The Toronto Jazz Festival

Last Saturday my husband accompanied me to the Toronto Jazz Festival. The first time we attended it (many years ago) it poured with rain and, because we had young children with us, we were not allowed to take shelter where alcohol was served. As a result, we have given it a miss every year. Now that the children are older, I wished to go again. This time, though, my girls decided to stay at home.

The TTC (Toronto’s public transit) deposited us on the boundary of the park where the festival was held. To find our destination, we followed the jazzy sounds of a big band. How I love the combination of the saxophone, trumpets and horns! I have spend many hours listening to the sounds of Glen Miller and Louis Armstrong.

On our arrival to the Big Band stage, I was surprised to see people sitting in their chairs. Many had brought a picnic basket and were eating while enjoying the music.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the door floor that had been laid out in front of the band – and pleased to see that there were people who were couragous enough to dance to the music.

Dancing to Big Band music. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
Dancing to Big Band music. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Unfortunately my husband did not want to dance so I had to make do with tapping my feet to the rhythm.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
Tapping feet to the music. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

After listening to “Swing Shift” for a while, we headed on to find the Latin Stage. I was curious to hear the sounds of “Jazz meets Salsa”.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
Listening to the sounds of a latin jazz band. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I enjoyed listening to the music out in the open air. The dance floor that had been set up was used often as people moved to the sounds created by the musicians.

It was enjoyable to watch the people dance. I was happy to see much older people showing that they can still salsa – and even a young child showed that he could move to the jazzy latin sounds. When the band finished their set, we went off in search of the main stage where modern jazz was being played.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
The main stage at the Jazz Festival. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Over here we grabbed a chair, some cider to sip on and something to eat (delicious samoosas!). As the late afternoon shadows lengthened, I enjoyed the two bands we listened to. My husband enjoyed Dawn Taylor Watson and the Ben Racine band:

He was not too keen on The Lost Fingers, but I enjoyed their jazzy renditions of well-known songs:

Next year I will definitely attend the jazz festival – and I will bring with us a couple of chairs and a picnic basket.

Do you enjoy listening to jazz?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

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