Summer Time is the Best Time!

I just absolutely love summertime. Fresh, cool air breezes through the city and brings with it the aroma of sizzling meat on the barbecue. In Vancouver, the groups of people clustered on Robson Street signal the latest in-store sales and product promotions. In Toronto, the  GO trains become packed with Blue Jays fans waiting to see Ricky Romero wind up on the pitcher’s mound. Ahhh, summer.

This past Saturday was a great summer day for myself and some friends. If you live in Vancouver and were anywhere near Gastown this past weekend, you know that the Vancouver International Jazz Festival was on. As we strolled down Water Street, the atmosphere surrounding us was uplifting. Magicians and jugglers lined the streets, welcoming any and all spectators. Nearby pubs were packed with jazz fans yearning for a pint. Lemonade stands and corn on the cob stations offered food to satisfy anyone’s taste buds and two different stages hosted the smooth, rhythmic beats of Jazz.

Looking around, I couldn’t help but really feel a part of something that day. People lucky enough to live in Gastown hung out their windows, watching the live performances from the comfort of their own home. The crowds watching the shows were both young and old, tourists and Vancouverites alike – all coming to enjoy the same genre of music. It was a great day!

If you didn’t get the chance to go out this past weekend – shame on you…buuuutt don’t worry. The Jazz festival will continue until July 4, 2010.  For more information on show times and locations, visit the website.

Toronto Jazz Festival – June 25 to July 4

Just a reminder that the Toronto Jazz Festival is coming up!

Late June signals not only the start of summer, but also the arrival of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival as it takes over the city for 10 incredible days. Local clubs, restaurants, venues and even a church or two will be playing host, creating a festival network that includes over 40 participating stages all over the city. Now, that is a lot of jazz! We don’t forget about you guys in Toronto, and really want you to experience a great Canadian event – make sure you don’t pass this up!

For the past 20 years, Toronto Downtown Jazz has produced the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival as well as many other events and programs to further develop jazz talent and audience appreciation. Toronto Downtown Jazz is a registered charity and over the years has come to be recognized as one of North Americas premier jazz festival producers, while the organization itself has been used by other arts organizations and festivals as a model for community involvement, artistic excellence and outstanding production standards.

Toronto Downtown Jazz Fast Facts

In 20 years, Toronto Downtown Jazz has:

  • Presented over 20,000 artists, 85% of whom were Canadian
  • Presented over 1,500 free public events
  • Contributed over $250 million to the GTA economy
  • Been blessed with over 50,000 hours contributed by volunteers
  • Welcomed over 6 million people to the Festival

For more information on this event, artists, and venues, click here!

That’s all for now guys! Make sure you book off a few days to take in some great performances!

– Laura

Toronto Jazz Festival – June 25 to July 4

Just a reminder that the Toronto Jazz Festival is coming up!

Late June signals not only the start of summer, but also the arrival of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival as it takes over the city for 10 incredible days. Local clubs, restaurants, venues and even a church or two will be playing host, creating a festival network that includes over 40 participating stages all over the city. Now, that is a lot of jazz! We don’t forget about you guys in Toronto, and really want you to experience a great Canadian event – make sure you don’t pass this up!

For the past 20 years, Toronto Downtown Jazz has produced the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival as well as many other events and programs to further develop jazz talent and audience appreciation. Toronto Downtown Jazz is a registered charity and over the years has come to be recognized as one of North Americas premier jazz festival producers, while the organization itself has been used by other arts organizations and festivals as a model for community involvement, artistic excellence and outstanding production standards.

Toronto Downtown Jazz Fast Facts

In 20 years, Toronto Downtown Jazz has:

  • Presented over 20,000 artists, 85% of whom were Canadian
  • Presented over 1,500 free public events
  • Contributed over $250 million to the GTA economy
  • Been blessed with over 50,000 hours contributed by volunteers
  • Welcomed over 6 million people to the Festival

For more information on this event, artists, and venues, click here!

That’s all for now guys! Make sure you get the chance to take in some great performances, stay tuned for a possible meeting spot with INTERNeX!

– Laura