Listen to the Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside

Kicking off the Beaches International Jazz Festival is the “Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside”, happening on July 5-7 at Jimmie Simpson Park (870 Queen St E) in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood.

The Beaches International Jazz Festival (@beachesjazz) is a month-long music festival held each year in July in the lakeside Beaches community of Toronto along Queen Street East, which includes Riverside, Leslieville, and Woodbine. 

The annual event has come far from its humble beginnings in 1989. Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, it has become a much-anticipated summer tradition that gathers thousands of music lovers every year and has served as a platform for Canadian jazz performers to showcase their talent.

Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside”, which is now in its fifth year, will see several local talents bring smooth jazz over a span of three days. While you’re there on July 7th, don’t miss stopping by the Riverside C’Mon Local Summer Market on 10-4 at 657 Queen E.

Here’s the lineup of performers who will be taking the Jimmie Simpson Park main stage on July 5-7:

Friday, July 5

3:30 PM – The Caradang Pincente Jazz Orchestra

7:15 PM – Chandra Raye & the Get Down

9:00 PM – Neon Nostalgic

Saturday, July 6

11:00 AM – Free swing dance lesson with Swing Toronto

11:30 AM – Martin Loomer and the Orange Devils

2:00 PM – Swing Shift Big Band

4:30 PM – Jackson Steinwall

6:00 PM – Quincy Bullen Band

7:30 PM – K-Man and the 45s

9:30 PM – Purple Rain Revisited

Sunday, July 7

11:00 AM – Christian Overton and the Composer’s Collective

1:15 PM – The Toronto Jazz Orchestra

3:30 PM – Little Magic Sam

5:30 PM – Trainwreck

For more information on the “Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside” and the rest of the Beaches International Jazz Festival’s programming, head over to the official website.

(All photos grabbed from Beaches Jazz Fest website)