That's a wrap folks! Thank you to all who attended, sponsored, participated in, and supported the 2016 Jazz Sudbury Festival!
A fantastic weekend of music, the eighth annual Jazz Sudbury Festival has come to a close. Dynamic performers had the stage rocking on both Friday and Saturday night, despite a little bit of rain. Saturday activities included the much-loved Jazz Walk as well as a new addition of free Jazz in the Park concert during the day on Saturday.
We hope all who attended this year's festival had as great a time as we did!
We always love to hear from you about the festival. We are constantly striving to improve the festival and the Jazz Sudbury experience. A short survey about the festival can be accessed
The Countdown is on! The 2016 Jazz Sudbury Festival is one week away!
Time flies when your having fun... and when you are planning a festival! We are now a week out from the jazziest weekend in Sudbury. We here at Jazz Sudbury are very excited about the festival we have planned for you this year. The Festival takes place from Sept 7th to Sept 11th. There are many options for you to take in some (or all) of the jazz we have planned for you.
Wed, Sept. 7th
Hugh Jazz at the Fromagerie
Venture over to the Fromagerie at 8:30pm for the first of our local club performances. Hugh Jazz will be performing in gypsy jazz in the Paris Le Jazz Hot style. Tickets at the door, entry is covered for those who have a Jazz Weekend Pass.
Thurs, Sept. 8th
Join us at Oscar's Grill at 8:30 for the official kick-off to the 2016 Jazz Sudbury Festival. Watch Oscar's come alive with music when special guest Elena Kapeleris performs with Sudbury's own Borealis Quartet.
Elena is a Toronto based composer, vocalist, and saxophonist. Former student of world-renowned saxophonist Pat LaBarbera, Elena will also be playing the Jazz Sudbury Festival main stage on Friday night with Mike Malone and on Saturday night as part of Rita Chiarelli's band Sweet Loretta.
Tickets are $10 at the door
Fri, Sept. 9th
Take in our Jazz Sudbury Festival main stage headliners at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Bell Park on Friday night. Headliners include:
- Jully Black
- Busty and the Bass
- Mike Malone and the Borealis Quartet with special guest Elena Kapeleris
Tickets are still availableand will be available for purchase at the gate.
Afterhours performances at the Speakeasy and Townehouse at 10pm and 11pm. The Jazz Weekend Pass includes entry to Afterhours venues.
Sat, Sept. 10th
Jazz in the Park
Enjoy a sample of the 2016 Jazz Sudbury roster on us! A free community day in Memorial Park from noon-4pm, Jazz in the Park features performances by Turbo Street Funk, Afro Madness Drum Troupe, and Sarah Craig and Sunnyside Jazz. Long and Mcquade will also be there with a musical instrument "petting zoo", instruments kids can see, play, and interact with.
Follow special guests Turbo Street Funk as they lead you on a winding musical journey through the downtown core. With stops at local venues to see headliners Rita Chiarelli, and The Lost Fingers and the local LU Jazz Combo, the Jazz Walk is a unique event not to be missed!
The Jazz Walk is ticket separately. Tickets are $50 and available throughor at the Jazz Sudbury office at 96 Larch Street, Suite 200. Limited capacity, get yours today!
Main Stage Headliners perform at Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Bell Park. Headliners include:
- Rita Chiarelli with Sweet Loretta
- The Lost Fingers
- Tia Brazda
- Emerging Artist Showcase winners Laura Swankey and Andrew Furlong
Enjoy Afterhours performance at the Speakeasy and Townehouse
Sun, Sept. 11th
Acoustic Coffeehouse Jazz
For those who just can't get enough jazz, join us at Kuppajo Espresso Bar for an Acoustic session from 10-12pm with Laura Swankey and Andrew Furlong.
Complete performer details
Jazz Sudbury and Porter Airlines Facebook Contest!
Jazz Sudbury has partnered with Porter Airlines to fly you to the Jazz Sudbury Festival! We want to make your dream Jazz weekend happen. We have two Porter vouchers up for grabs, for anywhere Porter flies, a $2500 value! And that's not all...Our prize also includes a Weekend Hotel Package for the 2016 Jazz Sudbury Festival: 2 nights at the Radisson Sudbury and two Jazz Weekend Passes!
With a prize value of $3000, this is a contest not to miss! Find us onto enter this great contest.
Full contest rules can be found
Keys to the City
Voila! This beautiful piano, painted by Johanna Westby, will in place outside of Kuppajo Espresso Bar for two weeks starting August 12th. Come out, play and enjoy this wonderful piece!
And don't forget to get your tickets for the 2016 Jazz Sudbury Festival, Sept 7-11, through Eventbrite. We are now less than a month away!
Keys to the City project launch!
We are launching a new community project August 12, at noon outside Kuppajo Espresso Bar on Larch St.
