2017 Headliners 2017-12-07T20:52:29+00:00

Heather Bambrick is a JUNO Award nominee and the recipient of countless other awards. A vocalist, voice actor, broadcaster and educator, she has collaborated with a long list of jazz artists. She’s been a featured guest on recording projects that include Peter Appleyard’s Sophisticated Ladies, and the award-winning Breithaupt Brothers’ Just Passing Through. Her solo recordings, It’s About Time, Those Were The Days, and You’ll Never Know received international airplay and critical acclaim. Heather has been awarded Canada’s National Jazz Award for Vocalist of the Year and has been an audience favourite at festivals and venues across Canada.

Award-winning Canadian pianist and vocalist, Laila Biali, has been garnering world-wide recognition at prestigious venues including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, and Carnegie Hall. She has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and recorded with Sting. Her studio recording, Tracing Light, received a JUNO nomination for Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year and her follow-up album, Live in Concert, was given an enthusiastic four-star review, named one of the Best Albums of 2013 by DownBeat Magazine. Her first album of entirely original music, House of Many Rooms, was an indie-pop project. Laila is currently working on her second studio album of original music, expanding on her unique ability to meld traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place.

Brass Transit brings together eight talented, accomplished, award-winning musicians. Their sole purpose is to pay tribute to one of the world’s greatest pop/rock groups of all time, Chicago. The group has toured North America with their flawless performances and spectacular attention to every detail of the Chicago songbook, leaving audiences in awe and on their feet! Their first CD takes top hits from the 70s and presents them a fresh approach to some of the greatest music of that era. They have also just recently scored their show for full symphony with luscious orchestral arrangements that are truly spellbinding.

A JUNO Award nominee for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, in a few short years Tanika Charles has transformed from an emerging solo artist to a commanding performer and band leader, to a staple of the Canadian soul scene. Both on stage and off, the Edmonton native presents an immutable charm, at times endearingly abrasive and honest in her vulnerabilities. Her art is inherently autobiographical. From tales of withered romance to high-octane escape, if she’s singing it, she’s lived it. Her critically acclaimed debut album, Soul Run, was nominated for a Polaris Prize. The overarching sound is classic soul.

Since first arriving on the scene in Canada at the turn of the millennium, the Souljazz Orchestra has never stopped pushing the limits of its signature sound: an explosive clash of soul, jazz and tropical styles, unleashed by blaring majestic horns, dusty vintage keyboards, and an arsenal of earthquaking percussion. The multicultural collective is back with one of its finest albums to date on its scorching new release, Under Burning Skies. Turbulent times call for strong voices and the Souljazz Orchestra’s new set packs a heavy lyrical punch, with wry observations and an urge for progressive change. Musically, the band has dusted off 80s-vintage synthesizers and early drum machines for the first time, bringing lo-fi disco, boogie and electro ouches to their trademark horn arrangements and earthy analogue sound. The result is nothing short of fascinating.

Composer and guitarist Eric St-Laurent brings his fresh and exciting quartet to the stage with magically improvised new interpretations in each performance. Afro-Cuban rhythms combined with jazz and blues elements are at the heart of the experience. The onstage interaction is replete with lyrical melodies and infectious grooves. A good dose of humour completes the picture. With its unique virtuosity, the rhythm section of Jordan O’Connor (bass), Michel DeQuevedo (percussion), and Attila Fias (piano), helps create joy, excitement… and a few other emotions that simply haven’t been named yet.

The recordings of Dan St. Marseille are heard on jazz radio stations across the globe. He has been featured regularly in publications including Downbeat, Jazztimes, Los Angeles Times, and Jazz Critic. Three of St. Marseille’s CDs have a four star ratings in the All Music Guide To Jazz; The Experts Guide To The Best Jazz Recordings. Dan has performed extensively in North America and throughout Europe. He is a Yamaha performing artist and educator, having presented workshops at major colleges and universities and maintains a regular teaching studio in southern California. Dan is accompanied by Sudbury’s Borealis Jazz Quartet featuring Brian Quebec on acoustic bass, Tony Simpkin on piano, Al Walsh on tenor saxophone and Jack Broumpton on drums.


 9:30 ~ 4:30