TOP 20 JAZZ FESTIVALS AND JAZZ EVENTS IN CANADA

Top Events Canada – Jazz Festivals Jazz is no stranger to the ears of Canadians, nor to those of the visitors to Canada from all over the world who come to listen to some of the best in jazz music.

In fact, Canada has several very important and world recognized jazz festivals each year including North America’s premier jazz festival, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the world’s largest jazz festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival and much more.









TD Toronto Jazz Festival
end March / beginning April
Toronto, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsThe TD Toronto Jazz Festival is recognized as one of North America’s premier jazz festivals. It is endorsed by the Toronto City Council, supported by local jazz artists and big jazz talent from all over the world and attracts 500,000 visitors to more than 350 performances with over 1,500 musicians performing at more than 40 locations in and around Toronto.

For more information about the Toronto Jazz Festival visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/Ontario-ON-top-events-festivals-Toronto-Jazz-Festival.html
or take a look at:
http://torontojazz.com/





JazzFest Regina
mid June
Regina, Saskatchewan (SK)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsHeld in downtown Regina and Particularly in Victoria Park, presenting top performers from across Canada and all over North America, the JazzFest Regina, presented by the Regina Jazz Society, is an annual 4-day summer jazz festival showcasing more than 30 performances, including 4 major ticketed events, an after-hours program of late-night jazz performances, and even a popular beer garden and a vendor market.

For more information about the JazzFest Regina visit:
http://www.jazzfestregina.com





Winnipeg International Jazz Festival

mid June
Winnipeg, Manitoba (MB)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsA popular ten day event since 1989 attracting jazz lovers from all over the world, the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival is now Winnipeg’s largest downtown music festival starting off with four days of free programming in the city’s historic Old Market Square, followed by six days of concerts in downtown theaters and clubs.

For more information about the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival visit:
http://jazzwinnipeg.com/





SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
late June
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (SK)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsAttracting more than 80,000 jazz enthusiasts from around the world, the internationally recognized SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival in Saskatoon, a popular event for 25 years, features an array of Canadian and International artists performing a selection of music from jazz to rhythm and blues and more. Features include a mix of international jazz groups, outstanding Canadian musical artists and talented local musicians playing everything from mainstream jazz to gospel, world-beat to Dixieland and the blues. The festival includes ticketed and free daily indoor/outdoor performances, late night concerts, riverbank music, a main concert series, and performances in the beautiful Delta Bessborough Gardens.

For more about the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/Saskatchewan-Jazz-Festival.html
or take a look at:
http://saskjazz.com/





Edmonton International Jazz Festival
late June
Edmonton, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsAn increasingly popular event since 2005, and now regarded as one of the flagship jazz festivals in Canada, the Edmonton Jazz Festival showcases the jazz music of a wide range of provincial, national and international jazz artists by creating the perfect environment for jazz artists to perform, collaborate, and celebrate jazz music from all over the world with the people of Edmonton and even more many different countries.

For more information about the Edmonton International Jazz Festival visit:
http://www.edmontonjazz.com/





TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
late June
Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsPresented by the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, BC’s largest music presenter, the annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is in itself British Columbia’s largest arts event and attracts over half a million jazz enthusiasts every year. Taking place in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown core, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival offers more than just the best jazz performances by talent from all over the world, but also features all kinds of activities at the Family Zone, places to relax, or dance with what energy is left at the Rink Side Dance Party.

For more information about the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival visit:
http://www.coastaljazz.ca/





Medicine Hat Jazz Fest
late June
Medicine Hat, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsA popular event for almost 2 decades, the Medicine Hat JazzFest is now a widely recognized world-class festival that matches many of the other great jazz festivals in Canada. From the signature concert at the Downtown Bus Terminal Parkade to hundreds of events at various night clubs and other venues, the Medicine Hat Jazz Fest also features a wide variety of educational events for those who want to learn more about jazz, and their own possible skills in jazz, and even enjoy a concert for elementary school children.

For more information about the Medicine Hat Jazz Fest visit:
http://www.medicinehatjazzfest.com





TD Victoria International JazzFest
late June
Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsBegun almost 30 years ago, the Victoria Jazz Society now produces two major, very successful multi-day music festivals every summer including the Victoria International JazzFest. Once referred to as the JazzFest International, the Victoria International JazzFest has grown to become a highly popular ten-day music festival featuring the jazz, blues and world music of local, Canadian, and internationally acclaimed musicians. Referred to as the “grandfather” of music festivals attracting fans from all over the world as well as from Vancouver and the Gulf Islands, the Victoria International JazzFest features a whole range of quality jazz entertainment.

For more information about the TD Victoria International Jazz Fest visit:
http://www.jazzvictoria.ca





Ottawa International Jazz Festival
late June – early July
Ottawa, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsFounded in 1980, the 10-day Ottawa International Jazz Festival is one of the national capital region's top music events featuring the finest jazz musicians from Canada and around the world performing in open air venues where thousands can enjoy premier jazz music and even in more intimate studio spaces. Attracting jazz greats from all over the world, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival features hundreds of performers - including more than 300 Canadian talents, and attracts almost 200,000 fans each year.

