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Beach Community Partnership Events

Youth Jazz Program – Festival Partnership Continues to Promote Youth Jazz Artists

Several years ago the BIJF completed a very successful 4 year Youth Initiatives Program made possible by a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. We had many great year-round programs engaging youth as artists, learners, volunteers, and audience members. Even though that program has been completed, we are thrilled to be able continue with our Youth Initiatives including: promoting, partnering and giving performing opportunities to young musicians. This year is no exception. We will be showcasing the amazing musicians from the Discovery Through the Arts music school ‘Generation Ensemble’ program and will be having the fantastic jazz combos from Youth Jazz Canada summer workshop performing on our Woodbine Park TD Main Stage location, July 22 and July 23, 2017 and our OLG Main Stage on July 29, 2017.

… And Our Home Based Next Generation Artists on our new Urban Stage

This year we are also introducing our new Urban Stage at Woodbine Park July 21, 22, 23 and 28, 29, and 30. We will be presenting Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Jazz, and Pop music performed by artists from Toronto, around Ontario and as far away as Montreal. For the most part I would say that this stage is a chance to see and hear some amazing artists who perform regularly at sold out shows – and yet, we never seem to get to those shows (if you are anything like the rest of us you probably have trouble getting to a lot of club concerts because they start at 10 or 11 pm!) So we are giving our community a rare chance to enjoy the fabulous creativity of these mostly young artists at a family friendly stage in daytime hours. We really hope you take advantage and come enjoy this program. Artists include legendary hip hop MC Dan-e-o, R&B Queen, Shi Wisdom, vocalist Yan Etchevary, Toronto’s hip hop power trio Re.verse just to name a few.

Fundraising for the Michael Garron Hospital

Michael Garron Hospital (formerly the Toronto East General Hospital) is the primary health care provider for the fastest growing area of Toronto and one of the most culturally and demographically diverse communities in Canada. Serving over one million people in Toronto’s east end, the hospital registers over 200,000 patient visits, delivers 3,400 babies and responds to over 60,000 emergency visits annually.

The Festival has been a long time hospital supporter. Because it’s just never too early to start appreciating jazz, the hospital had a room named after the Festival in their Child Health Centre.

Fundraising for Muscular Dystrophy Canada – Kew Beach Fire Hall Firefighter Boot Drive

Each year during the Festival’s Streetfest event, Kew Beach Fire Hall Firefighters open up the Fire Hall and put on their Boot Drive during at the Festival to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

On July 27, 28 and 29, 2017 the Firefighters provided the chance to “fill their boots” with cash for Muscular Dystrophy! Every dollar you provided went towards this worthy cause.


Toronto Police 55 Division – Our Community Safety Partners at Festival Time

The philosophy of the Toronto Police Service 55 Division, which services the Beach, is heavily focused on community-oriented policing. In this regard, 55 Division has an auxiliary police program that encompasses volunteer police officers that help with crowd control during special events like our Jazz Festival. These are trained civilian volunteers, outfitted in uniforms that are similar to those of full-fledged police officers, trained in civilian authority and basic use of force. Their main role is to assist with community events. Auxiliary police officers also help to locate missing children during special events; assist with community outreach and crime prevention and play a critical role in supporting the police force. The Festival works closely with 55 Division. Although we have very large and enthusiastic crowds attending the Festival, we rarely have problems with crowd control or traffic management. Our audience is re-assured by the help provided by the police, both paid and volunteers. The Festival is apparently a favourite event for police officers and trained civilians to participate in. It’s become a yearly ritual for some.

Understanding the value of community engagement, the Festival helps sponsor and support community based projects and programs identified by the 55 Division’s Community Police Liaison Committee, projects and programs such as the Toronto Police Service Scholarship fund.


“Jazz Up Your Windows” Contest – in Partnership with the Beach Village BIA

The Festival isn’t simply about getting people to soak up the music and the ambience. It’s also about getting visitors to support Beach retailers, restaurants, coffee bars and other establishments. So for the month of July, all store front establishments in and around the Beach are invited to “jazz up their windows” in celebration of the Beaches International Jazz Festival. Certificates and prizes are offered for the “best dressed windows”. This juried event bases winning selections on the following three criteria: Imagination, professional execution and integration of elements of jazz music. This yearly event is run by the Beach Business Improvement Area (Beach BIA), which also partners with the Festival on a number of other co-marketing ventures in order to raise the profile of local Beach businesses.

2017 Jazz Up Your Window Winners





Memories of the BIJF Visual Arts Exhibits & Programs 2014 – 2016

The Beaches International Jazz Festival (BIJF) was awarded a multi-year Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Community Grant in 2014 that allowed the Festival to introduce new arts related initiatives benefitting youth in 2015 and 2016.


Crescent Town Elementary School Murals Painted and designed by Teachers and Students at Crescent Town Elementary School 2014 – 2015
William J Mccordic School Mural Painted and designed by Teachers and Students 2014 – 2015 on display in the Beach Village exhibition in 2015
2015 program volunteer Becky all smiles at Secord Public school

The murals were donated to the Scarborough Hospital and the Michael Garron Hospital in 2016 to be permanently installed in locations across both hospitals. “Thank you for the opportunity and the donation of artwork it has truly made a difference and will continue to affect our patients and their families in a truly uplifting way “hang art lift hearts”. – Debbie Vandenberg, Manager, Volunteer Services the Scarborough Hospital.

More smiles from volunteers at the adult Community Mural Workshop tent Woodbine Park 2015


Youth Art Exhibition at Above Ground Art Supplies Beach location 2015
Youth Art Exhibition at Above Ground Art Supplies Beach location 2015
Youth Art Exhibition at Above Ground Art Supplies McCaul location 2015

The 2016 Youth Arts Exhibition was a Non-Juried Fine Art Exhibition with the theme “How Does Music Inspire You”. The exhibition invited students to participate in and showcase original works of art at the BIJF Youth Arts Exhibition Gallery at. Above Ground Art Supplies galleries in July of 2016.


The FREE community workshop program at the BIJF was an on-site painting in the park workshop. It was set up by the Woodbine Park Main Stage over the course of two weekends to encourage audiences of all ages to express themselves by painting live to the live music. Participants painted under the creative direction of workshop instructor Nicole D’Amario. The artwork was donated to the Michael Garron Hospital and the Beach Village BIA.


Heather Sinnott’s The Jazz Series

In 2016 Heather Sinnott wowed the crowd at the BIJF with her amazing live painting to the beat of the Main stage.

Contact BIJF Multiarts Coordinator – Joanna Katchutas at for details