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.