“There are few jazz festivals in this country that stand out from the other. Usually because of the people and the venues/surroundings. The Niagara Jazz Festival is one of them. I had a fantastic time performing and getting to know the people from the festival. Thanks to everyone there for treating me and my band so well.” – Michael Kaeshammer

“Everyone involved deserves to take a bow… TOAST…  one of Ontario’s great jazz festivals!”  – Jaymz Bee – Jazz.FM 91

“Loved Simcoe Park- seeing people dancing and children getting into it. Vendors, food, scenery- it was perfect!
Seeing this park get used for this seemed like this is what it was made for. Music, joy, friends and family gathering.” – Anonymous

“Loved the mix of well known and not so well known performers – Michael Kaeshammer, Barbara Lica, Gigi were our favorites!” – Rick S

“So very well organized, was fantastic!” – Fabienne A

“We LOVED the Market Square set we saw on the Saturday night, thank you again so much. 🙂 ” – Harry W

“Favourite was the learning about how Jazz is constructed. I appreciate it so much more now.” – Virginia C

“An amazing night: intimate, relaxed and entertaining music appreciation. Congratulations! Looking forward to more . . .”  Wendy L

“I really liked the variety of musicians playing – from young high school groups to exceptional artists like John Sherwood.” – Jane G

“Jazz has always been a big part of my life as you know, and I feel so lucky to know you and Peter and to experience the magnificent transformation you’ve brought to our region.” Ron C

“We live in Brampton, Ontario, and attended the 1st NOTL Jazz Festival organized by Juliet Dunn and Peter Shea in 2014. We enjoyed it so much that we returned in 2015 and were not disappointed. We love visiting NOTL, it is one of the most beautiful places in this province, we were at the Charles Inn both times, had a wonderful stay and have already booked to attend the 2016 Festival end of July. The 130 Kilometres we travel is so worth the trip, it is an annual vacation we look forward to. The musicians featured are some of the finest, and that is incredibly refreshing when there is a tendency for jazz festivals to stretch what is meant by “Jazz” in their selection of artists. Juliet and Peter have stayed true to the genre and we appreciate that. They are also two lovely people who go out of their way to make sure everyone who attends has a great time.” – A&S Jayatilleke (Brampton)

“Went there for the First Time this past Summer and we received 5 Star Treatment. We bought a package with a one night stay at the White Oaks hotel. Upon arriving we received our Swag bags full of Goodies with coupons for the outlet stores, dinner for two, free drinks, wine tasting tickets for a few of the Best Wineries. The Dixie Land Band Brunch on Sunday was absolutely Incredible, Great Buffet Food, Free Mimosa and incredible Music. We were so wowed with the experience, listened to some of the most beautiful talented musicians. We have decided to make this an Annual Event, except next time we will make it a Full weekend and will be taking a couple of friends along. This is one of those Festivals that you will be Wowed even if you are not that into Jazz.” – Adriana L (Toronto)

Year 1:

“You and your team have made a huge impact and the future of Jazz in Niagara is in great hands.”
David Drosky – Former Manager, TD Commercial Banking

“I have attended Toronto, Montreal, Monterrey and I enjoyed NOTL the most. The selection of artists was outstanding, there was not a single bad act. The festival was true to showcasing great jazz and the venues were perfect. Hats off to Juliet Dunn and her team for being able to put this together within a short time and with limited resources. I hope the festival will receive the support from the city, because it is truly deserving and jazz lovers can have an opportunity to visit beautiful NOTL and enjoy great jazz at the same time.” – Amala Jayatilleke (Brampton)

“The Niagara Jazz Festival is another dimension to draw visitors to the Niagara region. The area already has , Theatre , Film and Wine…this fills a VOID that completes the visitor experience.” – Paul Moyle (Mississauga)

“I can see it only getting bigger and better.” – Loretta Pietobon (NOTL)

“What I thought was great about the Festival, apart from the excellent quality of the music, was that the audience was really mixed in terms of age and backgrounds. It is the first event that I have attended in this area where the average age of attendees was not 60+ (not that there is anything wrong with 60+! I myself am in that category, but it is nice to see a really diverse audience). Loved the cool vibe, as did my 23-year-old son.” – Anonymous

“The performers were well selected and all venues proved to be very successful. Extremely well thought out.” – Joan King (Queenston)

“Loved the performers on Sat night at Jackson Triggs. Also liked the fact that there was free entertainment and food trucks on Sat afternoon.” – Rosalie Cheriton (NOTL)

“Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers and especially the organizers for their never ending time list to do and their vision.” – Francine Legault (St. Catharines)

“Really well done, especially for its first year.” – Kim (NOTL)


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