Everything you need to know about the Halifax Jazz Festival 2022 | Cultural festivals | Halifax, Nova Scotia

A A sure sign that summer is in full swing, the Halifax Jazz Festival is (arguably) the biggest music festival of the season, a series of concerts featuring some of the brightest and fastest names in music. It’s hubbub on the seafront as big stars take to the stage for open-air shows by the sea; it’s a summer sunset accented by a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience. The 2022 event is shaping up to be no different – and that, we can tell you, is great news. With more festival acts announced this week, it’s time for your Jazz Fest crash course.

What is the official name?
Halifax TD Jazz Festival.

What is his name too?
Jazz Festival, Halifax Jazz Festival.

When is it?
July 13-17.

What is that?
One of summer’s signature festivals, Jazz Fest brings a veritable jewelry box of musicians, rising stars and legacy acts to cross off your bucket list. While he honors jazz in his name by delivering names like this, you’re just as likely to see a buzzing indie rock act on the list. It’s the mix – alongside outdoor performances on the waterfront – that is part of the annual event’s signature appeal.

Where is it held?
Some concerts are held at St. Matthew’s Church (1479 Barrington Street) while the headlining concerts are located on the main waterfront stage of the Jazz Fest (a massive pop-up structure that returns to the corner each summer of Lower Water and Salter streets). There are also a few gigs at Carleton (1685 Argyle Street) and Seahorse (2037 Gottingen Street).

Free daytime programs are held throughout the city, in public spaces like Hydrostone Park (5547 Young Street) and Ferry Terminal Park (88 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth).

How long has it been going on?
Jazz Fest has been spicing up Halifax summers since 1987.

Where can I get tickets?
Through the Halifax Jazz Festival website (but note that all daytime shows are free).

Are there festival passes?
Yes, available through the Halifax Jazz Festival websitestarting at $189.

What is the must-see show?
Tank and The Bangas (who perform with Aquakultre on July 13 at the Waterfront Main Stage) are stars of the New Orleans jazz and groove scenes, with a Grammy nomination and their 2017 victory in NPR’s Tiny Desk competition for the prove. Addictive, positive and exuberant, their music has made fans like ?uestlove (which appears on the band’s latest album) thanks to their big-soul vocals and instinctive melodies.

Willie J. Johnson