Toronto’s Kensington Market Jazz Festival is in Full Swing

The first day of #KMJF18 was absolutely spectacular! It was a pleasure to have our friend Bob Rae perform at our opening at our beloved Tom Mihalik’s Tom’s Place. Don’t forget that Saturday and Sunday from 12-5PM features some of this city’s finest pianists performing in Tom’s Place on the beautiful Yamaha C7 piano, including Elizabeth Shepherd, Nancy Walker, Robi Botos and Gene DiNovi!

You can watch the live stream from our opening on our Facebook page CLICK HERE! You can also watch some of our street march with Turbo Street Funk, which took place after our opening when they marched down Augusta to their show at Supermarket. CLICK HERE!

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Photo: Arlene Perly-Rae, Tom Mihalik, Bob Rae & Molly Johnson

#KMJF18 Photographer Tracey Nolan Studios

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Photo: Hajile Black Lotus – curated by George Koller

#KMJF18 Photographer Tracey Nolan Studios

Another highlight from day one was the events at Café Pamenar, which were curated by George Koller! It was a day of beautifully diverse music and the crowd absolutely loved the shows. We are grateful to George for all his hard work in bringing us such wonderful and engaging artists!
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KMJF also celebrated not one, but two CD release concerts at Poetry Jazz Café. Billy Newton-Davis celebrated the release of his KMJF produced EP to a packed house at 7PM

 

Photo: Billy Newton-Davis at Poetry

 

 

#KMJF18 Photographer Tracey Nolan Studios

 

 

At 11PM we toasted Laura Hubert, who was our most recent artist that we recorded earlier this year. Her CD, ‘One Night in Kensington’ features some of her favourite tunes that she has been performing in Toronto for years, and we are so thrilled to finally be able to share this project with you! The record features Peter Hill on piano, Eric St-Laurent on guitar, Steve Wallace on bass and Davide DiRenzo on drums, and will be available all weekend at our merch tables up and down Augusta Avenue!

 

Photo: Laura Hubert ‘One Night in Kensington’ album cover

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The beautiful Church of St. Stephen in-the-Fields is raising money to restore their stained glass windows. You may not know that St. Stephen is one of the most historically significant buildings in Toronto, and they have a strong history with social justice and arts in the city. The windows will cost approximately $150,000 to repair. Heritage Toronto has promised $75,000 but St. Stephen needs to match the funds, and #KMJF wants to help. During our 3 shows throughout the festival (Virginia MacDonald, Claire Lee, Julian Anderson-Bowes #kmjf18 Fern Lindzon, Colleen Allen & Ross MacIntyre #kmjf18 & The Toronto Sax Quartet #kmjf18) we will be collecting donations to assist them in reaching their goal. We ask that you please consider making a donation when you attend one of the shows, and while you’re walking around the market throughout the weekend please take a moment to stop by and visit this beautiful and historic site. For more information visit www.saintstephens.ca #KMJF18

 

 

 

For #KMJF18 we are bringing music to the absolutely stunning Kiever Synagogue tomorrow, Sunday September 16th at 2PM and 5PM! David Wall & David Buchbinder along with Michael Occhipinti and Michael Herring will be presenting a very special programme of music and we will have volunteers to collect cash donations to help with the preservation of one of the most architecturally significant buildings in the market, which you can see from these beautiful photos courtesy of friend of #KMJF, Patrick Morrison – @pedestriansundays on Instagram
 

 

We have two full days left and they are jam packed! Below is our schedule for our ticketed shows taking place on Saturday – courtesy of Lina at #JazzInToronto – with over 65 shows happening at our venues throughout the market! We also encourage you to visit the schedule on our website (CLICK HERE) and take in our Curated Busking series, which is happening in 12 business throughout the market such as Nu BügelWafels & MoreFresco’s Fish & Chips and more! These shows do not have a set cover and are pay-what-you-can, with 100% of the take going to the artists. Please be generous!
 

 

Kensington Market Jazz Festival now in its 3rd year will feature over 400 Torontonian musicians in 12 indoor venues and several busking locations across Kensington Market September 14-15-16, 2018

This is a very special neighbourhood with fantastic art, food & shopping!

NO ADVANCE TICKETS – KMJF IS CASH ONLY!

