• YYZ Live

    YYZ Live, a musical celebration featuring free, live performances by local musicians, returns to Terminals 1 and 3 from June to December 2018 for the enjoyment of both passengers and the public.

  • Bringing a taste of Toronto to our passengers from around the world, this year’s lineup includes 75 incredible performances ranging from folk, pop, and indie, to RnB, rock, blues, jazz and more, by local Canadian talent.

    YYZ Live performances are free and take place weekly from 6 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.:

    • Tuesday: YYZ Live stage, Terminal 3, Departures (Post-Security)
    • Friday: YYZ Live stage, Terminal 1, International Arrivals (Pre-Security)
    • Saturday: YYZ Live stage, Terminal 1, International Arrivals (Pre-Security)

    Enjoy the performances? Share your highlights on social media using #YYZLive.


    Upcoming Performances

    Sabrina Soares

    Sabrina Soares

    Tuesday, October 2

    ssmusic.net

    In just over a year since booking herself a one-way ticket from Sydney, Australia, she has already generated a lot of buzz in the Toronto music scene. From busking the streets, to performing at notable festivals (including Kensington Jazz Festival, Indie Week, Taste of the Danforth, Winterfolk Festival), Sabrina has already accomplished what other note-worthy artists around the city would take several years to do.

    Most acclaimed yet, Sabrina was selected out of nearly 100 applicants to participate in the Honey Jam Artist Development Program. The program fosters young women in music (notable alum includes Nelly Furtado, Melanie Fiona, and Jully Black) and this year it concluded with a sold-out concert held at the Mod Club Theatre.

    Mixing sincere and relatable diary-entry style lyrics with exceptional self-taught guitar playing, Sabrina’s debut EP “Plan A” is a hooky, hip-swiveling nod to pop, jazz, country and the funky Brazilian rhythms that colour her unique heritage.

    In her own words, Sabrina describes, “This record is about breaking through the constraint of needing a backup plan to do what it is you REALLY want to do. To let go of certain thoughts or memories holding you back; to have absolutely no idea where you’re going, yet willing to go beyond comfort to experience the ‘new’. That’s the Plan A.

    Now in the process of writing for her next record, Sabrina is incorporating more sounds of R&B, influenced by artists such as Lauryn Hill, Jhené Aiko, and Drake.

    She’s only got a Plan A: she’s all in, and you will be too.

    MONOWHALES

    MONOWHALES

    Friday, October 5

    monowhales.com

    Fuelled by a passionate desire to create a sound as unapologetic and powerful as the personalities within the band, pop-infused indie rock quartet MONOWHALES have taken the experiences gained fighting their way up the ranks of Toronto’s highly competitive music scene and barrelled headlong into the creation of their new EP CONTROL FREAK. It is apparent from the opening notes of the upbeat and feisty lead-off track Take It Back that MONOWHALES have honed their already considerable ability to write songs which inhabit that rare intersection of pop and rock music where meaningful and deeply lyrical songwriting combines with pure, unbridled fun. It was back in 2016 when their breakout single “Home” (from their EP BANG) blasted the band out of relative obscurity and into the spotlight, with the song racking up over 128K streams on Spotify and the music video reaching over 1.4 million views on Facebook. “Take It Back” (the first single from Control Freak) earned the band their next step up the rock n’ roll ladder, giving them their first commercial radio airplay and peaking at #25 on the Canadian Alternative Rock Radio charts. This led to opportunities to share the stage with the likes of Coleman Hell, The Beaches, The Pack AD, and more recently direct support to Matt & Kim at the sold out Canadian Music Week kick-off party at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre. The past year has been a time of growth and evolution as bandmates, musicians, songwriters and performers for vocalist Sally Shaar, guitarist Zach Zanardo, keyboardist Holly Jamieson, and drummer Jordan Circosta. With a reputation as one of Toronto most refreshing and energetic live bands, MONOWHALES spent the better part of the last year not only developing the songs for Control Freak but augmenting their precocious energy with a layer of disciplined professionalism when it comes to how they approach their craft.

    Max Parker

    Max Parker

    Tuesday, October 9

    maxparkermusic.com

    Max Parker is a 16 year old Canadian pop rock singer and songwriter. Ever since he picked up the guitar at an early age, he knew that writing songs meant something special to him. Max began performing at intimate venues in his hometown of Toronto, Ontario. In the past couple of years, he has watched his following rapidly grow which has given him opportunities to perform at larger stages and venues including the Canadian National Exhibition, The Hard Rock Cafe, and the Union Summer Festival. After creating a buzz within the city, in 2017 Max decided he was finally ready to head to the studio to record his debut EP. After a successful pre-release of his first single "Out Of The Blue,” the song was instantly recognized by CBC's Searchlight songwriting competition out of thousands of entries earning him a spot on the country's top 12 standout artist list. Max Parker's EP (also entitled) "Out Of The Blue" is set to drop soon and will be available globally across all major streaming services.

