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Due to unforeseen circumstances Jazz Canadiana will close its operation effective August 1st, 2006.

We deeply regret this decision, and thank you for your solid support over the past few years, and trust that you will continue to support our wonderful music in every way possible.

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Well free actually, during the Talkback & Workshop Series at the
TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival

Returning to the Festival are the hugely popular Talkbacks and Workshops, following a successful debut last year. Delving behind the scenes, these series offer an intimate view of Jazz from noted musicians and industry insiders.

Generously supported by the Ken Page Memorial Trust (KPMT), workshops will be offered every afternoon providing beginners and aficionados the opportunity to explore the roots of jazz music and learn directly from the masters. Resident and visiting musicians will host these free workshops discussing jazz appreciation, guitar, accordion, bass, arranging and more. The Ken Page Memorial Trust Workshop Series is presented in the JAZZ.FM91 Broadcast Centre in Nathan Phillips Square 2:30pm on weekdays and 3:00pm on weekends. The moderator is jazz authority, broadcaster and producer, Hal Hill.

Return to the Broadcast Centre in the square at 6:00pm nightly for an informal preview of that evening’s Mainstage performance on the Toronto Star Stage. The Talkback Series presented by JAZZ.FM91 features hosts Ralph Benmergui and Larry Green as moderators for featured guests.

Scheduled to appear:




David Mott - The Sound of Music


Joe Sealy - The Singer & The Song

Archie Alleyne - And The Beat Goes On


Dave Young - Bass and Mingus

Lesley Mitchell-Clarke - The Business of Jazz


George Evans - Words and Music

Mike Downes - Have Bass Will Travel


Neil Shankman - Jazz to Hip-hop

Chris Daniels - Trad and True


Kevin Clarke - The Big Easy

Lew Tabackin - Afternoon at the Improv.


Gary Cormier - Concert Promotion

Joe Macerollo - Accordion Appreciation


Andrew Craig - Composing & Performing

Ron Davis - How To Be A Jazz Fan


Amanda Martinez - Setting the Mood

Lorne Lofsky - Guitars & Jazz


Mike Murley - Sax-man speaks

Bruce Cassidy - Let’s Come to an Arrangement


Sybil Walker - Programmer shares

The TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival will be cookin’ for 10 days this summer when it takes over the city from June 23 – July 2, 2006. Bringing all that jazz for the past two decades, the festival is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with more than 1500 musicians performing over 350 concerts at more than 40 locations across the city.

For more information visit:

2006 TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival June 23 - July 2

Real Divas' Sweet Sixteen
3 New Divas Added

Last year's runaway hit, Real Divas returns to the festival for a second year with more singing power. Sixteen vocalists will come together on one stage for one starry night filled with solos and duets. Join these vocal powerhouses as the red carpet rolls out for the Real Divas.

Joining the Diva line-up are:

  • Ndidi Onukwulu has a voice you cannot forget. A bluesy, seductive purr, this vocalist is forging new ground with African blues.
  • Shawne Jackson a seasoned musician has been recording and performing since the late 1960s.
  • Lauren Margison is a 14 year-old singing sensation whose prowess and talent belie her age. Margison first made headlines when she joined the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus at the age of 7.

Previously announced Real Divas include: Liberty Silver, Heather Bambrick, June Garber, Lori Cullen, Andrea Menard, Eliana Cuevas, Karin Plato, Melissa Pisarzowki, Shakura S'Aida, Sophie Berkal Sarbit, Janelle Headley, Diana Braithwaite and Kim Richardson.

Real Divas - Sunday, June 25, 8pm on the Toronto Star Stage at Nathan Phillips Square. Tickets are $25 and available through Ticketmaster at
(416) 870-8000 or

Caribbean Soul Songster Jehro Opens for Seu Jorge

French singer-songwriter Jehro will open for acclaimed Samba Soul singer and guitarist Seu Jorge on Friday, June 30.

Melding reggae, folk, latin and calypso into one distinct sound, Jehro is often described as the troubadour with the angelic voice. His current self-titled album is inspired by Caribbean and American grassroots music. It's a style he calls Caribbean Soul.

Jehro / Seu Jorge - Harbourfront Centre, Friday June 30 at 8pm.

Tickets on sale now and available through Ticketmaster at (416) 870-8000 or

Zanussi Five Cancelled

The July 1 performance of Zanussi Five, as part of the EuroJazz Series, has been cancelled. Please note that refunds are available at point of purchase.