But have no fear – there are ATM’s located in abundance throughout the market and here are some nearby banks with ATMs.

Click on the link for the google map:

TD Canada Trust ATM

Bank Of Montreal

Royal Bank

Scotiabank

CIBC

COME BY TRANSIT!

Kensington Market is a close walk from Spadina Station and accessible by the College street car, Dundas street car, Bathurst Street car and the Spadina street car.

This is very much a pedestrian neighbourhood and we do not recommend driving to it or especially through it! But If you choose to come by car here are 4 public parking lots:

Click the links for google maps:

Green P Parking lot 20 St Andrew St.

25 Bellevue Ave Parking

Green P Parking 40 Larch St.

20 Spadina Ave. Impark Parking

Please come to the market with a big appetite and be delighted by food from all over the world. Here are some ideas from BlogTO 🙂

Grab a take-out picnic from a nearby restaurant and chill at the newly renovated BELLEVUE SQUARE PARK (Saturday & Sunday 1-6pm)

Bring your kids to these YOUTH VENUES

YOUTH ARCADE STUDIO | HAINAN COMMUNITY CENTRE

*Pay What You Can (Saturday & Sunday)

Enjoy music in the beauty of these SPIRITUAL VENUES

KIEVER SYNAGOGUE | ST. STEPHEN’S CHURCH (TICKETED SHOWS) *Both venues are raising money to restore their stained glass windows – donations will be most welcome.

TICKETED VENUES (Click the link for google map)

SLAIGHT MUSIC BIG BAND STAGE @ EL GORDO’S

CAFE PAMENAR | HAINAN COMMUNITY CENTRE | HANDLEBAR

HOT BOX CAFE | KOI KOI SAKÉ BAR | LOLA | POETRY JAZZ CAFE

ST. STEPHEN’S CHURCH | SUPERMARKET | TOM’S PLACE YAMAHA PIANO ROOM |KIEVER SYNAGOGUE | ST. STEPHEN’S CHURCH

 

 

BUSKING VENUES (Click the link for google map)

AMADEU’S | BELLEVUE SQUARE PARK | EATIVE | FRESCO’S FISH & CHIPS  | JIMMY’S COFFEE  | NU BUGEL | SUPERMARKET

TRINITY COMMON | YOUTH ARCADE STUDIO

WAFELS & MORE | WANDA’S PIE IN THE SKY

 

 

 

FIND US – look for our purple blue & white balloons!

 

 

FREE KMJF18 printed schedules will be available at merch tables on Augusta Ave. and all festival venues.

 

Festival artists CD’s along with Festival T-shirts, umbrellas & water bottles will be available for sale for $20 CASH ONLY @ merchandise tables situated along Augusta Ave. *All proceeds of CD’s go directly to the artist.

 

 

 

 

This years KMJF T-shirt features art from young painter Mason Barnes-Crouse of St. Stephen’s Youth Arcade Studio!

 

The festival is RAIN OR SHINE!But if there’s a little drizzle we’ve got you covered with our KMJF clear umbrellas!

 

 

There will be a City of Toronto water truck available at Augusta Ave. & Oxford St. – and we’ve got KMJF metal water bottles for you for purchase at our merch tables along Augusta Ave. Your $20 CASH ONLY purchase helps KMJF keep the lights on! Thank-you!

 

Please tag us on social media @kensingtonjazz

& use the hashtags  #kmjf18   #kmjf

Don’t forget to tag the artists too!

 

 

 

This year thanks to FACTOR we are so pleased to present the first

 

KMJF COMMUNITY FAIR

where #musicisthemessage

 

Join us from 1-6pm

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16

77 Nassau St. Parking lot

 

Our focus will be:

 

MUSIC WORKER WELLNESS

EMERGENCY RELIEF
MUSIC BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
YOUTH PROGRAMS & MUSIC EDUCATION

MUSIC THERAPY

CARE FOR SENIOR ARTISTS
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
CODE OF CONDUCT IN THE ARTS

 

* The Kensington Market Jazz Festival team adopts the

WE HAVE VOICE   CODE OF CONDUCT

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The Kensington Market Jazz Festival Team

kensingtonjazz.com social @kensingtonjazz

Volunteer: tinyurl.com/KMJFVolunteer2018

Donate: kensingtonjazz.com/donate

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