Willie Nelson And Steve Martin To Play Toronto Jazz Fest

A number of other big names in music also join the roster.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Willie Nelson, Steve Martin, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, gospel singer Mavis Staples, and blues rocker Dr. John have all been announced as performers for this summer's 27th annual Toronto Jazz Festival.

Running from June 20-29, Nelson will get the festivities started on opening night with a show at the iconic Massey Hall, while Martin has a show scheduled for June 29th at Nathan Phillips Square with his group The Steep Canyon Rangers. Other performers include Nikki Yanofsky, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and the Yeats Project.

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has become known as one of the go-to premier jazz festivals produced annually by Toronto Downtown Jazz, a Canadian registered charity. What began in 1987 as an eight-day showcase of jazz now attracts in excess of 500,000 fans annually over 10 days. Attractions include more than 350 performances with over 1,500 musicians performing at approximately 40 locations around Toronto. The heart of the Festival is now located at Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto with an impressive 1,200-seat fully-licensed Mainstage Marquee and outdoor stage, and where many of the events are offered free to the public.

For a full listing of shows or for ticket info, visit the festival's official website.

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