Three Days of Music in the Blue Mountains. The Georgian Sound Festival, celebrating its 15th anniversary, entertains the Blue Mountains for three days from April 28 through 30, 2006.If you’ve bypassed the Festival in the past, be sure not to miss this year’s offerings. There’s something for everyone, and the value can’t be beaten, with tickets being kept at last year’s prices until March 31st, 2006.
Starting Friday, April 28th, Jazzmania features ten live jazz groups from 8pm to midnight. Some of Thornbury and Clarksburg's best restaurants and concert halls will jump to the sounds of every style of jazz. Returning by popular demand from previous years are:
- the fun jazz style of Louis LeFaive and his Kings of Swing;
- the dynamic Sandy Faux Quartet with Norm Amadio on piano;
- crooner Shawn Mei and his trio;
- the jazz and blues styles of the Charlie Bell Trio;
- popular vocalist Lisa Hutchinson with Joe Huron and Ralph Johnson; and
- the Dixieland style of the Ragweed Jazz Band.
New this year at Jazzmania are:
- Eduardo Lis & Latino Jazz, a quintet that explores the boundaries of jazz, Latin and contemporary jazz;
- the Michael Brown Trio, specializing in familiar jazz standards and Bossa Nova stylings;
- Sploink, Don Buchanan’s quintet of fine jazz musicians playing standards with a fresh and innovative approach, and
- Return Trip, a trio featuring a unique assortment of songs from the 60's on.
Tour all ten live jazz combos playing throughout Thornbury and Clarksburg for an incredible $15 until March 31st, $18 thereafter.
As a special 15th anniversary feature, Guido Basso and Friends will headline Big Band Saturday. A member of the Order of Canada and Juno award winner, Guido Basso is one of the most prominent jazz personalities in Canada and abroad. Guido's trumpet and flugelhorn will be joined by Mike Murley on tenor sax, John Sherwood on piano, Neil Swanson on bass and Kevin Dempsey on drums. Together, this prestigious group of musicians will close the afternoon performance and open the evening performance.
In addition to Guido Basso, three perennially popular big bands - Georgian Sound Big Band, Lighthouse Swing Band and Stardust Big Band - will all play with dancers in mind. Novice or expert, young or old, all will enjoy ballroom dancing demonstrations by Inessa Strelnikova and Stanislav Kochergin from the Love to Dance Studio in Toronto, and swing dancing demonstrations by Dan Amores and Joanna Kassoulides, Lindy Hop champions. And we’re pleased this year to have Rogers Television filming the event. Who knows, you may appear on the big screen!
Big Band Saturday takes place April 29th at Thornbury’s Beaver Valley Community Centre (BVCC) - bring the whole family for great entertainment! Tickets for either performance (1-5pm or 8-12am) are just $25 until March 31st, $30 thereafter. Youth tickets are available for $15.
Wrapping up the weekend on an inspiring note, Sunday's Gospelfest features the energetic Georgian Bay Secondary School Jazz Ensemble, the popular Shelaugh Hart Quartet and The Torchmen Quartet, featuring Dave Randall as lead singer. Gospelfest is also at the Beaver Valley Community Centre on April 30, 2006 from 1:30-3:30pm. Tickets are just $10 until March 31st, $12 thereafter.
Be sure to check out the Festival's new Weekend Package. For more information or to order tickets, go to www.festival.georgiansound.ca or call or visit the Chamber Info Office Friday and Saturdays 1-5 PM - (519) 599-3223. Book early as tickets go fast!