Past Meetup

"Jazz Street-Fest"--International Jazz Festival's Signature Event(free,50 bands)

This Meetup is past

44 people went


Please sign up directly at and check out updates, instructions + contact info of the Host (in comments to be posted below the event).

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!!). And there will be other big stages for band performance. This time the festival will be even more fun. Don't miss out!!!



-- 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's St. E. and Woodbine Ave. (see instructions below for the meeting spot and agenda)

rather than meeting at Boardwalk first and walking to Queen's 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).


Meeting spot and agenda:

7:00 pm:

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.

-- If the rain is heavy at 7pm, group members will gather at a place nearby with shelter. And I may go to the fire station area to pick up members who can't spot the group if needed (in the beginning of the gathering around 7pm)

7:20 pm:

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. One of the groups can go for a beer or (light) dinner at a restaurant together.


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).

Participating groups:

Toronto Arts & Culture (

! International Friends (1,850 members) (

World Cultures and Travel Club (WCTC) - 1,250+ members (

Single in Toronto (

Toronto Travel & Adventure Lovers (TOTAL) 1,400 members (



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 Squad ( Queen St. E. (Beach Dental)Dr. Draw ( Hall-Northwest DrivewayBlackboard Blues Band ( 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)Imbayakunas ( Queen St. E. (Ends)Ends Music Showcase1938 Queen St. E. (Pizza Nova)Erin McCallum ( Queen St. E. (The Gull & The Firkin )Amanda Moscar ( Queen St. E (TheraLase Laser Centre)& The Street Collective ( Queen St. E. (Smokin’ Cigar)Johannes Linstead ( Queen St. E. (The Works)Midnite Riders1958 Queen St. E. (Lion On The Beach)Jerome Godboo ( Queen St. E. (St. Louis Bar & Grill)Yiannis Kapoulas ( Queen St. E. (Bow Thai)Puente Del Diablo ( Queen St. E. (Seagull)Seagull All-Stars1982 Queen St. E. (Starbucks Coffee)God Made Me Funky ( Gardens (West Entrance)Brian Rose Little Big Band ( Queen St. E. (Hero Certified Burgers)NightflyBeach Public Library Gardens (East Entrance)Hennessy Talent Quest Winner – Maneli Jamal ( Queen St. E. (Coles)Downtown Dixieland Band2175 Queen St. E. (RBC)George Olliver ( Queen St. E. (LCBO)KC Roberts ( Queen St. E. (My Place in the Beach)Jesse Whiteley2076 Queen St. E. (Gabby’s / Scotia Bank)Johnny Max Band ( Queen St. E. (Hair Dynamix)Moka ( Queen St. E. (Beach Hardware)PHUSION2233 Queen St. E. (Queen Compact Cars)Neil Chapman ( Queen St. E. (First Choice Hair Cutters)The Metro Big Band ( Queen St. E. The Al Sinclair Team (Remax)Gone Phission2253 Queen St. E. (Starbucks Coffee)Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils ( Queen St. E. (Sleep Country Canada)Quincy Bullen ( Queen St. E. (Totto Salon & Spa)Arlene Paculan ( Queen St. E. (Swiss Chalet)Toronto All-Star Big Band ( Queen St. E. (Royal LePage)Project Phoenix ( Queen St. E. (Homeward)Blue Room ( Queen St. E. (Beacher Café)Patrick Tevin’s New Orleans Rhythm ( Queen St. E. (Essentia At The Beach)Juice ( Queen St. E. (DeClute Real Estate)Soul Motivators ( Queen St. E. (Arts on Queen)Brownman Electryc Trio ( Queen St. E. (Pet Valu)Not Affiliated Big Band ( Queen St. E. (Beach Chiropractic Centre)United Soul Nations2232 Queen St. E. (Outrigger Tap and Table)Cobra Kings ( Queen St. E. (Suzuki Shiatsu)Gruvoria ( 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.



FYI. Participating groups & their RSVP attendees (last Sat.):

! International Friends (1,800+ members) ( (100+RSVPs)

World Cultures and Travel Club (WCTC) - 1,250+ members ( (80+ RSVPs)

! Study English in Canada (1,450+ members) (

(50+ RSVPs)

Others (as of now): Toronto Entrepreneurs (40+), Asian Friends (40+), Toronto Sports & Leisure (20-), Toronto Newcomers (20+), others (20+)...