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Markham Jazz Festival Newsletter
August 15, 2017

Get out your comfy shoes, bring a hat and plan to take the free MJF Shuttle Bus – it’s time for superb live jazz in Unionville!

Follow these tips to help make your TDMJF experience easy and rewarding!

It’s TD Markham Jazz Festival week! And what a week we have planned for this very special 20th anniversary edition! From August 16 to 20, we’re celebrating up and down Main Street Unionville with outstanding music by top Canadian and Canadian-based musicians.

From vocal sensation Shakura S’Aida on Thursday night at the Bandstand, to Blood, Sweat & Tears former lead singer David Clayton-Thomas on Saturday, to our final performance on Sunday afternoon by blues superstars MonkeyJunk with Paul Reddick, this year’s line-up is nothing short of amazing.

» Find the complete performance schedule at

To enhance your visit and listening pleasure, please note the following updates and tips.

» UPDATE: There are still a few tickets left for our Opening Night Concert with the exceptional Barbra Lica in the Varley Art Gallery. The day has changed – to Wednesday, August 16; doors open at 7:15 p.m. Don’t miss this great evening! Go to or call 905-471-5299.

Be aware of Main St. closures – Thousands of people converge on Unionville and enjoy strolling along historic Main St. during Festival weekend. To keep things safe, Main Street will be closed to vehicles Friday night (6 to 11 p.m.) and most of Saturday (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.) from Carlton Rd. to the Concession Road bypass. All roads reopen Sunday.

Avoid traffic and parking delays – The Festival provides convenient shuttle buses to Main Street Unionville and back all weekend from a new location this year – the Markham Pan Am Centre at the foot of Main St., near the 407. Even if you live in the area, consider driving to this convenient site and taking the bus instead of trying to park around Unionville.

» Find maps and directions at

Pack up all your cares and woes – and bring a chair! – First rule of attending festivals: Be comfortable! Second rule: Be prepared for changes in weather. Clouds can give way to sunshine; temperatures can go up – and then down again.
  • Wear comfy shoes! No one is looking at your feet.
  • Carry your things in a light backpack.
  • Wear a hat and use sunblock.
  • Bring a jacket or hoodie.
  • Hydrate!
Bring a chair – Seating at our three main stages can fill up quickly. Experts often carry a lightweight, folding chair from venue to venue.

Follow the Golden Rule! – The Festival is a shared public experience, so be considerate of your fellow audience members.
  • Silence phones during performances.
  • Be sure your umbrella isn’t blocking someone’s view.
  • Avoid overwhelming those nearby with cigarette or cigar smoke.
Reserve now at our “Hot Spots” – Complementing more than 30 free acts on our three outdoor stages and along Main Street Unionville are “Hot Spot” performances before and during the Festival. These have become very popular. Be sure to call ahead.

» The full schedule appears in our printed programme and online at under Hot Spots and Street Performances.

UPDATE: Free tours of historic Main St. Unionville will take place Saturday afternoon at 2:30. Meet in front of Update TV at the NW corner of Fred Varley Dr. and Main St.

Tell us what you think! – Social media and instant access to online info are creating great collective conversations. Like us on Facebook ( Share your photos and recommendations on Twitter (@markhamjazzfest #markhamjazz). Or, simply turn to the fan next to you and chat. When it comes to jazz, there’s always something to talk about!

See you in Markham!
The TD Markham Jazz Festival is a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to enrich cultural life in the region by bringing emerging and established jazz artists to Markham for all to enjoy. Established in 1998, the festival draws more than 25,000 residents and visitors to the streets of Unionville during the third weekend in August. Local and international artists deliver over 30 open-air performances during the weekend as well as in selected “hot spots” and at a ticketed opening-night concert. During the year, the festival hosts “Hot Spot Concerts” at selected venues in Markham. TD Canada Trust became its title sponsor in 2014.
Tel: 905-471-5299 (voicemail)

Contact Linda Briggs, Executive Director at:
(416) 200-4306 or
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