Monday Jan 22 2024


7:00 pm - 9:30 pm




📅DATE: Monday, January 22nd, 2024
🕑TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
🏟️VENUE: The Hare Wine Co.
🗺️ADDRESS: 769 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake
💵PRICE: $39 + HST + Fees
💵DISCOUNT:  $19 + HST + Fees - MAWS Discount 
🍕 FOOD: Charcuterie Boxes + Artisanal Pizzas are 
available for purchase on-site at venue
🚗 PARKING: Free on site

A huge thanks to Twilight Jazz & Blues (6th & 7th Edition) Series Sponsor:
Kim Schwenker of Sotheby’s International Realty 

ABOUT THE SHOW: January Blues

Once upon a time, in the city of music, Hamilton, Ontario, emerged a band that would grace the stages with the richness of soulful blues. GARNETTA CROMWELL & DaGROOVMASTERS are not just a band, but a delightful musical tale that weaves through time.
Get ready to shake off those January Blues for a great kick of to the New Year!

Presented by TD Niagara Jazz Festival in partnership with The Hare Wine Co. 


GARNETTA CROMWELL, the magnetic lead vocalist, embarked on her musical journey as a young girl in Montreal. Being the youngest of eight siblings, she was raised in an Afro-Metis household, where music became her solace.  Despite facing a hearing impairment during her childhood, that required surgical treatment, Garnetta’s passion for music remained unwavering.  She found inspiration in gospel, blues, country, reggae, and soul music, and started performing at talent contests.  Her music also served as a tribute to her mother, Marva Ann Fairfax, who used music to survive and thrive.

Garnetta later became the lead vocalist and drummer for Torornto’s first all-female reggae band, Sweet Sensation. Garnetta has performed on the same stage with Platinum/Grammy Award artists Maxi Priest, Shabba Ranks, Shaggy, Gregory Issac, Sean Kingston, and Platinum/Grammy soul legends Percy Sledge, Dorothy Moore, The Manhattans and has recently performed on stage with the King of Boogie Woogie, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne.

She performed at the 35th Annual Women’s Blues Revue held at Massey Hall, in Toronto, Ontario, with some of Canada’s top female blues singers and has since been invited back to perform at the 36th annual Women’s Blues Revue on November 17/23.  Read more…


Mark Howe, also known as “DaFunkmaster”, plays the bass.  Mark, an extraordinary bassist, has mastered the groove across genres but specializes in Blues, Soul, and Funk. He played with the Jeff Healey Band in the mid-80s and led his own band, Spectrum, until 2020 when he became a full-time bassist for GARNETTA CROMWELL & DaGROOVMASTERS.

Toshihiro Otani, the lead guitarist known as “Toshi”, was born and raised in Japan. Toshi taught himself to play guitar at the age of 12. He was part of Tokyo’s Chicago-style blues scene before moving to Canada in 2013.

Juan Arce, a Colombian-born sax player. Juan graduated from York University with an honors degree in fine arts, specializing in jazz performances. He started his musical career in 2003 working with his father at an early age. Since then, he has developed a highly versatile playing style performing, recording, and touring with several jazz, funk, and pop ensembles as well as various Latin groups and salsa orchestras. Juan has collaborated on several projects with Toronto band Shuffle Demons, and performed with several international Latin artists, including Gabriel Romero, Luis Felipe Gonzales, and Armando Hernandez, among others.

Robin Houston was born in a small Northern Ontario community. His mother was a musician and he always listened to her play the piano, which inspired him to pick up a set of drumsticks. Robin received his first drum kit when he was 8 years old. Robin played with local bands and would often sub in when needed. Robin moved to Southern Ontario in 1980 and his drums were a hobby until he joined The Whiskey Chasers, a band from the Hamilton, ON region. He continued to play with The Whiskey Chasers until he fully committed to becoming the full-time drummer for GARNETTA CROMWELL & DaGROOVMASTERS.

Food Options:

The Hare Wine Co. is offering delicious menu items to accompany your wine and jazz experience. A small cheese and charcuterie board, focaccia, as well as your choice of 12-inch artisanal pizzas. Order directly from your table server the night of the show!

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