We Were There: Winnipeg Jazz Festival

It’s officially festival season in Winnipeg, and thanks to some perfect June weather we spent much of Father’s Day taking in one of our favourites: Winnipeg Jazz Fest.

As we strolled over to The Cube, we were greeted by the alluring vocals of bilingual singer-songwriter Kelly Bado, who treated the crowd to a mix of originals and top-notch covers of artists like Adele and Sam Smith.

Next up, we were introduced to local rapper/graphic designer Alpha Toshineza, who took it upon himself to turn things up and get the party started.

But the highlight of the night may just have been local crooner Sebastian Gaskin, whose performance was co-presented by Winnipeg’s inaugural sākihiwē festival. Armed with his teal electric guitar, Gaskin blended hip hop, alternative and R&B for a set that had us – and the rest of the audience – hanging on his every word.

As day turned to night, the crowd continued to grow and the talent continued to shine with stellar sets by viisi, 3PEAT and The Lytics.

But as usual, Jazz Fest was about so much more than just the music.

From beer gardens and a killer fleet of food trucks to free family activities, The Exchange District offers up a little something for everyone (especially the city’s mini musicians in the making).

Winnipeg Jazz Fest runs from June 14 to June 24. For tickets, information and the full schedule, visit Jazz Winnipeg online.

Contributor: Patricia “Trish” Navidad is a communications student who has lived in Winnipeg for most of her life. One of her favourite things to do is exploring new things about her city. 

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