JULIET DUNN – Executive Director / Artistic Producer
Cosmopolitan doesn’t even begin to describe the formidable and talented Juliet Dunn. Juliet’s lineage is Jamaican/English being born in the UK before emigrating with her family to Vancouver, BC Canada. As a young woman she returned to Europe and settled in Paris, France.
It was here that she put out her first CD single and was the lead in the French film, “L’Amerloque” (The Yankee). After 13 years in France, Juliet returned to Canada and performed in for film and television productions as well as in 2 seasons with the renowned Shaw Festival Theatre. After having relocated to Ontario, Juliet formed her own jazz band (Juliet Dunn Quartet) and started to perform around the Niagara Region. Later, with her husband and musical partner Peter Shea, Juliet performed as a lead jazz vocalist all over the world in both French and English.
Today, Juliet is very active in the Niagara region; along with her husband Peter Shea, Juliet has been running the Twilight Jazz Series in Niagara for 5 years (www.twilightjazz.ca) bringing together both local and international jazz musicians. She also performs regularly in festivals and at various venues and after her 3 years as the radio host of ‘SUNRISE’ on JAZZ.FM91.1 she decided to focus her energy on the TD Niagara Jazz Festival full-time.
Juliet and Peter are proud to bring this new and exciting summer Jazz Festival to the Niagara Region featuring preeminent Canadian and internationally acclaimed jazz musicians via concerts, educational initiatives, activities and free events.
Juliet Dunn works tirelessly to keep jazz alive and it is exciting to anticipate where her energy, efforts, and talents will take her in the future. Without a doubt, Juliet Dunn is vital to the Jazz scene of Niagara and beyond.
PETER SHEA – Co-Creator / Artistic Consultant
Born and raised into an Irish/Icelandic family Peter Shea began his lifelong love affair with music surrounded by a family of musicians and music lovers. In 1995 Peter graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Jazz Performance and Composition.
Peter Shea’s extensive resume includes performing on keyboards for the hit Toronto Second City dinner theatre show “Tony and Tina’s Wedding”; touring across Canada with comedian Sean Cullen; performing for a month at the world famous Edinburgh Comedy Festival on both keyboards and drums, including several live performances on BBC Television and Radio; performing on keyboard with the Jersey Boys in Toronto; a cross-Canada tour with the famous Montreal “Just for Laughs” Road Show including the Pantages and Massy Hall theatres.
He has also had the unique privilege of performing with many great Canadian jazz artists including Phil Dwyer, Pat LaBarbera, Graham Lear, Heather Bambrick, Mike Malone, Kevin Turcotte, June Garber, Davide Direnzo, Mike Daley (Jeff Healey Band), Duncan Hopkins, Gord Sheard and more.
Along with his wife and musical partner, Juliet Dunn, Peter Shea has performed in over forty countries as a bandleader, vocalist and keyboard/piano player.
Currently, Peter and his wife Juliet run the Twilight Jazz Series in Niagara (now in its 6th year – www.twilightjazz.ca) and the duo also created and run the TD Niagara Jazz Festival. (Currently, the ‘Best New Festival’ in Ontario (2017) and in its 4th year. www.niagarajazzfestival.com)
With his long musical lineage, Peter Shea is considered one of Niagara’s eminent jazz pianist, percussionist, vocalist, composer and arranger.
MARIA MAVRIDIS – Sponsorship & Fund Development
Maria has a passion for attracting tourists to the Niagara Region. Her family has owned business in Niagara for over 30 years and still going strong! She works in the family restaurant, Corks Winebar & Eatery as the Manager, and Events Coordinator. Carrying on a promise to her late mother, she is actively involved in the community, with fundraising. “When approached by Juliet, I jumped on board without hesitation. If Juliet & Peter are behind something, I want to be with them!” Her organizational skills along with her extensive experience with events are what will drive the success of the Funding Committee to ensure that the Niagara Jazz Festival grows bigger and better annually. Maria keeps busy as Sales Manager for BlauAire Technologies, Board Member on Niagara Nursery School & CC, Sales & Sponsorship for Something-Something Productions, and Clocktower Entertainment. She is a mother of a two-year who has taught her to slow down sometimes and enjoy the beautiful region we call home, Niagara. CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
LORNA HAZEN – Sponsorship Team
Bio coming soon
Barbara Worthy is an independent creative arts producer. For two decades she produced the Bell Canada Shaw Festival Series and the Bank of Montreal Stratford Festival Series for CBC Radio, and was the writer/producer for the award- winning international series Legends and Myths of Canada’s First Nations for CBC Radio’s Ideas She has produced numerous dramas, documentaries and variety programs for CBC, BBC, ABC, RNZ, and international broadcasters worldwide. Her work in theatre includes a 20-year association with the Shaw Festival, (acting, writing, directing and founding mentor for the Shaw Theatre School). In the Niagara region, Barbara acts as a facilitator, emcee for local events, and as creative liaison for many local arts groups and organizations. She is also an instructor at both Niagara College and Brock University. She is currently producing a series of multimedia videos interpreting Canadian history.