McCoy Tyner Lineup Change

Wallace Roney will be replacing Nicholas Peyton on trumpet when the McCoy Tyner Septet takes the stage at Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday, June 29.

The recipient of three Grammy Awards, Roney began studying trumpet and music theory at the tender age of 4 while at Philadelphia's Settlement School of Music. He is generally thought of as one of the few musicians of his generation who learned and perfected his craft directly from alliances with Jazz Masters. Past collaborations read like a list of who's who in jazz - Art Blakey, Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, Jay McShann, David Murray, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie.

The Gospel of Jazz

Experience jazz and prayer as the two come together on Sunday June 25 and July 2. Offering contemporary service and religious music set within a jazz context is Christ Church Deer Park (1570 Yonge Street), St. Timothy's Anglican Church (4125 Sheppard Avenue) and St. James Cathedral (64 Church Street).

Art Maiste with Don Vickery Trio present an afternoon of straight ahead jazz combined with gospel music on Sunday, June 24 at 3pm inside St. Timothy's. Laurie Bower (trombone), Don Vickery (drums) and Jack McFadden (bass) join Art Maiste (piano).

Barlow Brass & Drums will be at Christ Church Deer Park Sunday, June 24 at 4:30pm. Joining Brian Barlow on drums will be Doug Burrell (tuba), Chase Sanborn (trumpet), Brian O'Kane (trumpet), Russ Little (trombone) and Terry Promane (trombone).

Featuring the St. James Choir, the Brian Barlow Quartet performs at St. James Cathedral on Sunday, July 2 at 11am with John Johnson (saxophone), Tom Szczesniak (piano), Scott Alexander (bass) and Brian Barlow (drums).

Free Jazz

Enjoy free performances every day at Nathan Phillips Square and Alexander the Great Parkette (at Danforth and Logan Avenue).

Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square - 12 Noon:
Jim Galloway and His Wee Big Band - June 23
Bernard Primeau Jazz Ensemble - June 24 (1pm)
Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra - June 25 (1pm)
Rob McConnell Tentet - June 26
Magnolia Brass Band / Happy Pals / Climax Jazz Band - June 27
John MacLeod Big Band - June 28
David Buchbinder's Schurum Burum Big Band - June 29
Cruzao Grupo Monstruoso - June 30
Hilario Duran Big Band - July 1 (1pm)
Cimarron - July 2 (1pm)

Tuborg Stage, Alexander the Great Parkette - 6pm:
Roy Patterson Trio - June 23
Ena K'ena (2pm) / Brian 'Colourblind' Blain Blues - June 24
Patrick Tevlin & The Mighty Four (2pm) / David Buchbinder's Klezmer Trio - June 25
Doug Watson Trio - June 26
Sultans of String - June 27
Ouzo 3 - June 28
Bill McBirnie Trio - June 29
William Carn Trio - June 30
Escola de Samba (2pm) / Syncona - July 1
Club Django (2pm) / Levon Ichkhanian - July 2

Monster Mural

Returning for another year, TD Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation (FEF) will be presenting their gigantic monster mural. Measuring 20 feet long and 6 feet high, the FEF Childrens Activity Centre will host hundreds of festival children where boys and girls can let loose their creative genius.

FEF will support festival recycling programs and host a FEF information booth on opening and closing weekends. TD Canada Trust FEF volunteers and community partners will be available to chat with customers and distribute information on the community projects they support, including the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, Canada's largest participatory environmental initiative.

The booth will be open: June 24 - 25 and June 30 - July 2, from 1 - 7pm. Please note that on Canada Day, the booth will be open from 12 Noon - 5pm.

Celebrate Phat Tuesday & Canada Day

Join the festivities at Nathan Phillips Square on Tuesday, June 27 as the festival pays tribute to all things New Orleans. Presented by JAZZ.FM91, things kick off at 12 Noon with the Magnolia Brass Band, Happy Pals and Climax Jazz Band. The evening ticketed performance features Loco Zydeco, Kevin Clark Quartet and the tradition rich Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Celebrate The Big Easy, Toronto style.

Nathan Phillips Square and the jazz festival is the destination to celebrate Canada Day, presented by Primus. Bring the whole family down for the afternoon as the Hilario Duran Big Band kicks off the festivities at 1pm. Groove & Graffiti takes over the square at 3pm as students and aerosol artists, Elicser and Mediah, showcase their artistic skills while DJ Jedi spins rare jazzy grooves. Return in the evening for a night of saxophones as Pharoah Sanders and Kenny Garrett blow their lids in a concert not to be missed.

