Beaches Jazz Fest 2012

Beaches Jazz Fest 2012 brings a crowd to Queen East

The 2012 edition of the Beaches International Jazz Festival is in full swing right now with the first couple nights of the Streetfest in the books. But there's still plenty to see along Queen East and at Kew Beach on Saturday and Sunday.

The scope of the festival has broadened over the years to include a very wide definition of the word "jazz," but you'll find still find that the iberal interpretations — like, for instance, the roots rock of Zed Head — rub up against more conservative favourites like the Metro Big Band, and, of course, there's a little bit of everything in between.

Beaches Jazz Fest 2012

With musicians on almost every street corner, there's little need to fight the crowds to see a live performance, unless we're talking Dr. Draw, in which case all you can do is stake out a spot between performances and wait for him to appear.

Street performances take place between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. every night with artists performing three sets each on a somewhat flexible schedule.

A few crowd favourites worth checking out:

During the day, performances are scheduled between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the main festival stage at Kew Gardens.

Additional Photos:

Beaches Jazz Fest 2012


Beaches Jazz Fest 2012Beaches Jazz Fest 2012Beaches Jazz Fest 2012Beaches Jazz Fest 2012Beaches Jazz Fest 2012Beaches Jazz Fest 2012Beaches Jazz Fest 2012Beaches Jazz Fest 2012

Latest Videos



Latest Videos


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Music

NXNE strives to stay relevant in Toronto's evolving music festival scene

Over 100 bands are coming to Toronto for a music festival this week

Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre announces closure after 33 years

Win VIP tickets to see Trey Songz live in concert in Toronto

Thousands showed up to a Toronto park for Boiler Room this past weekend

Canada's biggest South Asian music festival comes to Toronto this week

50 essential live music venues in Toronto where you need to see a concert at least once

Toronto concert venue needs to raise almost $3M to pay for its new home