2018 TD Markham Jazz Festival
As Festival fans, you know you can count on the TDMJF to deliver an amazing choice of exceptional performances all along Main Street Unionville. The 21st edition of this event unfolds from Wednesday, August 15, then Friday August 17 to Sunday, August 19, with more music happening in numerous “Hot Spot” venues around Markham in the week leading up to and during the Festival.
Hi-lights of the 2018 TD Markham Jazz Festival
FREE Admission to all outdoor concerts; more than 30 concerts on main stages, on the street, and in bars and restaurants! Free Shuttle Bus, Art Gallery tours, wine/beer garden and more...
More than 30 free concerts on three stages and along Main Street from Friday August 17 through Sunday August 19
The TD Markham Jazz Festival has grown into a respected, wide-reaching event, and a must-see stop on the Ontario circuit of live jazz and music festivals each summer. Returning attendees know the charm of Unionville, the presence of uplifting music everywhere, the variety of jazz and blues with something to suit each individual taste, and the incredible fact that thanks to our valued sponsors and grant providers, all of our three outdoor stages are FREE!
Here are a few early announcements to whet your appetite for fabulous live jazz and blues!
Deva Mahal – Friday, August 17: 9:30 to 11:00pm at the Millennium Bandstand
A powerhouse vocalist and songwriter, and coming to visit us from New York, Deva Mahal is the daughter of legendary blues musician Taj Mahal, with whom she wrote the song, Never Let You Go on his Grammy Award nominated album Maestro. Deva's particular brand of soul embraces her blues roots, with an infusion of gospel-tinged vocals, funk rhythms, jazz-like arrangements, and an R&B sensibility. Her undeniable vocal talent never ceases to blow audiences away, and her star continues to rise with new music due out on Motéma in 2018.
The Tiki Collective – Saturday, August 18: 5:00 to 6:30pm at the Millennium Bandstand
The Tiki Collective (TTC) is a who's-who collection of Toronto's finest jazz musicians and vocalists. They perform jazz, exotica, and surf-pop – all under the direction of guitarist Eric St-Laurent. The band features many musicians and singers per show. Their debut CD, MUSE, was produced by Jaymz Bee and Jono Grant for Vesuvius Music. TTC has performed at venues such as Lula Lounge, La Reolucion and the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. Musicians include: Eric St-Laurent (guitar) George Koller (bass), Great Bob Scott (drums), Michael Davidson (vibraphone), Ernie Tollar (saxes), Bill McBirnie (flute), and Drew Jurecka (violin). Vocalists featured include: Jocelyn Barth, Genevieve Marentette Tyra Jutai, Joanna Majoko, Heather Luckhart, Irene Torres and Denielle Bassels. www.thetikicollective.com
Ian Hendrickson-Smith with Morgan Childs' Soul Jazz Revue – Saturday, August 18: 7:00 to 8:30pm at the Millennium Bandstand
Drummer Morgan Childs is a unique talent on the Canadian music scene, equally at home playing straight-ahead jazz, modern original music, or funky break beats. Morgan started the Soul Jazz Revue to celebrate the music of soul jazz pioneers like Grant Green and Lonnie Smith. Ian Hendrickson-Smith is the saxophonist for The Roots on NBC's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and previously spent six years touring and recording with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. He has recorded and performed with such greats as Al Green, Amy Winehouse, and Lonnie Smith.
Opening Night Concert Saturday Night Feature Sunday Closing Performer Laila Biali Dee Dee Bridgewater Dan Hill
Opening Night Concert Wednesday, August 15 at 8:00 pm
You don’t want to miss Laila Biali at TDMJF’s for this years Opening Night Concert at Unionville’s beautiful Varley Art Gallery. Note: This is an exclusive ticketed event – Seating is limited to fewer than 100, so order your tickets now!
Award-winning Canadian singer, songwriter and pianist Laila Biali returns to the TDMJF for a captivating evening. Her accolades include SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year at Canada’s National Jazz Awards. She takes the best of pop, rock, classical, world and soul, informs it with her expertise in jazz, and weaves it into her musical arrangements and original songs. A superb evening in an inviting, up-close-and-personal, club-like setting!
This very special evening is sponsored by Minken Employment Lawyers.
Your $60 ticket includes all of the following:
Craft beer tastings – courtesy of Rouge River Brewing Company
Glass of Wine – courtesy of Philippe Dandurand Wines
Appetizers and hors d’oeuvres
Seating is limited to fewer than 100, so order your tickets now!
Saturday Night Headliner
2018 TD Markham Jazz Festival is proud to present jazz legend Dee Dee Bridgewater three-time Grammy winner and world-renowned headliner for Saturday, August 18. She performs from 9:00 to 10:30 p.m. on the Pfaff Town+Country BMW Stage at Unionville’s iconic Millennium Bandstand. Dee Dee Bridgewater
Over a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. The three-time Grammy-winner recently won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee. Bridgewater has performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie. She has also had a stellar career in such theatrical musicals as “The Wiz,” “Lady Day” and “Cabaret”. She recently received a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellows Award at the Kennedy Centre.
