April 5, 2019 11:11 am
Updated: April 5, 2019 12:17 pm

Unique venues, wide-ranging lineup at Jazz Winnipeg’s 30th festival

Vocalist Bobby McFerrin is one of the headliners at the 2019 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival.

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For its 30th annual festival this summer, Jazz Winnipeg will be welcoming over 50 local, Canadian and international artists to downtown Winnipeg.

The 2019 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival headliners – including rapper/actor Common, 10-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin, and New Orleans funk/jam band Galactic – were announced Friday and join a wide-ranging roster of performers across a swath of jazz and jazz-related genres.

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“I’m really excited about our lineup this year,” said Jazz Winnipeg artistic director Michael Falk.

“We’ve got legends old and new, up-and-comers, and artists with a lot of integrity and vision.”

With headlining acts at venues like the Burton Cummings Theatre and Centennial Concert Hall, as well as a jam-packed week of free outdoor shows at The Cube in Old Market Square, 2019’s Jazz Fest is also exploring a few unique venues.

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This year’s festival kicks off with ‘JazzFest x CMHR’, a multi-stage experience at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights featuring jazz greats like Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, and Dominique Fils-Aimé.

Another new experiment is the ‘RAW: JazzFest’ series – a partnership with RAW Gallery at a pop-up venue in St. Boniface’s Parc Elzear Goulet, featuring American poet, rapper, writer and actor Saul Williams.

The festival is also bringing a swing night, featuring the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, to the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre.

The 2019 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival runs from June 18-23.

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