Waterloo Region is alive with the sound of music this weekend! Between Waterloo’s Jazzfest, and the ON Tour concert in Kitchener tonight, there’s great musical talent on display all weekend – and get this, it’s all FREE!

Sunlife Financial Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival

The Sunlife Financial Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.  Jazzfest brings free Jazz to the Waterloo community, with a lineup that rival’s some of the world’s best Jazz festivals. Sun Life Financial is the title sponsor of the event, which has reached it’s pivotal year of twenty-five.

Jazzfest runs from 5:00 pm until 10:00 pm tonight (July 21, 2017), 10:30 am to 10:00 pm Saturday night (July 22, 2017), and 10:30 am until 4:00 pm Sunday (July 23, 2017) at the City of Waterloo Public Square and the Waterloo City Hall parking lot. You can check out a detailed schedule on the Jazzfest website. From colorful funk orchestra Busty and the Brass to Canadian jazz superstar Matt Dusk, there’s something for everyone! Plenty of food vendors are on site, so come hungry! There are also some non-food vendors, including a Henna tattooist and a number of community organizations.

In addition to fantastic live music and great vendors, there are a number of jazz workshops, including the Youth Jazz ensemble, where young musicians aged 14-22 get workshops with experienced instructors and then perform on stage. If the day time festivities aren’t enough for you, Jazzfest has partnered up with several local restaurants to bring you “Jazz After Jazz” late into the evening.
For more information about the Sunlife Financial Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, check out their website.


To celebrate Ontario’s 150th anniversary, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport is throwing a series of concerts across the province. Tonight, at Kitchener City Hall, check out Canadian superstars Big Wreck, Glass Tiger, Crash Vegas Duo, and Featurette. The event is 100% free so that music lovers across the province will get the chance to enjoy a live, free concert featuring some of the country’s best musical talents. You can check out the full concert tour listing on the Province of Ontario website.