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Guelph Jazz Festival

The 2009 Guelph Jazz Festival, the 16th anniversary season, will take place Thursday Sept. 9 to Sunday Sept. 13. Once again Guelph Jazz Festival will push the boundaries of creative and improvised music.

Guelph Jazz Festival is thrilled to invite you to experience public jazz. Brand new this year are the "Outstallations" - a special series of outdoor events designed to reach new audiences and present unconventional music in Guelph's public spaces. The three Outstallations are:

Three Parades - counterpoint parades of musicians converging and diverging on downtown streets

Acoustic Orienteering - a soundscape walking tour of interacting musicians and the public in city spaces

Percussion in the Park - featuring music created spontaneously by professionals and kids using found instruments and playground equipment

This year's Festival is also excited to welcome:

World Saxophone Quartet, playing Hendrix Experience (USA)

Fred Anderson, Marilyn Crispell, Hamid Drake

Milford Graves & David Murray (USA)

Inuit singer Tanya Tagaq, with Jesse Zubot and Jean Martin

The Stone Quartet (France / USA)Joëlle Léandre, Mat Maneri, Roy Campbell Jr. and Marilyn Crispell.

Canadian musicians headlining the day-long Upper Wyndham Street Jazz Tent (FREE admission) on Saturday, including Jane Bunnett (playing with Guelph's own KidsAbility Youth Ensemble), Michael Occhipinti's Sicilian Jazz Project, The Shuffle Demons, Afrobeat specialists Mr. Something Something, and closing with Odessa / Havana (a Latin/Klezmer hybrid that has won multi awards including World Music Group of 2008)

Quebec musicians, including Jean Derome, Lori Freedman, Joane Hétu, and others

Local favourites including Rebel Rhythm, The Woodchopper's Association and Jah Youssouf (the Malian kamal n'goni, or hunter's harp musician) and the aptly named Tall Boys (Kevin Breit, Matt Brubeck, and Jesse Stewart)

For our full concert line-up complete with artist bios, photos, and music clips visit The festival includes both free and ticketed concerts and events.

Tickets on sale from, July 15.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Various Artists
  • Press Release Date: Sept/ 5 -7, 2008
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