The fest is kicking off year 35 with a series of ticketed, livestreamed shows at Sonic Temple (the legendary Halifax recording studio that counts the likes of Matt Mays among its alumni). Among the slate? The Polaris Prize longlisted P'tit Belliveau, who's been making a name for himself at a national level with his bluegrass-backed franco-rap that's a must-listen for Radio Radio fans, plays a livestream July 14; Halifax's own bearded bard Ben Caplan takes the virtual stage July 15; Soprano superstar Measha Brueggergosman performs July 16; and a free performance from Halifax folk fave Hillsburn rounds out the opening week July 17.
Later in the month, folk-pop powerhouses Kim Harris and Jennah Barry will both be amongst a slate of ticketed online concerts streaming from the Jazz Fest staple venue St. Matthew's United Church. Free shows by the ANSMA-winning Owen O'Sound Lee and hip hop mainstay Tachichi at the end of July round out the announcement—and you can get details for all the gigs at Halifax Jazz Fest's website.