From a media release:
TD Toronto Jazz Festival - June 18 to 29 2015
MORRIS DAY & THE TIME AND DUMPSTAPHUNK
ADDED TO FREE PROGRAMMING LINEUP ON JUNE 19 2015!
• Dumstaphunk & Morris Day
• Free lunchtime concerts
• Search all TD Toronto Jazz Festival concerts by date
TORONTO - Music Mania takes over opening weekend of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival when it kicks off on Friday, June 19 with a whirlwind of performances from Morris Day & The Time, Dumpstaphunk, Melanie Durrant, Shuffle Demons, Toronto Mass Choir and more!
Legendary funk and soul musician, Morris Day, best known as the frontman for The Time in the cult-classic Purple Rain, will bring his up-tempo and high-energy show to Nathan Phillips Square for a free special performance on Friday, June 19. Singing classics such as "Jungle Love," "Cool," "The Bird," and "777-9311", Day's trademark smooth-as-silk dance moves and old school sounds will kick off the 29th edition of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival.
Dumpstaphunk, descended from Neville family bloodlines, is one of New Orleans' funkiest bands that will dare listeners not to move. From dueling bass lines to complex funk and jazz arrangements with soulful melodies, and ingenious musicianship, Dumpstaphunk embodies the true spirit of NOLA with every note. They will open for Morris Day & The Time.
For three days, Music Mania will feature non-stop activity at Nathan Phillips Square all weekend long, including an instrument petting zoo:
Friday, June 19
Dumpstaphunk – Nathan Phillips Square
Morris Day & The Time – Nathan Phillips Square
Festivities begin at 5pm - FREE
Saturday, June 20
Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm – Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square at 12:30 p.m. FREE
Manifesto co-presents Juice Money Collective feat. Octavio Santos with Freshkils featuring Junia T, Melanie Durrant, Adria Kane, Tona, Marlon James, Jessie Reyez and Lyric L – Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square at 2 p.m. FREE
Shuffle Demons – Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square at 6:30 p.m. FREE
Tower of Power – Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m. (previously announced)
Sunday, June 21
Toronto Mass Choir – Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square at 12:30 p.m. FREE
Regent Park School of Music – Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square at 2 p.m. FREE
Jivebombers – Outdoor Stage, Nathan Phillips Square at 6:30 p.m. FREE
The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart with guest vocalist Carmen Bradford – Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square at 8:30 p.m. (previously announced)
On Saturday, June 20, in association with Manifesto, Groove & Graffiti take over Nathan Phillips Square as professional aerosol artists Elicser and Media create a life-size mural with students from Central Tech's Graffiti Club. Combining the creative, inspirational side of graffiti with the creative, inspirational side of jazz and hip-hop, a collective of musicians featuring rising stars Melanie Durrant and Adria Kane, will provide the live soundtrack to the aerosol art being created.
On Sunday, June 21 the Regent Park School of Music will animate the Square with musical demonstrations and interactive opportunities for the audience. Following a performance by each of the steel pan, brass and woodwind ensembles, and community band, there will be an opportunity to test out the instruments - an instrument petting zoo, if you will! The RPSM steel pan faculty will also be on hand to provide steel pan basic instruction with Dave Clark and his Woodshed Orchestra concluding the festivities with a raucous, romping march through Nathan Phillips Square.
Each year the TD Toronto Jazz Festival ensures that programming is available to meet every budget. Free programming is at the core of this mandate, providing music lovers the chance to explore live jazz at no cost. With more than 50 free concerts presented over 10 days, discover a new artist or simply soak up the sounds at the Distillery Historic District, Shops at Don Mills and Nathan Phillips Square as they play host to some of the best in local, national and international jazz.
Shops at Don Mills 1090 Don Mills Road
Enjoy fresh air while soaking up the sounds of jazz at Shops at Don Mills, Ontario's first outdoor urban village. Whether dining at the surrounding restaurants, shopping or simply sipping coffee in the Town Square, listen to the swanky echoes of Saxofour, the soulful sounds of Tanika Charles, the 50's hard-bopping Cookers Quintet and more!
Grooveyard - 7 p.m. June 18
Justin Bacchus Collective - 7 p.m. June 19
Happy Pals - 2 p.m. June 20
Mistura Fina - 4:30 p.m June 20
Tia Brazda - 7 p.m. June 20
Groovemeisters - 2 p.m. June 21
Marito Marques - 4 p.m. June 21
The Cookers Quintet - 6 p.m. June 22
Saxofour - 6 p.m. June 23
YUKA - 6 p.m. June 24
Lula All-Stars - 7 p.m. June 25
Chuck Jackson’s Big Bad Blues Band - 7 p.m. June 26
Hogtown Syncopators - 2 p.m. June 27
Eric St-Laurent Trio - 4:30 p.m. June 27
Tanika Charles - 7 p.m. June 27
Distillery Historic District 55 Mill Street
The historic Distillery District is the perfect backdrop for jazz when the Festival takes over from June 17 - June 27. Performances include Bill King's Real Divas, noted Norman Marshall Villeneuve's Jazz Message, JUNO-nominated Jay Douglas All-Stars and the dynamic Alexis Baro Quintet while the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search is also on the lookout for the next big star!
Boxcar Boys - 6 p.m. June 17
Swamperella - 6 p.m. June 19
Toronto Blues Society Talent Search - 2 p.m. June 20
Bill King’s Real Divas - 7 p.m. June 20
Norman Marshall Villeneuve’s Jazz Message - 12 p.m. June 21
Jorge Miguel - 3:30 p.m. June 21
Suzie Vinnick - 6 p.m. June 24
Jay Douglas & The All-Star Band - 6 p.m. June 26
Club Django Toronto - 2 p.m. June 27
Alexis Baro Quintet - 7 p.m. June 27
Toronto Star Stage - Nathan Phillips Square
The Lunchtime Series carries on the tradition of jazz; from the swingin' tunes of Jim Galloway's Wee Big Band, the soothing vocals of Patricia Cano, award-winning trombonist Ian McDougall, contemporary jazz sounds of the Christine Jensen Orchestra or Bobby Rice's Latin Jazz Big Band, the Toronto Star Stage will be jam-packed with everyone's musical tastes! All shows begin at 12:30 p.m.