Takin’ it to the street

Takin’ it to the street


Well it’s that time of year again. The Beaches Jazz festival and I do believe this would be year 32 for this annual pilgrimage. You have two distinct parts of the festival. You have the Main stage where you get to witness class acts locally or from around the world and  starting Thursday to Sunday evening you have the best local acts playing the street. This year you can witness 42 acts along Queen St from Woodbine to Beech Ave. Bring a good pair of dancing shoes because this is where the real party is.

This year I will focus my attention on the Street acts and give you a quick synopsis of the style of band. This way if you ever see them playing around town you will have an idea of what you are walking into. Well here goes nothing and in no particular order:

  1. The Sidewalk Crusaders- A  fun band that does great 70’s covers like, Earth,Wind and Fire, Stevie Wonder and many more… www.thesidewalkcrusaders.com
  2. The Accolades, They may start off chilled, but ramp things up with a rockin’ good time… Facebook, Accoladesmusic1
  3. Dr Draw can simply draw in a crowd and dazzle them with his talent and connection he has with an audience… www.drdraw.ca
  4. Kim and Company does a great job of doing killer versions of Van Morrison and Lionel Richie and many more…
  5. Quincy Bullen hooks you in with a very unique version of the Beatles, Don’t let me down. He continues with some Bob Marley and then hits you with his original sound… www.quincybullen.com
  6. The Salida Project gives you gritty and strong 70’s soul sounds. www.thesalidaproject.com
  7. United Souls Nation will hit you with some infectious salsa sounds.
  8. Roz De La Cruz has a very large sombrero and a high energy singer that will keep you partying throughout the show. https://www.facebook.com/TheRozDeLaCruz/
  9. Jerome Tucker does not need much of an introduction. Simply one of the funkiest bass players Toronto has to offer mix with some hard rocking Blues. www.jerometuckerband.com
  10. The Rockin’ MoJos will have you working all night long with their whiskey soaked blues sound. Facebook:Therockinmojos
  11. Blue Room will have you moving all night long as well. Their down and dirty, nitty gritty blues will have you passing the bottle to all your friends as you howl with delight. The singer reminds me of Wolfman Jack. www.blueroommusic.com
  12. Seagull All Stars have a classic laid back Jazz club sound. Chill out with a cold glass of wine and let their sound wash over you. www.seagullclassics.com
  13. Stacey Renee with catch you off guard with her strong vocals and high energy. She got the crowd dancing to Footloose. www.staceyreneemusic.com
  14. Johannes Linstead wowed the audience with his guitar prowess. Not only that, but his band seemed to be having a bunch of fun as well. A very infectious performance. www.johanneslinstead.com
  15. Paul James is one of the perennial favourites of this festival, and it’s because he knows how to host a great party. His rockabilly style gets into your feet and before you know it, you simply can’t stop. www.pauljamesband.com

Here are some images from festival:

Overall it was another very successful weekend for everyone there. The crowd came from far and wide to enjoy the Toronto flavor and to revel with 42 bands on one street and other great acts down the street on the Main stage, you simply could not go wrong. If you have missed this great event, there will always be next year. So check out this website often to get updates on next year’s festivities. www.beachesjazz.com

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