickets For Kids program provides community youth groups tickets to attend select Theatre Series concerts so that they can experience world¬class live music.

Jazz Winnipeg is a non¬-profit organization promoting the art of jazz through concert presentations and community outreach. As producers of the annual jazz festival, as well as concerts and workshops throughout the year, Jazz Winnipeg is a vibrant and essential organization dedicated to the enrichment of Winnipeg’s cultural community.

Jazz Winnipeg gratefully acknowledges the generous support of its community partners including title sponsor TD Bank Group; the Fairmont Winnipeg; MTS, Great¬West Life; EPIC Information Solutions; Tetro Design; St. John’s Music; Konica Minolta; Half Pints Brewing Company; Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Winnipeg Free Press; RE/MAX Winnipeg; 101.5 UMFM; The Richardson Foundation; The Winnipeg Foundation; Exchange District BIZ; Manitoba Music; Piston Ring Service; Manitoba Music; Ibex Payroll; Manitoba Film & Music; McNally Robinson Booksellers; Maxim Truck & Trailer; The Prolific Group; Winnipeg Parking Authority; the City of Winnipeg; Manitoba Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport & Consumer Protection; Canadian Heritage; and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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