Buck 65

Advance ticket prices for Kinnie Star / Buck 65 are $18.00. Tickets were previously sold for $20.00. Refunds are available the night of the performance on Friday, June 30 at Opera House.

Friends of Jazz Lounge

Members of "Friends of Jazz" will be able to relax in a new lounge onsite at Nathan Phillips Square adjacent to the tent during the festival. Look through the program books, plan your next concert stop, have a drink or meet up with friends in this exclusive lounge available to "Friends of Jazz" only.

For more information on how to become a Friend of Jazz and learn about our Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond member benefits, visit


Time to plan your jazz festival visitations, and there are a vast number of these very special musical events to choose from.

Starting on June 23rd you could attend the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival where you can see and hear artists McCoy Tyner, Hilario Duran, Paquito D'Rivera, Pharoah Sanders, Bernard Primeau, Maceo Parker, Christian McBride, Rob McConnell, Dave Brubeck, Preservation Hall Jazz band and many, many more.

Other important festivals will be presented in The Beaches (Toronto), Burlington (Ontario), Oakville (Ontario), Guelph (Ontario), Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Vancouver... for a comprehensive list and more information visit the individual web site links please click here.


Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto Star Stage 8:00 pm:

6/23 - Robi Botos Trio / Molly Johnson & Quartet $30
6/24 - Mingus Big Band / Marcus Miller $40
6/25 - Real Divas $25
6/26 - Ken Fornetran Quartet / What is Jazz? feat. Charlie Hunter Trio, Christian McBride Band & DJ Logic $30
6/27 - Loco Zydeco / Kevin Clark Quartet / Preservation Hall Jazz Band $30 (7:30pm)
6/28 - The Dexters / Maceo Parker $25
6/29 - Vijay Iyer / McCoy Tyner Septet $35
6/30 - Roberto Occhipinti Quintet / Paquito D'Rivera Quintet $25
7/01 - Laila Biali Trio / Pharoah Sanders & Kenny Garrett $30
7/02 - John Pizzarelli Quartet / Ann Hampton Callaway & Sherrie Maricle & The DIVA Big Band $35


6/27 - Paul James Band / Etta James & The Roots Band - Hummingbird Centre $45 - $95
6/28 - John Zorn Acoustic Masada - The Music Hall $40 & $45
6/28 - illScarlett / Kardinal Offishall - Opera House $20 adv / $25 door
6/29 - Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - Phoenix Concert Hall $20 adv
6/30 - Kinnie Star / Buck 65 - Opera House $20 adv / $25 door
7/03 - Dave Brubeck Quartet - Massey Hall $45, $60 & $75


6/22 - Jacksoul / Divine Brown $20 adv / $25 door
6/25 - Maple Blues Revue feat. Chuck Jackson, Dawn Tyler Watson & John Mays $15 adv / $20 door
6/27 - Richard Galliano Trio $20 adv / $25 door (Harbourfront Centre Theatre)
6/28 - Roxanne Potvin / Neville Brothers $30
6/29 - Original Superstars of Jazz Fusion feat. Roy Ayers $49.50
6/30 - Seu Jorge $21.50 adv / $25 door
6/30 - Yusef Lateef & Belmondo Brothers $20 adv / $25 door (Harbourfront Centre Theatre)

Gladstone Hotel $10 adv / $15 door

6/26 - Igor Butman Quartet
6/27 - Joost Buis - Astronotes
6/28 - Wibutee
6/29 - Jeanette Lindstrom Quintet
7/01 - Zanussi Five

Young Centre for the Performing Arts $15

6/23 - Adi Braun
6/24 - George Evans
6/26 - Andy Bey Duo
6/27 - Sandra Caldwell
6/28 - Michel Berube
6/29 - Lori Cullen

Lunchtime Jazz Series
Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto Star Stage FREE

6/23 - Jim Galloway & His Wee Big Band w/ Tommy Ambrose
6/24 - Bernard Primeau Jazz Ensemble
6/25 - Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra
6/26 - Rob McConnell Tentet
6/27 - Magnolia Brass Band / Happy Pals / Climax Jazz Band
6/28 - John MacLeod Big Band
6/29 - David Buchbinder's Shurum Burum Big Band
6/30 - Cruzao Grupo Monstruoso
7/01 - Hilario Duran Big Band
7/02 - Cimarron

Alexander the Great Parkette FREE

6/23 - Roy Patterson Trio
6/24 - Ena K'ena / Brian 'Colourblind' Blain Blues
6/25 - Patrick Tevlin And The Mighty Four / David Buchbinder's Klezmer Trio
6/26 - Doug Watson Trio
6/27 - Sultans of String
6/28 - Ouzo 3
6/29 - Bill McBirnie Trio
6/30 - William Carn Trio
7/01 - Escola de Samba / Syncona
7/02 - Club Django / Levon Ichkhanian Quartet

TD Canada Trust Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival and RMS present
The Music Hall
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Tickets On Sale Now!

