The 2017 TD Halifax Jazz Festival presents free concerts and events July 12-16 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 15 and Sunday, June 16.
Saturday performers begins with Blue Spirits , Lazeez at 2 pm, The Blue Lane at 3 pm and Arrhythmia at 4 pm.
The Hydrostone lineup on Sunday June 16 features Morgan Davis at 1 pm, Zoe Leger at 2 pm, The Tritones at 3 pm, and Mike Cowie at 4 pm.
Across the harbour on Saturday June 15, the Dartmouth World Peace Pavilion will host free shows starting at 10 am with John Chaisson, at 11 am Sam Wilson Quartet, 12 pm Karen Myatt and at 1 pm Josh Lake.
Halifax Jazz Festival is hitting the road with an exciting new stage! Over the course of four days (July 13-16), the festival will be traveling to a different location across HRM highlighting the music of Indigenous, African Canadian and Immigrant artists from across the Maritimes. With the support of Canada 150 Forward Fund, the Halifax Jazz Festival is proud to showcase the astoundingly diverse talents of emerging and established artists from Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Pabineau First Nation, East Preston, North Preston, Uniacke Square and more!
Check out our schedule page to see all performances.
Theodore Tugboat sets sail with Splash! Bang! Boom! A popular children’s attraction with two harbour cruises daily Wednesday June 13 through Saturday June 15. 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 Bianca Palmer, 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 Wednesday June 12 at 12 pm with Jane Bunnett & Maqueque and Friday June 14 at 2pm with Fresh Kils & Vekked.
The Halifax North Memorial Library has Inti Gonzalez appearing at 1pm Wednesday July 12.
The Alderney Landing Public Library will host the Holly Arsenault for a free show on Friday, June 14 at 1 pm.
Not to be missed are this year’s partnered stages presented at Le Bistro by Liz, Baton Rouge, Lot Six and The Press Gang. Check out our schedule page for full details.