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  Halifax Jazz Festival

The TD Halifax Jazz Festival, formerly known as the Atlantic Jazz Festival, is the oldest jazz festival and largest summer festival in Atlantic Canada. Designated a Hallmark Event by the Halifax Regional Municipality, the festival attracts up to 55,000 visitors, involves 450 volunteers and employs over 350 local musicians.

The Halifax Jazz Festival (HJF), formed as JazzEast Rising is a non-profit organization created in 1987 to present the first ever Halifax Jazz Festival (formerly known as the Atlantic Jazz Festival) in Nova Scotia, Canada. Over the past 29 years, HJF has widened its horizons beyond the successful TD Halifax Jazz Festival to become involved, throughout the year, in a diverse range of musical and educational activities.

HJF's mandate runs from the promotion and presentation of soft-seat concerts and club shows to planning educational workshops (such as the renowned Creative Music Workshop). We develop opportunities for amateur musicians, established local artists and the local "jazz aristocracy". We bring renowned performers from many parts of the world to a city that doesn't always find itself naturally on the maps for touring artists.

In brief, we think jazz is important to the culture which we'd like to have, and we want to make sure that kind of culture is strong in Halifax, where we love to live.

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Joeri Coppens Joeri Coppens Written 2016-05-17 17:14:22
Wednesday July 13th, 7:00pm
St. Matthew's Church
“Can I feel you? Are you mythological?” asks Julia Holter in the opening minutes of Have You In My Wilderness, her fourth full-length album, named one of the Best of 2015 by The Guardian, Stereogum, MOJO, The Line of Best Fit, and Pitchfork, who called it “her sunniest and most accessible.” Through 10 carefully crafted ballads filled with natural imagery and potent emotion—“wandering the liminal space between the conscious and the subconscious”—Holter’s keyboard and ethereal voice tell intimate stories of relationships and the love, trust, and power issues within them. While her melodies and vocal harmonies often sound like they fell out of Laurel Canyon, the crisp percussion sounds closer to now, while the layers of strings, horns, and auxiliary sounds suggest another time entirely (the future, perhaps?). The perspective of the title track shifts to that of a man’s, who asks, as a listener might, “Tell me, why do I feel you running away?” Holter will hold you close, but she always keeps you guessing.
Halifax Jazz Festival | FESTIVALPHOTO