Toronto East General Hospital

Toronto East General Hospital is the primary health care provider for the fastest growing area of Toronto and one of the most culturally and demographically diverse communities in Canada.  Serving over one million people in Toronto’s east end, TEGH registers over 200,000 patient visits, delivers 3,400 babies and responds to over 60,000 emergency visits annually.  TEGH launched a $200M Redevelopment Campaign that will transform community health care in East Toronto, improving access, infection control, patient comfort and introducing state of the art diagnostic and surgical technology.  To find out more about TEGH’s Campaign visit

Come strut YOUR stuff in the Beaches Jazz Tune-Up Fun Run & Walk and help the local Toronto Beach Rotary Club raise funds to support the Toronto East General Hospital Campaign.

Over the years, lots of hospital supporter volunteers have been mobilized during the Festival.  It’s been a Festival tradition!  Proceeds have been directed towards the new Maternal / Newborn and Child Health Centre.  Because it’s just never too early to start appreciating jazz, the Hospital had a room named after us in their Child Health Centre.  We wish TEGH all the best in 2014 and hope that you’ll consider supporting them in their endeavours!

Jazz Church Service

Beach United Church
140 Wineva, just north of Queen Street
Sunday, July 26, 10:30am
Jazz Worship Service with Ewen Farncombe and Julian Anderson-Bowes
Lively jazz sounds with spiritual reflections

Boot Drive

Each year Toronto’s Firefighters put on their annual Boot Drive at the Beaches International Jazz Festival to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

The firefighters give you a chance to “fill their boots” with cash and feel good in the process! Remember every dollar you provide goes towards this worthy cause.  The firefighters would like to thank you for your support.

Toronto Police 55 Division

The philosophy of the Toronto Police Service 55 Division, which services the Beach, is heavily focused on community-oriented policing.  In this regard, 55 Division has an auxiliary police program that encompasses volunteer police officers that often help with crowd control during special events like the Toronto International Beaches Jazz Festival.  These are trained civilian volunteers, outfitted in uniforms that are similar to those of full-fledged police officers, and they are trained in civilian authority and basic use of force.  Their main role is to assist with community events.  Events like the Beaches Jazz Festival that attract large crowds require a large uniformed presence to provide for safety and public confidence.  Auxiliary police officers also help to locate missing children during special events; in addition they assist with community outreach and crime prevention and play a critical role in supporting the police force.  The Festival works closely with 55 Division in planning our yearly event.  Although we have very large and enthusiastic crowds at the Festival, we rarely (if ever) have problems with crowd control or traffic management.  Our audience is re-assured by the help provided by the police, both paid and volunteers.  And as we’ve been told many times over, ours is apparently a favourite event for police officers and trained civilians to participate in.  In fact, it’s become a yearly ritual for some.

Understanding the value of community engagement, the Festival helps sponsor and support community based projects and programs identified by the 55 Division’s Community Police Liaison Committee, projects and programs such as the Toronto Police Service Scholarships and others.

Farmers Market

The Festival is contributing some of its musical talent to entertain shoppers ahead of Festival week. Join in on the fun on July 13th, 2014 and July 20th, 2014 at the Leslieville Farmers Market.

Festival Partnership with Youth Jazz Canada and Humber College

youth-jazzThe National Youth Jazz Combo and Summer Jazz Workshop Ensembles are part of Youth Jazz Canada which partners with Humber College Community Music School and others, provides exceptionally talented youth in the Greater Toronto Area with the opportunity to further their musical and artistic development through an intensive training, mentoring, performance and recording experience overseen by leading professional Canadian jazz musicians. Ten to fourteen outstanding GTA music students aged 14-18 yrs are selected through a recorded audition process. Successful candidates are identified on the basis of talent, proficiency and experience and then divided into a main profile group and a second performing group.The National Youth Jazz Combo and the Jazz Workshop Ensembles will be performing on our Youth Stage, which this season will be moving to its new location in Woodbine park.

“Jazz Up Your Windows” Contest

The Festival isn’t simply about getting people to soak up the music and the ambience.  It’s also about getting visitors to support Beach retailers, restaurants, coffee bars and other establishments, while enjoying the Festival and its entertainment at the same time.

For the month of July, all retail establishments in and around the Beach are invited to “jazz up their windows” in celebration of the Beaches International Jazz Festival.  Certificates and prizes are offered for the “best dressed windows”.

The Festival and The Beach Village BIA would like to congratulate all of the retailers who participated in the 2013 “Jazz Up Your Windows” Contest.  The following Beach businesses on Queen Street East were judged to have the best decorated windows for the Beaches International Jazz Festival.  The judges based their selection on the following three criteria: Imagination, professional execution and integration of elements of jazz/music.

And the winners are …

  1. First place: Mendocino – 2020 Queen St East
  2. Second Place: Planet X – 2227 Queen St East
  3. Third Place: Midoco – 1964 Queen St East

Honorable Mentions:

  • Gongton Design – 2116 C Queen St East
  • Seagull Classics – 1976 Queen St East
  • Beach Fish House – 1963 A Queen St East

Looking forward to having even more participants for the 2014 season!