(May, 2018 - HALIFAX) The 2018 TD Halifax Jazz Festival announces exciting additions to this year’s schedule. The festival starts this year with a free opening evening show - The Halifax All-Star Jazz Revue, supported by Molly Johnson, Tuesday, July 10 on the Waterfront Stage. Also, direct from New Orleans, The Soul Rebels ft. Special Guest Matisyahu will play the Waterfront Stage Friday, July 13, with Dub Kartel. The festival is thrilled to announce Roxy & the Underground Soul Sound will open for Chaka Khan, Thursday, July 12. All Waterfront Stage tickets are ON SALE NOW, including The Soul Rebels ft. Special Guest Matisyahu cost $35 (Incl. HST & fees) at

The 32nd annual TD Halifax Jazz Festival kicks off Tuesday, July 10 with a FREE evening show at the Waterfront Stage featuring The Halifax All-Star Jazz Revue, supported by Molly Johnson. The Halifax All-Star Jazz Revue are presenting a one-of-a-kind performance, featuring a stellar line-up of Halifax’s most highly sought-after jazz musicians:Dave Burton (drums), Jamie Gatti (bass) Chris Mitchell (sax), Geordie Haley (guitar), and Silvio Pupo (piano). Led by Burton, the evening will bring together a mix of jazz and jazz influenced music including New Orleans, Cuban, hip hop, R&B, and funk set to the backdrop of a full horn section, complete with back-up singers. An A-list of special guests including Mike Cowie and the Booty Boppin’ Brass Band, Jeff Godspeed – and many more – are sure to make this a collaborative and creative live music concert unlike any other. Toronto’s Molly Johnson opens the night. Molly’s voice evokes the aura of dark, smoky night clubs of a bygone era and will be performing songs from her highly anticipated new album, “Meaning to Tell Ya” which is out now.

Rounding out the 2018 Waterfront Stage acts, from New Orleans, eight-piece brass ensemble The Soul Rebels ft. Special Guest Matisyahu will perform Friday, July 13 withDub KartelThe Soul Rebels are riding high in 2018 after debuting on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert; touring four continents including Europe, Australia, debuting in China and Japan; backing up and collaborating live with Nas, G-Eazy, Robert Glasper, DMX, Curren$y, Joey Bada$$, Talib Kweli, GZA, Pete Rock, Raekwon, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Marilyn Manson; and opening for HJF alumna Ms. Lauryn Hill. They are joined by Grammy-nominated musician Matisyahu, whose genre bending style is sure to create an unforgettable collaborative sound onstage. From Halifax, seven-piece reggae band Dub Kartel will open the night featuring music from their new project. Formed in 2011, Dub Kartel creates and unforgettable high energy concert experience with a seamless blend of hip hop, reggae and dancehall with a distinctly Nova Scotian flair.

All Waterfront Stage Series shows start at 8:30pm, gates at 7:30pm, 19+ Valid ID Required / General Admission / No Refunds or Exchanges / Rain or Shine - Purchase tickets at  

Free stages include daytime programming from Halifax to Dartmouth, at the Waterfront Stage, the Dartmouth Park World Peace PavilionHydrostone Park, and TD Jazz Labs in Halifax Public Libraries -  Halifax Central Library, and Alderney Gate Library. TD Jazz Lab programming is suitable for all ages and are part of Halifax Jazz Festivals’ commitment to music education.

Join TD Halifax Jazz Festival for free music every afternoon from July 11-15 at the Waterfront Stage from noon until 5pm. The performance schedule begins with regional acts, followed by Atlantic Jazz Masters Series at 1:15pm, Stingray Music Rising Starsshowcases at 2:30pm and local acts at 4pm. Waterfront daytime stages are free.

Regional acts begin at noon on the Waterfront Stage, beginning with Reggae artist Jah'Mila Wednesday, July 11. R&B/Modern Soul performer Keonte Beals on Thursday, July 12. Open Borders, World music, Friday, July 13. Swing/Jazz returning act Chebucto Big Band on Saturday, July 14 and on Sunday, July 15 the Big Valley Swing Orchestrareturns to close out the festival.

Atlantic Jazz Masters Series runs daily beginning at 1:15pm. Jazz/Blues artist Doris Mason performs Wednesday, July 11; Thursday, July 12 Nathalie Renault Trio (Jazz/French); on Friday, July 13 the St. FX Faculty Quintet (Jazz) performs; on Saturday, July 14 the Daniel Macneil Quartet (Flamenco) performs and the festival welcomes returning performers Back Alley Big Band ft. Riot Squad (Jazz/Fusion) Sunday, July 15.

The TD Halifax Jazz Festival is pleased to present the Stingray Music Rising Stars program every day on the Waterfront Stage. Through a two tiered process of peer assessment and online voting, one individual will receive a $3,000 prize to jump-start their career. Online voting takes place at or vote on site at the Stingray Music booth at the Waterfront Stage. Voting takes place until 6pm Sun, July 15 and the winner will be announced from the Waterfront Stage later that evening.

