in lieu of Sunday Serenades

This summer, for the first time in over 25 years, we won’t gather on Mel Lastman Square to dance to the sound of the best Big Bands of Toronto and beyond. The safety of our community is of utmost importance, and we plan on returning in full ‘swing’ next year!

While the physical event won’t take place, we didn’t let that stop us from finding a way to bring the music to you. So, in lieu of this year’s festival, we’re launching a special project called Big Band Exchange and we want YOU to participate.

Big Band Exchange is a one-of-a-kind experience for you to connect with and support Toronto bands and musicians through the “exchange” of memories and stories about jazz, music, dancing, and everything in between through conversations and video podcasts! 

Participating bands include: Advocats Big Band,Jenna Marie Pinard Ensemble, Martin Loomer’s Orange Devils and Toronto All-Star Big Band.

Keep scrolling for more info on how to participate!

Date: Summer 2020

Facebook Live: August 9, 16, 23, 30

Price: Free



Big Band Exchange will take place in two parts: 

PART 1: 1-on-1 conversations

Sign up for a 1-to-1 30-minute conversation with a big band musician to chat all things music! Have a question, comment, or idea? This is a unique opportunity to connect with local talents.

The musicians are very much looking forward to talking with music lovers – that’s you! – and hearing about your favourite tunes, memories, and more. Spots are limited so sign up while you can! 

Sign Up

To book this free & fun 30-minute call, visit our booking platform 

PART 2: Facebook Video Podcasts

Every Sunday in August starting August 9th, we’re bringing the jazz directly to you! Each band will release a pre-recorded podcast on Facebook Live. Watch as these amazing performers share stories and play their favourite songs. We encourage you to tune in to listen, sing along, and dance! The podcasts will go live on NYA’s Facebook Page.

*Stay tuned for more details on specific times*

Get a taste of the bands with these playlists!

Advocats Big Band

Jenna Marie Pinard

Martin Loomer’s Orange Devils

Toronto All-Star Big Band 

Sunday Serenades Lineup 2020

Stay tuned for details! 

Sunday Serenades History

Sunday Serenades 2019

Dates: July 7, 14, 21, 28, 2019
Bands: Metro Big Band, Toronto All Star Big Band, Swing Shift Big Band, Starlight Orchestra 

Partnering Sponsor: TO Live
Community Partner: North York Seniors Centre
Funded by: Government of Canada

Sunday Serenades 2018

Dates: July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018
Bands: George Lake Big Band, GTA Swing Band, Starlight Orchestra, Metro Big Band

Partnering Sponsor: Toronto Centre for the Arts
Supporting Sponsor: Delmanor
Community Partner: North York Seniors Centre

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