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2019 Kensington Market Jazz Festival in Toronto
Saturday, September 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Born and raised in Kensington Market, singer-songwriter and philanthropist Molly Johnson OC., had been dreaming of this festival for years. On September 16th, 2016, her dream came true. Together, with her team, members of the Kensington Market community and countless volunteers, #KMJF was born!
Kensington Market Jazz Festival is proud to showcase hundreds of established musicians on the Toronto jazz scene, in one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods, in the heart of Toronto’s heritage district. Over the last three years, KMJF has presented over 320 concerts, with over 500 musicians, 25 venues and the help of over 150 volunteers. Heading into the fourth year of KMJF (September 13-14-15 2019), The KMJF Team are hard at work curating and preparing for what is sure to be the most exciting year yet. Under the Kensington Market Jazz umbrella, there have been many other projects that have come to life in the last three years, including winter and spring series in the market, two live recordings, and in April 2018, KMJF Kids Music was launched in partnership with the festival’s patron saint, Tom Mihalik of Tom’s Place, Yamaha Canada, Discovery Through The Arts, Youth Arcade Studio, and St. Stephen’s Community Centre. KMJF has recently received an operations grant from the Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario alongside continued support from Slaight Music and other private donors.
The Kensington Market Jazz Festival is proud to be an artist-driven, volunteer-fueled festival that has been met with overwhelming support. KMJF wishes to honour the history in the market and strives to ensure that our vision remains in-tune with that of the neighbourhood. We look forward to presenting more music in 2019 with the addition of a couple of new venues and some exciting partnerships, and invite you to join in the excitement!