Canadian Jazz Festival

JazzYYC brings together top Canadian jazz artists for fall fest

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Back with its Canadian focused fall festival, join JazzYYC for a lineup of exciting collaborations and all-ages events including a free jazz walk featuring local musicians.

Bringing some of Canada’s brightest jazz stars to Calgary for a celebration of music, the festival include a performance from the highly acclaimed Montréal Guitare Trio. Rounded out by JUNO nominee Barbra Lica, unique modern jazz inspired by six Canadian Indigenous cultural areas, an acclaimed female trumpeter based in New York, and more, the festival even has a number of workshops to check out.

With a such great lineup, it can be hard to choose. Here are our not-to-be-missed picks for this year’s festival:

Harry Vetro’s Northern Ranger

November 8, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Ironwood Stage & Grill (1229 9th Ave. SE)
$25 – $35

A Toronto-based modern sextet led by musician and composer Harry Vetro, the band features JUNO Award winners, prominent Canadian artists, and emerging musicians that are University of Toronto faculty, alumni, or students.

Montréal Guitare Trio

November 9, 2018, 8:00 – 10:00pm
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE)
$35 – $45

Described by the CBC as the hottest guitar ensemble in Canada, MG3 has quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with. Headlining the festival as part of JazzYYC’s Illuminate Series, you won’t want to miss this one.

Morgan Childs Quartet & Late Night Jam Session

November 9, 2018, 10:00 – 11:55pm
Ironwood Stage & Grill (1229 9th Ave. SE)
$5 – $15

A one-set concert followed by a late-night jam session, jammers get in free to hear the Morgan Childs Quartet featuring three of Canada’s top players.

Allison Lynch

November 10, 2018, 9:00 – 11:30pm
Lolita’s Lounge (1413 9th Ave. SE)
$15 – $25

With an eye to the golden age of jazz and a finger on the pulse of the modern singer-songwriter aesthetic, Allison Lynch creates a singular compositional voice that transcends era through a deliberate mix of the modern and the classic.

Jazz Walk

November 11, 2018, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Throughout Inglewood & the Music Mile

Presented by TD and Inglewood BIA, this free, family-friendly event takes participants to various venues throughout Inglewood and the Music Mile. A guided tour of all the afternoon’s music with ArtWalk With Art, venues include the New Central Library, Art on 9th, Kent of Inglewood, and the Cold Garden Beverage Company.

JazzYYC’s Canadian Jazz Festival runs November 8 to 11, 2018 at venues throughout Inglewood and the East Village. The full schedule can be found at