Ultimate Guide to TD Halifax Jazz Festival 2024

td halifax jazz festival 2024

Halifax music fans are in for a treat this summer

Killer Mike

  • Date: July 9, 2024
  • Time: 8:15 PM
  • Stage: TD Main Stage

Opening the Halifax Jazz Festival on July 9, 2024, is Grammy-winning rapper and social advocate Killer Mike. Known for his critically-acclaimed 2023 album “Michael,” which earned three Grammy Awards, Killer Mike’s performance is set to be a powerful start to the festival. His extensive solo career, collaborations with major hip-hop names like Outkast, Jay-Z, and Big Boi, and his role in the hip-hop duo Run The Jewels make him a highlight of the event.

Fitz and The Tantrums

  • Date: July 10, 2024
  • Time: 8:15 PM
  • Stage: TD Main Stage

Fitz and The Tantrums, the multi-platinum indie pop group, will light up the TD Main Stage on July 10, 2024. Known for their energetic blend of pop, indie, soul, and dance, their performance promises to be a crowd-pleaser. With hits like “Handclap,” “Out of My League,” and “The Walker,” the Los Angeles collective is sure to get the audience moving.

Jill Barber

  • Date: July 10, 2024
  • Time: 8:15 PM
  • Stage: St. Matthew’s United Church

The same evening, Jill Barber, a three-time JUNO Award nominee, will perform at St. Matthew’s United Church. With a career spanning folk, vocal jazz, and pop, and her songs in both French and English, Barber’s concert is set to offer a rich, diverse musical experience. Her upcoming release “ENCORE,” featuring new interpretations of classic songs, adds to the anticipation.

Emmylou Harris

  • Date: July 11, 2024
  • Time: 8:15 PM
  • Stage: TD Main Stage

Legendary songwriter Emmylou Harris will grace the TD Main Stage on July 11, 2024. With a career spanning over 40 years and more than 15 million records sold, Harris’s straightforward songwriting and iconic voice have made her a country music legend. Her performance at the festival is a must-see for fans of classic country and folk music.

Alan Syliboy & The Thundermakers

  • Date: July 11, 2024
  • Time: 8:15 PM
  • Stage: TD Main Stage

Joining Emmylou Harris on the TD Main Stage are Alan Syliboy & The Thundermakers. This seven-piece ensemble celebrates Mi’kmaw culture through a mix of traditional music, new songs, storytelling, and visual projections. Their return to the festival adds a unique cultural dimension to the lineup.

Maryna Krut

  • Date: July 11, 2024
  • Time: 8:30 PM
  • Stage: The Carleton

Ukrainian soul singer and bandurist Maryna Krut will perform at The Carleton on July 11, 2024. Known for her powerful vocals and mastery of the traditional Ukrainian bandura, Krut has been a finalist in both the Eurovision and national talent shows like The Voice and X-Factor. Her performance promises to be a unique and moving experience.

Matt Andersen & The Big Bottle of Joy

  • Date: July 12, 2024
  • Time: 8:15 PM
  • Stage: TD Main Stage

Blues rocker Matt Andersen, along with his band The Big Bottle of Joy, will take over the TD Main Stage on July 12, 2024. A homegrown Atlantic Canadian star, Andersen is known for his powerful voice and soulful performances. The Big Bottle of Joy, featuring the vocal power of the Smiths and a world-class band, will surely deliver a memorable show.

The War And Treaty

  • Date: July 12, 2024
  • Time: 8:15 PM
  • Stage: TD Main Stage

Also performing on July 12, 2024, are The War And Treaty. This husband-and-wife duo has gained acclaim for their electrifying blend of blues, Americana, rock, country, and southern soul. With Grammy nominations and collaborations with top artists, their set is expected to be one of the festival’s highlights.

Julian Lage Trio

  • Date: July 12, 2024
  • Time: 8:15 PM
  • Stage: St. Matthew’s United Church

Renowned guitarist Julian Lage and his trio will perform at St. Matthew’s United Church on July 12, 2024. Known for his prodigious talent and innovative jazz compositions, Lage’s performance is a must-see for jazz enthusiasts. His latest album “Speak to Me” showcases his exceptional skill and creativity.

Avataar

  • Date: July 12, 2024
  • Time: 8:30 PM
  • Stage: The Carleton

On the evening of July 12, 2024, The Carleton will host Avataar, a JUNO-winning world jazz group. Featuring some of Canada’s finest musicians, Avataar blends jazz, world, funk, and pop influences. Their album “Worldview” won the 2022 JUNO Award for Best Jazz Album (Group), making them a notable act to catch.

Charlotte Day Wilson

  • Date: July 13, 2024
  • Time: 8:15 PM
  • Stage: TD Main Stage

Toronto-born singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Day Wilson will take the TD Main Stage on July 13, 2024. Known for her warm voice and powerful anthems, Wilson’s performance is highly anticipated. Her new album “Cyan Blue,” releasing in May, adds to the excitement surrounding her set.

Nick Hakim

  • Date: July 13, 2024
  • Time: 8:15 PM
  • Stage: TD Main Stage

Joining Charlotte Day Wilson as a special guest on July 13, 2024, is Nick Hakim. This critically-acclaimed artist blends R&B, soul, indie, psychedelia, and more, creating a unique and captivating sound. His collaborations with artists like Erykah Badu and Anderson .Paak highlight his versatility and talent.

Emmet Cohen Trio

  • Date: July 13, 2024
  • Time: 8:15 PM
  • Stage: St. Matthew’s United Church

Virtuosic pianist Emmet Cohen and his trio will perform at St. Matthew’s United Church on July 13, 2024. Cohen is known for his pivotal role in modern jazz and his popular YouTube series “Live from Emmet’s Place.” His trio’s performance is expected to be a highlight for jazz lovers.

Laura Anglade

  • Date: July 13, 2024
  • Time: 8:30 PM
  • Stage: The Carleton

Closing out the festival at The Carleton on the evening of July 13, 2024, is French/American jazz singer Laura Anglade. Recognized by Radio Canada’s ICI Musique as a top female jazz musician to watch, Anglade’s performance will provide a stunning conclusion to the festival.

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 for all announced shows are on sale now at halifaxjazzfestival.ca.

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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