Some of the smartest, sweetest jazz to be heard in this city will be played on the Performing Arts Patio this weekend - and it is all free.

eventspink 100x100By Staff

August 10th, 2017



It is one of the events that those living downtown know about and make sure they get to the Performing Arts Centre early enough to get a seat.

Jazz - SROIt is the annual Jazz on the Patio – a joint effort between the Performing Arts Centre and the Burlington Downtown Business Association that is free.

Those who get there are treated to some of the smartest – sweetest jazz you are going to hear in this town.

And there is a cash bar,

And – given the way weather has played with us this summer – in the event of rain, the performance will be moved inside the venue.

Jazz BDBA event #1

Jane Bunnett

The line up this year includes:

Friday, August 11
7:00pm – 9:00pm –

 Four-time JUNO Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee soprano saxophonist/flautist Jane Bunnett brings the soul of Cuba to the hearts of Canadian music-lovers. Along with her new and exquisite all-female sextet: Maqueque.

Saturday, August 12
7:00pm – 9:00pm,

 Biali is an award-winning Canadian pianist and vocalist, who has has been garnering world-wide recognition for her music. Her accolades include SOCAN Composer of The Year, and Keyboardist of The Year at Canada’s National Jazz Awards.

Jazz BDBA #2

Amanda Martinez

Saturday, August 12
3:00pm – 5:00pm

 Amanda Martinez is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter whose music blends her unique Mexican and South African roots with flamenco soul. Her solo CDs have garnered her multiple nominations for Latin Jazz Performer of The Year.

Sunday, August 13
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Born in Scarborough, Kellylee Evans is a chameleon-like performer, whose natural charm and improvisational jazz vocal style have shined on her adventurous journey through jazz, soul, pop and hip-hop over the past decade.

Every square inch of the patio is taken up – some people sit on the sidewalk on the other side of the street to listen to the music.

It is unfortunate that Performing Arts staff have in the past taken up some of the prime space – this is a public event – not a perk for staff.

The downtown lifers know a good deal and they arrive in droves.

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