For more information about the Ottawa International Jazz Festival visit:
http://ottawajazzfestival.com/





Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal International Jazz Festival
end June / beginning July
Montréal, Québec (QC)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsEach summer, for ten days from the end of June to early July, the world’s largest jazz festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival event showcases the talents of more than 3,500 artists from over 30 different countries in almost 700 concerts in the streets of downtown Montreal with the sounds of everything from traditional jazz to blues, Latin, gospel, Brazilian, Cuban, African and world beat.

For more information about the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/Quebec-QC-Festival-International-de-Jazz-de-Montreal.html
or see:
http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/default-en.aspx





Halifax Jazz Festival
early July
Halifax, Nova Scotia (NS)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsPresented by Jazz East, the Halifax Jazz Festival (known as the Atlantic Jazz Festival before) is the oldest jazz festival and largest summer festival in the Atlantic region and has been distinguished as an Hallmark Event by the Halifax Regional Municipality as well as being recognized as the Best Festival by Halifax’s weekly arts and culture magazine, The Coast, and their readers. Taking place over 9 nights, including 2 weekends, the Halifax Jazz Festival attracts more than 70,000 visitors each year to enjoy a wealth of more than 350 local and world wide musicians performing jazz as well as blues and latin music.

For more information about the Halifax Jazz Festival visit:
http://halifaxjazzfestival.ca





Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival
mid July
St John’s, Newfoundland (NL)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsA popular event attracting some of the best musicians from all over the world for more than a decade, the Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues (WJB), formerly the St. John’s Jazz Festival, features everything from jazz and blues to world music taking place in over 200 different locations in St John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, giving the local people, and visitors alike the chance to experience music and culture from all around the world during four busy days of concerts, workshops, and events.

For more about the Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival visit:
http://wreckhousejazzandblues.com/





Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival
mid July
Waterloo, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsA popular event for over 2 decades, the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival in Ontario that attracts more than 35,000 fans every year, is an annual 3 day FREE music festival held in Waterloo Ontario that features a whole range of different kinds of jazz. Two stages of entertainment offer a wealth of quality jazz performances that attract jazz lovers from all over the world and is a local free event that the whole community can enjoy.

For more information about the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival visit:
http://www.uptownwaterloojazz.ca/





Kaslo Jazz Festival
early August
Kaslo, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsEvery August long weekend in Kaslo, set against stunning British Columbia vistas, the Kaslo Jazz Festival, a very popular event for over 2 decades, takes place everywhere as well as on a floating stage just off the shore of the sandy beach on Kootenay Lake, showcasing the best of scenery as well the most amazing musicians from British Columbia, Canada and all over the world.

For more information about the Kaslo Jazz Festival visit:
http://www.kaslojazzfest.com





Vancouver Island Blues Bash
late August – early September
Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsStarted in 1981 by the Victoria Jazz Society, the Vancouver Island Blues Bash features a wealth of local, regional and international blues and R&B artists/groups in both free to the public, and paid admission performances on the beautiful outdoor stage in Victoria’s Inner Harbor, Ship Point Picnic Site.

For more information about the Vancouver Island Blues Bash visit:
http://jazzvictoria.ca





Guelph Jazz Festival
early September
Guelph, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsOne of Canada’s most influential music festivals drawing over 16,000 enthusiasts each year, the Guelph Jazz Festival is committed to an expanse of jazz and experimental music featuring a concert series showcasing Canadian and international artists, a free downtown jazz tent on the Saturday of the Festival weekend, and numerous other concerts at a variety of community venues, including churches and galleries.

For more information about the Guelph Jazz Festival visit:
http://www.guelphjazzfestival.com/





Jazz Sudbury Festival
early September
Greater Sudbury, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsA popular event for more than 5 years, the continuously growing Jazz Sudbury Festival has been awarded Best New Festival and listed as one of the Top 100 Festivals in the province by Festivals and Events Ontario. Apart from the headlining acts and performances, one of the highlights of the Jazz Sudbury Festival is the downtown Jazz Walk along which headlining and local jazz artists perform. during the fest.

For more information about the Jazz Sudbury Festival visit:
http://www.jazzsudbury.ca





Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
mid September
Fredericton, New Brunswick (NB)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsAtlantic Canada's largest music festival, the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival is an annual music festival held in the heart of historic downtown Fredericton, featuring blues, jazz, folk, rock and world music performed on 23 indoor and outdoor stages with past artists including Diana Krall, Oliver Jones, Delbert McClinton, Dr John, Davy Knowles and Sarah Jane Morris.

For more about the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/New-Brunswick-NB-top-events-festivals-Harvest-Jazz-Blues-Festival.html
or take a look at
http://www.harvestjazzandblues.com/








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