Jazz festival ‘sways’ in downtown Winnipeg after pandemic hiatus – Winnipeg
After two and a half years of forced hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a downtown Winnipeg summer favorite is back next week.
The Winnipeg International Jazz Festival returns June 14-19, and program director Zachary Rushing told Global News that a return for this long-running event is something musicians, fans and the Jazz Winnipeg organization were all looking forward to it.
“We’re thrilled to be back after two and a half years away from the festival and to kick off the summer at The Exchange here in Winnipeg,” said Rushing.
“We have a full roster and are back after two years.”
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As well as hosting international headliners like Ukrainian electro-folk band Go_A and renowned backing vocalist (The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Luther Vandross) Ms. Lisa Fischer, the festival brings back free nightly concerts to Old Market Square at the heart of the Exchange – this year, with an exceptional line-up of purely local talent.
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The best “Peg” parties feature local stars ranging from hip hop, R&B, folk, jazz-fusion to Latin sounds, and include artists like Super Duty Tough Work, Apollo Suns, Papa Mambo, Chuck Copenace and many others.
“Old Market Square is certainly the home of our festival and has been for some time,” Rushing said. “You can see Winnipeg’s best local artists performing on this stage this season.
“If you like to listen to music outside, we put music on the band’s entrance patio at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and we also turn it into a beer garden, so you have the opportunity to enjoy your outdoor festivities in more than one place.
This year’s festival kicks off with two days of programming at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights – an unlikely venue that was a big hit with jazz fans when Jazz Winnipeg staged its first shows there in 2019.
Among the artists who will perform at the CMHR are Renee Rosnes, the talented generational pianist, guitarist and pop-jazz singer Naia Izumi and Montreal singer Malika Tirolien.
The Winnipeg festival also features performances at the Burton Cummings Theatre, King’s Head Pub, West End Cultural Centre, Cinematheque and punk rock mecca, the Royal Albert Arms, which will host softer sounds than usual. , including a CD launch concert by Juno-winning Winnipeg guitarist Jocelyn Gould.
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