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Toronto Jazz Festival Lineup Announced


Well, music fans, it's that time of year again; the 22nd annual Toronto Jazz Festival has just announced the lineup for this year's festivities. With a solid stream of events running from June 19 to 29, there's something there for just about every musical taste.

But wait, you say you don't like jazz? There's actually way more going on than just jazz. There's a night with soul legend Al Green, Louisiana gris-gris master Dr. John, funk giant Maceo Parker, Grammy-winning gospel singers The Blind Boys of Alabama, Philly-based turntablist RJD2, and electronic artists like The National Parcs and Grand Analog.

Mind you, if you do like jazz, there's plenty of that to go around in all flavours from traditional New Orleans to be-bop and swing to avant garde. The list of artists is simply huge: Oliver Jones Trio, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Arturo Sandoval - the list goes on and on.

Jazz FM's Ross Porter summed it up best at the media conference held today at Pilot: "It's big."

Not to mention a night of guitar heaven with John Abercrombie, Mike Stern and John Scofield all on the same ticket. OMFG!!!

For a complete rundown of the biggest music festival this town has to offer, visit http://www.tojazz.com/Pages/festival.aspx.

So how about you? What acts are you interested in seeing?

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