In its twentieth year, The Georgian Sound Festival has become a multi-event musical extravaganza that offers jazz to meet every taste. For 2011, the Festival showcases absolutely top drawer talent.
Beginning on Friday April 29th with Youthfest, the Festival once again invites secondary school jazz ensembles from the Grey, Bruce and Simcoe county region to perform before jazz professionals and benefit from their expertise and commentary.
Running from 9:00 ‘till 5:00, Youthfest concludes with a special concert by the Chantry Island Quartet. Admission to Youthfest is by donation.
Friday evening, Jazzmania entertains with ten live jazz bands playing at ten different venues around Thornbury and Clarksburg. You get to see all ten for one great ticket price. What’s more, you are bussed free of charge to all of the venues throughout the evening.
This year’s line up includes Aura and Friends at the L.E. Shore Library, the Mike Grace Quartet at Sisi on Main, Allister Bradley the Bruce Wine Bar, Bill King with Stacey Bulmer at the Dam Pub, The Blue Room Blues Band at the Ironworks Art and Event Centre in Clarksburg, The Fig Leaf Jazz Band at the Marsh Street Centre, Lisa Hutchinson and the Big Little Band at Bridges Tavern, Shawn Mei at the Mill Café, Louis Lefaive and The Kings of Swing at Piper’s Tavern and Parsons & Brown at the Simplicity Bistro (formerly Stereo’s).
On Saturday April 30th there are two performances of Big Band Saturday. This year the Georgian Sound Big Band will host three big bands: the Lighthouse Swing Band, Stardust Big Band and the Toronto All Star Big Band. Big Band Saturday is an unrivalled opportunity to hear four great “big bands” – 17 or more live musicians - playing both the familiar swing and jazz tunes of the 30’s and 40’s as well as more modern pieces. Both the matinee and evening performances feature dance exhibitions. Ballroom styles will be showcased by the Lou Dancing House, Lou Senneville’s latest dance group. The Sugar Shakers & The Sugar Shaker Hop Swing Dancers, featuring Joanna Kassoulides and Lawrence Chan will again show off their high energy swing dance style.
Sunday May 1st brings the return of the Peter Appleyard Quintet playing the Festival’s Jazz Brunch. Two years ago these musical legends gave nearly 200 Blue Mountains residents and their visitor guests a concert of a lifetime. Consummate musicianship is obvious to even the most uninitiated listener and that performance was “Consummate” with a very big “C”! If you want to take in the concert without the brunch, a separate concert only ticket is available.
Sunday afternoon the weekend winds up with Gospelfest, again this year featuring Marlene O’Neill, one of Canada’s most sought after Southern/Inspirational vocalists. Joining Marlene at Gospelfest will be the Shoreline Chorus, a 30 member community choir directed by its founder, Thornbury’s own accomplished pianist, percussionist and choral conductor, organist Ann-Marie MacDairmid. Both these names can be counted on to provide real depth to this year’s Gospelfest experience.
Tickets for Jazzmania are $18 each, for Big Band Saturday Matinee $25, Big Band Saturday Evening $30, the Jazz Brunch $45 (concert only $30) and Gospelfest $15. All these tickets can be ordered on line.
New this year is the Festival’s VIP Pass. Enjoy all event/all-venue access for only $89 including the fabulous Jazz Brunch. For those planning to bring a group who wish to sit together, at a cost of $50 you can reserve one of a limited number of tables for six or eight at either the afternoon or evening performances of Big Band Saturday and at the Sunday Jazz Brunch. To order VIP Passes or arrange reserved seating, call the Festival Hotline directly.
Don’t miss out. Check out the details of all the performers and venues and buy tickets on line at our new easy-to-remember web address - clilck here. Or, you can still call the Hotline at 519 599 3223. Both VISA and Mastercard are accepted. Plan now to attend and make sure you get tickets to the events of your choice.
Tickets and programs will be mailed beginning March 1st .