2017 Winnipeg Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

WINNIPEG, MB. — Seu Jorge, Wolf Parade, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Bokanté, The Joy Formidable, Low, the Donny McCaslin Group, and Christian McBride are among over 70 artists performing at the 2017 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival.

Boasting a new format, new venues, and new ways to energize the Exchange District – this year’s Jazz Fest is shaking things up.

From June 15-25, the Jazz Festival will take over the Exchange District – and this year they’ll be spending some extra time outdoors.

There’s now free outdoor programming every night of the festival at Old Market Square, in addition to its theatre and club shows.

“This year’s full lineup provides some fan favourites, like the GRAMMY-award winning Mavis Staples, ingenues from the broader music landscape, and some jazz programming that pushes the boundaries of what we’ve done before,” says Artistic Director Michael Falk.

Festival-goers will also delight in the discovery of two new venues – The Good Will Social Club and Knox United Church, as well as a “Dinner & A Show” partnership with Kitchen Sync.

This new evening event will feature food by Chef Ben Kramer and performances by Anna-Lisa and Steve Kirby.

From the beloved Opening Weekend party to featured headline acts and a whole week under the stars at The Cube Lounge – Winnipeg’s only outdoor pop-up jazz club – the Jazz Festival is set to fill Winnipeg’s Exchange District with its signature crowd energy and 10 days of dynamic performances.

The festival embraces the neighbourhood it calls home in venues like The Rachel Browne Theatre and The King’s Head Pub, at its free outdoor Jazz For Lunch series, and with some exciting new pop-up activations with neighbourhood partners like Parlour Coffee and Forth.

At The Burton Cummings Theatre, Brazilian cult favourite Seu Jorge pays tribute to David Bowie by performing his Portuguese covers of the late singer’s biggest hits with an immersive The Life Aquatic experience.

“Thanks to some unexpected synchronicity, the ghost of David Bowie weaves through our lineup this year – from Seu, to Donny, to Sheena Rattai, and Cinematheque’s showing of The Man Who Fell To Earth,” says Falk.

Canadian indie darlings Wolf Parade, once called “the Nirvana of Montreal” make their first visit to the city since reuniting after a long hiatus.

YouTube sensation Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox brings its old-school arrangements of modern pop and rock songs to delight audiences of all generations.

They join the already-announced Mavis Staples and Gregory Porter.

Snarky Puppy founder’s “world music supergroup” Bokanté bring their dynamic cross-cultural sound and timely political message to The West End Cultural Centre. Wales’ The Joy Formidable pound out their energetic live show, roaring riffs, and “Himalaya-huge” sound.

David Bowie’s Blackstar collaborators, The Donny McCaslin Group, will perform music from the legend’s last album alongside their own outstanding material.

Slowcore heros Low play a special show at Knox United Church while Land of Talk and Niger’s Les Filles De Illighadad are a few of the artists christening our new festival stage at The Good Will Social Club.

Audiences will once again have a chance to see their favorite artists jam with each other and local players as the Late Night Jam at The VG Lounge returns.

“I’m really excited about adding Knox United as a venue this year – it’s such a beautiful sounding space and important part of the Central Park community. I hope we can give our festival-goers some beautiful new experiences,” says Falk.

“Our lineup has a solid mix of traditional and modern jazz – Buster Williams and Jakob Bro occupy different ends of the spectrum, and its important to me that we promote the full breadth of what jazz was and is becoming.”

You can view the entire Jazz Festival lineup here.

—MyToba News

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