Jazz Fest Kicks Off with Free Opening Weekend, June 15-18
June 13, 2017
Winnipeg’s largest downtown music festival is about to bring the summer. Featuring nearly 100 performers taking over various city stages, the 28th annual TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival draws thousands of concert goers, the live music spans just about every genre, from jazz standards to R&B, roots and blues to indie rock and electronic pop, latin jazz, and just about everything in between.
This year’s fest boasts over 40 Manitoba acts in the clubs and theatres and on the outdoor stage. Jazz Fest kicks things off in the heart of the Exchange District with a free opening weekend at Old Market Square, June 15-18. The Cube will feature a diverse line-up spanning the genres from jazz standards to hip hop, indie pop to Dixieland, and so very much more.
The opening weekend local roster includes roots pop outfit Sweet Alibi, Brasilian guitarist Marco Castillo’s tribute to Hermeto Pascoal, dynamic Mexican trad prog rock outfit The Mariachi Ghost, New Orleans style funk and soul act Dirty Catfish Brass Band, pop rockers FINN, electro-R&B trio ATLAAS, fiery alt rock act Sc Mira, indie pop/rock act Boniface, teenage pop singer/songwriter Faouzia, the dance rock rhythms of Attica Riots, trumpeter Chuck Copenace, soul rock dynamos The Noble Thiefs. jazz hip hop act Super Duty Tough Work, and DJ.producer 2oolman of A Tribe Called Red, and more.
THURSDAY, JUNE 15
7PM Roman Clarke
8:10PM Sweet Alibi
9:15PM Marco Castillo: Tribute to Hermeto Pascoal
10:45PM Yoslai Del La Rosa
FRIDAY, JUNE 16
12PM Flat Land Soul Band
6PM The Dixieland Society of Upper Beale Street
7PM Vox Populi
8:10PM Retro Rhythm Review
9:15PM Combo Latino
10:45PM The Mariachi Ghost
11:45PM Dirty Catfish Brass Band
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
7PM Sc Mira
10:45PM Scenic Route to Alaska
11:45PM Attica Riots
SUNDAY, JUNE 18
5PM Chuck Copenace
6PM The Noble Thiefs
8PM Super Duty Tough Work
9:15PM DJ Brace
10:45PM 2oolman of A Tribe Called Red
Other locals hitting the venues include hip hop triumvirate 3PEAT, prairiegaze duo Basic Nature, jazz folk trio Casati, African musician/dancer/choreographer Casimiro Nhussi & Nafro Band, high energy emcee Chris Bxnnxtt, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dave Quanbury, guitarist/composer Keith Price, bilingual R&B soul pop singer Kelly Bado, jazz/funk/soul-infused singer Mal Magorel, R&B vocalist/pianist/songwriter Marisolle Negash, indie rock outfit Mise en Scene, jazz/roots/blues singer Monika Wall, ambient electronic due Poemss, sibling folk duo Roger Roger, soul/R&B quartet The Heights, Latin Canadian ensemble The Indestructible Latin Orchestra, and ’70s inspired yacht rockers The Middle Coast.
Find all the Jazz Fest show and ticket info in our MB Live app free for Android and iOS, and in our online listings.