Saturday, July 15th - Saturday, July 22nd, 2023
This year's Summer Festival features nine different events across eight Jazz-filled days in the Niagara Region! Don't miss a show with our Summer Pass, which grants free entry to ALL shows, as well as lunch at our JAZZ PICNIC on Sunday, July 16th.
Summer Festival Full Pass Price:
$269 + HST
Additional Festival Pass options
VIP Seating + Swag Bag at 2 Stellar Events!
Saturday, July 15, 2023
JAZZ under the STARS - FLAGSHIP EVENT
Jackson-Triggs Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Laila Biali & Band / John Sherwood Trio
Sunday, July 16, 2023
JAZZ PICNIC w/ catered lunch by Treadwells Cuisine
Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats
Total Value: $168
Price: $139 + HST + Fees
Price: $89 + HST + Fees
Musicians, Arts Workers, and Students SAVE 40% off all Summer Festival tickets* with Promo Code:
*Weekend and VIP Summer Fest passes not included
|Saturday, July 15, 2023||7:00 pm - 10:00 pm||JAZZ Under the STARS||Laila Biali and the John Sherwood Trio||Jackson-Triggs Winery||$69 + HST
|Sunday, July 16, 2023||1:00 pm - 4:00 pm||JAZZ PICNIC||Alex Pangman and her Alley Cats||Willowbank / The Brown Homestead||$99 + HST
|Tuesday, July 18, 2023||7:00 pm - 8:30 pm||Improv Master Class||Wojtek Justyna TreeOh!||Ridley College||FREE for students / Pay what you can or for others
|Wednesday, July 19, 2023||7:30 pm - 11:00 pm||FUSION JAZZ on the ROOFTOP||Wojtek Justyna TreeOh! and Photographers Dan Brown, Bill Beard, Jeff on Camera||Niagara Artists Centre||$29 + HST
|Thursday, July 20, 2023||1:00 pm - 2:30 pm||Vibraphone Master Class||David Friedman||Ridley College||FREE for students / Pay what you can or for others
|Thursday, July 20, 2023||7:00 pm - 10:00 pm||SOUL JAZZ in the VINEYARD||Cinnamon Jones and the Quincy Bullen Quartet||The Hare Wine Co.||$49 + HST
|Friday, July 21, 2023||7:00 pm - 10:00 pm||VIBES in the VINES||David Friedman Quartet||Henry of Pelham||$59 + HST
|Friday, July 21, 2023||9:00 pm – 1:00 am||Late Night JAZZ JAM||TBA||Mahtay Café & Lounge||FREE|
|Saturday, July 22, 2023||8:00 pm – 12:00 am||Late Night MUSIC JAM||Randy Stirtzinger Trio (TD NJF House Band) & Special guests||The Irish Harp Pub||FREE|
|Saturday, July 22, 2023||11:00 am – 7:00 pm||MUSIC in the PARK||Various Jazz and World Music Artists||Simcoe Park||FREE|
Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega and Sting. She has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents including Carnegie Hall. Her accolades include a 2019 JUNO Award for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”, “SOCAN Composer of the Year” and “Keyboardist of the Year” at Canada’s National Jazz Awards, a JUNO nomination for her studio recording Tracing Light, and a spot on DownBeat Magazine’s “Best Albums of the Year” list for her follow-up Live in Concert.
In 2015, Laila released her first album of entirely original music, House of Many Rooms – an indie-pop project featuring a star-studded lineup including the vocalist Lisa Fischer, who is featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music’s national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz.
Her latest project, a self- titled album released in January of 2018, debuted at #1 on iTunes Canada and won Laila the top prize for Jazz in the Canadian Songwriting Competition as well as a JUNO Award (Canadian GRAMMY). And while Laila continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, her unique genre- bending sound is what sets her apart as she “masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy.” (Washington Post)
JUNO Nominated jazz vocalist Alex Pangman has an instantly recognizable voice on the airwaves. Known as Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing, she’s a little bit old-time, a little bit sassy and a little bit romantic. Having established herself as a vintage song stylist over the course of many albums for Montreal’s Justin Time Records, she leads listeners through the sparkling music of the 1920s and 30s with a voice that has facets of a young Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and the Boswell Sisters. She has toured across Canada, and played in the States and abroad, opening for Willie Nelson, performing with John and Bucky Pizzarelli, recording in New Orleans, and more! She is host of Swing Set on JAZZFM91 and is also an advocate for organ transplant.
Although Alex Pangman grew up a couple of generations late to have sung with Benny Goodman, the vibrant young vocalist is proud to be known as Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing. With pipes aplenty, Pangman possesses the requisite taste, talent and the historical knowledge of an avid record collector to breathe new life into the music of the classic jazz era. A superb song stylist, Pangman has built a loyal fanbase through her acclaimed work with her stacked Alleycats. Established in 1999, this curated group of tradsters play vintage music with affection, a killer groove, and skill. USA Today wrote that they are “ebullient…Pangman and Her Alleycats party like it’s 1933.” Having honed their craft in the speakeasy atmosphere of the Reservoir Lounge in Toronto, the band truly inhabit and inject life into this era of music. It’s sure to be a fun and swinging affair when Pangman takes the stage with Grammy nominated violinist Drew Jurecka on board, backed by the rhythm section which includes Peter Hill on piano, Glenn Anderson on drums, and Chris Banks on bass. So for Pangman, what begins as a teenage obsession with Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden and The Boswell Sisters, turned into a career that has seen the Alleycats play all the major Jazz Festivals in Canada, performance with music legendary, record several studio albums, earn a JUNO nomination, and appear in America and abroad.
Behold the very essence of an unadulterated phenomenon of talent. Cinnamon Jones was designed to leave an indelible impression for all to admire. She embodies an unequaled exhibition of love and dedication for the art of music which shows through her innovative blend of genres. Her body of work reflects inspiration from gospel, Blues, Jazz, Pop, R & B, and Soul. Her ability to bring together these many influences infusing them all with a Gospel core, stunning vocal prowess, and commanding stage presence, lends to a performance that is both moving and unforgettable.
Since leaving California, Cinnamon has returned to her native State of New York. She currently resides in Rochester, NY where she’s sang commercial jingles for United Way, Pella Windows, Shear Ego (Salon/Spa), Rochester Transit System (RTS), Henderson Automotive, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Aside from her role of entertainer, Cinnamon is also a humanitarian. She continues to give benefit concerts (while soliciting local musicians) to help local and worldwide organizations such as; The Tsunami Relief Benefit held in February 2005, Alternative for Battered Women held in May 2006 and Children Awaiting Parents 2013 just to name a few. With excellent musical instincts, and the earthy voice that matches the searching sincerity of her songs, Cinnamon loses herself in the power of the music, allowing it to flow uninhibited through her voice. All you’ll need to hear is one note bellowed by this talented beauty and you’ll be caught up in the rapture that is truly a spice of Cinnamon! She recently toured in Denmark, Austria, Spain, Finland, Germany Paris and Africa with the Campbell Brothers.2014 Cinnamon Jones has created a stage play which she has produced, written and directed as well as performed call LADY OF SONG. where she pays tribute to legendary woman of music which received rave revues in 2014 Fringe Festival and 2015.
Cinnamon brings to her music, and as a reward, she was awarded “best female vocalist in the Bay area” by top star awards a consecutive 3 years in a row. She was also featured in Billboard magazine as one of the year’s “up and coming” new performers