The Guelph Jazz Festival is a singular organization earning critical international acclaim for presenting innovative jazz and creative improvised music in a community setting.
It features a concert series showcasing Canadian and international artists, a free downtown jazz tent on the Saturday of the Festival weekend, and numerous other concerts at a variety of community venues, including churches and galleries.
Opening the Festival is a jazz colloquium that looks at the music's influence on society and culture. Another educational component is the mainly off-season Jazz in the Schools program, which exposes elementary, high school, and university students to teaching from highly improvisational jazz artists.
Finally, the Festival has commissioned three original works, including the jazz opera Québécité. This year (our 18th) we will mounted our second Nuit Blanche, an all night event extravagnanza that tok place on the Saturday night of the festival. The Jazz Festival has grown from a small enterprise with audiences in the hundreds into a large event that draws an audience of 16,000 annually. It occurs every year on the weekend following Labour Day in venues throughout Guelph, Ontario. This year's dates are Sept. 5-9, 2011.