• Thank you, Julie Hastings!

    The Guelph Jazz Festival extends heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Julie Hastings, who is retiring from her role as Director of Operations after twenty-four years with the organisation. In 1995, Julie got involved in the second year of the fledgling festival as a volunteer to help hang posters around the city, and her involvement in…

  • Welcome Karen Ng to the Guelph Jazz Festival Team

    The Guelph Jazz Festival Board is delighted to announce that it has hired Karen Ng in the newly formed position of Assistant Artistic and General Director. Karen will be working in tandem with Scott Thomson, who has been promoted to position of Artistic and General Director, on festival programming and administration. This restructuring of the…

  • Guelph Film Festival, 9 November: The Strange Sound of Happiness

    The GJF is pleased to be co-presenting Diego Pascal Panarello’s The Strange Sound of Happiness, Friday 9 November, 7:30pm, at The Church of the Apostles, 86 Glasgow Street North, as part of the 2018 Guelph Film Festival. “In this strange and beautiful film, Diego returns to Sicily, his home, after years of drifty. His dream of…

  • 2018 Festival Review: Free Jazz Collective

    Detailed review of the 2018 Guelph Jazz Festival by Connor Kurtz of the Free Jazz Collective.

  • 2018 Festival Review: Avant Music News

    Detailed review of the 2018 Guelph Jazz Festival in the Avant Music News by Irwin Block; read Part I and Part II.

  • Job Opportunity: Assistant Artistic and General Director

    The Guelph Jazz Festival will be hiring an Assistant Artistic and General Director. See the job posting, with a 3 October deadline, here. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

  • Day Five: Last Day of the 2018 Guelph Jazz Festival

    After four full days of programming, the 25th Anniversary edition of the Guelph Jazz Festival wraps up today with two thoughtful, inspiring concerts. At noon – definitely not 2pm as listed in the printed GJF program; apologies for the confusion – the Guelph Youth Music Centre (75 Cardigan St.) hosts a double-bill featuring the international improvising…

  • Day Four: Another Full Day of Fantastic Programming

    What a great day of music we have in store! It kicks off at 10:30am at Royal City Church (50 Quebec St.) with the wonderful New York bassist and multi-instrumentalist, William Parker, performing solo. In the festival’s 25th Anniversary Year, we can think of no artist who embodies the spirit of the event more than William…

  • Note: Error in printed program, Sunday 16 September concert time

    Please note that the Sunday 16 September double-bill concert at the Guelph Youth Music Centre, Hübsch Martel Zoubek & Brass Knuckle Sandwich, will start at 12pm (as listed on this website) and not at 2pm (as listed in the printed program). We apologize if this typographical error in the program causes any confusion, and look…

  • Day Three: The Friday Night Street Music Party… And Much More

    Day three of this, the 25th Anniversary Guelph Jazz Festival, sees an even greater intensification of activity and features a superb range of concerts and other events. The 8pm double-bill at Co-operators Hall, River Run Centre, presents NewYork trombonist Steve Swell’s Soul Travelers, a crack free-jazz quintet with Jemeel Moondoc, Dave Burrell, William Parker, and…