The 7th Annual Kensington Market Jazz Festival | October 1st-2nd, 2022

The 7th Annual Kensington Market Jazz Festival Announces Return October 1 and 2, 2022

Featuring 2022 JUNO Award winners Caity Gyorgy and Will Bonness and past JUNO winners including Sammy Jackson, Allison Au and more!


The highly anticipated Kensington Market Jazz Festival (KMJF) returns this year for the 7th year of performances, boasting an incredible lineup. Since its inception, the can’t-miss festival has brought the biggest names in jazz music and up-and-coming superstars to Toronto in a series of ticketed and curated busking shows.

The KMJF will return to in-person entertainment Oct. 1-2 in Toronto’s vibrant neighbourhood of art, vintage shops and multicultural cuisine, a designated National Historic Site of Canada.

Created and helmed by award-winning jazz vocalist Molly Johnson, KMJF will kick off at Tom’s Place (190 Baldwin St), the hub of the festival’s solo piano series, hosted by Holly Nimmons. The other participating venues include Tapestry (formerly Poetry Jazz Café), Handlebar, Supermarket and Pamenar with seven shows each per day. There are also Pay-What-You-Can shows in Bellevue Square Park on Saturday and Sunday from 1-2:30pm and 4-5:30pm.

The weekend concerts run from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m. The media invite and details to the festival’s kickoff is below.

There are no advance tickets. All shows will operate in the traditional KMJF format of ‘Audience Pays Artist,’ – Cash Only – where the trusted KMJF volunteers collect a cover charge at the door. For full transparency, KMJF takes a 10% service charge to go towards festival production and the remaining 90% is given to the band leader. This format works for all as KMJF has a track record of filling venues through word-of-mouth, and extensive promotion through the festival themselves and artists working together. 100% of the proceeds from CD sales during KMJF go directly to the artist.

This year confirmed artists include Kevin Barrett & Julie Michels, Sammy Jackson, Billy Newton-Davis, Micah Barnes, Diane Leah, Heavyweights Brass Band, Amanda Martinez, Jay Douglas, Laura Fernandez, Allison Au, Elizabeth Shepherd, Michael Occhipinti, Eddie Bullen, Barbra Lica and more. The complete list of artist and venues can be found []here.

KMJF will once again after two years of virtual programming, return to in-person programming the city’s beloved Kensington Market clubs Tapestry, Handlebar, Supermarket, Pamenar and El Gordo’s (Big Band Stage).

The Kensington Market Jazz Festival is a Charitable organization, committed to presenting live music in the heart of Toronto’s heritage market neighbourhoood throughout the year and with a festival in early fall.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday, October 1st at Tom’s Place for our KMJF 2022

Opening! Please RSVP by emailing [email protected].

Eric Alper

MORE Concerts & Festivals on T.U.M.S.!

Drummer Cindy Blackman Santana Announces Solo Jazz Tour Dates for 2024
The 19th Annual Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival | March 9th, 2024
The 4th Annual Music at the Intersection in St. Louis, MO | September 14th-15th, 2024
The Sarasota Jazz Festival in Sarasota, FL. | March 17th-23rd, 2024
The 2nd Annual Crawdad Festival at CAL EXPO in Sacramento, Ca. | June 15th-16th, 2024
The Blue Note Quintet to Embark on Tour in Celebration of Blue Note’s 85th Anniversary | Kicks Off J...
ONE Musicfest Expands with "TwoGether Land Festival" in Dallas | May 25th-26th, 2024
The 1st Annual Lovin' Life Music Fest in Charlotte, NC | May 3rd-5th, 2024
The 1st Annual Riverbeat Music Festival in Memphis | May 3rd-5th, 2024
The 4th Annual Afro-Carib Festival in Miramar, FL. | February 17th, 2024
New Cruise "Chris Botti at Sea" | Inaugural Cruise Sails Feb. 8th - 15th, 2024
The 2024 Biamp Portland Jazz Festival | Feb. 16th - March 2nd, 2024
The All Stars of R&B Love Fest in Indianapolis | February 10th, 2024
The Frankie Beverly and Maze “I Wanna Thank You” Tour | Kicks Off Nov. 3rd, 2023
Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2023 | Kicks Off Nov. 24th, 2023
The 20th Annual NYC Winter Jazzfest | January 10th-18th, 2024
The 13th Annual Gasparilla Music Festival | February 16th-18th, 2024
The McDonald's 17th Annual Inspiration Celebration ® Gospel Tour | 2023
The 1st Annual OUT MUSIC FESTIVAL - The Future is Pissed! January 29th-February 4th, 2024
The O'Tis The Season Benefit Concert feat. CeeLo Green | December 9th, 2023