• 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.


    June Performances

    Jong SL

    Jong SL

    Tuesday, June 12

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    Originally from South Korea, Jong is striving to reach listeners through his honest lyrics and singing. Moving to the western world at a young age, Jong has lost his identity along the way. “We often feel like we’re the only ones dealing with issues but that’s not the case. Many others share the same struggles daily. I’m using my music to reach out to them.” says Jong Drawing influences from Indie, RnB, Blues, Rock, Jazz, Acoustic, pop, Jong describes his genre as Alternative Singer-Songwriter. His previous EP Ice Cream was brighter and uplifting, but his upcoming music will be melancholy.

    Tennyson King

    Tennyson King

    Friday, June 12

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    Tennyson King is a international touring act from Canada having performed with notable Canadian acts such as Whitehorse, Sloan, Elliot Broode, and Blackie and The Rodeo Kings. He has been featured on national media platforms such as CP24, CTV, CHCH, and Rogers TV. The debut EP has been on high rotation on college, community and CBC radio stations and has charted top 10 on many regions in Canada. In 2016 he performed at festivals such as Canadian Music Week, Winter Folk Festival, Taste of Danforth, China Town Festival, was nominated for the 2016 Emerging Music Award at the Mississauga Arts Council as well as signing a distribution deal with MusicDishChina for all of China. In 2017 Tennyson King embarked on his first Australian Tour which spanned for four months – highlights include performances at Yackandandah Folk Festival, MONA and Burke & Wills Festival and performances with Paul Dempsey, Paul Woseen (Screaming Jets), Yirrmal, and Brad Marr (MASSIVE). Currently looking forward to another Australian tour to ring in 2018 followed by a tour in China in the New Year. His style of rock and roll is infused with earthy roots and blues while subtly laced in psychedelic ear candy. It’s a raw, gritty, and organic sound that makes the soul feel wild and the heart comforted.

    Lake South

    Lake South

    Saturday, June 16

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    Lake South is the critically-acclaimed project from Lake of Urbantramper, a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from Aotearoa NZ. Lake perform's live electricUTOPIA music with guitar, voice, and midi triggers. He has released his debut album 'If You're Born On An Island The Ocean Heals You' at Burdock in November 2017. His songs have been finalists for the Apra Silver Scrolls (NZ's top songwriting award) twice and he was a Critics' Choice finalist in the 2014 NZ Vodafone Music Awards.

    Justine Giles

    Justine Giles

    Tuesday, June 19

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    Justine Giles is a folk-pop singer-songwriter based in Toronto and originally from Sudbury, Ontario, with musical influences ranging from Sarah McLachlan, Sara Bareilles to Jewel. Her single “I’m Done”, (July 2017), featured by CBC Radio One, was recorded and produced by Bill Bell (Tom Cochrane, Jason Mraz). “This song serves as an empowering anthem for all.” Giles expresses. “It’s about saying goodbye and fully letting go of what no longer serves one’s health and happiness. It’s an anthem to stand up against multiple forms of abuse and taking a strong stand for self.” In the spring of 2017, Giles placed first in the regional round (Northern Ontario) and top-25 nationally in CBC’s Searchlight competition on the strength of her single, “Unspoken”. She has performed at music industry showcases, including Jazz Sudbury’s Emerging Artist Showcase (2017), toured Northern Ontario and Simcoe County (Fall & Winter 2016), and at multiple events in Montreal and Vancouver (Fall 2014 - Spring 2016) with RAW: natural born artists, an independent international arts organization. Giles is also actively supported by Canada’s Music Incubator, an organization which provides ongoing mentorship to artist entrepreneurs.

    Jane's Party

    Jane's Party

    Friday, June 22

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    Formed in 2008, Toronto-based pop-rock quartet Jane's Party - comprised of Devon Richardson, Tom Ionescu, Jeff Giles, and Zach Sutton - are fresh off Tunnel Visions, their third full-length album and most successful release to date. Lead single “Coming on Strong” garnered multiple accolades (including being named a top-100 single of 2016 by CBC), a number of the album’s other tracks appeared in film and TV, and, together with acoustic companion Tunnel reVisions, the record has earned over three million streams on Spotify. Their recent self-produced release - acclaimed cover of July Talk's “Guns + Ammunition” - saw the band in its most creative element, taking on the roles of director, producer and editor in creating the video for the song. As they gear up to play festivals like Alianait Art (Iqaluit), Liquid Arts (Hamilton), Northern Lights Boreal (Sudbury), and NXNE (Toronto), with a cross-Canada tour to follow, 2018 will see them continue to expand their reach, as they showcase their new collection of material with the soulful, energetic live shows that have become their hallmark.

