SUDBURY — The North isn’t all rock — there’s jazz, too.
And plenty of it here the weekend after Labour Day at the Jazz Sudbury Festival.
The festival collaborates with local businesses to present events at seven unique and intimate downtown venues including the Townehouse Tavern, the Alibi Room, La Fromagerie, the Laughing Buddha, Red Fang Tavern, Kuppajo Espresso Bar, and the Sudbury Theatre Centre.
Main-stage events will take place at Grace Hartman Amphitheatre, with free concerts in Downtown Sudbury and at William Bell Gazebo.
From humble beginnings on the grounds of Science North to the international acts now presented at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre, the Jazz Sudbury Festival continues to expand.
One of the enhancements included this year is the expansion of the Bourbon Street Jazzwalk!
Since 2013, the Jazzwalk has traditionally been a series of intimate performances providing local and established touring artists with an opportunity to collaborate in one of three partner establishments. Between venues, audiences were escorted by a traditional Dixieland Band. This year, the event includes a street closure on Cedar Street in Downtown Sudbury, which will be decorated and inspired by the historic and vibrant New Orleans Bourbon Street.
The event will take place on Saturday, September 7 from noon to 4:30 pm; with a free outdoor spectacle on Cedar Street until 3 p.m.
Spectators can expect an even bigger multi-instrumental jazz parade throughout Downtown Sudbury with free public access to local artisans and food vendors.
The event will feature street performances by the all-female aerial acrobats ‘The Silver Startlets’ as well as Canada’s reigning champions of feel-good horn music, the Heavyweights Brass Band, and Sudbury’s own Nickel City Dixie Stompers.
Similar to previous years, ticketed shows will be held at La Fromagerie featuring the L.U. Jazz Combo, Red Fang Tavern will feature the Shuffle Demons, a high-energy Canadian band that blends virtuosic jazz and funk, culminating with a headline performance at Sudbury Theatre Centre by Canadian saxophonist and composer, Alison Young. Jazzwalk tickets are $50, allowing ticket holders entry to all three venues. Door prices will be $15 at La Fromagerie, $15 at Red Fang Tavern, and $20 at Sudbury Theatre Centre.
They also have “exciting news” for all of our premium cocktail and martini lovers.
This year, the festival aims to curate a VIP experience for all attendees and will be re-locating the Martini Lounge to provide the most ideal vantage point for audience members and we formed a host-partnership with The Alibi Room.
The Alibi Room Martini Lounge will be onsite at the festival this year to bring you a unique collection of premium cocktails to sip on while enjoying some spectacular jazz.
Professional mixologists will be onsite creating the perfect menu for the festival with premium brands such as Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky, Luksusowa Vodka, and Hendrick’s Gin. The Alibi Room is an award-winning bar with a modern, upscale, and sophisticated take on a prohibition-era speakeasy with an extensive list of cocktails and unique spirits.
Not only will we have the talented mixologists from the Alibi Room behind the bar, but we’ll also have knowledgeable and charismatic brand ambassadors onsite representing our premium spirit brands hosting tasting events and masterclasses.
Mix two ounces of premium spirit, a splash of style, and a twist of personality, shake it up and you’ve got the Alibi Room Martini Lounge! Garnish with some smooth jazz and you’re in for the perfect evening!
The festival schedule can be found at https://www.jazzsudbury.com/schedule/
Tickets are available at La Fromagerie, Kuppajo Espresso Bar, A&J Home Hardware, Long & McQuade, Jett Landry Music, Walden Home Hardware, Val Caron Home Building Centre, Waxman Records (North Bay), and online at jazzsudbury.com
Jazz Sudbury gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Greater Sudbury, the Government of Ontario, Ontario Creates, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Canada Summer Jobs, the SOCAN Foundation, Sudbury Tourism, and the Sudbury Community Foundation.
The festival wishes to express its gratitude to Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations – a Glencore Company, PMA Canada Ltd., 50 Carleton, Downtown Sudbury, Cambrian Insurance, Wolfpack Protective Services, Long & McQuade, and Travelway Inn who, through their generosity, have helped make this event possible. Media sponsors include CBC Sudbury, Sudbury Star – Postmedia, Rewind 103.9FM – Stingray Radio, Eastlink, Le Voyageur, Le Loup, Moose FM, CKLU 96.7FM, Journal Printing, and Copy Copy Printing.
Jazz Sudbury is a charitable not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring appreciation for the colourful and diverse form of live music and by presenting the industry’s best in jazz, blues and world music through festivals, performances, and workshops.