‘JAZZ 4 THE AGES’ Youth Competition

The TD Niagara Jazz Festival will be holding its “Jazz 4 the Ages” Youth Competition auditions on June 12th,  2019 in St. Catharines.

TO APPLY for our 2020 auditions:

STEP ONE:  Submit your application HERE (application is also embedded below) and make sure that a Youtube clip of your band or yourself performing is included.(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:  Semi-finalists will be contacted to pass onto round two by July 6th and will then be asked to submit another piece for the judges to review virtually. (Small admin fee applies for all finalist submissions. See rates below.)

STEP FOUR:  Audition.  If pre-selected, you will be asked to prepare 2 contrasting pieces.  One or both of them being in the jazz genre.  Originals or compositions.  The panel of judges is made up of 5-7 established Niagara jazz artists of different areas of expertise with many years of experience.  (Vocals, upright bass, drums, vibraphone, saxophone, trumpet and guitar.)

STEP FIVE:  All finalists will be contacted to schedule their performance during the FINALS either Virtually (Via Zoom) OR at a Niagara venue if possible, depending on the COVID situation (Date and Venue TBC).  All finalists will receive a cash honorarium.

STEP SIX:  All winners will be announced at the end of the day either Virtually (Via Zoom) OR at a Niagara venue if possible depending on the COVID situation (Date and Venue TBC), and will be asked their availability to perform at the 7th annual TD Niagara Jazz Festival, (Dates TBC). CLICK HERE to see last year’s winners and finalists.

STEP SEVEN: All winners and finalists will be presented with their certificate either on stage at an upcoming TD NJF event (depending on the COVID 19 situation) OR virtually by the co-creators of the TD Niagara Jazz Festival and a city councillor representing the City of St. Catharines. (Winners will also receive their cash prizes at this time.)


Participants will be asked to perform two pieces (3-5 minutes max) and soloists will have the opportunity to sit in with a professional jazz rhythm section.

Submissions are open to all jazz ensembles and soloists aged 23 and under.  Age groups are:  12 and under / 13 – 17 and 18 – 23

Submission Fees for those selected to audition are as follows: (Fees cover basic admin costs,)

  • Solo:  $15
  • 6 piece ensemble or less:  $25 for the whole band
  • 7 piece or more:  $30 for the whole band

Submission fees are to be paid in advance of the auditions via e-transfer to admin@niagarajazzfestival.com.

Registration Submit your application HERE

If you have any questions please e-mail us at youth@niagarajazzfestival.com. or call 1-844-LIV-JAZZ (548-5299)

 The TD Niagara Jazz Festival would like to thank the City of St. Catharines  for their support with this program



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