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The 10th annual TD Niagara Jazz Festival

July 15 - July 23

The multiple award-winning TD NIAGARA JAZZ FESTIVAL is now swinging into its 10th year, and with her inspired efforts to keep jazz alive in the Niagara Region, Festival Co-Creator and Executive Artistic Producer, Juliet Dunn, has again curated stunning and innovative performance streams. She has secured programming and presented numerous fundraising events and concerts throughout the year, leading up to our 2023 July event. Once again, the inspired presentations are rife with dynamic, evocative, and cutting-edge jazz. With this thrilling programming, the TD Niagara Jazz Festival is again insuring that jazz and related music will help us to unite the world through the arts. With this in mind, and with the continued support of our generous title sponsor, TD Bank Group, the Festival is again presenting an exciting live jazz festival experience for one and all. This superb musical and cultural event will again be showcasing not only the stunning and unique environs of the Niagara Region, but also the finest in diverse, Canadian, and international jazz and world music.

The TD Niagara Jazz Festival was co-created by local jazz musicians Juliet Dunn and her late husband and musical partner, Peter Shea. Immediately, the Festival was received with excitement, kudos and international attendance. As the Festival grew, the awards rolled in, including “Best Festival in Ontario” in 2017 and “Top 100 Festivals in Ontario” in 2019, 2020 and 2023.

When the world was rocked by the ugly reality of COVID-19 in 2020, the TD Niagara Jazz Festival never stopped for a minute. With the incredible support from several generous supporting government funders, the Festival presented over 150 “Livestreamed” performances, including a memorable “Virtual Summer Mardi Gras” replete with a “Live” simulcast from New Orleans! Returning this year will be several popular performance streams, as well as the “JAZZ 4 the AGES” Youth Jazz Program and Competition – now in its 7th season.

Above all, the TD Niagara Jazz Festival is a celebration of the art form of jazz, designed to inspire, educate, and develop enthusiastic audiences for years to come, combining live jazz performances with an immersive Niagara experience of food, wine, culture and the natural wonders of the Niagara Region.

A few of the popular performance streams making their return this summer will include both ticketed and free concerts, including ‘JAZZ UNDER the STARS’, ‘JAZZ JAMS’, the popular ‘SOUL JAZZ in the VINEYARD’, ‘VIBES in the VINES’, ‘JAZZ FUSION on the ROOF’ and ‘MUSIC in the PARK’.

Other events that lead up to the forthcoming July Festival include our annual ‘The Music of a Charlie Brown Christmas’, and “Twilight Jazz & Blues Series’ in Niagara- on-the-Lake, and our ‘Twilight Jazz Series’ in St. Catharines. Following the summer festival will be our 3rd annual ‘Online EMANCIPATION DAY Celebration’, our ‘HUNGRY 4 HAMMOND’ series and our 2nd annual “JAZZ CRAWL in the Fall.

The Festival is extremely proud to present the FREE community event previously mentioned, “MUSIC in the PARK”, taking place on Saturday, July 22nd at Simcoe Park in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm. The all-day series of performances will include an eclectic array of artists performing a wide variety of jazz and world music. This family-friendly presentation will include four music stages, artisan vendors, food vendors, a wine and beer lounge, the Long & McQuade Instrument Petting Zoo, a TD Activation area, a special “KID’S ZONE”, which will include activities such as mural painting, games and a ‘JAZZOO! Petting Zoo’ and much more! VIP Seating for this event will also be available.

Some of the featured artists being presented this season include (but are not limited to) Laila Biali, Heather Bambrick, John Sherwood, Terry Clarke, Alex Pangman & Her Alley Cats, David Friedman, Ernesto Cervini’s TurboProp, Neil Swainson, Wojtek Justyna TreeOh!, Gordon Webster, Lorraine Klaasen, The PK Hummingbird Steel Orchestra, Donnybrook and The Tonewheels.