A true innovator and leader in avant-garde jazz, saxophonist John Zorn will be playing at the TD Canada Trust Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at The Music Hall at 7pm.

Drawing inspiration from an eclectic range of sources and using unconventional sounds, Zorn has been breaking, transforming and reshaping the boundaries of jazz for over three decades. Writing and performing music of astonishing breadth, Zorn has explored the gamut of musical interests including everything from film music to free jazz to hardcore thrash to Yiddish folk music and back.

After a lengthy absence from Toronto, Zorn makes a triumphant return with his group, John Zorn's Acoustic Masada. Based on the idea of creating a new radical Jewish sound that would be relevant today, Zorn merged traditional Jewish scales with the sound of Ornette Coleman to create Masada. Joining Zorn will be Dave Douglas on trumpet, Greg Cohen on drums and Joey Baron on drums.

The TD Canada Trust Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival will be cookin' for 10 days this summer when it takes over the city from June 23 - July 2, 2006. Bringing all that jazz for the past two decades, the festival is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with more than 1500 musicians performing over 350 concerts at more than 40 locations across the city.

John Zorn's Acoustic Masada
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 - 7pm
The Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue
Tickets on Sale Now
Soundscapes, Rotate This or Ticketmaster
(416) 870-8000 or
Ticket prices: $40 and $55, plus service charges
Limited student tickets are available, ID required

For more information visit

The following venues offer jazz and or blues on a regular basis, please contact for further details.

2409 Yonge Street


Amis Du Jazz
Church Street at Sonya


18 King Street at Yonge


Ben Wicks Tavern
424 Parliament Street


Black Swan
154 Danforth Avenue


Boiler House
Distillery District, 55 Mill Street


Cabbage Patch Pub & Grill
488 Parliament Street


C'est What
67 Front Street


Chicago's Diner
335 Queen Street West


Chick 'N Deli
744 Mount Pleasant Road


Christ Church Deer Park
1570 Yonge Street


Commerce Court
199 Bay Street


Dominion on Queen
500 Queen Street East


Esplanade Bier Market
58 The Esplanade


Gate 403
403 Roncesvalles Avenue


Grossman's Tavern
379 Spadina Avenue


Home Smith Bar - The Old Mill
21 Old Mill Road


Honey Supper Lounge
115 John Street


Hot House Café
Market Square, 35 Church Street


Hugh's Room
2261 Dundas Street West


Hummingbird Centre
1 Front Street West


Kool Haus
132 Queens Quay East


Le Saint Tropez
315 King Street West


Le Select Bistro
328 Queen Street West


Looking Glass
582 Church Street


Lula Lounge
1585 Dundas Street West (of Dufferin)


Massey Hall
178 Victoria Street


Mezzetta Restaurant
681 St. Clair Avenue West


1546 Queen Street West


Momo's Bistro
664 The Queensway


Montreal Bistro & Jazz Club
65 Sherbourne Street


Oasis Pub & Bar Restaurant
780 Queen Street East

416 469-5423

Opera House
735 Queen Street East


Orbit Room
580A College Street


Oscar's at Hart House
7 Hart House Circle, U of T

Pan Mediterranean Cuisine
516 Danforth Avenue


The Pilot
22 Cumberland Avenue


Poor Alex Cabaret
296 Brunswick Avenue


Red Guitar
603 Markham Street


Reservoir Lounge
52 Wellington Street East


783 College Street


The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar
194 Queen Street West


Royal York Road United Church
851 Royal York Road, Etobicoke


Silver Dollar Room
486 Spadina Avenue


120 Church Street


471 Church Street


Toronto Centre for the Arts
George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge Street


Trane Studio
964 Bathurst Street


292 Brunswick Avenue


Victory Café
591 Markham Street


Whistler's Grille & Café Bar
995 Broadview Avenue @ Pottery Road


Zazou Lounge
315 King Street West