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June 15, 2007

19th Annual Beaches International Jazz Festival

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz festivals, Canada

Toronto’s Beaches Festival Offers Something for Everyone

The largest free festival in Canada will take place July 20-29, when the 19th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival gets underway in Toronto.

Beginning with the return of PartiGras on Friday July 20 to Sunday July 22 at the Distillery Historic District , PartiGras is a celebration of music, dance and fashion, with street performers, evening light presentations and more. Features Boogie Woogie piano queen Deanna Bogart, Hamilton Roots Rocker Tom Wilson, the pairing of 2007 Smooth Jazz Awards Pianist of the Year nominee Eddie Bullen with soulful songstress Marisa Lindsay from Barbados, and Maple Blues Awards winningsinger/songwriters Rick Fines & Suzie Vinnick.

On Monday through Wednesday July 23-25, the TD Canada Trust Jazz Workshop and Lecture Series will take place at the Mennonite New Life Centre with a wide variety of workshops offered, including a Cuban Percussion Workshop with Mireya Escalante, the History Of The Tenor Sax with Alex Dean, the Rock School with Neil Chapman, Jazz On Radio with Jaymz Bee, Jazz Kitchen Southern Cooking with Kevin Clark, Jazz Tactics Workshop with Chase Sanborn, An Overview On Remote Recording with Danny Greenspoon, and Ladies Night On The Dance Floor with Josie Marasco.

The Ovation of Jazz, an annual gala to benefit the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation, features a chef’s showcase of delicacies from the finest restaurants in the Beaches and neighbouring communities along with live jazz, and will take place at the Balmy Beach Club on Wednesday July 25.

Beaches Jazz StreetFest offers 40 different bands performing from Thursday to Saturday, July 26-28 from 7 pm to 11 pm on street corners and balconies on Queen Street East between Woodbine and Beech Avenue, where you’ll hear melodies of calypso, new age, jazz, fusion, Latin, blues and Cajun. As well, the Balmy Beach Club will showcase various artists.

On Saturday and Sunday July 28-29 from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm, Master of Ceremonies and Musical Director Bill King will welcome an array of local and international artists to the OLG mainstage at Kew Gardens. In addition, a variety of local performances will be featured at the Leuty Lifeguard Station, located on the boardwalk at the foot of Lee Avenue.

Arts and craft exhibitors will once again be displaying and selling their wares at Kew Gardens.

Through the sale of T-shirts and other memorabilia, the Beaches Jazz Festival has raised in excess of $250,000 in support of various local charities including Toronto East General Hospital.

2007 Beaches International Jazz Festival Calendar of Events

PartiGras! at the Distillery Historic District
Friday, July 20 from 6 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, July 21 from 12 pm to 11 pm
Sunday, July 22 from 12 pm to 6 pm
Free Admission

Performances include
From Washington, DC, boogie woogie piano queen Deanna Bogart
Hamilton roots rocker Tom Wilson
Maple Blues award-winning artists Rick Fines & Suzie Vinnick
The Celtic fusion of Dr. Draw
Detroit R&B band RJ’s Rhythm Rockers

The TD Canada Trust Jazz Workshop and Lecture Series
Mennonite New Life Centre, 1774 Queen Street East
Monday, July 23 to Wednesday, July 25
7 pm – 9 pm, details TBA
Free Admission

Cuban Percussion Workshop with Maria Escalante
History of the Tenor Sax with Alex Dean
Rock School with Neil Chapman
Jazz on Radio with Jaymz Bee
Jazz Kitchen Southern Cooking with Kevin Clark
Jazz Tactics with Julie Christenson & Chase Sanborn
Jazz Recording with Danny Greenspoon
Ladies Night on the Dance Floor with Josie Marasco

An Ovation of Jazz at the Balmy Beach Club
Wednesday, July 25
6 pm – 9 pm
$75.00 includes a chef’s showcase and door prizes

StreetFest on Queen Street East, between Woodbine and Beech Avenue
Thursday, July 26 to Saturday, July 28
7 pm – 11 pm
Free Admission

Mainstage Performances (OLG mainstage at Kew Gardens)
Saturday, July 28 to Sunday, July 29
Free Admission

Saturday, July 28
11:30 am – 6:30 pm
Critically acclaimed banjo player Jayme Stone
The lively Cuban/Latin band Son Aché
Popular Barbadian tenor pannist David “Ziggy” Walcott Pan Jazz
Powerful Chicago blues guitarist Carl Weathersby
New Orleans trombone band Bonerama

Sunday, July 29
11:30 am – 6:30 pm
Soulful vocalist Treasa Levasseur
Ottawa-based SoulJazz Orchestra
The popular Bill King Saturday Nite Fishfry
Blues/rock guitarist Kal David and the Real Deal
Award-winning Cuban jazz artist Hilario Durán and Havana Remembered

for more info visit www.beachesjazz.com

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