THE 2016 TD WINNIPEG INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL LINEUP IS HERE!
It feels like not that long ago we packed up the tents after 11 days of witnessing legends, having our minds blown, spending late nights club-hopping, discovering new artists, and sweaty dance parties. However, we’re just two months away from doing it all over again from June 16 to June 26!
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At The Burton Cummings Theatre, smouldering R&B siren Andra Day, makes her Winnipeg debut in what is sure to be a dramatic and dazzling fashion. You’ve seen her perform with Ellie Goulding on The GRAMMY Awards, admired her style in the pages of Vanity Fair, and fallen in love with her hit single “Rise Up”, now see her live!
Crowd favorites Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are going to bring the party and truckloads of energy the city to close out the Jazz Festival. Come ready to dance!
Swedish indie pop royalty Peter Bjorn and John take the stage with their signature memorable melodies that audiences will struggle to get out of their heads and tunes from their thrilling new album Breakin’ Point.
The Legendary Downchild Blues Band bring their iconic blues sound to the The Garrick Centre. Over at The West End Cultural Centre Canadian piano legend Oliver Jones makes a very special stop at the Jazz Festival on his retirement tour. This is your last chance to see Jones in action! Audiences can also catch Beyoncé-backing jazz saxophone virtuoso Tia Fuller, Chicago genre-bending jazz geniuses Tortoise, or Canadian pop-rock charmer Royal Wood.
Another special component of this year’s program is Steve Kirby’s Oceanic Jazz Orchestra who will perform The Longitude Project, a series of original third-stream compositions that tell the stories of The Americas from tip to tip. The Orchestra is joined by Gwen Hoebig (principal violinist of the WSO), and a bevvy of acclaimed guests – including genre-bending San Francisco bassoonist Paul Hanson (Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Wayne Shorter) and vibraphone virtuoso Joel Ross (Herbie Hancock, Stefon Harris).
THE HUB: 5 VENUES // 3 BLOCKS
The Rachel Browne Theatre, 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 Amanda Tosoff, Juno-nominated Erin Propp & Larry Roy, and the Ron Paley Band. The VG Lounge at The Fairmont Winnipeg will be the spot to embrace the magic of spontaneity and revel in the improvisation as The dig! Late Night Jam takes over.
The King’s Head Pub will once again feature a powerhouse lineup, including Juno winner Steve Hill, the boot-stompin’ and hand-clappin’ sound of Little Miss Higgins, and the angelic harmonies of Sweet Alibi. Sit back and let Sol James deliver her powerful tunes and introduce you to some of her favourite local artists in the variety show-style “Sol James Revue.”
The Liquor Marts Patio at the Cube Lounge is back again to offer a unique outdoor summer jazz experience. From June 23 to June 25, Old Market Square will be transformed into an open-air jazz club, 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 Quincy Davis and Q5, Walle Larsson, Sunny Roseland, and more.
WELCOME TO SUMMER! JAZZ FESTIVAL FREE OPENING WEEKEND
Join us at Old Market Square for the start of Winnipeg’s summer festival season at our Opening Weekend — which is always free and packed with diverse and exciting music. Old Market Square vibrates with energy and enthusiasm from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 19. Thursday night is full of festival favourites like Moses Mayes ft. Maiko Watson and The Mariachi Ghost, Friday is the ever-popular Latin Night featuring Papa Mambo, on Saturday night indie rock reigns with Close Talker and VIKINGS taking the stage, and Sunday’s a funky R&B dance party with a hip hop vibe featuring the incredible Dawn Pemberton. Each night has its own distinct feel, but all are equally full of talent and solid groove.
JAZZ FOR LUNCH
Catch some rays and catch up with friends at our free noon-hour concert series. Jazz For Lunch features free concerts in Old Market Square on June 17 and from June 20 to June 24 with outstanding artists including Dawn Pemberton, Amber Epp, and The Winnipeg Jazz Collective.
TD JAZZ LABS
Always wanted to get up close and personal with your favourite festival artists in an intimate setting? 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 Chuck Jackson and Gary Kendall from The Legendary Downchild Blues Band, the series moves through a range of styles as Royal Wood, Amanda Tosoff, Little Miss Higgins, and Tia Fuller host throughout the week.
Want to get a head start checking out the great artists at the 2016 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival? Check out our Spotify playlist.
WHERE & WHEN TO BUY
Tickets are available at jazzwinnipeg.com, by phone at 204-989-4656 and at the Jazz Winnipeg office (007-100 Arthur Street). Tickets for the Burton Cummings Theatre shows are also available at Ticketmaster. Passes and individual tickets go on sale Thursday, April 21 at 10 am.