The Keys to the City is a community piano project. A piano, painted by local award-winning artist Johanna Westby, will be placed outside for all to come play, see, and enjoy. The artwork on the piano is fantastic and has been kept under wraps until its unveiling on August 12th. Come out and join in the fun!
The piano's ultimate goal is to inspire community participation in the dynamic arts and culture scene in Greater Sudbury. There are so many talented people in Sudbury and we are proud to be part of such a great City. The piano will provide the community with a new venue for telling stories and celebrating the arts.
The piano is available to be played from 7:00am-9:00pm Monday to Friday and between 9:00am-5:00pm on the weekends.
We hope our piano will inspire you to learn, share and create!
2016 Jazz Sudbury Poster Art Revealed
We are thrilled with this year's poster design by, it's fantastic! As you can see this year's Jazz Sudbury Festival is boasting an all-star lineup with Rita Chiarelli and Sweet Loretta, Jully Black, Busty and the Bass, The Lost Fingers, Tia Brazda, and Mike Malone and the Borealis Quartet with special guest Elena Kapeleris. More performer details
are also now on sale and Early Bird Festival Passes are available for $60. We hope to see you at the 2016 Jazz Sudbury Festival!
Emerging Artist Showcase Winner Crowned and 2016 Festival Lineup Released!
Jazz Sudbury's Emerging Artist Showcase on June 8th was a great success! Thank you to the many people who came out to support our talented young emerging artists. It was a tough competition, but the judges were able to come to a unanimous decision to crown the duo Laura Swankey and Andrew Furlong as the EAS winners.
Laura Swankey and Andrew Furlong travelled up for the event from Toronto. Although both originally from Western Canada, they have become active members of the Toronto music scene. Furlong is known for playing his upright and Fender electric bass in several different groups and Swankey is known for her vocal versatility, creativity and open-mindedness.
The duo's traditional style and creative original arrangements won the judges hearts, and the group plans to win your hearts as well in September when they play on the main stage at the 2016 Jazz Sudbury Festival.
The event also marked our official 2016 Festival Launch. The much-anticipated 2016 lineup reveal was made at the event. Details of all 2016 performers can be found.
Get Jazzed, Sudbury!
Lineup Reveal and Emerging Artist Showcase Finalist Soirée
June 8th - 6:30 pm @ Oscar's Grill
Get your tickets
Festival season is right around the corner and we can't wait to get
it started. Join us for an evening of live music with three great
up-and-coming bands from across the province competing for the Main
Stage at the Jazz Sudbury Festival!
To top off the evening of incredible talent, Jazz Sudbury will be announcing its most exciting lineup to date. You don't want to miss this exciting event! Hosted by the Oscar's Grill, come out and grab some food, drink, and wonderful live music. Meet the Jazz Sudbury team, our sponsors, and get the first peek at what's sure to be an incredible season.
Meet the Finalists:
LAURA SWANKEY & ANDREW FURLONG
Originally from Vancouver, BC, Laura Swankey is an eclectic and skilled improvising vocalist based out of Toronto, Canada. She completed a bachelor of jazz performance (voice) at the University of Toronto
in 2015. In August, 2015, Laura completed a 3-week residency at the Banff Centre's International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, thanks to a scholarship from the Ken Page Memorial Trust Scholarship that covered her entire tuition. Prior to her time at U of T, Laura completed two diplomas at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton: one in music composition (2012), and one in jazz and contemporary performance - voice(2011).
Laura can frequently be seen around the city sitting in with various jazz and new music ensembles. She is a natural improviser, with a passion for writing. Full of drive and desire to challenge herself and create, Laura is constantly trying to grow as an artist and musician. She is currently writing for her upcoming album in late 2016, and preparing for a European tour in February 2016 with a Danish-Canadian ensemble.
Joining her on bass is fellow U of T jazzer Andrew Furlong. Originally from Alberta, Andrew is a jazz and blues enthusiast.
Dominica, a 21-year old Sudburian, who is in her fifth-year at Laurentian University, enjoys sharing her singing talent. Dominica finds her happiness in singing and performing- she simply cannot hide her radiant smile!
Being in front of an audience is her comfort zone. God has blessed her with this gift and it is her dream to share that with the world. Last Summer, she had the opportunity to sing for more than 16,000 people and open for acts such as: Mariah Carey, Brian McKnight, Rod Stewart and Ricky Martin. Her genuine love for music has been inspired by Engelbert Humperdinck, Beyonce, The Isley Brothers, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Jennifer Lopez and the list goes on. But one of her greatest influences has been her Latin roots, which ignites her passion for rhythm and flare. Dominica aspires to share her voice with the world.
FEELIN' NOSTALGIC SEXTET
Feelin' Nostalgic Sextet is a group based out of Ottawa, Ontario, with roots in areas like Calgary, Stratford, and Sudbury. We are a group of six students from Carleton University and University of Ottawa. Our original music takes on sounds of multiple genres from more traditional to contemporary jazz.
