The TD Niagara Jazz Festival will holding its “Jazz for the Ages” youth competition  auditions this May  in a location TBD in St Catharines aand  Shady Acres Studio.



STEP ONE:  Submit a Youtube clip of your band or yourself performing and send it to  (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 Monday, May 29th or Tuesday, May 30th 2017.   (All finalists are required to pay a submission fee.  See rates below)

STEP FOUR:  Audition – Your audition time slot will be given to you by the TD NJF by May 15th, 2017.

STEP FIVE:  All winners will be contacted to schedule their performance during the 4th annual TD Niagara Jazz Festival.  (Festival weekend:  July 28 – 30)  CLICK HERE to see last year’s winners and finalists.

STEP SIX:  All prizes (cash + gifts) will be presented on stage at the end of each winners’ performance.


Participants will be asked to perform one piece (3-5 minutes) and soloists will sit in with a professional jazz rhythm section.  The panel of judges is made of a selection of professional jazz musicians and industry professionals.

Auditions for the selected finalists will be held at a St. Catharines Location (TBD) in late May or early June and at Shady Acres Music Studio (North end of St. Catharines)  Submissions are open to all jazz ensembles and soloists aged 23 and under.

Selected Finalists will have a chance to perform on one of the TD Niagara Jazz Festival stages during the festival weekend (July 28 – 30, 2017) and / or at the 2nd annual ‘Music of a Charlie Brown Xmas’ at the FirstOntario Performing Arts centre

Submission Fees for those selected to audition: (covers admin costs)

Solo:  $15 / 6 piece 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 ***

To register simply e-mail us at


2016 Jazz for the Ages youth Competition Winners and Finalists


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