If Aretha Franklin is on your concert bucket list, you might want to get tickets to her upcoming show at the Toronto Jazz Festival.
The Queen of Soul has said she plans to retire after the release of her next album in order to spend more time with her grandchildren before they head to college.
“I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert,” she told Detroit TV station WDIV Local 4 in February. “This is it.”
However, the 75-year-old music icon doesn’t plan to remain completely idle, adding she will do “some select things, many once a month for six months out of the year.”
Franklin performs at the Sony Centre on July 1, part of a Jazz Fest lineup that also includes shows by jazz singer/songwriter Gregory Porter, soul singer Joss Stone, soul singer Mavis Staples and jazz supergroup Hudson, which comprises drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski and guitarist John -Scofield.
Jazz Bistro and the Home Smith Bar at the Old Mill Toronto will host more intimate shows, including pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, Guido Basso, Sheila Jordan, vocalists Carol Sloane and Carol Welsman, and Heather Bambrick and the Russ Little Quartet.
Another major lineup announcement is coming soon. The Toronto Jazz Fest takes place from June 23 to July 2 at various venues. torontojazz.com.
More just announced Toronto shows
FEIST at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre Pleasure album release. Doors 8 pm, all ages. $55. -ticketmaster.ca. April 27.
P RELIEF, YOHEI SAKA, DANIEL RAW at Bambi’s doors 10 pm. $7. -eventbrite.ca. April 29.
TEDDY FANTUM at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. April 30.
CUT CONNEX Urban Music Convention and Award Show at Sheraton Hotel. cutawards.eventbrite.ca. May 6-7.
BORIS BREJCHA, JEREMY STOTT, ANN CLUE Coda doors 10 pm. $25-$30. -codatoronto.com. May 12.
BROODS at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm, all ages. $20-$25. -ticketmaster.ca. May 30.
FREDDIE GIBBS at Mod Club doors 8 pm. $28.50. ticketweb.ca. June 15.
GREEN SPACE FESTIVAL WITH ULTRA NATÉ, JOEY NEGRO, HORSE MEAT DISCO, PEPPERMENT, SASHA VELOUR, SHEA COULÉE, DJ VIBE, ISAAC ESCALANTE & more at Barbara Hall Park greenspaceto.org. June 22-25.
JENN GRANT & THE WOODEN SKY at Massey Hall doors 8 pm. $18.94-$29.50. -masseyhall.com. June 23.
CARAVAN PALACE at Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto Jazz Festival. 9 pm. $40-$45. -torontojazz.com. June 26.
EXTREME NOISE TERROR, NAPALM RAID, ABYSS at Coalition 8 pm, all ages. $15. ticketfly.com. June 27.
DAWN RICHARD at Drake Hotel doors 7 pm. $16.50. ticketweb.ca. July 15.
NEUROSIS, CONVERGE, AMENRA at Danforth Music Hall doors 6 pm. $40-$50. ticketmaster.ca. August 2.
VELD MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH FUTURE, MAJOR LAZER, TIËSTO, TORY LANEZ, MIGOS, 24HRS, A$AP FERG, 3LAU, BORGORE, CLAPTONE, FRANK WALKER, LIL UZI VERT, MADEON, NICOLE MOUDABER and more at Downsview Park gates 12 pm. $139.50-$20.50. ticketmaster.ca, veldmusicfestival.com. August 5-6.
CONOR OBERST at Danforth Music Hall doors 6:30 pm. $35.50-$49.50. ticketmaster.ca. September 13.
FATHER JOHN MISTY, WEYES BLOOD at Massey Hall doors 7 pm. $39.50-$69.50. masseyhall.com. September 18.
YES (JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN, RICK WAKEMAN) at Massey Hall doors 6:30 pm, all ages. $69.50-$99.50. ticketmaster.ca. -September 16.
SIMPLE PLAN at Danforth Music Hall doors 6 pm, all ages. $49.50-$60. ticketmaster.ca. -September 16.
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