Toronto Jazz Festival 2011 – full lineup announced

The anniversary 25th edition of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival takes place this June 24th to July 3rd (listen here audio samples of my recommendations).

They have great search engines on their website, by DATE == ARTIST == VENUE == INSTRUMENT (wow!) == STYLE (wow wow!)

Below is a text version of what happens at the Main Stage (moving from City Hall to Metro Square by Roy Thomson Hall), including that fabulous, FREE concert with Aretha Franklin on Friday night, June 24th.

FRIDAY, JUNE 24
Aretha Franklin – Metro Square 8:30pm
** Dave Brubeck Quartet – Koerner Hall 8pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 25
Average White Band / Stax! f. Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn & Eddie Floyd – Metro Square 8:30pm
*** Dave Holland Quintet – Enwave Theatre, 7pm

SUNDAY, JUNE 26
Youssou N’Dour (Dubmatix opening) – Metro Square 8:30pm
Randy Weston’s African Rhythms – Glenn Gould 6pm
*** Mose Allison Trio – Enwave Theatre, 7pm
Atomic – Music Gallery, 8pm

MONDAY, JUNE 27
* Paco de Lucia – Sony Centre 8pm
The Robert Cray Band – Metro Square 8:30pm
*** Kurt Elling – Enwave Theatre 7pm
Jacky Terrasson – Glenn Gould Studio 6pm
** Dee Dee Bridgewater & The Toronto Jazz Festival Orchestra (w. opening special guest the Mario Romano Quartet) – Koerner Hall 8pm
Koptor – Music Gallery 8pm
Soulive – Horseshoe Tavern 9:30pm / 11:30pm

TUESDAY, JUNE 28
* Return to Forever IV Hymn of the 7th Galaxy Tour – Sony Centre 8pm
Los Lonely Boys / Los Lobos – Metro Square 8:30pm
*** The Bad Plus – Enwave Theatre 7pm
Vijay Iyer – Glenn Gould Studio 6pm
** Jessye Norman – Koerner Hall 8pm
Gord Grdina Trio w. Mats Gustafsson – Music Gallery 8pm

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
Molly Johnson / The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra Directed by Dennis Mackrel – Metro Square 8:30pm
*** Eliane Elias – Enwave Theatre 7pm
Kenny Barron – Glenn Gould Studio 6pm
** Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo Songs of Mirth & Melancholy – Koerner Hall 8pm
Colin Stetson (Hat & Beard opening) – Music Gallery 8pm
Reggie Watts – Yuk Yuk’s 8pm & 10:30pm

THURSDAY, JUNE 30
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones The Original Line-Up – Metro Square 8:30pm
Tigran Hamasyan (Ugly Beauties Opening) – Music Gallery 8pm

FRIDAY, JULY 1
The Roots – Metro Square 8:30pm

SATURDAY, JULY 2
Bootsy Collins – Metro Square 8:30pm
Marianne Trudel Septet – Music Gallery 8pm
Lee Fields & The Expressions – Horseshoe Tavern

SUNDAY, JULY 3
Trio M – Music Gallery 8pm

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  1. WAS IN TORONTO LAST YEAR….TOTAL ENJOYMENT….VERY CLEAN, FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS WERE SPOT ON…LOCALS WERE INVITING…ACTIVITIES AND ATTRAACTIONS WERE AMAZING!!!!
    LOVE TORONTO..I”M A SUNDAY COWGIRL FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS

    • Thanks for your kind words about Toronto. June is a great time to be here, with Luminato and Jazz festivals beginning on the 10th and ending into July.

  2. I stumbled into the jazz festival last night (Sun. July 3rd) at the metro square by accident. I really enjoyed the third last song of the night. I don’t know the name of the band or song. If anyone was there last night please let me know!

    • Unfortunately I wasn’t there Sunday night, but you can always ask the organizers, the link is on torontojazz.com

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