Festivals & Events July 9, 2018

6 Reasons Not to Miss the 2018 Halifax Jazz Festival

TD Halifax Jazz Festival is happening this year from July 10-15, 2018, and it’s going to be as fantastic as ever.

The lineup will feature a mix of jazz, R&B, soul and plenty more. Headliners include The War on Drugs, Chaka Khan, The Soul Rebels featuring Matisyahu, Matt Anderson & the Mellotones and Daniel Caesar.

Find out more about Atlantic Canada’s largest summer festival and discover 6 REASONS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THE 2018 TD HALIFAX JAZZ FESTIVAL.

1 – It’s a music festival ON THE HALIFAX WATERFRONT.

How many music festivals do you know who’s main stage is located directly adjacent to the ocean?

TD Halifax Jazz Festival 2018 takes place throughout the city in a variety of venues, with the largest performances happening ocean-side every evening at 8:30pm.

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TD Halifax Jazz Festival

2 – There’s a special Halifax Jazz Fest playlist to help you get in the Jazz Fest zone

Mixtape Magazine has created a Halifax Jazz Festival 2018 Playlist to celebrate the festival’s 32nd year.

A selection of the artists playing Halifax Jazz Festival, taking place from July 10-16. The lineup includes War on Drugs, Alvvays, Land of Talk, Chaka Khan and more.

See the full 2018 Festival Guide by Mixtape Magazine.

3 – Chaka Khan is making her Halifax Jazz Fest debut on Thursday, July 12

10-time Grammy Award-winner Chaka Khan is hitting Halifax for Jazz Fest! Not only is she an R&B superstar, she is a gifted singer of half a dozen other genres, including pop, rock, gospel, country, world music and classical.

This dynamic diva is gracing the Halifax Waterfront Stage on Thursday, July 12 at 8:30pm. Get tickets!

FUN FACT: Did you know that Chaka Khan has a line of gourmet chocolates called Chakalates?

4 – There are SO MANY free shows!

In an effort to make the festival accessible to everyone, TD Halifax Jazz Festival has a lot of free programming!

Daytime concerts on the Waterfront Stage are free, as well as free events at Art Bar, Hydrostone Park, Dartmouth Peace Pavillion, Halifax Central Library, Alderney Gate Library, North Memorial Library, Tall Ship Silva, Obladee Wine Bar, The Local, Baton Rouge, and Le Bistro by Liz!

See the schedule and festival maps.

5 – There’s an act for everyone – no matter your taste in music.

“We’re pretty excited to get this going. We have a great, diverse line-up and we can’t wait for our waterfront stage shows either,” said festival executive director Andrea Dawson Thomas. “We have stars, those on the rise, and those have been legends a long time. It’s truly unbelievable.”

“Our audience is into so many different types of music, and it’s important to showcase everything jazz has to offer. These acts are influenced by all genres,” she said. “There will be something for everyone, with bands that appeal to all age demographics. I think we did a great job with programming this year.” – Halifax Today

See the full 2018 Festival Lineup

6 – TD Halifax Jazz Fest isn’t just for adults!

Take part in Splash! Bang! Boom! music workshops for kids on the Tall Ship Silva! From July 12-14, TD Halifax Jazz Fest will be hosting FREE music workshops for kids – all while sailing aboard the Tall Ship Silva.

The Tall Ship Silva is located behind the iconic ‘wave’ statue, and the Visitors Information Centre, 1655 Lower Water St, Halifax.

Thurs July 12 – 10am-10:45am:
INTI GONZALEZ – Inti Gonzalez is a performer with many years of experience in African, Cuban and Brazilian percussion. In this workshop, he will be guiding musicians of all skill levels in answering the question “what is groove?” and sharing his knowledge of percussion instruments.

Fri July 13 – 10am-10:45am:
BIANCA PALMER – Sail around the harbour on the Tall Ship Silva and learn rhythms and grooves with dynamic local drummer, and kidmagnet Bianca Palmer. She is passionate about bringing music-making to people young and old.

Sat July 14 – 10am-10:45am:
ROSS BURNS – Let the Tall Ship Silva escort your little ones around the Halifax Harbour while the lively, entertaining and talented musician Ross Burns shows everyone on board some basic rhythms using simple percussion instruments.

Learn more.

Photo by www.rachelleadelina.com


  • Online │ All passes and tickets for the 2018 TD Halifax Jazz festival are available to purchase online.
  • During the festival │ 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 starting July 10 until festival’s end.
  • Kiosk │ Etixnow kiosks 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.
  • At the door │ Concert’s venue address, half hour before show time. Cash or credit card payment accepted.

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