Published Jun 14, 2019The TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival is four days away from kicking off its 2019 edition, and to mark the fest's first evening, organizers have readied a slate of performances hosted at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Seven different stages will be featured throughout the museum, featuring both international talents and Canadian-bred artists. In addition to musical performances, patrons will be able to experience artists sharing their stories involving human rights, and will have access to all museum galleries during the evening performances.
Headlining the evening are acclaimed American jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, saxophone ensemble Joshua Redman Quartet, acclaimed drummer Brian Blade and his Fellowship Band, Canadian vocalist Laila Biali and celebrated songwriter/composer Beverly Glenn-Copeland.
The evening will also showcase a crop of local talent, including Erin Propp & Larry Roy, Sean Irvine Quintet, trío telfær, Civvie, Alanna Fast and Micaylee Rodyniuk.
"I'm tremendously excited for this concert. We're going to share an unprecedented concert experience with Winnipeggers, while also re-imagining the museum experience for our venerable new institution," festival artistic director Michael Falk said in a statement.
He added: "The Canadian Museum For Human Rights is a beautiful, remarkable building full of architectural metaphor and important human stories. Jazz has a long history of being at the centre of conversations around rights and responsibilities, and its voice as a beacon for a social conscience has been particularly renewed in recent years."
Tickets for the festival kickoff evening are available online or in person at the Jazz Winnipeg office (007-100 Arthur Street). General admission tickets start at $100 each, while a guaranteed seat for Buhler Hall sets can be had for $125. Standing room will be available for all patrons.
The 2019 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival is set to take place June 18 to 23 in various venues across the city. Other acts set to play the festival include Bobby McFerrin, Saul Williams, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Makaya McCraven, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine and more.