Wielding a unique blend of modern-day pop sensibility and sizzling musicianship, rising star Bria Skonberg aims for a sense of allure and creates music that is both curious and exotic. Awarded the 2017 Juno Award for “Vocal Jazz Album” of the year, Skonberg is noted as a millennial “shaking up the jazz world,” according to Vanity Fair. Elite jazz chops, artfully mixed with worldly rhythms and contemporary songwriting, result in a sophisticated pop sound closely resembling that of Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, and Harry Connick Jr. Skonberg brings her new album, "With A Twist" to the Halifax Waterfront.
Bria Skonberg tickets go on sale Wednesday June 21, at 10:00am. Price is $25, available for purchase online at Halifaxjazzfestival.etixnow.com, and etixnow.com. or in person at HJF storefront at 1663 Barrington or by calling our Jazz Hotline at 902-429-8985
With the support of Canada 150 Forward Fund, the Halifax Jazz Festival is hitting the road with Jazz Connects, showcasing the astoundingly diverse talents of emerging and established artists from our area and beyond, from Pabineau First Nation, The Prestons, Cherry Brook, Uniacke Square, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, and more! Over the course of four days, from July 13 through 16, the festival travels to a different location across the HRM highlighting the music of Indigenous, African Canadian, and immigrant artists from across the Maritimes. Admission for the Canada 150 Jazz Connects shows is free.
Jazz Connects kicks off on Thursday, July 13th, at Acadia Hall in Lower Sackville with free shows hourly with live music from 1-4:45pm. The Sackville Business Association (SBA) is hosting a free BBQ in the parking lot near Acadia Park (650 Sackville Drive) during the Sackville Jazz Connect event. The SBA is sponsoring free BBQ for the entire length of the concerts from 1-5pm, and will be serving hot dogs and water all afternoon.
Beginning at 1pm on Thursday at Acadia Park in Lower Sackville is Wolf Castle. Wolf Castle is a Mi'kmaq rapper, producer, singer and songwriter from Pabineau First Nation. Nominated for two ECMA's, Wolf Castle has the smooth flow of Biggie Smalls with all the intensity of Kanye West, bringing an old school flavour with an energetic, powerful contemporary sound.
At 2pm on Thursday, Jazz Connects presents Halifax-based, Music Liberatory on the Acadia Park stage in Lower Sackville. This jazz/folk acoustic program aims to encourage and increase the number of female instrumentalists by providing free music programs to women and girls. Music Liberatory works to create vibrant and honest female led music cultures, with focus on the current and potential leadership of women of colour, the Music Liberatory wishes to see all women benefit from sharing of music and the freedom this experience brings.
North Preston’s Keonté Beals plays Acadia Park at 3pm on Thursday afternoon. Keonté is winner of Music Nova Scotia’s Inspirational Recording of the Year. Keonté was born and raised in North Preston, and started singing at the age of seven. With his self-titled debut EP, he continues to bring forth incredible vocals, introducing a new sound to Halifax's Music Scene and distinguish himself as a bright light to watch.
2017 ECMA award winners Ced Marty & Dave are a fan favorite with their repertoire of Blues, Ballads, and R&B. They play the Acadia Park stage at 4pm on Thursday, July 13. Their blends of original and classic blues songs arranged in their own unique style using guitar, cajon, and harmonica. Inspired by Howling Wolf, Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and others they cover but never copy.
Murray Warrington Park in North End Halifax is the setting for an afternoon of free music onFriday July 14th beginning hourly from 1pm to 4:45pm. Kicking off the afternoon’s shows is Pabineau First Nations Mi'kmaq rapper, producer, singer and songwriter Wolf Castle at 1:00pm
Sackville NS native Jody Upshaw will play at Murray Warrington Park at 2pm on Friday. Since Jody began her journey into the r&b/pop music world she has been developing her voice with artists such as Reeny Smith, and quickly has become a rising star in the Halifax music scene. In 2017, Jody received the ANSMA Emerging Artist Award, as well as an ECMA nomination.
Kxng Wooz will perform at Murray Warrington Park at 3pm on Friday, July 14. Martez Wiggins’ (Kxng Wooz) passion for music began at a young age, influenced by his grandfather, a member of The Baltineers (a Doo Wop group from Baltimore) in the mid 1950’s. Deciding to make a push with his music and become more involved, in 2012 he created "RAW Cypher," an event that aims to create relationships between local artists and the community.
At 4pm on Friday, Universal Soul will play at Murray Warrington Park. The four members of Universal Soul, MCs F.I.Z., Voodoo, Tacktishion (Tracey Williams), and their DJ, IV, have been holding it down for Halifax hip-hop since 1985. This influential outfit performs danceable rap with a fondness for nostalgia and its birth city.
