The three-night StreetFest Jazz Festival on Queen Street East in the Beach begins Thursday – Beach Metro Community News

The Beaches International Jazz Festival StreetFest along Queen Street East in the Beach returns on the nights of July 21, 22 and 23. Beach Metro Community News archive photo from 2017 by Victor Biro.

One of the Beaches International Jazz Festival’s most popular events is back this week as StreetFest returns to Queen Street East tonight.

StreetFest takes place along Queen Street East between Woodbine and Beech Avenues on the nights of Thursday July 21, Friday July 22 and Saturday July 23.

Between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on those three nights, more than 30 bands will perform at venues along Queen Street East.

For a full list of venues and bands performing, go to

As in years before COVID-19, StreetFest will see Queen Street East between Woodbine and Beech Avenues closed to vehicular traffic to make way for throngs of music fans.

The closures will be in effect from 6 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. on all three StreetFest nights. In addition, vehicles will not be permitted to park on Queen Street East in the area which will be closed after 4 p.m. on July 21, 22 and 23 or they will be towed.

Please also note for StreetFest that the Main Street 64 bus route will be changed to avoid Queen Street East.

For safety and access reasons, Waverly Road, Lee Avenue and Wineva Avenue will be open to direct traffic northbound and southbound from Queen Street East.

Additionally, according to Toronto Police, a number of other route changes and restrictions will be in place for the nights of July 21, 22 and 23:

  • TTC streetcars will bypass Queen Street East during these road closures. Modified bus service will continue on Woodbine Avenue and Main Street.

Police added that during road closures, local residents can access/exit their homes at the following locations:

  • for residents living south of Queen Street East between Balsam Avenue and Lee Avenue, buses run north and south on Lee Avenue and south on Wineva Avenue
  • for residents living south of Queen St East between Waverley Road and Kippendavie Avenue, buses will travel south on Waverley Rd and exit via Kew Beach Avenue at Woodbine Avenue
  • Kenilworth Avenue, Kippendavie Avenue, Hambley Avenue, Hartford Avenue and Herbert Avenue will be transformed into two-way streets during the hours of road closures.

This weekend will be the last of this year’s 34th Beaches International Jazz Festival

The OLG Weekend Series on the Woodbine Park Main Stage is scheduled for Friday, July 22; Saturday July 23; and Sunday July 24.’s sixth annual Groovin’ in the Park Friday Night Vibes celebration runs from 7-11 p.m. on July 22. The event is presented by The Main Ingredient supported by Hot Stepper and will feature performances by WhatNaut Band (celebrating their 20th anniversary), Carlos & Pedro (Hot Stepper), Dave Campbell and Kwame, Mike Tull and Jason Palma; Le Retour, and DJ Mensa and Agile.

Groovin’ in the Park continues Saturday, July 23, from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Featured artists will be Starting From Scratch, DJ Greg Wilson, Jojo Flores, DJ Yogi, Jason Palma, Fairy J, Iced Miston, John Kong and Jay NuFunk.

The last day of performances of the festival, Sunday, July 24, runs from 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Mooks take the stage at 1:30 p.m.; then its Bywater Call at 3 p.m.; The Shuffle Demons at 5 p.m.; and The Larnell Lewis Band and The Joy Lapps Project at 6:30 p.m.

To learn more about the Beaches International Jazz Festival, visit

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