The festival began in 1989, when local jazz artists were booked to perform at the Kew Gardens Bandshell in the beach area of Toronto. Now celebrating her 32nd anniversary, the festival has blossomed into a month long mid-summer event that attracts thousands of fans and makes a major contribution to promoting Canadian jazz excellence locally and on the world stage.
The Beach Village Area
It’s Ontario’s best small-town Main Street. There’s always action in The Beach Village BIA, not least among them during Beaches International Jazz Festival time. The restaurants serve up great food and there are many unique shops and services to visit. An amazing boardwalk with sandy beaches, along with beautiful parks and Lake Ontario are just steps away.
The Leslieville Area
Just east of the Toronto Raptors Play and Learn Centre at the much-cherished Jimmie Simpson Park, you're greeted by pops of colour. Street-lined coloured benches and colourful banners tell you you're here...you're in Leslieville's commercial district! Representing over 200 businesses along Queen Street East from Empire to Vancouver, the Leslieville BIA boasts some of the best East End restaurants, cafes, salons and so much more. Maintaining that small town feel while always striving to keep the vibe alive, we welcome all to experience the rich history and great entertainment that permeates through ever corner of this strip. And with filming/movie productions always happening on our street, you might meet your favourite star, or even become one! Trust us, it's always better in the 'Ville...
THE RIVERSIDE AREA
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