Winnipeg Jazz Fest is Back For Another Year of Killer Live Music: June 14-24

Whether or not you love jazz, we’re willing to bet you love the Winnipeg Jazz Festival.

Over the past 30 years, Jazz Fest has become a major highlight of the city’s festival season and one of the hottest summer events across Canada. The 2018 edition promises to be no exception.

Led by a stellar list of headliners like The Flaming Lips, Jill Barber, Chris Botti, Harpoonist + The Axe Murderer, Tune-Yards and Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta, this year’s lineup showcases more than 40 touring artists from around the world. The highlight may just be Juno winner Daniel Caesar, whose show at The Burt sold out in less than 24 hours and prompted Jazz Fest to book him a second slot the next night (which also sold out right quick).

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But even with all the international acts in town, don’t sleep on the local talent (50+ artists worth), which includes Atlaas, Dirty Catfish Brass Band, Duotang, Faouzia, Lanikai, The Lytics, The Mariachi Ghost, Micah Erenberg, Rayannah, 3Peat, Mahogany Frog and more.

On June 20, Winnipeg’s own Bros. Landreth will also team up with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for what should be a killer concert at the Centennial Concert Hall.

As always, Jazz Fest will put on a free concert series at Old Market Square (The Cube), with a few lunchtime concerts and back-to-back (to back-to-back) sets every night. The opening night lineup features the Winnipeg Jazz Collective, Argentina’s Gabriel Palatchi Trio, Retro Rhythm Review and Super Duty Tough Work, with more than 50 artists performing throughout the festival.

To help you plan (and choose which dancing shoes to wear), there are themes for each of the free nightly concerts, like Popland (June 16), Hip Hop & Soul (June 17), Swing (June 19), Latin (June 22) and more.

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In addition to the free concert series, there are more than 30 ticketed events, including concerts at various venues throughout the city, a “Dinner and a Show” series hosted by Kitchen Sync (and featuring meals by local chef extraordinaire Ben Kramer) and what will be a necessary Hangover Breakfast at Good Will Social Club (featuring music from Casati) on the final day of the festival.

There will also be an Air Sax Competition at Good Will on June 22 (7 p.m. to 9 p.m.), late night jam sessions at the Fairmont Hotel’s VG Lounge (June 17 and June 20-23) and free community workshops throughout the festival.

For tickets, information and the full schedule, visit Jazz Winnipeg online.

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