2018 Stingray Music Rising Star showcases begin at 2:30pm daily, beginning Wednesday, July 11 with the Emie R Roussel Trio (Modern Jazz); Thursday, July 12 hear the Willem Paynter & The Hardbop Collective (Jazz); Friday, July 13 enjoy the The Blue Lane (Rockabilly /Jazz / Blues); Saturday, July 14 don’t miss the Chelsea McBride Socialist Night School (Big Band); and Sunday, July 15 Benjamin Deschamps Quintet perform (Modern Jazz).Waterfront Stage 4pm local performers are Halifax-based Jessie Brown(Alternative/Rock), Wednesday, July 11. Andru Branch & Halfway Tree (Reggae) Thursday, July 12. MAJE (Hip Hop) Friday, July 13. Saturday, July 14 Brendan Melchin & The Forward Bound (Modern Jazz) and the closing act is returning performers, the Tuesday Night Band (Jazz/Swing) on Sunday, July 15.

Waterfront Stage details:
Halifax Waterfront (Lower Water Street & Salter Street).
All afternoon performances are noon-5pm daily, beginning Wednesday, July 11 thru Sunday, July 15. Evening performances start at 8:30pm, gates open nightly at 7:30pm, beginning Tuesday, July 10 running thru Sunday, July 15.  Free opening show July 10. To purchase tickets to all other shows visit General Admission / No Refunds or Exchanges / Rain or Shine.

In addition to the already announced shows St. Matthew’s Church Series and Late Night at The Carleton Series, indoor shows will take place at 1313 Hollis Street, presenting the Annual Creative Music Series nightly from 8-10pm beginning Tuesday, July 10th and Upstream Presents Open Company at ART BAR from 11pm - 1am for four nights, running Wednesday, July 11 thru Saturday July 14. 

Curated by Jerry Granelli and formed in 1996, the Annual Creative Music Series takes place at 1313 Hollis Street with Peggy Lee, Michael Blake, Susanne Chui, Christian Kögel, Doug Cameron, and J. Anthony Granelli. Presenting shows throughout the festival, beginning Tuesday, July 10, as Granelli, Kögel, Granelli perform spontaneous combustion. On Wednesday, July 11 Gowanus Reggae and Ska Society (GRASS) North plays rocksteady; Thursday, July 12 Air & Strings & Things perform, featuring: Peggy Lee(cello), Christian Kögel (guitar), J. Anthony Granelli (bass), Michael Blake(saxophones), and Jerry Granelli (drums). And on Saturday, July 14, CMW Faculty perform “Where dance and music meet” featuring Susanne Chui. All 1313 Hollis shows begin at 8pm, doors open at 7:30pm, tickets are $20 or $15 with a valid student ID.

The CMW Closing Concert takes place Sunday, July 15, at the Halifax Central Library.  This final concert premieres new music written by students as well as collaborations between faculty and students. This concert offers a showcase for CMW students to share what they have been creating in a community environment. Listen to the results of hard work, collaboration and risk-taking at 2pm. Free. ages welcome.

Open Company presented by Upstream at ART BAR, hosted by Geordie Haley and Lukas Pearse. In this Free Improvisation curated series, local luminaries and visiting virtuosos meet onstage for spontaneous music. Planning for the unknown, with a script for surprise, Upstream’s Open Company Sessions are a sure bet for the unexpected. Running from 11pm - 1am for four consecutive nights, Wednesday, July 11 thru Saturday July 14 at ART BAR, Halifax. Free admission.

Indoor Stages Details:
St. Matthew's United Church (1479 Barrington Street, Halifax). All ages welcome / General admission / No refunds or exchanges, ticket prices vary, purchase HERE
1313 Hollis Street: CMW In the Moment: Curated by Jerry Granell. $20 or $15 with a valid student ID, purchase tickets HERE
The Carleton (1685 Argyle Street, Halifax) All shows $20 (taxes and fees included). 19+ / Valid ID Required. No Refunds or Exchanges, purchase HERE
Open Company Presented by Upstream at ART BAR (1873 Granville Street, Halifax) Free show.
Halifax Central Library, CMW Closing Concert, Free, all ages welcome.

Hourly beginning at 1pm on Saturday, July 14, in Hydrostone Park, bring your family and friends to the park and hear music for all to enjoy. Performers are Kitty & The Katz(Swing) at 1pm, followed by Mike Cowie & The 902 (Jazz/Funk) at 2pm, Rebecca Thomas (Spoken Word) at 3pm, followed by Ced, Marty & Dave (Blues) from 4-5pm. Sunday afternoon Elise Besler (pop) kicks off at 1pm, followed by Alan Syliboy & The Thundermakers (Rock) at 2pm, Sam Wilson Quartet (Jazz) at 3pm followed by Easley/Arsenault/Stevenson (Blues/Jazz) from 4-5pm. Free, All Ages.

