TD Markham Jazz Festival Announces Early Lineup for 22nd Annual Event (Aug. 16-18, 2019)

The TD Markham Jazz Festival have announced their first round of artists to perform at this year’s 22nd annual event this August 16th, 17th, and 18th.

Opening Night Concert w/ Oakland Stroke
Wednesday, August 14th @ Markham Museum9350 Markham Road, Markham
Tickets via Eventbrite

The Festival kicks things off with some uptown funk for its hallmark Opening Night Concert Wednesday, August 14th at the Markham Museum; the evening will feature Oakland Stroke, the tribute band known for their 70s horn hit repertoire highlighting the likes of Tower of Power, Blood Sweat & Tears, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago and more.

Allison Au, Alison Young, BMC Organ Trio, Bywater Call, Chris Gale, George Koller and Secret Space Program, GUH, Heather Bambrick, Kollage, Lauren Falls, Low Down Brass Band, Tia Brazda, The Bright Lunch Trio, and The Worst Pop Band Ever are among the artists slated to play across the Festival’s 22nd multiple venues Friday through Sunday.

The lineup will ultimately feature more than 30 concerts across main stages and local establishments, the Festival will continue its tradition of offering free admission to outdoor concerts, complimentary shuttle bus service, art gallery tours, wine and beer gardens, and much more.

The TD Markham Jazz Festival first launched in 1998 thanks to a team of volunteers acting under the leadership and invention of local residents, Hal Hill— a well-known broadcaster, concert producer, author (Jazz Canadiana), and all-around jazz genre authority — and his wife Chris. The Festival prides itself on presenting a diverse and eclectic selection of jazz performers from Canada and around the world within a range of sub-styles, including blues, soul, Latin, fusion, world and contemporary.

Previous years have featured Internationally renowned and award-winning artists such as David Clayton-Thomas, Maceo Parker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bruce Cockburn, Jack De Keyzer, John Pizzarelli, Marc Jordan, Dr Lonnie Smith, Molly Johnson, Barbra Lica, Carol Welsman, Oliver Jones, Rob McConnell, Jeff Healey, and many more.

The 22nd TD Annual Markham Jazz Festival is this August 16 – 18, 2019 at venues throughout Markham. The Opening Night Concert is Wednesday, August 14th at the Markham Museum, 9350 Markham Road, Markham.

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The TD Markham Jazz Festival is a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to enrich cultural life in the region by bringing emerging and established jazz artists to Markham for all to enjoy. Established in 1998, the festival draws more than 25,000 residents and visitors to the streets of Unionville during the third weekend in August. Local and international artists deliver over 30 open-air performances during the weekend as well as in selected “hot spots” and at a ticketed opening-night concert. During the year, the festival hosts “Hot Spot Concerts” at selected venues in Markham. TD Canada Trust became its title sponsor in 2014.

Friday, August 16th @ the Millennium Bandstand

Fresh off her Quintet’s 2019 JUNO Award winning debut album, So Here We Are, Alison Young is a highly talented Toronto-based saxophonist, vocalist, and composer. Since moving from Ottawa to study music at the U of T, Alison has been actively sharing her energy and flair for hard-bop, soul and New Orleans funk on the Toronto jazz scene. In 2017, Alison was chosen by the CBC as one of the ‘Best 35 Canadian Jazz Artists Under 35’. Since then, she has toured with acts such as Joe Sealy, The Heillig Manoeuvre, Johnny Reid and the Shuffle Demons. Alison is currently touring across Canada with iconic pop star Corey Hart.

Friday, August 16 @ the Millennium Bandstand

LowDown Brass Band (LDB) synthesizes the gritty sounds of Chicago with the high energy street beat of New Orleans. LDB brandishes a powerful brass frontline of trumpets, trombones, and saxophones with a funky backline of drums and sousaphone. Stellar vocal harmonies, adventurous improvisation, movement and grooves serve to create LDB’s infectious and diverse sound that has something for everyone. LDB is now touring their latest release, LowDown Breaks (2018), featuring MC Billa Camp on vocals. This new record combines hip hop breaks with live soul samples and deep cut grooves.

Saturday, August 17 @ the Millennium Bandstand

Award-winning saxophonist, composer and arranger Allison Au weaves a mosaic of influences into her seamless and soulful sound steeped in jazz yet skillfully laced with elements of classical, pop, R&B, hip hop, Latin, and world music. A 2016 JUNO Award winner, Allison garnered her third JUNO Award nomination earlier this year for “Best Jazz Album of the Year: Group” with her latest release, Wander Wonder. Formed in 2009, The Allison Au Quartet has won the 2017 Montreal Jazz Festival TD Grand Prix de Jazz, the 2017 Halifax Jazz Festival Stingray Rising Star Award, and was named 2017 finalist for the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist Award.

Sunday, August 18 @ the Millennium Bandstand

Heather Bambrick is a JUNO Award nominated vocalist who has collaborated with Phil Nimmons, Fred Hirsch, Gene DiNovi, Guido Basso, Rob McConnell, Peter Appleyard, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and many more. She’s released three recordings to date, and her latest Fine State is available June 2019. You’ll recognize Heather as the award-winning host on JAZZ.FM91 and recently co-founder of JAZZCAST, an Internet-based station. Heather is also one of Canada’s top voice actors, a highly sought-after music educator, and member of the Advisory Council for Music Canada.

Sunday, August 18 @ the McKay Stage/Garden

Harnessing the sounds of southern soul, gospel and blues, highly successful and Toronto-based Bywater Call is a seven-piece band featuring raw, powerful lead vocals and soulful slide guitar. In 2018, the band was named Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Winner, and placed runner-up in the Road to Memphis competition to represent Toronto at the International Blues Challenge.

We’d like to thank Eric Alper for the media release.