TD Niagara Jazz Festival


TD Niagara Jazz Festival


Secret Pop-Up Location in Niagara


Monday Sep 14 2020


7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


$39 + HST



Melissa Lauren – ‘In Your Own Backyard’ Vocal Series (Part Three)

DATE:             Monday, May 11, 2020
TIME:              7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
VENUE:          Secret Pop-up Location (St. Catharines)
                        Intimate, 35-seat private venue
ADDRESS:     Revealed upon purchase of your ticket(s)
TICKETS:       $39.00 Single Show
                       $119.00 Series Pass (all 4 shows)

*All tickets are subject to 13% HST and handling fees



Toronto based singer and songwriter Melissa Lauren has smoothly made the transition from veteran swing “crooness” to songwriter. The music – her own brand of old school jazz, Do-wap and blues mixed with Indie pop inflections and sounds; very much a product of her early musical training meeting her adult musical encounters.

Her latest project, “The Little Ones” is an audience crafted collection of songs. Curated after a series of house concerts and a Canadian Tour, the repertoire or “playlist” consists of the songs that resonated most with listeners.

“The shows were intimate enough that I could talk to people after, even during. Three sets of jazz, blues and folky pop were whittled down to ten songs, to be eventually recorded as an album.”

Songs include the gentle pop groove of “The Little Ones” a dedication to her three-year-old daughter in which she addresses her future loves, as well as danceable blues paired best with electric effects, and a torch song and Willie Nelson cover. The (unreleased) folk/pop “Eyes Open” was awarded runner up in the North American Song and Lyric Competition.   Pairing with her husband, guitarist Nathan Hiltz, the live show is charming, and calls people from all walks of life to trust their hearts to Lauren’s frank yet soothing word puzzles, and Hiltz’ deep grounding in rich harmony and supportive groove.  The touring format includes bass and drums for larger stages and festivals.

As a teen, Melissa got a strong start touring and performing across North America with The Toronto All Star Big Band.  She spent her early adulthood finding her sound and paving her way in the Canadian music scene as a songwriter, performer, and musical director. Melissa has performed at local and international music festivals and series, including the Halifax Jazz Festival, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival and Oakville International Jazz Festival as well as Canadian Music Week, North By North East Festival, Kensington Market Jazz Festival, Sudbury Jazz Fastival, Toronto Harbourfront Music Series, the Home Smith jazz series, and has had residencies in Toronto at places such as the Rex and the Cameron House. Summer of 2018 saw her a nomination for best artist at the Halifax International Jazz Festival’s Stingray Music Competition. While touring Canada has become a constant in her touring life, Melissa was thrilled to debut in Europe this Spring with shows in Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands and Poland.

Melissa’s sophomore album, “Your Mess” was released to great charting and review across Canada. The first single released in Canada, “Send Them Away,” was song of the week on CBC radio in Toronto, and nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award.

In addition to her own music, Melissa has been lending her voice to studio work in the electronic music scene. She has sung on five of producer/writer Hibernate’s recently released tracks, one of which was the opening track one of seminal pioneer trance DJ Paul Oakenfold’s compilation albums, released under Perfecto Records.


6:00 pm    Doors
7:00 pm    Opening Act:  TBA
7:20 pm    Feature Act, First Set
8:10 pm    Break
8:30 pm    Feature Act, Second Set
9:30 pm    End of Show


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The TD Niagara Jazz Festival is pleased to present this 4-part series featuring some of Canada’s finest vocalists.

The series will be presented in a 35-seat intimate setting at a private studio located in the North end of St. Catharines (close to Niagara-on-the-Lake).

For privacy reasons, the secret location is only revealed upon purchase of tickets or passes. Please note that the location is fully accessible. There will be a cash bar on-site and complimentary light fare will be served.

Doors open at 6:00 pm. All shows are from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm and include an opening act and a refreshment break.


PART ONE: Monday, August 3, 2020 Jeffery Arthur Trio (TBC)
PART TWO: Monday, August 17, 2020 John Neudorf Trio – (TBC) Swing into Summer
PART THREE: Monday, September 14, 2020 Melissa Lauren
PART FOUR: Monday, September 14, 2020 Christopher Platt and Angela Turone – Sounds of Brazil

*For single tickets click on artists’ names.*