Halifax Jazz Festival announces first wave of artists for 2021

Organizers announce the first wave of performers for its 35th annual event, which takes place July 14-August 15.

Originally from Baie-Ste-Marie, Nova Scotia, P'tit Belliveau brings his mix of electro-inspired country-folk music as the opener for the 35th annual TD Halifax Jazz Festival.
Originally from Baie-Ste-Marie, Nova Scotia, P'tit Belliveau brings his mix of electro-inspired country-folk music as the opener for the 35th annual TD Halifax Jazz Festival.

While the TD Halifax Jazz Festival had intended to be back on the Halifax Waterfront this summer, due to ever-evolving pandemic restrictions this year’s festival will feature a mix of ticketed and free shows and presented as a hybrid of online, with the potential for some in-person live performances.

While we may not be able to gather in person, music has the power to connect us all through our shared love of culture and community.

Building on the online content presented in 2020, this year’s festival will continue to bring music to homes across the world with a 2021 lineup that includes the popular TD Main Stage Series, educational TD Jazz Labs, Club Series, and more.

“While we may not be able to gather in person, music has the power to connect us all through our shared love of culture and community. We’re excited for all of the live-streamed performances and events that the Festival has in store,” says Stephanie Tennant of TD Canada Trust, the festival’s title sponsor.

The 2021 TD Halifax Jazz Festival kicks off the week of July 14-17 with the TD Main Stage Series filmed at Sonic Temple, featuring ticketed performances on Vimeo by P’tit Belliveau (July 14), Ben Caplan (July 15), Measha Brueggergosman (July 16) and concluding with a free performance on YouTube by Hillsburn (July 17).

The intimate Church Series filmed at St. Matthew’s United Church will run July 21-24 and features ticketed performances on Vimeo by Blackwood (July 21), Kim Harris (July 22), Kenji Omae Group (July 23) and ending with a free performance on YouTube by Jennah Barry (July 24).

This year’s festival also sees the return of the free Club Series the week of July 28-30. Live streaming to Facebook from The Carleton, these shows will feature Tachichi (July 28), Standard Time (July 29), and Owen O’Sound Lee (July 30).

Additional performances will be announced in the upcoming weeks including a Community Series, TD Jazz Labs programming, and information about the Creative Music Workshop.

The 2021 TD Halifax Jazz Festival runs July 14 through August 15. Visit halifaxjazzfestival.ca for tickets and information.

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