Music & Entertainment June 14, 2019

10 Reasons to Attend the 2019 TD Halifax Jazz Festival

Header Image by Sydney MacLennan Photography

This year from July 9-14, TD Halifax Jazz Festival will celebrate its 33rd anniversary with 6 days of jazz, R&B, soul, and so much more, right here in Halifax.

Headliners will include Sheila E., Common, Bahamas, Myles Goodwyn, Tim Baker, Shad, and many, many more.

Find out more about Atlantic Canada’s largest summer music festival and learn why TD Halifax Jazz Festival 2019 is one of Halifax’s can’t-miss summer events!


1 – Celebrate 33 years of the Halifax Jazz Festival

TD Halifax Jazz Festival has been a prominent Halifax event for over three decades attracting up to 60,000 concert-goers each year to our city.

Since 1987, Halifax Jazz Festival, formerly known as the Atlantic Jazz Festival, has organized a diverse range of musical and educational activities in Nova Scotia. The TD Halifax Jazz Festival is the longest-running jazz festival AND the largest summer festival in Atlantic Canada.

TD Halifax Jazz Festival
Photo by Bob Pettipas

2 – Support Local

Halifax Jazz Fest is the largest summer music festival in Nova Scotia with 60,000 attendees, and it wouldn’t be possible without the help of over 400 volunteers and 350 local musicians!

TD Halifax Jazz Festival
Photo by Chanee B’s Photography

3 – There’s something for everyone

With a wide range of artists over six days, there truly is something for everyone, no matter your music taste – and hey, you might even discover a new favorite!

TD Halifax Jazz Festival
Photo by Sydney MacLennan Photography

4 – Great Value

TD Halifax Jazz Festival offers a range of tickets and prices to accommodate all music lovers.

Whether you want to buy a Standard Pass ($189), which would give you access to all shows, or a single day ticket.

There are more than 60 free shows including closing night at the TD Main Stage on Sunday, July 14th featuring April Wine frontman, Myles Goodwyn & Friends of the Blues.

TD Halifax Jazz Festival
Photo by Sydney MacLennan Photography

5 – See renowned performers from around the world that don’t always tour in Halifax

Anything is possible with the HJF Lineup. This year the lineup features multiple Grammy Award-nominated (and winning!) artists.

Past performers of the festival include; Chaka Khan, Ms. Lauryn Hill, St. Vincent, The War On Drugs and Anderson Paak.

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals played the Halifax Jazz Festival Waterfront Main Stage in 2017.

6 – Ms. Lisa Fischer, former backup singer for The Rolling Stones, plays the Halifax Waterfront Main Stage July 13th

Former Rolling Stones backup singer, Ms. Lisa Fischer will perform with her band, Grand Baton, on Saturday, July 13th at the Waterfront Stage.

Lisa was one of the main artists featured in the 2013 Academy Award-winning documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom. The doc chronicled her career including her 26-year stint touring with The Rolling Stones and clips from her Grammy award-winning hit “How Can I Ease The Pain”.


7 – Common makes his Halifax Jazz Fest debut on the Waterfront Stage, July 9!

Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy-winning artist, actor, and activist, Common will be making his Halifax Jazz Fest debut this year!

Common truly does it all, and we are lucky enough to have him grace the Halifax Waterfront on Tuesday, July 9th at 9:30 PM.

Common, July 9 at the Waterfront Stage

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Waterfront Stage

7:30 PM – Doors open
8:30 PMShad
9:30 PMCommon

8 – Experience Jazz Fest at multiple official concert venues

Along with the TD Main Stage on the Halifax Waterfront, HJF has shows at the award-winning Carleton Music Bar & Grill, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, The Seahorse Tavern, The Marquee Ballroom and more.

9 – An atmosphere like no other

With the TD main stage on the beautiful and historic Halifax Waterfront, this venue is the perfect setting to have a night out with family or friends and enjoy world-class live music.

Photos by Cooked Photography

10 – Delicious eats!

It’s pretty easy to work up an appetite when you’re out and about enjoying the amazing music at the festival. Thankfully Jazz Fest has you covered with tons of delicious food vendors on site, so whether you’re looking for sweet treat, something to drink or a more substantial snack, there will be something for everyone!



All passes and tickets for TD Halifax Jazz Festival 2019 are available to purchase online.


During the festival, the Box Office will relocate to the Main Stage (corner of Lower Water Street and Salter Street), 10 AM-9:45 PM daily, beginning July 9 until festival’s end.


Etixnow kiosks are located at the Halifax Forum (2901 Windsor St.) and Music Nova Scotia (open weekdays 9am-5pm at 2169 Gottingen St.).

They accept debit and credit cards.


Concert’s venue address, 30 minutes before show time.

Cash or credit card payment accepted.

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