This year’s festival has more music, entertainment and excitement than ever, with more than 70 acts performing on 14 stages throughout the city, presented over five action-packed days. The festival incorporates more venues, and expands into new neighbourhoods, including free concerts beginning at noon Saturday and Sunday at the Halifax Public Gardens and Hydrostone Park. These concerts are open to all ages. The Bandstand in the Halifax Public Gardens will host a big band series featuring local artists, and the Hydrostone Park showcases acts from across Canada.
In another development, the festival will present free music until 6pm daily at the Main Stage. Music begins at 3pm weekdays and 1pm weekends and features local and touring acts. The Main Stage also has a new look, with new seating options to replace the big tent, freeing up more room for spectators to dance and move freely. New seating arrangements include bleacher seating to replace the rows of chairs from previous years. Additional seating will be provided with limited patio tables, including chairs and tables with umbrellas. New this year is a kidzone every afternoon at the Main Stage - complete with crafts, face painting and more!
Again this year, for patrons who enjoy a more intimate listening experience, the festival has expanded its offering of concerts at indoor venues around town. These shows perfectly pair artists with each venue, allowing the option of live music in a indoor setting. Venues include the Bus Stop Theatre and The Company House, both on Gottingen Street, The Carleton Music Bar & Grill on Argyle Street, 1313 Hollis, Dartmouth's Alderney Landing Theatre, and the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Dalhousie Arts Centre.
The TD Halifax Jazz Festival is constantly evolving. As it grows, it is continually looking for ways to improve its offerings and enhance the festival experience for both audiences and artists. As artistic director Laura “Lulu” Healy states, "We're excited about the changes we've made to the format of the event, as they will allow people to choose how they'd like to experience and enjoy the festival. Whether that's dancing and socializing at the Main Stage, relaxing in the Hydrostone Park or listening intently at one of our indoor venues, there are many options for people to hear some of the best musicians in the world in their own neighbourhood!"
The festival is excited about the changes and looks forward to seeing everyone this July! For tickets and more information, please visit halifaxjazzfestival.ca or call the Festival Hotline (902) 717-7082.
Since 1987 the non-profit organization the Halifax Jazz Festival has presented a diverse range of musical and educational activities including the 2015 TD Halifax Jazz Festival, July 8-12. Follow Halifax Jazz Festival on Twitter @HFXJazzFest.