Monday Apr 03 2023


7:00 pm - 9:30 pm




📅 DATE: Monday, April 3rd, 2023
🕑 TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
🏟️ VENUE: The Hare Wine Co.
🗺️ ADDRESS: 769 Niagara Stone Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
💵 PRICE: $49 + HST
💵 DISCOUNT:  MAWS (Musicians/Arts Workers/Students) $19 + HST
💵 SERIES PASS:  $169 (Value of $205)
🍕 FOOD:  Cheese and Charcuterie box for $20 + HST / Artisanal Pizzas for $22 + HST  (Food options available at Check Out)
🚗 PARKING: Free on site


NEW RELEASE – SEPTOLOGY – “The Black Forest Session”: Original arrangements from some of Canada’s most acclaimed and accomplished jazz musicians in a newly formed septet collective configuration. CANADIAN JAZZ COLLECTIVE

Presented by the TD Niagara Jazz Festival in partnership with the Hare Wine Co and co-sponsored by DPLU Music.


Derrick Gardner on Trumpet
Performer, composer, and veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra and Harry Connick Jr. Big Bands, Derrick Gardner has worked with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Frank Forster, and Tony Bennet to name only a few. Recently, Derrick put together his 18-piece Big dig! Band for the recording of Still I Rise (Impact Jazz) – a powerful, explosive album released in July 2020 that spent over thirty weeks on the JazzWeek Top 50 chart. Read more.

Kirk MacDonald on Saxophone

Two-time Juno Award winner and recipient of the Toronto Music Association’s Life Time Achievement Award, saxophonist/composer Kirk MacDonald is one of the most well-established Canadian jazz musicians of his generation. With over 100 compositions spanning sixteen CDs as a leader/co-leader, Kirk has led ensembles on tours across Canada, Spain, France, England, Germany, Italy, The US, Egypt, and India. Read more.

Lorne Lofsky on Guitar

Born, raised, and based in Toronto, Canada, Lofsky’s career began when Oscar Peterson offered to produce his first record, It Could Happen To You (Pablo Records), in 1980. During the years that followed, Lofsky worked extensively in the Toronto area and toured with the likes of Pat LaBarbera, and fellow guitarist Ed Bickert. Read more.

Virginia MacDonald on Clarinet

Known for her lyrical and soulful clarinet playing, Virginia MacDonald has been described as a “powerful new voice in the Canadian scene” by Juno Award-winning bassist Mike Downes. Born and raised in Toronto, Virginia began playing clarinet at the age of seven. She has since established herself as a highly in-demand bandleader, sidewoman, and composer, and regularly performs across Toronto and Canada with different iterations of her quartet and quintet. Read more.

Brian Dickinson on Piano

Juno Award-winning pianist and composer Brian Dickinson has been a mainstay on the Canadian jazz scene for close to 40 years. His skills as a jazz pianist, composer and arranger have been heard on well over sixty recordings including over ten of his own releases as leader. As a sideman, Brian has performed and recorded with many of the greatest international players including: Jerry Bergonzi, Randy Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie ETC… Read more.

Neil Swainson on Bass

Four-time Juno Award winner & recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Toronto Musician’s Association, Neil Swainson began working with Paul Horn in 1975, for two years. He also backed up such musicians as Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, and Sonny Stitt. In 1977, Neil moved to Toronto. He became very active in the local jazz scene, playing with Canadian greats: Moe Koffman, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Peter Appleyard, and many others. Read more.

Bernd Reiter on Drums

Award-winning Austrian drummer Bernd Reiter, who studied in Graz & New York & now lives in Paris, always delivers a rock-solid beat. He has worked with many international jazz stars such as Harold Mabern, Charles Davis, Don Menza, Kirk Lightsey, Ralph Lalama, Mundell Lowe, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Grossman, Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, ETC… Read more.



The Hare Wine Co. is offering some delicious menu items to accompany your wine and jazz experience. A small cheese and charcuterie board for $20 + HST, as well as your choice of a 12-inch pizza for $22 + HST (Smoked duck, Pepperoni or Margarita.) Order in advance when you buy your tickets.
PLEASE NOTE:  (Food options available at Check Out)

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