The Jazz Connects program continues Saturday July 15th at the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia in Cherry Brook. Programming is again hourly on the hour with live music on stage from 1pm to 4:45pm and admission is free for all the Jazz Connects programming. The Jazz Connect afternoon in Cherry Brook promises a day of fantastic music, food and culture. The Black Cultural Centre will host a free BBQ on Saturday July 15 during the afternoon’s Jazz Connect performances between 1 and 2:30pm, AND, is offering FREE admission to the African Nova Scotian Museum where the rich history of Nova Scotia’s African heritage can be discovered and explored.
At 1pm on Saturday, Keonté Beals is on stage again, at the Black Cultural Centre stage in Cherry Brook with his brand of r&r/soul/gospel, and at 2pm, the public will have another chance to see Sackville’sJody Upshaw present r&b/soul.
Kirstin Olivia (East Preston) takes the stage at the Black Cultural Centre on Saturday at 3pm. Her heartfelt soulful vocals, combined with the emotional honesty of her lyrics, reels her listeners in by the heart strings. Her performances are full of attitude, a hint of vulnerability and empowered femininity. Kirsten commands the stage with an assured presence that makes you want to listen.
And at 4pm, emcee MAJE (East Preston) will perform at the Black Cultural Centre in Cherry Brook. Music fans will not want to miss the show as MAJE blends bravado, beauty and civic pride with a keen ear for detail. Recently, MAJE scooped up top prize in the Viola Desmond Songwriting Competition,received a nod for ANSMA Rising Star and found himself a semi-finalist in CBC's Searchlight contest.
DeWolf Park in Bedford provides the setting for the final day of the Jazz Festival’s presentation of the Canada 150 Jazz Connects series on Sunday, July 16th. Shows are again hourly from 1 to 4:45 and admission is free as always.
Halifax’s Rose Nadira plays DeWolf Park at 1pm. Rose Nadira’s music celebrates the human condition with her eclectic style of vocals, rhythm and harmony.
Next up, Son Latino performs at DeWolf Park at 2pm. Featuring dynamic musicians from Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, and Canada, Halifax Latin band Son Latino puts a unique cross-cultural spin on Latin American music. With instrumentation similar to a Cuban septeto and a sound reminiscent of the great Buena Vista Social Club, Son Latino makes it almost impossible for audiences to sit still.
At 3pm, get ready to spend a summer afternoon at DeWolf park with Halifax r&b/reggae bandMellodora. A complex wave of musical sensation that stems from the very roots of the Kingston Reggae tree, tangled in the dirt of early American soul and R&B, and heavily laced in melody. Mellodora's seven-piece band provides an upliftingly dark soundscape to the pristine vocals that fly before it, soaring directly into your heart and setting you firmly on the dance floor.
Closing out the Jazz Connects series is a performance by Zulkamoon (Halifax/Mexico City) at 4pm on Sunday m DeWolf Park in Bedford. This exciting band blends genres as diverse as cumbia, reggae, ska, and traditional Mexican folk music with funk, jazz, blues, and rock. Truly the best of many worlds, Zulkamoon incorporates both Spanish and English lyrics over infectious, dance grooves that appeal to young and old alike. Where Zulkamoon goes, dance follows.
TICKETS for ALL SHOWS, (Jo Mersa Marley and Jesse Royal, Blue Rodeo w/ Ron Sexsmith, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, the Late Night Stages, Carleton Groove Stage, Creative Music Workshop Series, along with the St. Matthew’s Church) are ON SALE NOW. Tickets are available for purchase at the etixnow kiosks in the Halifax Forum (2901 Windsor Street) and Music Nova Scotia (2169 Gottingen Street) and online Halifaxjazzfestival.etixnow.com, and etixnow.com. Purchase tickets IN PERSON from the Halifax Jazz Festival Office, located at 1663 Barrington St, open daily at 10am or call the Jazz Hotline at (902) 429-8985.
All free shows are suitable for all ages. Main Stage evening and The Carleton Music Bar & Grill shows are 19+. St. Matthews Church shows, 1313 Hollis and the CMW finale show at Halifax Public Library are all ages.
Support for the TD Halifax Jazz Festival is provided by numerous corporate and community partners including TD, Waterfront Development and Westin Halifax.
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About the Halifax Jazz Festival: Since 1987 the non-profit organization the Halifax Jazz Festival has presented a diverse range of musical and educational activities including the 2017 TD Halifax Jazz Festival, which takes place July 12-16 . For more information visit halifaxjazzfestival.ca, or follow Halifax Jazz Festival on twitter and instagram @HFXJazzFest or “like” on facebook.
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