45 Local Acts, The Atlantic Jazz Masters Series, Stingray Rising Star Finalists, And More Daily, July 10-14!
This year the TD Halifax Jazz Festival will present over 45 local acts, who are the core of our free programming. Offering free daytime shows at the Waterfront TD Main Stage begins at noon, on Wed, and run throughout the festival, July 10-14. Community free stages will be presented in area parks including; the Hydrostone, Dartmouth, Murray Warrington, Acadia Hall, and Dewolfe Park, over the weekend of July 12-14. Free TD JazzLabs take place at the Halifax Central Library, Halifax North Memorial Library, and on the ever popular, Theodore Tugboat beginning on Wed, July 10.
Visit halifaxjazzfestival.ca for the online schedule of announced shows and events to date. Tickets to all announced shows are for sale now online or at the newly opened HJF Office.
WATERFRONT TD MAIN STAGE FREE DAYTIME SHOWS
Bring the kids, dog, an umbrella and your friends and enjoy free music on the gorgeous Halifax Waterfront! Every day of the event, beginning Wednesday, July 10, the TD Halifax Jazz Festival presents FREE shows from noon until 4:30pm. At noon, a local East Coast act takes the stage, presenting musical styles for everyone to enjoy. At 1:15pm another local East Coast band will take the stage, performing heavy soul, R & B, Big Band, jazz and blues. Stingray Rising Stars finalists take the stage at 2:30, which features up and coming acts from across Canada (artists to be announced.) And at 3:45pm the Atlantic Jazz Masters series caps off the daily performances, featuring some of Atlantic Canada’s finest jazz performers.
Local acts performing on the Waterfront TD Main Stage at noon are: The Thundermakers, Son Latino, Andrew Miller Trio, Elise Besler, and Hubtown Big Band and those performing at 1:15pm are: Ced, Marty & Dave, Les MoonTunes, Karen Myatt, Kitty & The Katz and The Tuesday Night Band. The Atlantic Jazz Masters Series will have performances by: John Chiasson Trio, Nadia Moore, Holly Arsenault Trio, Los Primos, and Joe Murphy & The Broomdusters.
The daytime Waterfront TD Main Stage offers general seating including bleachers, tables and chairs with umbrellas for those looking for shade, and plenty of room for dancing. This year’s food experience features traditional festival fare including long term vendor Bramoso Pizza, as well as an exciting elevated menu offering from our partners at Murphy Hospitality Group. Patrons are welcome to bring their own chairs, water bottles, umbrellas, and even the family dog, as dogs are allowed on leashes in the afternoon. HJF offers our popular KID ZONE again this year, where there’s family-friendly activities all afternoon!
The festival's Waterfront TD Main Stage site is entirely wheelchair accessible including all entrances, washrooms, bars, and seating areas. For evening shows, there are a limited number of spaces designed to meet the needs of patrons in wheelchairs. When you purchase your tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve one of the spaces. During the free daytime concerts, there is no reserved wheelchair seating. All daytime concert seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
COMMUNITY FREE STAGES IN THE PARKS
Wherever you find yourself in Halifax during the Festival, chances are you’re near a Community Stage and it’s time for a FREE show. Community Stages take place throughout the area during the Jazz Festival including Hydrostone Park, with shows on Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th every hour on the hour from 1:00-4:00pm. These shows feature area favorites Ann Denny, Mike Cowie, Open Borders, and the Willem Paynter Trio capping off the afternoon performances.
Free shows take place at Dartmouth Park on Saturday, July 13 hourly from 10:00am-1:00pm. Thes shows include performances by local youth musicians, Juventas (HMC Youth), YAC Showcase, and swing/dance by The Tritones, and Latin/Cuban/African music with Marcel Amores & Plan Ashe.
Murray Warrington Park will feature free performances between 6 and 7:30pm on
Friday July 12. Come by and check out EPDMC, young r&b sensation Jody Upshaw followed by teenage female hip hop artist Shay Pitts, and Carribean to Halifax transplant r&b artist Yohvn Blvck (pronounced Yohan Black).
Acadia Hall Park will host two shows on Saturday July 13 with the Wentzell Organ Trio at 1:00pm, and at 2:00pm, Global Centric Brass.
Finishing the Community workshop series on Sunday, July 14, DeWolfe Park will host a show by Son Latino at 12 noon that should not be missed by area Latin aficionados, and at 1:00pm, educator, musician and jazz vocalist, Carolyn Curry Group will take the stage for a free performance.
