As a result of the pandemic, we’ve been starved for arts and culture! If you’re like me, you used some of your downtime over the past two years to read some of those books on your bedroom nightstand. Thankfully, many of the best Toronto music festivals are returning in summer 2022 so it’s time to get your groove on again! I hope you get a chance to check out some of these summer music festivals in Toronto:
The TD Toronto Jazz Fest returns from June 24, 2022 to July 3, 2022 with 10 days of free outdoor music programming. Opening weekend celebrations take place at the TD Main Stage at Avenue Rd and Bloor and include the following free performances:
The New Power Generation: Featuring The Music Of Prince – Sunday, June 26, 2022, 8:45 p.m.
Savannah Ré – Saturday, June 25, 2022, 7:15 p.m.
Amber Mark – Saturday, June 25, 2022, 8:45 p.m.
TOBi – Sunday, June 26, 2022, 7:15 p.m.
Junia-T – Saturday, June 25, 2022, 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
The music then continues until July 3 with an incredible variety of free, outdoor programming including vocalist Kellylee Evans, the Hilario Duran Big Band and more.
In 2022, there will be two new stages offering free performances at The OLG Grove at Victoria University at University of Toronto campus.
Ticketed events include the following performances. Tickets can be purchased online:
Smokey Robinson – Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 8 p.m. at Meridian Hall, 1 Front St. E. Tickets $200, $150, $125, $100, $75 and service charge
Les Filles de Illighadad – Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 8 p.m. at Longboat Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Tickets $29.50 Advance; $34.50 Door
Michael Kaeshammer – Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 8 p.m. at Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. Tickets $85, $60, $45 and service charge
GoGo Penguin – Friday, July 1, 2022, 8 p.m. at Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. Tickets $35+
Gregory Porter – Thursday, June 30, 2022, 8 p.m. at Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. Sold out
The Beaches Jazz Festival returns from July 2-24, 2022 after a hiatus due to the pandemic. There will be free performances on the TD Main Stage (July 15-17, 2022), during the OLG Weekend Series (July 22-24, 2022), at the Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside (July 8-10, 2022), at Salsa on the Beach and during Streetfest (July 21-23, 2022).
Queen Street East from Woodbine Avenue to Beech Avenue will be closed to traffic during Streetfest. Enjoy live bands, food trucks and shop from local vendors during Streetfest every night from July 21-23, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
TD Main Stage Woodbine Park
Friday July 15, 2022
7 p.m. Rice & Mango
9 p.m. Brass Transit (The Musical Legacy of Chicago)
Saturday July 16, 2022
3 p.m. Maya Kiltron
5 p.m. Johnny Rawls & The Maple Blues Band
7 p.m. My Son the Hurricane
9 p.m. Everyday People: A Tribute to Sly and the Family Stone
Sunday July 17, 2022
2 p.m. Owen Barney
3:30 p.m. Tica Holiday
5 p.m. Johannes Linstead
6:30 p.m. KC Roberts & the Live Revolution
OLG Weekend Series at Woodbine Park
Friday July 22, 2022
Performing from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday Night Vibes presented by The Main Ingredient and supported by Hot Stepper
Paul E Lopes
20 Year Anniversary of WhatNaut? featuring The WhatNaut Band (Wade O Brown & friends)
Carlos & Pedro (Hot Stepper)
Dave Campbell & Kwame
Mike Tull & Jason Palma
The Return feat. FlyLadyDi
DJ Mensa & Agile (The Main Ingredient)
hosted by Wan (The Main ingredient)
Saturday July 23, 2022
Performing from 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.:
Presented by NuFunk & United Soul and supported by Do Funk DJs:
Starting From Scratch (Sweet Tears)
DJ Greg Wilson (Electro Funk Roots UK)
Jojo Flores (Got Soul, MTL)
DJ Yogi (United Soul, Groove Institute)
Jason Palma (Higher Ground Radio)
Fairy J (live vocalis)
Iced Misto (Funky Facilitators and T.O. Hustle Sessions)
John Kong (Do Right Music)
Jay NuFunk (Make it Funky)
hosted by Jay NuFunk
Sunday July 24, 2022
1:30 p.m. – The Mooks
3 p.m. – Bywater Call
5 p.m. – The Shuffle Demons
6:30 p.m. – The Larnell Lewis Band & The Joy Lapps Project
The VELD Music Festival returns to Downsview Park in 2022. The festival showcases electronic dance music and hip-hop on the Civic holiday weekend from Friday, July 29, 2022 to July 31, 2022. Musical acts appearing include:
Friday, July 29, 2022
The Chainsmokers, Porter Robinson, Waves, Wax Motif, Tchami, Zomboy, Atliens, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Frank Walker and more.
Saturday, July 30, 2022
Armin van Buren, Marshmello, City Girls, Hulk Gang, Chris Lake, Valentino Khan, Cheyenne Giles, John Summit, Meduza, Manila Grey, Cosmic Gate, DVBBS, Sonny Fodera, Wreckno, Nghtmre and more.
Sunday, July 31, 2022
Alesso, Martin Garrix, Polo G, Camelphat, Dom Dolla, Drezo, Coi Leroy, Jauz, Imanbek, Morray, Nardo Wick, Kshmr, Vintage Culture, Bipolur, Liam Keery, Will Clarke, Scotty Scratch and more.
Tickets for the VELD Music Festival 2022 are Friday, July 29, 2022, $145 plus fee; Saturday, July 30, 2022, $185 plus fee; Sunday, July 31, 2022, $165 plus fee.3-Day General Admission is $299 plus fee; VIP General Admission is $389 plus fee.
Downsview Park is located at 70 Canuck Avenue.
I hope you get a chance to check out some of these summer music festivals in Toronto 2022. Let me know in the comment section what you thought of them!
You might be interested in reading, “Food Festivals in Toronto in Summer 2022“.