THERE IS A RISK OF SHOWERS this evening
-- Bring your umbrella (or get prepared)!
-- I will be there no matter what to gather attending members. (Mobile # is provided in a comment below.)
-- I asked a couple of bands there at Streetfest yesterday, and they told me that the performance will still be on if the rain if not too heavy. I would encourage you to still come and in the worst case we will find a restaurant to meetup and go out for performance when we can. As for whether you like to come or not, please make your own judgement and hopefully don't get disappointed either way...
We will meet around the intersection of Queen St. E. and Woodbine Ave. (see instructions below for the meeting spot and agenda)
rather than meeting at Boardwalk first and walking to Queen St. E. later on (as it would be too far especially when there are showers and the turnout is expected to be lower than predicted originally).
Last Saturday we had over 350 RSVPs for the International Jazz Festival, and many people enjoyed the music, vibe and meeting other attendees at the Woodbine Park. As promised, we will do this again this Saturday for the signature "Streetfest" event!
Queen's St. E. will be closed down at nights, with lots and lots of performance along the street (for 2 km long!!). This time the festival will be even more fun. Don't miss out!!!
Meeting spot and agenda:
Meet & mingle in front of the "fire station" (the "clock tower building) near the intersection of Queen's St. E. and Woodbine Ave.
-- It's easy to spot: walk into the closed-street area from the Woodbine Ave. entrance for 70 meters, and it's on your left-hand side)
-- It's not too crowded as of Thu., with some bands nearby.
Walk along the Queen's Street East and enjoy various performance along the way. Basically, we'll stay for a couple of songs for each band and you can look around for (food) stands and come back or catch up with the group.
After we are done with all/most bands (or when the majority of attendees decide not to keep walking):
We'll form smaller ad hoc groups each with a leader. You get to join any group or even step up as a leader and coordinate a group. And each group can go wherever the group wants to go or stay.
Note 1: It was almost impossible to find a parking spot nearby even for Thursday (as we tried for 20 min.). I plan to park near LCBO and walk to the meeting spot (around 5-10 min.) this Saturday.
Address of the LCBO parking area: 1654 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1G3 (near the intersection of Queen's St. E. and Coxwell Ave).
Note 2: My mobile number is provided in a comment below, but I can only promise to reply texts (rather than taking all incoming calls).
-- And I may not reply/call back promptly when there is a big group, sorry. So plz read the instructions carefully and take down adequate info (or access it with a mobile when needed before contacting me).
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STREETFEST: JULY 25-27
StreetFest is a Beaches International Jazz Festival signature event showcasing the finest in Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, Smooth, Post-Bop, Afro-Cuban, Fusion, Funk, R&B and Soul sounds that Toronto has to offer. Upwards of 50 Canadian bands entertain you along a 2 km stretch of Queen Street East, closed for this occasion. It’s an annual pilgrimage for tens of thousands of patrons who come out on the Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday to groove to the music, swing to the sounds and soak in the street scene and ambience.
Bands play at the same location every night.Bands play 3 sets from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm nightly. Location Artist
SE Corner Queen & WoodbineSamba Squad1897 Queen St. E. (Beach Dental)Dr. DrawFire Hall-Northwest DrivewayBlackboard Blues Band1910 Queen St. E. (Breakwall BBQ)Clint Ryan & the Burgess Brothers1920 Queen St. E. (Incurable Collector)Who Stole the Cookies</td>1921 Queen St. E. (Arax Shawarma)Imbayakunas1930 Queen St. E. (Ends)Ends Music Showcase1938 Queen St. E. (Pizza Nova)Erin McCallum1943 Queen St. E. (The Gull & The Firkin )Amanda Moscar1945 Queen St. E (TheraLase Laser Centre)& The Street Collective1946 Queen St. E. (Smokin’ Cigar)Johannes Linstead1953 Queen St. E. (The Works)Midnite Riders1958 Queen St. E. (Lion On The Beach)Jerome Godboo1963 Queen St. E. (St. Louis Bar & Grill)Yiannis Kapoulas1970 Queen St. E. (Bow Thai)Puente Del Diablo1972 Queen St. E. (Seagull)Seagull All-Stars1982 Queen St. E. (Starbucks Coffee)God Made Me FunkyKEW Gardens (West Entrance)Brian Rose Little Big Band2018 Queen St. E. (Hero Certified Burgers)NightflyBeach Public Library Gardens (East Entrance)Hennessy Talent Quest Winner – Maneli Jamal2169 Queen St. E. (Coles)Downtown Dixieland Band2175 Queen St. E. (RBC)George Olliver2185 Queen St. E. (LCBO)KC Roberts2066 Queen St. E. (My Place in the Beach)Jesse Whiteley2076 Queen St. E. (Gabby’s / Scotia Bank)Johnny Max Band2090 Queen St. E. (Hair Dynamix)Moka2215 Queen St. E. (Beach Hardware)PHUSION2233 Queen St. E. (Queen Compact Cars)Neil Chapman2114 Queen St. E. (First Choice Hair Cutters)The Metro Big Band2237 Queen St. E. The Al Sinclair Team (Remax)Gone Phission2253 Queen St. E. (Starbucks Coffee)Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils2257 Queen St. E. (Sleep Country Canada)Quincy Bullen2271 Queen St. E. (Totto Salon & Spa)Arlene Paculan2148 Queen St. E. (Swiss Chalet)Toronto All-Star Big Band2301 Queen St. E. (Royal LePage)Project Phoenix2152 Queen St. E. (Homeward)Blue Room2162 Queen St. E. (Beacher Café)Patrick Tevin’s New Orleans Rhythm2180 Queen St. E. (Essentia At The Beach)Juice2339 Queen St. E. (DeClute Real Estate)Soul Motivators2198 Queen St. E. (Arts on Queen)Brownman Electryc Trio2210 Queen St. E. (Pet Valu)Not Affiliated Big Band2216 Queen St. E. (Beach Chiropractic Centre)United Soul Nations2232 Queen St. E. (Outrigger Tap and Table)Cobra Kings2375 Queen St. E. (Suzuki Shiatsu)GruvoriaBalmy Beach Club Foot of Beach Ave.Paul James
During Beaches Jazz Festival StreetFest, on the nights of Thursday July 25th, Friday July 26th, and Saturday July 27th, , Queen Street E. will be closed from Woodbine Ave. to Beech Ave. from 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm nightly. The north / south streets of Waverley Ave., Wineva Ave., and Lee Ave. will remain open throughout the evening. For complete details on road closures, click here.