The 2016 TD Halifax Jazz Festival presents free concerts and events July 12-17 at venues throughout the area including the Main Stage on the Halifax waterfront, the Dartmouth World Peace Pavilion, Hydrostone Park, and Halifax Public Libraries, as well as on Halifax’s favourite seafaring landmark, Theodore Tugboat. With so many diverse offerings at some of the city’s most unique and beautiful locations, virtually everyone has an opportunity to participate in the festival and enjoy a stunning roster of international, Canadian and local entertainment.
The Main Stage on the Halifax waterfront is the heart of the TD Halifax Jazz Festival with free concerts EVERY DAY 12 pm - 5 pm for fans of all ages! The FREE music offerings start at the waterfront daily from Wednesday July 13th through till Sunday July 17th.
Acts range from local favourites, international bands, and rising stars. CLICK HERE to view our full schedule!
The TD Halifax Jazz Festival offers free admission for children under 10 at the Main Stage for evening performances. Minors are required to be accompanied by their legal guardian (ID Required), download the guardianship form here.
On the weekend, picturesque Hydrostone Park provides the backdrop for more free concerts, starting at 1pm and kicking off hourly on Saturday June 16 and Sunday, June 17.
Saturday performers begins with the Morningside Jazz Trio at 1 pm, Tomatron at 2 pm, Keoonte Beals at 3 pm and The Blue Lane at 4 pm.
The Hydrostone lineup on Sunday June 17 features the Rev Hank Trio at 1 pm, Alana York at 2 pm, Georges Hebert Quartet at 3 pm, and the George Carter Jr. Trio at 4 pm.
Across the harbour on Saturday June 16, the Dartmouth World Peace Pavilion will host free shows starting at 10 am with the Tomi Allen Trio, at 11 am Kitty & The Katz, 12 pm Brogue Saxophone Quartet and at 1 pm Shirley Jackson.
Theodore Tugboat sets sail with Splash! Bang! Boom! A popular children’s attraction with two harbour cruises daily Thursday June 14 through Saturday June 16. Theodore Tugboat is the perfect location for the TD Halifax Jazz Festival to introduce young listeners to the magic of music. Sessions will be conducted by noted musicians Ross Burns and Dr. Henry Bishop, with two sailings each morning at 10 am and 11 am. These workshop are sure to be lots of fun, as everyone on board can participate and play some percussion instruments together. We recommend early arrival, as this is first come, first boarded.
Halifax Public Libraries will host a series of free events including JazzLabs, a behind the scenes look at making music that includes artist talks, master classes, and interactive concerts.
The first Jazz Lab will take place at Halifax Central Library Thursday June 14 at 3 pm with The New Bridge and Friday June 15 at 3pm with Atlantic Cirque.
The Alderney Landing Public Library will host the Prohibition Jazz Band for a free show on Saturday, June 16 at 3 pm.
Not to be missed are this year’s partnered stages presented at Obladee Wine Bar, Baton Rouge Steakhouse & Bar, Lion and Bright Cafe and Wine Bar, and Rock Bottom Brewery.
Cover ranges from free to $5, check out our schedule page for full details.