Halifax Jazz Festival Unveils 2022 Lineup with Andy Shauf, Tank and the Bangas, Perfume Genius

Half Moon Run, Molly Johnson, Alex Cuba, the Weather Station, Julie Doiron, Aquakultre and more will perform

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished May 26, 2022

The Halifax Jazz Festival returns to the city's waterfront for its 36th edition this summer, and organizers have continued rounding out the lineup for their 2022 edition.

Running from July 13 to 17, the festival will welcome over 50 national, international and local artists to its 2022 edition, featuring a new stage layout in the Foundation Lot, and the return of community stages across Halifax and Dartmouth, NS.

The festivities begin at the TD Main Stage on July 13, as renowned New Orleans outfit Tank and the Bangas bring their can't-miss live show to the East Coast with support from Halifax's own Aquakultre. Tank and co. recently released third album Red Balloon, while Aquakultre's Main Stage performance comes a little over a week ahead of new album Don't Trip arriving.

On July 14, the Main Stage comes alight with incendiary indie courtesy of Montreal's Half Moon Run and Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Andy Shauf, which will be followed by another impactful one-two of the Weather Station and Perfume Genius (July 15). The Saturday (July 16) Main Stage selections are Juno-winning jazz artist Molly Johnson and recent Grammy-winner Alex Cuba, while the festival's final day (July 17) will see Reeny Smith deliver a free Main Stage performance ahead of the Mellotones, who are celebrating 25 years of music-making with Adam Baldwin and more surprise guests.

The festival's 2022 edition also marks a return to St. Matthew's United Church, opening its doors to a July 12 pre-festival show by the Michael Formanek Drome Trio, who will make their debut with Were We Where We Were in June. Toronto-based pianist and composer Amanda Tosoff will then present her Juno-nominated album Earth Voices at the venue on July 13 alongside acclaimed collaborator Emilie-Claire Barlow, ahead of revered East Coast songwriter Julie Doiron taking the stage the following evening (July 14).

The series continues on the festival's third night with a performance by Snarky Puppy's Larnell Lewis and Joy Lapps (July 15) before A Tribute to Jerry Granelli rounds out the St. Matthew's Church programming July 16. Led by the late jazz drummer and Halifax Jazz Festival co-founder's son, bassist J. Granelli, the evening of music will feature faculty from the fest's Creative Music Workshop (CMW) and longtime collaborators including vocalist Jay Clayton, pianist Jamie Saft, saxophonist Dani Oore, Alan Syliboy and more. Organizers share that $5.00 of every ticket sold will be donated to the Jerry Granelli Legacy Fund.

The Halifax Jazz Festival has also lined up a pair of evening jazz performances at the Carleton, featuring Two Tenors: Joel Miller Group with Kenji Omae on July 15, and Juno-winning jazz guitarist Jocelyn Gould on July 16. Details on Community Stages, daytime and children's programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets and HJF passes are currently on sale, with further admission and programming details available via the festival's official website.

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