We Supply Locally Grown Jazz Talent for Local Farmers Markets

The Festival contributes some of its locally grown musical talent to entertain farmers’ market shoppers during Jazz Festival time. Concerts are as follows:

Fairmount Park Farmers Market
July 6 & 13, 2016
Fairmount Park

Concert Hours:

Wed. July 6th 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wed. July 13th 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Performance by: Toronto All Star Big Band

East Lynn Park Farmers Market
July 7 & 14, 2016
East Lynn Park

Concert Hours:

Thurs. July 7th 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thurs. July 14th 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Performance by: Toronto All Star Big Band

Leslieville Farmers Market
July 10 & 17, 2016
Eastern and Coxwell Park Location

Concert Hours:

Sun. July 10th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Thurs. July 17th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Performance by: Discovery Through The Arts

We Also Supply Locally Grown Jazz Talent for Our Kew Gardens Series

Performance by: Toronto All-Star Big Band
July 15th, 2016
Kew Gardens East Walkway behind the Toronto Public Library

Concert Hours: Friday July 15th 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Performance by: Carlos Lopes and Friends
July 16th, 2016
Kew Gardens East Walkway behind the Toronto Public Library

Concert Hours: Saturday July 16th 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Performance by: Toronto All-Star Big Band
July 17th, 2016
Kew Gardens East Walkway behind the Toronto Public Library

Concert Hours: Sunday July 17th 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

BIJF Community Based 2016 Visual Arts Exhibitions / Programs – see webpage


Festival Partnership Continues with Youth Jazz Canada and Humber College

The National Youth Jazz Combo and Summer Jazz Workshop Ensembles are part of Youth Jazz Canada which partners with Humber College Community Music School and others, providing exceptionally talented youth in the Greater Toronto Area and across Canada with the opportunity to further their musical and artistic development through an intensive training, mentoring, performance and recording experience overseen by leading professional Canadian jazz musicians. Each year four to six outstanding high school students are selected through a recorded audition process to form the National Youth Jazz Combo and 40 – 50 students ages 14 – 21 are selected for the Summer Jazz Workshop. Successful candidates are identified on the basis of talent, proficiency and experience. Both the National Youth Jazz Combo and the Summer Jazz Workshop Ensembles will be performing on our Woobine Park TD Main Strage location, July 15-17, 2016.

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.

Join us once more for the Festival’s annual Beaches Jazz Fun Run, on Sunday July 24, 2016, as we run, walk and raise funds for patient care at Michael Garron Hospital.

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 21, 22 and 23, 2016 the Firefighters will give you a chance to “fill their boots” with cash and feel good in the process! Remember every dollar you provide goes 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.

2016 Jazz Up Your Window Winners


1st Place: Beaches Wellness Centre
1st Place: Beaches Wellness Centre – 2130A Queen St. E.



2nd Place: No Bones About It
2nd Place: No Bones About It – 2186 Queen St. E.



3rd Place: Parlour Salon
3rd Place: Parlour Salon – 2086 Queen St. E.



4th Place: Seagull Classics 1974 Queen Street East
4th Place: Seagull Classics – 1974 Queen St.E.