24th Annual Beaches International Jazz Festival // TORONTO

The Beaches International Jazz Festival (I like the fact that they still use “Beaches” in the name, not “The Beach” as the area is officially referred to these days) for the past 24 years has had Jazz, Blues and R&B musicians doing what they do best, on stages, in parks, and on the street.  This little festival has grown exponentially from 2 days and approx. 3,000 enthusiasts in it’s first year, to over 1 million attendees (according to WIKI) over it’s 10 day course.   My favorite is always the street fest portion, as a good chunk of Queen E. is shut down for the last 3 nights and is taken over by vendors and musicians, and oh.. thousands and thousands and thousands of people walking around, enjoying the vibes, bobbing their heads, eating funnel cakes…  ok, maybe not everyone was eating funnel cakes, but you get the idea.

The above photos were taken on the last Saturday. Some along the boardwalk stages, some at Kew Gardens, and a bunch on the street.

Top/Down:

At the Latin Square, dance instructor Mike Sobreira – freestyle salsa dance lessons.

Big Smoke Big Band at the Big Band Stage.

Five-time Juno Award winner and Order of Canada recipient Liona Boyd performing with Michael Savona at the KEW Gardens Stage.

Not Affiliated Big Band

Cobra Kings

JUICE

maxin’ and relaxin’ and checking tweets.

Soul Motivators

groovin’ to Soul Motivators

Zed Head

Downtown Jazz Band / As a side note, these jazz vet’s have been here since the beginning! Solid year after year, not missing a beat!

2 out of thousands

God Made Me Funky!

Seagull All-Stars

David Rotundo Band with super special guest, The Princess of Rockin’ Gospel Blues, Sharrie Williams.  /  What a fantastic set it was.  Goose bumps man.  Goose bumps.

 

……oh and it was sunny, and hot.

 

 

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