    Se'lah Genesis

    Se'lah Genesis

    Saturday, June 23

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    Toronto singer-songwriter, emcee and creator; Se'lah (Say-La) Genesis, coins her sound as Urban Universal (a mixture of hip-Hop, R&B, spoken word, a cappella, freestyle and experimental sounds); drawing on a long list of musical influences such as: Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, KRS ONE, Missy Elliott, SWV, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Deborah Cox, Janet Jackson, TLC, an Tupac. In the past year, Se’lah has performed as a solo artist and in collaborations with local talent such as the BTH Band, emcee Daptable, emcee DJ Krueger, producer SLWJMZ (Freddie Gibbs, Staasia Daniels, Everything O’Shaun); and at a variety of musical events and venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Including the Burdock, Afro-Fest, Tranzac Club, Harlem Restaurant, The Cadillac Lounge, Nuit Blanche and the Scarborough Multicultural Community Festival, to name a few!

    Crescenzo DiCecco

    Crescenzo DiCecco

    Tuesday, June 26

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    Crescenzo DiCecco was born and raised in Woodbridge Ontario surrounded by friends and family and music and Cannoli’s. He is a classically trained pianist and a lover of all music; having interests in film music, electronic dance, folk, classical, jazz and more. He approaches the world with an open heart mind and belly. Never says no to something new that he hasn’t tried before and his music is a reflection of his exploration into the unknown and the practice of acceptance, love, and gratitude. He is now based in Toronto and can be found around the city playing music of all kinds.

    Countless Numbers

    Countless Numbers

    Friday, June 29

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    The song is key - and words matter. Simple rules followed by Countless Numbers. Countless Numbers play songs born yesterday and years ago. Their EP ‘Won’ was recorded at Lincoln County Social Club with Jameson Elliott (Whitehorse); mixed by John Dinsmore (NQ Arbuckle, Elliott Brood); and mastered by Fedge (Timber Timbre, Constantines). This is a collection of songs that speak from the heart. Because that’s how they were written, and that’s how they’re performed, and that’s all that matters. Countless Numbers are Cary Parker, Adrian Goudas, Tristan Melendreras, and Devin Jannetta.

    Navaye Kimia Band

    Padideh Ahrarnejad is a musician, arranger, composer, and educator. She plays and teaches tar, a plucked-string instrument central to Persian music. A graduate of the Tehran Art Music School and the Art University of Tehran, Padideh studied tar with major figures of Persian music, including Behrouz Hemati, Hossein Alizadeh, and Hooshang Zarif. She received the award for best tar player at the Fadir Music Festival in Iran several times. A member of the Iran National Music Orchestra and the Radio and Television Orchestra for 10 years, Padideh has performed around the world, bringing Persian music to countries including Switzerland, China, Kuwait, Germany, Austria, and Canada. Her compositions and arrangements have appeared on Iranian television and radio, and she was selected to write arrangement for a group of Persian Ensembles at the Rumi Festival in Oslo, Norway. She has played with the Simorg Orchestra, and was a featured soloist in the album Honarmandan Javan, organized by Hossein Alizadeh, a legendary figure in contemporary Persian Music. Since emigrating to Toronto, Canada in 2016, she has become a member of the New Canadian Global Music Orchestra, a group of elite players from different musical traditions organized by the Royal Conservatory of Music, and has performed as a soloist at the Aga Khan Museum, the “Concert for Peace” in Ottawa organized by the Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto, and played with the Barg Ensemble at the Sarv Academy of Music (North York) and with Avaye Andalib at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Arts. Ali Massoudi, Percussionist. As an experienced musician, I have been playing several percussion instruments and working with music scholars. During the time, I have had the opportunity to work with many famous musicians as well as musical ensembles and orchestras. In the following there are some of them: Cooperating with Tehran Symphony Orchestra conducted by Majid Entezami, Manouchehr Sahbai, Shahrdad Rohani, Nader Mortezapour and having a lot of concerts in Iran, France, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland.


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