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September 2, 2005

Canadian Jazz Festivals

Written by
cindy mcleod

As summer draws to a close, so does the outdoor festival season come to an end. Don’t be too hasty to put your lawn chairs and sunscreen away, however, there are still a few events to take in! Here’s some information on four jazz festivals happening over the next couple of weeks:

This weekend the Rimouski Festi Jazz International is celebrating it’s 20th season. Held on the north shore of the St-Laurent River in Rimouski, Quebec, this year’s offerings include headliners Alain Caron, Jesse Cook, Brad Meldau, plus a fine array of local and international artists. The Rimouski Festi Jazz International runs September 1 – 4th.
For information go to: www.festijazzrimouski.com

Calgary hosts it’s 5th annual C-Jazz Festival in various downtown locations from September 6-10th. Featuring Canadian and International artists, this years festival headliners include; Ellis Marsalis, Rob McConnell, Brad Turner and many others. Most shows are free, including a whole day and evening of music at Olympic Plaza.
For information: www.calgaryjazz.com

September 7 – 11, the Guelph Jazz Festival, an event featuring contemporary and improvised music, celebrates its 12th season. Featuring Canadian and International artists, the festival is held in various locations in Guelph, Ontario, and this year’s headliners include the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Lori Freedman, and La Connor (Jesse Zubot, Francois Houle and Jean Martin) among many others.
For information visit: www.guelphjazzfestival.com

The east coast is holding its Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton, New Brunswick, from September 13th – 18th. Hosted in various indoor and outdoor locations, the 15th annual festival boasts 175 shows featuring both jazz and blues artists. This year’s headliners include blues artists Coin Linden, Little Feat, Harry Manx, and David Gogo, and jazz artists Matt Dusk and Christine Jensen among the many. There are both free and paid performances.
For information visit: www.harvestjazzblues.com

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