ORANGEVILLE BLUES & JAZZ FESTIVAL

Cultural Events Music & Concerts

The Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival returns to historic downtown Orangeville June 1 – 4, 2017. This award winning festival boasts over 80 acts on multiple stages over 3 days. With concerts, special events, workshops and even a memorial Jazz march, there is sure to be something for everyone. Hands down this is the best entertainment value you’ll find anywhere.

The 2017 Festival details have just been announced.  Please visit orangevillebluesandjazz.ca for further information

For further information please visit: orangevillebluesandjazzfestival.ca

 

Special Events

Meridian Opening Night Gala

The Opening Night Gala is a great way to kick off the Festival each year. Great food, friends and music in a relaxed space allow you to unwind and prime yourself for the exciting weekend coming up. Tickets are $35 adv/$40 door and are
available from the Festival Office or at Booklore.

For a complete description of the artists performing this year, click here.

 

Dairy Queen~Ideal Supply MacMaster Pontiac~Orangeville Chrysler Blues Cruise

Friday night June 3 – Downtown Orangeville on the main drag – Cars; Music and friends. What a great way to welcome the summer!! 10 Bands; 250 cars; 5000 people. Plus lots of Dairy Queen to eat – what could be better??
For a complete listing of the performers at this year’s Dairy Queen~Ideal Supply Blues Cruise, click here

 

Workshops

 

Dods & McNair Memorial Jazz March

Sat June 4, 5PM – Broadway starting at the Town Hall
– Featuring the Jazz Society Big Band

The traditional New Orleans funeral march is a celebration of life. Our March is a memorial to our past volunteers. Live music gives tribute to a loved one. This traditional musical sendoff symbolizes life’s journey and lifts the spirits. This year the March starts at 5PM and features the Jazz Society Big Band.

A typical Dixieland Jazz funeral begins with a march by family, friends, and neighbors, led by a jazz band. This is called the “First Line”. Onlookers are most welcome to join in to celebrate the lives of the deceased. Those who follow the First Line just to enjoy the music are called the “Second Line”. In their freestyle dance, they often twirl a parasol or wave a handkerchief or hand fan in the air which can be very energetic. We will have a limited supply of parasols & hand fans on loan.

Our march begins from the Festival Main Stage and proceeds west along Broadway to First Street.  Throughout the outbound march, the band plays somber songs and hymns. A change in the tempo of the ceremony takes place after the departure of the funeral car and the March changing to an eastbound direction, signifying members have said their good byes to their loved one. After this the music becomes more upbeat, often starting with a hymn or spiritual number played in a swinging fashion, then going into popular New Orleans favorites, while returning to the Festival Main Stage.

 

Blues & Bikes

A great afternoon on Mill St, celebrating two great North American love affairs: Blues Music and Motorbikes.

For a look at the Lineup for this year – click here

Kindly Sponsored by Barrie Harley Davidson

Saturday June 06 2015 – Mill St. south of Broadway (Main Street) Orangeville – 12 Noon to 5 PM. The Street will close to traffic at 10:00 AM. Bikes will be admitted after 10:30 AM Modern and Vintage Bikes Welcome. Registration for the Bike Show & Shine costs $10.00 with all money donated to charity. The event is free to non-registered bike owners and the public. The Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers Club (CMC) coordinates the Blues and Bikes Show & Shine. CMC can be contacted at:[email protected] To get your bike onto Mill St. (a one way street) please enter from the north end via Broadway There will be live entertainment on the street We run rain or shine (shine has been ordered) Lost & Found is located at the Gazebo in Alexandra Park (behind Town Hall )  Public Toilets are located in Alexandra Park (behind the Town Hall) We would ask that you wait until the event is over and do not leave early.  With hundreds of visitors on the street, vehicle / Bike movement can be hazardous. If you have to leave early, you must have a responsible person walk in front of your bike to the exit point (south end of Mill Street) CMC club members will direct you to a space that allows for emergency vehicle access.

 

Pop Up Bands on Broadway

A new event has been announced for this year’s Blues and Jazz Fest!
“Pop-Up Bands On Broadway,” Saturday June 4th.

For the first time in its 14-year history, the Festival, in partnership with the Orangeville Business Improvement Area and with the support of the Town of Orangeville, has proclaimed that Broadway, Orangeville’s main thoroughfare will be closed to vehicle traffic all day on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Broadway, between First and Wellington Streets, will be open to pedestrian traffic only and will serve as another venue for the Festival, with eight exciting
local bands performing from 1pm to 5pm on various “pop-up” stages along the street. Local restaurants, merchants, and other businesses will be joining in to create a special “Festival vibe” to celebrate the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival.

For the full lineup, please click here.

 

Venues

FESTIVAL STAGES

Royal LePage Main Stage

Located in Downtown Orangeville. Orangeville is located about 60 Km. north of Toronto/Mississauga. Access from the south is via Hwy. 410/Hwy 10.  From North via Hwy 10, From East/West via Hwy 9. Alexandra Park is located behind our historic Town Hall. 87 Broadway L9W 1K1
The Royal LePage Main Stage is the centre of the Festival and hosts over a dozen headline acts over three days. By donation.

For a complete listing of all Royal LePage MainStage artists, Click here.

 

Orangeville Opera House

Orangeville’s much loved Blues and Jazz Festival is growing. In addition to the free outdoor concerts and venues, this year there will be a free indoor concert series inside the Opera House. This new addition to the Festival allows the audience to catch unique acts in an intimate, soft seat venue, and will round out the weekend’s diverse musical experience.
For a complete listing of all Opera House artists, click here.

 

TD/Canada Trust Tent

Located right beside Alexandra Park in the TD Bank Parking Lot , the TD Tent offers an up close and personal experience featuring multiple artists, including some Main Stage performers, Saturday & Sunday performances.  By donation.
For a complete listing of all TD/Canada Trust Artists, click here.

 

Meridian Opening Night Gala @ The Bestern PLUS Orangeville Inn & Suites

Home of Meridian’s Opening Night Gala – 7 Buena Vista Drive, Orangeville, ON L9W 0A2
Thursday June 4 @ 6pm.
For the complete Opening Night Gala lineup, click here.

 

Clubs & Restaurants

More than 20 Clubs and Restaurants in town and throughout the Region celebrate the Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival each year by filling their stages with fantastic performers.
For the complete listing of all Cubs & Restaurants, click here.

 

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