• Review of GJF Days 1-3 from the Free Jazz Collective

    Read Connor Kurtz’s review of days 1-3 on the Free Jazz Collective site.

  • Thanks for being part of a wonderful Festival weekend!

    The Guelph Jazz Festival team wants to thank everyone who came out to support our hugely successful five-day event. In particular, we’re grateful for the enormous contributions by the festival artists as well as our tireless, dedicated volunteers. The ever-so-sunny long weekend made for the perfect setting for so many great and inspiring performances, and…

  • Guelph Jazz Festival 2017, Day Four Preview

    A big beautiful day of music beckons! With three ticketed concerts featuring five outstanding artists and ensembles, and almost twelve hours of free programming at the Market Square Stage, there is enough music, and a wide enough range of music, to appeal to practically anyone. The ticketed events kick off at 10:30am at Co-operators Hall,…

  • Guelph Jazz Festival 2017, Day Three Preview

    With Day Three of the 2017 Guelph Jazz Festival, Friday 15 September, there is an intensification of activity (and fun!), especially as programming at the Market Square Stage, Carden Street next to City Hall, commences. Highlights include New York’s Pocket Brass Band, led by the amazing trombonist Ray Anderson, a frequent winner of the Downbeat…

  • Guelph Jazz Festival 2017, Day Two Preview

    Day Two of the Guelph Jazz Festival features a second full day of activity at the Colloquium, University of Guelph, convened by the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) including a keynote address by Prof. Eric Lewis; several panels; a live interview of festival artists John Butcher (UK), Thomas Lehn (Germany), and Matthew…

  • Guelph Jazz Festival 2017, Day One Preview

    On Day One of the 2017 Guelph Jazz Festival, new artistic director Scott Thomson reflects on Peter Brötzmann, whose solo concert – Wednesday 13 September, 8pm, Guelph Little Theatre, $10 – launches the festival’s concert program: “The first time I heard Peter Brötzmann live was in a bookshop in Rotterdam in 2000, a duo with…

  • Reminder: $10 Art Draw Tickets Available for Michael Hood’s ‘Cycles 1’

    This year’s festival promotional materials – website, posters, brochures – feature Toronto artist Michael Hood’s painting, “Cycles 1.” He has kindly donated the original painting to the festival, for which we are very grateful. Festival attendees can buy $10 Art Draw tickets at concerts at the River Run Centre and Guelph Little Theatre for a…

  • 2017 Festival Podcast #10 Now Available

    Artistic Director Scott Thomson has produced the last in a series of ten podcasts (he calls it a “trombonist’s dozen”) in which he discusses and plays the music of the superb artists and groups that are part of this year’s program. Check out this episode featuring two groups playing the Market Square Stage on 16 September: Bank…

  • Feature Article on the GJF in 5 September Mercury Tribune

    Local writer and broadcaster Vish Khanna has written an in-depth article in his ‘Guelphlandia’ column about this year’s festival in the 5 September Guelph Mercury Tribune. The piece features an interview with new Artistic Director, Scott Thomson. Read the article online.

  • Festival Tickets and Passes Still Available

    Tickets for Guelph Jazz Festival concerts, as well as Full Festival Passes and Saturday Passes are still available for next week’s event. See the full schedule here and box office information here.