    Aphrose

    Aphrose

    Friday, October 12

    aphrose.com

    Aphrose is a Toronto based soul singer. She released her first single, 'The Middle' (produced by Scott McCannell, Giordan Postorino & Jim JR.) in June of 2017 and 'Move On' (produced by Scott McCannell) in February 2018, and is making waves with her music amongst fans and critics alike. Her sound has been described as old meets new; Aphrose combining her powerhouse voice with her love for live instrumentation to create music that illustrates her reverence for not only soul iconoclasts like Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, but also the influence of contemporary stars like Sza and Teyana Taylor.

    Alex Leggett

    Alex Leggett

    Tuesday, October 16

    alexleggett.com

    Aphrose is a Toronto based soul singer. She released her first single, 'The Middle' (produced by Scott McCannell, Giordan Postorino & Jim JR.) in June of 2017 and 'Move On' (produced by Scott McCannell) in February 2018, and is making waves with her music amongst fans and critics alike. Her sound has been described as old meets new; Aphrose combining her powerhouse voice with her love for live instrumentation to create music that illustrates her reverence for not only soul iconoclasts like Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, but also the influence of contemporary stars like Sza and Teyana Taylor.

    Aimée Claxton

    Aimée Claxton

    Friday, October 19

    aimeebutcher.com

    Aimée Claxton and Brandon Wall are a vocal/guitar duo. Together, they infuse modern sounds into classic genres such as folk, jazz, rock and pop and use the influence of greats such as Joni Mitchell and Jim Hall in their music. Since meeting while completing their degrees in Jazz Performance program at the University of Toronto 8 years ago, they have been playing music together, both through their duo project as well as through the Aimée Claxton Group.

    City Circuits

    City Circuits

    Tuesday, October 23

    citycircuitsband.com

    The tight & bright explosiveness of emotion, melody and sincerity you hear in the music of City Circuits echoes proud & loud from the unified core of the band and their shared vision of the music they make. Bonded by brotherhood, the band is fueled by the talents & skills of David Smith (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Jonathan Smith (Drums, Vocals) Corey Biot (Lead Guitar) and Paul Rossi(Bass) quickly making a name for themselves in one of Canada’s most infamous music-scenes where they’re based in Toronto, ON. With songs that genuinely reflect their passion, heart and determination, these guys pack authenticity into their sound in a way that resonates deep within. You can hear the deep appreciation they have for the opportunity to play & make music together by the way they weave their melodies, music & words together in comforting, natural progressions that sound like they were always inside of them beforehand & just waiting to get out into the world. City Circuits are looking to take their indie-rock/alternative sound to the next-level and lead the way to a style of music that really means something to people out there. Appreciating every moment of the journey along the way.

    Rosy Cervantes

    Rosy Cervantes

    Friday, October 26

    rosycervantes.com

    Rosy is a songwriter of Mexican origin, she studied bel canto with Julio Garcia, he was a prominent Mexican professor. In 2002 she founded the musical project "La Sana Rabia", performing in different international festivals such as the Festival Cervantino (2008), Ollin Kan (2008), and the 5th. International Encounter of Blues (2011) in Mexico. And in Canada 22 Festival of Images and Words (2013), MexFest (2014 and 2015), Independence Day of Mexico (2015,2016 and 2017), Festival “Ritmo y Color” in Harbourfront Centre (2016), Union Summer 2018, City Hall Live 2018. In Colombia at the Encuentro de la Identidad y la Diversidad Cultural, 2018. Rosy acted in the short film "Canciones" filmed in Toronto in 2015 and composed the theme for it. Rosy has demonstrated an extremely exceptional dedication to the developments of cultural events in Toronto. She awarded the prize of the Xochiquetzal medal, for her outstanding efforts to eradicate domestic violence in the state of Morelos (October 2009) Mexico. As a performer and composer, her lyrics speak about the importance of empowerment, through acceptance of one´s experiences, no matter their nature. She practices as a Counsellor in psychology in Toronto. She is the co-founder of the Singing for Love project, that won a grant by the Toronto Arts Council TAC, 2016. Through this project, she is teaching children to play the ukulele, to write songs and, she encourages them to work on their self.discovering and self-expression.

    Evie Wilder

    Evie Wilder

    Tuesday, October 30

    eviewilder.com

    Evie Wilder is a Toronto based independent singer-songwriter. She uses her talents of prose and emotive singing to tell stories of her personal journey. Often her lyrics are dark, heartbreaking or promiscuous, and sometimes it's all of the above mixed together. Evie encourages her audience to embrace both the highs and lows of life by bringing them to the forefront of her music. However, she promises not to leave you digging too deep into your soul for long. Between songs, her soft yet strong spirit beams off the stage as she tells the fine details of what inspired each number. Evie can also captivate you with her fond tales of love and inspiration, but occasionally, with a subtle melancholic twist. Her debut single Blue Eyes has just released online and showcases a full-band sound, however her live performances are typically stripped back to just her and a piano, creating an intimate feeling with the audience. She has been compared to Lana Del Rey, Sarah McLachlan, Adele, and Sara Bareilles. In order to keep writing from her own experiences, she makes a mental note every day to try and live up to her own name... to live wilder.

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    YYZ Live was developed in partnership with the City of Toronto.