‘JAZZ 4 THE AGES’ Youth Competition

The TD Niagara Jazz Festival will held its “Jazz 4 the Ages” Youth Competition  auditions on Tuesday, June 5th  at Laura Secord Secondary School in St Catharines.

The finalists for this year’s competition are:

4 Beats Behind, Agneya Chikte Quartet, Avery Cantello Band, Brian Dowd, Carolina Marhue, Chloe Rabideau, Cynthia Fay, Dawson Chamberlain, Disciples of Mountain, Elizabeth Pereira, Evan Dim, Joel Lewczynski, Matt Lagan, Michael Morabito, Sydney Bergevin

CONGRATULATIONS and see you at the FINALS at Vieni Estates!


TO APPLY for our 2019 auditions:

STEP ONE:  Submit your application HERE and make sure that a Youtube clip of your band or yourself performing is included.(Clip should be 5 min max)

STEP TWO:  Wait for the  TD Niagara Jazz Festival to confirm that they have received your submission.

STEP THREE:  Selected finalists will be contacted by the TD NJF to audition in front of a panel of judges on or before Wednesday, May 30th, 2018.  At this time you will be given  your audition time slot. The date for the auditions is Tuesday, June 5th at Laura Secord Secondary School.   (All finalists are required to pay a submission fee.  See rates below)

STEP FOUR:  Audition.  You will be asked to prepare 2 contrasting pieces.  One or both of them being in the jazz genre.  Originals or compositions. The panel of judges is made up of 5-7 established Niagara jazz artists of different areas of expertise with many years of experience.  (Vocals, upright bass, drums, vibraphone, saxophone, trumpet and guitar.)

STEP FIVE:  All finalists will be contacted to schedule their performance during the the FINALS at Vieni Estates Sparkle Fest (Date TBC).  All finalists will receive cash prizes.

STEP SIX: All winners will be announced at the end of the day at Vieni Estates Sparkle Fest on Date TBC and will be asked their availability to perform at the 5th annual TD Niagara Jazz Festival.  (Festival weekends:  July 18 – 21 and July 26 – 28)  CLICK HERE to see last year’s winners and finalists.

STEP SEVEN:  All winners and finalists will receive a complimentary ticket to the TD Niagara Jazz Festival Flagship event and will be presented with their certificate on stage at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on Friday, July 27th, 2018. (Winners will receive their cash prizes at this time)


Participants will be asked to perform two pieces (3-5 minutes max) and soloists will have the opportunity to sit in with a professional jazz rhythm section.

Submissions are open to all jazz ensembles and soloists aged 23 and under.  Age groups are:  12 and under / 13 – 17 and 18 – 23

Submission Fees for those selected to audition are as follows: (Fees cover basic admin costs,)

Solo:  $15 / 6 piece ensemble or less:  $25 for whole band / 7 piece or more:  $30 for whole band

*** To be paid on site with Cash, Cheque or Credit Card ***

Registration To register simply e-mail us at youth@niagarajazzfestival.com.

* The TD Niagara Jazz Festival would like to thank the City of St. Catharines and Laura Secord Secondary for their support with this program.




2016 Jazz 4 the Ages youth Competition Winners and Finalists


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