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Welcome to the Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage at the JCC!

The Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center is one of Rochester‘s most exciting new performance venues. Born out of the pandemic and retained due to popularity, we have been hosting dozens of music events for the last two summers, and are excited to expand our series even more this summer.

Previous artists include Joan Osborne, Dar Williams, Livingston Taylor, Leftover Salmon, Melvin Seals and JGB, Hot Tuna, Jon Cleary, Amy Helm, The Campbell Brothers.

We also have hosted lots of local acts and local theater as well as 30+ events each year as part of the Rochester Fringe Festival.

Please check here for weather updates. Shows will go on as scheduled in the event of light rain. Any changes in the schedule will be posted here.

Upcoming Events

Rochester Fringe Festival

September 12–23, 2023

2 Stages, 9 Days, 39 Shows!

Details + tickets at rochesterfringe.com

Click to see all the shows performing at the JCC:

Know Before You Go

Since we’ll be outdoors, don’t forget your sunscreen, bug spray, visor, jacket, seat cushion, bottle of water…whatever you need to be comfortable!

Park in the main JCC lot towards the back end. The venue is just around the corner of the building, on the old tennis courts. Just follow the signs! 


Please have your tickets ready on your mobile device or printed out to be scanned at the door. Our box office will be open for door sales or to print out tickets, but we strongly encourage advance ticket purchases. 

All seats are reserved unless otherwise specified. Chairs are provided. Rows A–Q are located underneath the tent.

All seats are reserved and under cover of the tent. Chairs provided. Venue is handicapped accessible.

Concessions vary depending on event. Bottled water will be available for sale for all JCC events. Bar and snacks provided by The Hideaway for most Concert Series events. See individual event details. No outside food or drink.

Outdoor portable toilets and indoor handicapped accessible restrooms available.  

Bring the Kids!
Kids under 10 free when accompanied by an adult. Seats are not reserved for children unless you purchase one. The adjacent playground is available.

JCC is a non-smoking campus.

Weather Notice

It is our desire to begin every performance on time and complete every performance as planned, even in the event of light rainfall. In case of heavy rains, winds, or extreme weather events, we may delay the start of the show, or add brief brief breaks in the hope that the weather will clear. Announcements will be made informing audience members of “holds.”  

Events may be cancelled due to weather up to 2 hours prior. In the event of a cancellation or delay, we will contact ticket holders by email and post the notice here and on the JCC CenterStage facebook page and website. Please check these locations if you have questions. Please do not call the JCC for weather updates. If you do not receive an e-mail or see a notice online, you can assume the show will go on as scheduled. 

In the event of a cancellation, tickets will be transferred to a rescheduled performance time or you can elect to switch to other performances (subject to availability). We reserve the right to adjust the show as needed, including shortened intermissions or edited content in the event of an unexpected weather event mid-show.

Contact centerstage@jccrochester.org with any questions.
Thank You!
The Canalside Stage is made possible by a grant from Dawn Lipson. 
Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to help live events return to the JCC.

Special thanks to Hamilton Audio Visual, Hank Parker’s Tent Rentals, New Life Electronics, David Daniels, all our volunteers and JCC staff for helping to bring the Canalside Stage to life. Photos by Aaron Winters, Marc Cataldi.

2023 Concert Series Sponsors:

Concert Series Media Sponsors:​

Form 990 for year-end 6/30/2022 can be obtained by emailing mmarsh@jccrochester.org

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The JCC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization