If your Canada Day weekend plans are still up in the air, you may want to catch 17-year-old jazz singer Nikki Yanofsky at the 2011 Toronto Jazz Festival on Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 8:30 p.m. at the Toronto Star Stage at Metro Square. Yanofsky gained international exposure by singing both the Canadian anthem and the Olympics theme song, “I Believe,” at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Yanofsky was just 12 when she started her career by performing at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2006. The Montreal native has since gone on to collaborate with jazz greats Wyclef Jean, Herbie Hancock, Colin James and Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. Opening for Yanofsky is the award-winning Robi Botos Trio, who perform on piano, bass and drums. Tickets for Nikki Yanofsky at the Toronto Jazz Festival are $45 plus tax and service charges and are available at Ticketmaster.
Toronto Star Stage at Metro Square, 221 King St. W. (between Simcoe and John Streets)