We are pleased to welcome the following Masters of Ceremony, aka. Emcees, for the 2015 TD Niagara Jazz Festival.
Flagship Event, Jacksons-Triggs
Friday, July 24th
Jaymz Bee was born in North Bay, Ontario and made a bee-line for Toronto at the age of 18. He has had a colourful career as a nightclub owner, art gallery curator, best-selling author (Cocktail Parties for Dummies) and band leader. From 1985-94 Bee was leader and vocalist for the rock-funk-jazz-circus known as Look People. After many European and North American tours, Bee moved on to form The Royal Jelly Orchestra, a band that has released eight CDs, toured North American and continues to perform at award shows, charity galas, private events, jazz festivals and theatres.
Jaymz has hosted and produced television and radio for various networks for the past two decades. He has immersed himself in all things jazz since moving to JAZZ.FM91 in 2003. He produces events for the station such as JAZZ LIVES and The Sound Of Jazz Concert Series, as well as being the creator and host of the JAZZ.FM91 Jazz Safaris.
Jaymz Bee can be heard on JAZZ.FM91 weekdays, from 7AM to 9AM on Good morning Toronto!, and Saturdays from 6PM to 8PM onJazz In The City.
Mill St. Market Stage, Market Square
Saturday, July 25th
John is a musician and actor with professional experience on stage, in film, on television and radio. He was the male narrator for The Globe and Mail’s Facts and Arguments podcasts, also the Dear Sweetheart series featuring letters home from a Canadian soldier overseas during WWI, and did voice work for a short film feature in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald’s Titanic celebrations series.
He has contributed to major art installations in Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, The Encampment installation in Ottawa’s Major’s Hill Park and was project coordinator for the public art piece, The Community Totem, in Toronto’s Cy Townsend Park. John was on the inaugural Wychwood Barns Community Association Board of Directors and continues to be active in social and developmental service sectors.
John loves radio, loves to connect with and engage with people and find out what makes them tick and how they are inspired. He loves music, and all of its diverse genres, having been introduced at an early age in a dynamically musical family.
Share your evenings from 6PM to 9PM, Monday to Friday, with John Devenish, the Dinner Jazz host on JAZZ.FM91.