 In Dartmouth Saturday, July 14 come to the Dartmouth Park World Peace Pavilion for more free music for all. Kicking at 10am is the HMC Youth Combo (Jazz), followed byGlobal Centric Brass Band (Jazz, Brass) at 11am; at noon Jody Upshaw (Pop/R&B) takes the stage followed by Son Latino (Salsa/Latin) running until 2pm. Free, All Ages.

Community Stages details:
Hydrostone Park (5547 Young St, Halifax)  Free, All Ages, Saturday & Sunday, 1 - 5pm
Dartmouth Park (Dartmouth World Peace Pavilion, 88 Alderney Dr.) Free, All Ages, Saturday 10am - 2pm.TD JAZZ LABS:
Take part in Splash! Bang! Boom! music workshops for kids on the Tall Ship Silva as the workshop is conducted while the ship sails! One sail per day, instructors are TD Jazz Lab alums Inti Gonzalez; Thursday, July 12, Friday, July 13, Bianca Palmer and Saturday, July 14 Ross Burns. There is no pre-registration; space is limited to first come first served, be sure to come early. Free, all ages welcome.

TD Jazz Labs continue with free workshops, beginning Tuesday, July 10 at 2pm at Halifax Central Library with Pantayo, an all-women lo-fi R&B group. And at 1pm, Thursday, July 12, French, Folk, Jazz Big Band Tintamare hosts a workshop (presented by Alliance Française). All About Drums, an informative drum workshop, starts at 11am on Friday, July 13 at Halifax North Memorial Library. Saturday, July 14 hear Holly Arsenault with Joel Miller at 1pm at Alderney Gate Public Library. Free, all ages welcome.

TD Jazz Labs Details:
Splash! Bang! Boom! on Tall Ship Silva July 12-14 at 10-10:45am Free, All Ages.
Alderney Gate Public Library, 60 Alderney Dr. Free, All Ages.
Halifax Central Public Library, 5440 Spring Garden Rd. Free, All Ages.

Jazz is everywhere! Local establishments get in the spirit of the TD Halifax Jazz Festival by presenting free live music through our Partnered Stages program, happening this year at Halifax establishments Bâton Rouge, Le Bistro By Liz, Obladee Wine Bar and The Local

At Bâton Rouge performances begin Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13 with John Chaisson at 6:30pm. Saturday, July 14 Ian Campbell is at 5:30pm, and on Sunday, July 15, Joe Murphy at 5:30pm. 

Performing French Jazz Classics nightly from 6-9pm beginning Tuesday, July 10, at Le Bistro By Liz are Ann Denny & Sam Wilson. Friday & Saturday night hear Halifax pianist and singer Zoe Leger from 7-10pm and on Sunday night Zoe performs from 6-9pm.

At year-round partner Obladee Wine Bar, Halifax’s Willem Paynter takes over the stage during the TD Halifax Jazz Festival, presenting free music nightly. Willem Paynter Trioperforms Wednesday, July 11 from 8-11pm. Willem Paynter and Friends perform Thur, July 12 from 8-11pm; Willem Paynter ft. Paul Tynan (9pm-12am) Friday, July 13 & Saturday, July 14, Willem Paynter ft. Toronto's Alison Young  (9pm-12am).

Tuesday, July 10 at The Local, don’t miss Taco Tuesday Hip Hop Showcase curated by Kayla Borden starting at 9:30pm. Wednesday, July 11 Trio Pupo (9pm), Electric Relaxation (10pm), and on Sunday, July 15 a special Blues Matinee ft. Buck Tingley 4-8pm. 

Partnered Stage Details:
Bâton Rouge, 1877 Hollis St. All Ages
Le Bistro By Liz, 1333 South Park St. All Ages
Obladee Wine Bar, 1600 Barrington St. 19+
The Local, 2037 Gottingen St., 19+

All tickets for the 2018 TD Halifax Jazz festival are ON SALE NOW and are available to purchase online through or in person at Etixnow kiosks, which are located at the Halifax Forum (2901 Windsor St.) and Music Nova Scotia (open weekdays 9am-5pm 2169 Gottingen St.), they accept debit and credit cards.

During the festival, the Box Office will relocate to the Waterfront Stage (corner of Lower Water Street and Salter Street), 10am-9:45pm daily starting July 10 until festival's end. Walk up tickets can be purchased at the door of the concert venue, half hour before show time. Cash or credit card payment accepted. Visit for information and show details.

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Support for the TD Halifax Jazz Festival  is provided by numerous corporate and community partners including TD Bank GroupWaterfront Development Corporationand Westin Halifax, and funded by the Government of CanadaProvince of Nova Scotia, Halifax, and the Craig Foundation.

Atlantic Canada’s oldest and largest music festival, Halifax Jazz Festival has presented a diverse range of musical and educational activities since 1987, including the 32nd annual TD Halifax Jazz Festival, July 10-15, 2018. For more information visit, “follow” Halifax Jazz Festival on instagram or twitter @HFXJazzFest or “like” on facebook.

Kimberly Sinclair, TD Halifax Jazz Festival