In its 25th year, the Guelph Jazz Festival, running September 12–16, will feature a bold and diverse line-up of regional, national, and international artists, reflecting the breadth of jazz and creative improvised music. Concerts will take place across 8 venues of beautiful downtown Guelph.

The Festival will offer two days of dynamic programming in Market Square, all free to the public. On Friday 14, four groups will perform
at the Friday Night Street Music Party, each playing acoustically in and among the audience: Heavyweights Brass Band, Samba Squad, the Surefire Street Band and the Shuffle Demons. The following day will feature free performances from midday to midnight: DJ Shub, James Brandon Lewis Trio, Surefire Sweat, Thanya Iyer, Avaatar, The Jason Raso Funktet, and community collaborations with the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble and the KidsAbility ‘Play Who You Are’ Ensemble.

Headlining the ticketed performances, saxophonist Darius Jones, in collaboration with French singer and composer, Emilie Lesbros, will present Le bébé de Brigitte (Lost in Translation), a varied suite of songs composed both together and separately. Montreal saxophonist, Jean Derome, will perform with a quintet featuring singer Karen Young, exploring the songs of the late American soprano saxophonist, Steve Lacy, in Somebody Special.

The rest of the ticketed concert series will feature Steve Swell’s Soul Travelers; Catalan pianist Agustí Fernández and Montreal saxophonist Yves Charuest; Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii’s This Is It!; UK-Germany electro-acoustic trio Konk Pack; Montreal guitarist Bernard Falaise; New York vocalist Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones; Toronto drummer Nick Fraser’s Quartet with Tony Malaby; the international improvising trio Hübsch Martel Zoubek; SUNG RA: Rakestar and the Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington; and more.

These highlight only a slice of what visitors will have the opportunity to experience. The full line-up, with previews of featured music, is available on the Guelph Jazz Festival website. Tickets and passes are available online at or by calling toll-free 1-877-520-2408.