In Ottawa, we are mainly known for hosting a biweekly jazz night at Cafe Nostalgica, a master's student pub on University of Ottawa campus. During this jazz night, we play as a backing band for many vocalists from the Ottawa area. We also put on themed shows, including Funk favourites and many others.
We are looking forward to playing in the Emerging Artist series and hope to make it to a headlining position in the Sudbury Jazz Festival. We hope you enjoy the show we have planned for you on the 8th!
Feelin' Nostalgic Sextet members:
Andrew Knox- Trumpet/ Flugelhorn
Matt Devost- Saxophone/ Clarinet
Cam Buie- Piano
William O'Neill- Guitar
Harrison Singer- Bass
Mike Giamberardino- Drums
Emerging Artist Showcase winners return for Sudbury performance
Dog Leg Dilemma - Friday, March 11th 7:00pm @ Fromagerie Elgin
Adam Smale's Tyramid - Live @ Oscar's Grill
First Time Sudbury Performance for NYC Guitar Master
Jazz Sudbury presents New York based, Sault Ste. Marie born, 7-string Fingerstyle Jazz guitarist, Adam Smale.
The Northern Ontario’s prodigal son returns with a trio, TYRAMID. The trio is one of Adam’s favorite formats. Each person has equal say in the musical conversation, sparking creativity, the ultimate “democracy,” where the musical conversations converge, sparking creativity, egging each
other on, building intensity, and creates an exciting experience for the listener. Adam will be performing mostly his newest original compositions, as well as songs from his Ropeadope Records release, Out of the Blue.
Adam's music manages to be both respectful to Jazz's illustrious past while pushing the boundaries of modern jazz into the 21st Century by bringing influences from other styles of music often creating an intriguing and unique sound.
Don't miss this performance!
Joining Adam are some of Sudbury's finest musicians:
Brian Quebec - bass
Jack Broumpton - drums
Jazz Sudbury joins National network - Jazz Festivals Canada
We're honored and excited the newest members of Jazz Festivals Canada. Check out the press releaseand check out the site at
THANK YOU SUDBURY! See you September 7-11 2016
Another tremendous year of incredible talents. We sincerely thank our staff, board of directors, volunteers, artists and our audience for our 7th annual jazz celebration.
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Jazz Sudbury Festival 2015
This year marks the 7th annual Jazz Sudbury Festival! The festival has become a fall tradition and great way to unwind after a summer of running around. Although the festival contains performances from big industry names such as Alex Cuba, Steve Hill and Diana Panton, the festival makes sure it doesn’t forget its roots and includes talent from local northern Ontario groups. At the Jazz Sudbury Festival there truly is going to be something for everyone!
This year’s festival is being held at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre and will contain food vendors, a bar and an exclusive VIP section. Guests are welcome to join the festival with their family, friends or even their co-workers, as it is an experience that is best when shared.
Join us on September 11th and 12th for an unforgettable weekend with memorable music by amazing artists!
Want to experience the festival in style?
Premium passes are currently on sale and they allow ticket holders to relax and enjoy the concert in the VIP section of the festival. The VIP lounge is a comfortable area where guests can have the same high quality experience but with a few extra perks.
Premium passes come with an Investors Group Bistro Pass that includes 3 food samplers from the delicious catered Investors Group Bistro. Along with the Bistro Pass, Premium ticket holders will receive the following as well. Exclusive access to a private bar and the Investors Group Bistro, long cruiser tables for mingling with friends and/or coworkers under the covered tents providing shelter from the elements.
Starting this year festival-goers can purchase Single Night Premium Tickets for $55.00(+HST) if they wish to only attend one night of the festival in the VIP section. However, if they would like to attend both the Friday and Saturday there are Premium VIP Jazz Passes for $80.00(+HST).
New Orleans in Downtown Sudbury
Experience a classic Jazz tradition right here in town!
Come and join the Nickel City Dixie Stompers for the 3rd annual Jazz Walk as they lead you through three great venues in downtown Sudbury on Saturday, September 12th. This is a great opportunity to get up close and possibly meet some of our great festival Headliners!
Everyone meets up at Speakeasy at 1PM where the Lu Jazz Combo will be performing their classic Jazz Hits. Then we move onto Fromagerie Elgin at 2 PM to witness the transcendent tunes of Sundar Viswanathan. Finally, at 3 PM we are lead to our last location Oscar's Grill and watch the beautiful Diana Panton sing whilst accompanied by Don Thompson on the piano.
These shows are going to be SPECTACULAR. Join us for some great talent and lots of fun! Get tickets now before you miss out on this unforgettable experience.
Come join us at the Festival!
Check out this year's Jazz Sudbury Festival lineup, and get your tickets now!
Simply click on performers (above) and see some of the great artists who will be playing at the 2015 Jazz Sudbury Festival on September 11th and 12th.