FREE TD JAZZLABS AT THE LIBRARY(S) & ON THEODORE TUGBOAT
TD Jazz Labs are FREE and suitable for all ages, offering a behind the scenes look at making music that includes artist talks, master classes, and interactive concerts. TD Jazz Labs are part of Halifax Jazz Festivals Music Education Program, which includes the Creative Music Workshop.
This year, CMW staff and students alike, present TD JazzLabs July 10 - 14 at Halifax Central Library, Halifax North Memorial Library and on Theodore Tugboat. JazzLabs begin Wed, July 10 at 11am at the Halifax North Memorial Library with an African Drumming Workshop lead by esteemed educator Dr. Henry Bishop. Don’t miss the boat! Perennial favourite among younger audiences, Splash! Bang! Boom! sets sail again this year on Theodore Tugboat , Thur, Fri and Sat, July 11-13 (2 sailings, 10am and 11am), with local instructors Ross Burns, Matt Gallant and Siobhan Martin. Also on Friday at Halifax Central Library is Art of the Trio, featuring Mike Murley on sax, Jim Vivian on Bass, and Terry Clake on Drums - join three of the finest musicians on the Canadian jazz scene as they break down the elements of performing in a trio. On Sat, July 13, Halifax Central Library presents Laurie Brown & Joshua Van Tassel. Hear what they have discovered about podcasting at 2pm. And finally, listen to the results of the hard work, collaboration and risk-taking of the CMW students at the CMW Student Finale Concert at 2pm Sunday, July 14 at the Halifax Central Library.
TD Jazz Labs are part of Halifax Jazz Festivals Music Education Program. Beyond sharing the relevance of jazz in today’s world, these Jazz Labs provides opportunities for artistic development and music education for all ages. Halifax Jazz Festivals music education mission includes TD Jazz Labs, the Creative Music Workshop and Splash! Bang! Boom! On Theodore Tugboat, Jazz Up Your Spring, and Jazz Appreciation Month shows.
Support for the TD Halifax Jazz Festival is provided by numerous corporate and community partners including TD Bank Group, Develop Nova Scotia, Advocate, Murphy Hospitality Group, Stingray Music, Wilson’s Security and funded by the Government of Canada, Province of Nova Scotia, Halifax, and the Craig Foundation.
Since 1987, Halifax Jazz Festival, presented by the non-profit organization Jazz East Rising Association, has organized a diverse range of musical, educational and charitable activities, including the annual TD Halifax Jazz Festival, the oldest and largest jazz festival in Atlantic Canada. The 33rd event will take place July 9-14, 2019. Follow Halifax Jazz Festival on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram @HFXJazzFest.
TICKET & #HJF2019 PASS PURCHASE INFORMATION
The TD Halifax Jazz Festival office is NOW OPEN for the 2019 festival. The office is located at 1566 Barrington Street, 4th floor Suite. We are open to the public, Monday - Friday, noon until 6pm. Tickets and passes can be purchased during these hours. HJF thanks The Roy and Starfish Properties for their generous support.
HJF2019 passes are on sale NOW! Quantities are limited and both the STANDARD and FUSION passes sell out every year. Purchase here → http://halifaxjazzfestival.etixnow.com/series/2019-td-halifax-jazz-festival
TICKETS are on sale NOW! Visit halifaxjazzfestival.ca to purchase online or in person at etixnow kiosks located at Coffee Matters Brewery Market - 1496 Lower Water St; Coffee Matters 2861 Gladstone St or at Coffee Matters 33 Alderney Drive (Dartmouth).