LENORA GILBERT – Executive Liaison
Bio + Photo coming soon
AILSA WYLIE – Volunteer Coordinator
DEBBIE LEVERE – Jazz Correspondent /Volunteer Committee
Debbie Levere worked for many years in the telecommunications industry doing everything from sales and tech support to instructing and technical writing. When she decided to retire, she knew she had to live in Niagara. Debbie is now pursuing her interests in wine and music. She has worked at several local wineries and is currently at Calamus Estate Winery. On the music side she likes to attend live performances whenever possible and is a regular at the Twilight Jazz Series and jazz jams in St. Catharines. Although not a musician herself she has a lot of respect for the people who are. She has planned many live jazz events at the winery, allowing others to enjoy the music she loves. She now combines her interest in writing with her love of music by contributing articles to various media sites for the TD Niagara Jazz Festival. Sometimes she is even sipping on some wine while writing! Live, love jazz!
Bio + Photo coming soon
ABSOLUTE EVENT MANAGEMENT – Logistics and Event Planning team
NIAGARA AV SYSTEMS – Sound & Stage
Since 2009 Niagara AV Systems has become the “go to” production company for corporate, Live and Special Events. Their newly relocated shop in Niagara Falls, Ontario boasts an extensive inventory of audio, lighting, video and staging equipment. Chris Thompson and Mike Webb have been members of the TD NJF for two years going on three.
JWP (JADE WORTHY PROJECTS) – Media & Publicity
GATHERING NIAGARA – Vendor Coordinator
CHU-LING YU – Intern marketing assistant / Administrative assistant
Originally from Taipei, Taiwan. Chu-Ling holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Post Graduate Certification in Event Management at Niagara College. She has volunteered at various events including the Grape & Wine Festival and Rankin Run and Haste & Hustle. She has also interned as an exhibition helper in Taiwan. Her passion for traveling and her love for music and festivals led her to pursue her dream in this challenging and growing industry. She will bring new concepts and creativity to the table and is very excited to be a part of TD Niagara Jazz Festival.
*Chu Ling came to the festival as a 2017 Niagara College Intern.
CAROL LIAO – Intern Artist Liaison / Administrative assistant
Carol as a Brock University graduate, is currently pursuing a certificate in Event Management through Niagara College. She has working and volunteering experiences as a student assistant, club president, HR Director, Marketing Coordinator in different clubs and events. As a devoted communicator, Carol is dedicated to details and enjoys the planning process in event programming. She loves to volunteer at various events to help gain experience and learn to work in other areas of the event management field. She is very excited to join the team to work with amazing people and organize Niagara Jazz Festival!
*Carol came to the festival as a 2017 Niagara College Intern.
MACKENZIE MACKINNON-SAWATSKY – Admin and Finance Assistant / Summer Job Student
EMILY YOCHIM – Youth Liaison / Summer Job Student
MAUREEN PEETS – Social Media Strategist
Maureen Peets is the founder of Smash House, a boutique agency specializing in event, website and portrait photography and social media strategy. Maureen’s background includes working in events and marketing in the corporate world as well as working with arts organizations and artists, leading marketing, event and design projects.
CARM LENARTOWICH – Volunteer Committee
Bio coming soon
MANDI GOULD – Webmaster
MANDI GOULD – Webmaster
MANDI GOULD – Webmaster
For Mandi Gould, there’s no such thing as a day without jazz. She brings her love of jazz music to the Niagara Jazz Festival along with extensive project management, event planning, website, and social media marketing experience.
RESIDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS – Dan Brown, Cosmo Condina & Bill Beard
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS – Darlene Kertcher, Linda Woods
TECH SUPPORT + VIDEO – Trevor Lacas of Imagination Studios
VIDEO – MIKE of Movin’ Picks
RESIDENT DJ – DJ MARINKO
Jonathan Lowry, DJB
Jane Gardner, Carousel Players
Steve Solski, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre of St. Catharines
Deborah Slade, Brock University
Sara Palmieri, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre of St. Catharines
Annie Wilson, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre of St. Catharines
Carlos Robayo, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre of St. Catharines
Gay Douglas and Associates
Chris Blake, Music Niagara
Alfredo Caxaj, TD Sunfest
Filimone Mabjaia, Hamilton World Music Festival
Deanna Jones, In the Soil Arts Festival
Laurie Morrison, Niagara VegFest
Keri Cronin, Niagara VegFest
Renée Eaton, Terry Fox Foundation
Joanne Smale, Planet 3
Jason Cadieux, City of St. Catharines
Keri Cronin & Laurie Morrison, Niagara Vegfest
Clifford Brown, Passion Niagara
Jansin Ozkur, Konzelmann Winery
Mary Maida, Details by Design