Check out the full roster of artists playing at the Millennium Bandstand on Saturday, August 18. Come and join us for an incredible day and evening of music!
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: The Willows
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Adrean Farrugia + Brad Goode
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: The Tiki Collective
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Ian Hendrickson-Smith with Morgan Childs' Soul Jazz Revue
9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.: Dee Dee Bridgewater
PIANO FEST - New this year at the TD Markham Jazz Festival!
if you love jazz and blues piano, with perhaps a bit of funk thrown in, then do not miss the TD Markham Jazz Festival - Piano Fest in historic Unionville on Friday and Saturday, August 17 and 18. Piano Fest takes place inside Unionville’s Central United Church at 131 Main St. just south of the GO railway tracks.
The piano has played a unique and integral part in jazz since the genre’s inception. As a result, we are presenting this new and special Piano Fest series, dedicated to celebrating the multifaceted role of the piano and its enduring contribution to jazz.
Dedicated to and paying tribute to jazz and blues piano, the new series mixes the best of the Toronto jazz scene professional piano pros who will be introduced by young protégés, playing Friday evening from 6:30 to 10 pm and Saturday from noon to 9 pm
Modest ticket prices ($25 for Friday evening/Saturday and $20 for Saturday, with in-and-out privileges), makes it possible to present the new event. Individual concert tickets are also available at $10 each.
“We are so excited to bring this idea to life,” explains Artistic Director Sarah Kim Turnbull. “The Central United Church is an excellent performance space with beautiful acoustics, and it allows us to overcome the one limitation of traditional outdoors stages, namely that you can’t place a baby grand piano on them. Even better, Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto is graciously lending us a piano!”
Piano Fest Schedule of Performers:
Friday, August 17
7:00 pm – Thompson Egbo-Egbo Trio
9:00 pm – Hilario Duran Quartet
Saturday, August 18
12:00 pm – Andrew Craig Trio
1:30 pm – Julian Fauth Trio
2:30 pm – Genevieve Marentette and Robert Scott
3:30 pm – Attila Fias
4:30 pm – Stacie McGregor Trio
5:30 pm – Jeff McLeod
7:00 pm – Jackie Richardson and Joe Seely
• Friday and /Saturday all-access (in/out privileges) pass: $25
• Saturday all-access (in/out privileges) pass: $20
• Friday night all-access (in/out privileges) pass: $15
• Saturday individual concerts: $10
For details and to purchase your tickets, go to and click on the Piano Fest logo.
Tickets will also be available on-site at the Church, subject to availability.
Sunday, August 19 brings another incredible day of jazz performances of all genres by our magnificent roster of professional musicians, with a festival-closing show featuring beautiful ballads to bring back so many memories. All outdoor stage performances are free!
Closing off the 2018 Festival is Grammy and multiple-JUNO award winner Dan Hill
How does one describe the creative force driving Dan Hill? Powerful! Nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Vocal, winner of a Grammy (as co-producer of Seduces Me on Celine Dion’s Falling Into You album), winner of five JUNO Awards and the Harold Moon Award (Canadian Lifetime Songwriting Achievement), Dan has also recorded and released multiple gold and platinum albums. His classic hits, such as Sometimes When We Touch, Can’t We Try and Never Thought (That I Could Love), all remain staples of radio stations worldwide.
Check out the full roster of artists playing at the Pfaff Town+Country BMW – Millennium Bandstand on Sunday, August 19.
1:00 – 2:30 pm – Lydia Persaud
3:00 – 4:30 pm – Barbra Lica
5:00 – 6:30 pm – Dan Hill
Kicking up a party at the Watford Group – McKay Wine & Beer Garden will be:
12:30 – 2:00 pm – Dobranotch (from Russia)
2:30 – 4:00 pm – Nefe
4:30 – 6:00 pm – Devin Cuddy
And at the Source Office Furnishings – Varley Art Gallery Patio we feature:
12:00 – 1:30 pm – Laura Campisi
2:00 – 3:30 pm – Neon Eagle
4:00 – 5:30 pm – Nick Maclean Quartet\
About The TD Markham Jazz Festival
The TD Markham Jazz Festival is a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to enrich cultural life in the region by bringing emerging and established jazz artists to Markham for all to enjoy. Established in 1998, the festival draws more than 25,000 residents and visitors to the streets of Unionville during the third weekend in August. Local and international artists deliver over 30 open-air performances during the weekend as well as in selected “hot spots” and at a ticketed opening-night concert. During the year, the festival hosts “Hot Spot Concerts” at selected venues in Markham. TD Canada Trust became its title sponsor in 2014