Kimberly Sinclair | Publicity@halifaxjazzfestival.ca
Wed: The Thundermakers
Thur: Son Latino
Fri: Andrew Miller Trio
Sat: Elise Besler
Sun: Hubtown Big Band
Wed: Ced, Marty & Dave
Thur: Les MoonTunes
Fri: Karen Myatt
Sat: Kitty & The Katz
Sun: The Tuesday Night Band
2:30pm - Stingray Rising Stars (artists to be announced)
3:45pm - Atlantic Jazz Masters Series
Wed: John Chiasson Trio
Thur: Nadia Moore
Fri: Holly Arsenault Trio
Sat: Los Primos
Sun: Joe Murphy & The Broomdusters
**Waterfront TD Main Stage is 19+ Minors will be permitted if accompanied and supervised by a parent or legal guardian and the appropriate documentation provided. For more information visit our website under FAQ page, http://www.halifaxjazzfestival.ca/faq
COMMUNITY FREE STAGES IN THE PARKS SCHEDULE
Hydrostone Park Shows
Saturday July 13
1:00pm Willem Paynter
2:00pm Open Borders
3:00pm Mike Cowie
4:00pm Ann Denny
Sunday July 14
1:00pm Matthew Snow
2:00pm Tin Pan Darlings
3:00pm Chris Churchill Group
4:00pm Ally Fiola Next Quest
Dartmouth Park Shows
Saturday July 13
10:00am Juventas (HMC Youth)
11:00am YAC Showcase
1:00pm Marcel Amore & Plan Ashe
Murray Warrington Park Shows
Friday July 12
6:30pm Jody Upshaw
7:00pm Shay Pitts
7:30pm Yohvn Blvck
Acadia Hall Park Shows
Saturday July 13
1:00pm Wentzell Organ Trio
2:00pm Global Centric Brass
DeWolfe Park Shows
Sunday July 14
12:00pm Son Latino
1:00pm Carolyn Curry Group
TD JAZZLABS AT THE LIBRARY(S) & ON THEODORE TUGBOAT SCHEDULE
Halifax Central Library
Fri, July 12 @ noon - Art of the Trio: Murley/Vivian/Clarke
Sat, July 13 @ 2pm - Laurie Brown & Joshua Van Tassel
Sun, July 14 @ 2pm - CMW Student Finale Concert
On Friday, July 12 the Art of the Trio: Murley/ Vivian/Clarke will take place at noon.
Join three of the finest musicians on the Canadian jazz scene as they break down the elements of performing in a trio setting and the boundless creativity that is borne from this format. Featuring Mike Murley - sax, Jim Vivian- Bass, Terry Clake - Drums.
On Saturday, July 13 the Halifax Central Library presents Laurie Brown & Joshua Van Tassel at 2pm. Laurie Brown and Joshua Van Tassell reveal what they have discovered about podcasting, the magical combination of sound and speech and why humans are gravitating to podcasts.
The CMW Student Finale Concert takes place at 2pm Sunday, July 14 at the Halifax Central Library. The CMW closing concert will premiere new music written by students as well as collaborations between faculty and students, offering a showcase for CMW students to share what they have been creating in a community environment. Listen to the results of hard work, collaboration and risk-taking.
Halifax North Memorial Library
Wed, July 10 @ 11am - Dr. Henry Bishop
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn rhythms and grooves with Artist, Musician, Educator, and Humanitarian, Dr. Henry Bishop. Since 2015, Dr. Bishop has lead a unique African Drumming youth program at West Hants Middle School. Perfect for children, this fun-filled workshop is designed so that everyone will learn to play percussion instruments together.
Splash! Bang! Boom! on Theodore Tugboat - 10am and 11am
July 11, first sail at 10am and second sail at 11am with Ross Burns
July 12, first sail at 10am and second sail at 11am with Matt Gallant
July 13, first sail at 10am and second sail at 11am with Siobhan Martin
Take part in Splash! Bang! Boom! music workshops for kids on Theodore Too, located at Murphy’s Cable Wharf, 1751 Lower Water St. Please note the workshop is conducted as Theodore sails, so be sure to come early to board. Two sails per day. There is no pre-registration; space is limited to first come first served.
On Thursday, July 12, Ross Burns hosts the cruise as Theodore escorts your little ones around the Halifax Harbour while the lively, entertaining and talented musician Ross Burns shows everyone on board some basic rhythms using simple percussion instruments.
Matthew Gallant sails with Theodore on Friday July 13. Matthew has been playing drums and percussion for 25 years. As a musician in Halifax, he has worked with many great artists including Erin Costelo, Amelia Curran, Ben Caplin, Adam Baldwin, Dave Sampson, Krasnogorsk and the Brood. Matthew Is a session musician, independent artist, music instructor at Long and Mcquade Dartmouth.
On Saturday, July 14, freelance keyboardist and piano teacher Siobhan Martin will host the cruise. She has played with notable artists such as Joel Plaskett, Tara Priya and Mo Kenney. You can catch her playing with Loveland, Owen Meany’s Batting Stance, Leanne Hoffman and her main project The Brood on the regular. She has always had a love for teaching and sharing her passion of music with others!