Free Programs 2024 TD Halifax Jazz Festival

td halifax jazz festival 2024

Since 1987 the Halifax Jazz Festival, originally JazzEast Rising, has been a non-profit organization promoting music and education. This year’s festival promises to captivate audiences with a diverse range of performances and unique musical styles. Among the many exciting events, the free Sunday programming is set to be a highlight, offering an experience that brings together local talent and international flavors.

Free Sunday Shows

The free Sunday night shows at the TD Halifax Jazz Festival are a testament to the festival’s mission of making music accessible to all. This year, the spotlight is on two remarkable acts: Rankin MacInnis, Nova Scotia’s Entertainer of the Year, and the culturally rich Moneka Arabic Jazz. These performances promise to create an evening filled with vibrant energy and diverse musical influences, making it a must-attend event​​.

Rankin MacInnis: Nova Scotia’s Entertainer of the Year

Rankin MacInnis is a name synonymous with eclectic, high-energy performances that transcend traditional genres. Known for his dynamic stage presence and innovative musical collaborations, MacInnis has earned his reputation as a top entertainer in Nova Scotia. His performances are a fusion of traditional folk, pop, and groove, creating a unique sound that appeals to a wide audience​​.

Moneka Arabic Jazz: Bridging Cultures Through Music

Moneka Arabic Jazz, led by Ahmed Moneka, offers a compelling blend of Afro-Arabic sounds and contemporary jazz. Ahmed’s journey from Baghdad to Toronto is reflected in his music, which seamlessly merges the rich traditions of his homeland with the diverse musical landscape of Canada. The band’s innovative approach to jazz creates a bridge between cultures, offering a unique and enriching musical experience​​.

Free Daytime Programs

In addition to the Sunday night shows, the TD Halifax Jazz Festival offers a rich lineup of daytime programming from July 10 to 14. Performances include local favourites like Brooke Waye and Kayo, as well as national acts such as the Paul Tynan Quartet. These daytime shows provide an opportunity to enjoy music in a relaxed, family-friendly setting​​.

The Hydrostone Park Series

The Hydrostone Park Series is another highlight of the festival, featuring performances from artists like the Paulina Hernandez Quartet and Mayaya. This series brings the community together in a beautiful outdoor setting, creating a perfect atmosphere for enjoying live music and fostering community spirit​​.

The Late Night Jam

For those who want to extend their musical journey into the night, the Late Night Jam sessions at The Local offer an exciting lineup of performances. Starting at 10:30 p.m. from July 11 to 14, these sessions feature artists like Pupo and The James Shaw Quartet, providing a lively and intimate setting for jazz enthusiasts​​.

Creative Music Workshop

The Creative Music Workshop is a cornerstone of the TD Halifax Jazz Festival’s educational programming. This year, it features free nightly performances by students and faculty, including a special tribute to vocalist Jay Clayton. These workshops and performances are an essential part of the festival’s mission to nurture future musical talent​​.

Jazz Labs

Jazz Labs offer a variety of free performances and workshops at different locations, including the Halifax Public Library. This year’s lineup includes engaging sessions on African drumming and improvisation, providing a hands-on experience for attendees and fostering a deeper appreciation for jazz and its cultural roots​​.

Event Details

Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 14 (final day of the Jazz Festival), when the free Sunday programs will take place at the TD Main Stage in Halifax. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., with Moneka Arabic Jazz opening the show at 7:15 p.m., followed by Rankin MacInnis’ Jazz Fest Jamboree. This earlier start time ensures a full evening of music and entertainment​​.

Seating Options and Amenities

General admission for the Sunday night shows is free, offering an inclusive experience for all attendees. For those looking for a more personalized experience, the festival offers three paid seating options: Bleacher Seating, Stagefront Seating, and the Premium Section, each providing unique vantage points and amenities to enhance your concert experience​​.

Additional Information

Gates for most evening shows at the TD Main Stage, located in downtown Halifax in the Salter Lot (1521 Lower Water Street) open at 7:30 p.m. and show time is 8:15 p.m. Evening performances are restricted to ages 19+ unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Tickets and passes for all announced shows are on sale now at

All tickets are final sale and cannot be exchanged or refunded. In the case of an event cancellation without a rescheduled date, a full refund will be automatically issued to each patron on the credit card used to purchase. By purchasing a ticket to this event, you agree to this purchase policy. Before purchasing your tickets, we urge you to confirm the title, time and location of the event.

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