Community Support & Events for 2015

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 will be given during Weeks 1 and 2 of the Festival on July 12th and 19th at the The Leslieville Farmers’ Market and on July 9th and 16th, 2015 at the East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market..

The Leslieville Farmers’ Market:
Sunday July 12 from 10 AM to 2 PM – Toronto All Star Big Band
Sunday July 19 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM – Discovery Through the Arts Combo

East Lynn Park Farmers’ Market:
Thursday July 9 from 3:00 PM to 7 PM – Toronto All Star Big Band
Thursday July 16 from 3:00 PM to 7 PM – Discovery Through the Arts Combo

Beach Area Church Service – featuring sounds of jazz & The Kew Beach World
Beat / World Beat Stage – New for 2015

Its our yearly popular jazz sounds with spiritual reflections service! Join us at the:

Beach United Church
140 Wineva, just north of Queen Street
Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 10:00am

The parking lot at the Beach United Church will play host to the Festival’s new World Beat Stage, with concerts scheduled for July 23, 24, 25 and 26, 2015

BIJF Community Based Multi-Arts Initiatives – New for 2015

We have some new Multi-Arts initiatives funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for 2015 & 2016:

The Youth Arts Exhibition themed “How does music inspire you?” is a great opportunity for talented youth aged 14 – 18 to have a chance to create, participate and showcase their artwork in a real Gallery setting to a wide audience.

The Youth Mural Program invites local elementary schools in the Beaches and East York area to participate in creating public murals that will be exhibited in Beach Village BIA area storefronts throughout the month of July. Upon completion of the program, these murals will be permanently installed in the schools or donated to Toronto East General Hospital and Scarborough Hospital.

The Youth Curatorial Program is a focused volunteer program for high school students ages 14 – 18 interested in the fine arts and looking to complete their 40 hours of community service. Volunteer duties include assisting in creating murals at elementary schools in the Youth Mural programs, assisting in curating the Youth Arts Exhibition at the galleries and assisting with the Community Mural Workshops located at Woodbine Park.

Finally, the BIJF Community Mural Workshops is a program that offers two new and free on-site fine arts workshops, one for children and one for audiences of all ages, who will be inspired to paint “live” to music being performed at the Festival. Once the festival is over, the murals will be donated to Toronto East General Hospital or Scarborough Hospital to be permanently installed. Get involved by contacting our program co-ordinator Joanna Katchutas at Details can be found here.

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 Ports Toronto Youth Stage in Woodbine Park, located to the east of the Woodbine Park Main Stage on July 17 – 19, and 24 – 26, 2015. Link to Woodbine Park web pages for weeks two and three

Fundraising for the Toronto East General Hospital

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, TEGH registers over 200,000 patient visits, delivers 3,400 babies and responds to over 60,000 emergency visits annually. TEGH launched a $200M Redevelopment Campaign that will transform community health care in East Toronto, improving access, infection control, patient comfort and introducing state of the art diagnostic and surgical technology. Click here to find out more about TEGH’s Campaign.

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 Tune Up Jazz Run, on July 12, 2015, as we run, walk and raise funds for patient care at Toronto East General 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 24, 25 and 26, 2015 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.


2015 Jazz Up Your Window Winners

1. Gongton Design
2116 C Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M4E 1E2
2. Cobbs Bread

1975 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M4L 1J1

3. Beach Wellness Center

2130a Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M4E 1E3
4. Coles

2169 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M4L 1J1