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Markham Jazz Festival Newsletter
August 02, 2022

TD Markham Jazz Festival Welcomes Newcomers to MJF Stages!

Along with artists we already know and love, TDMJF has a mandate to also introduce newer bands/artists and near-jazz styles to our audiences.   We all love variety and new sounds!  While some of these bands may have players who have performed for us with other groups, these are all first-time ensembles to our stages!
Here are just a few artists/bands that we are introducing to you in 2022!
Friday, August 19

Emily Steinwall  - Millennium Bandstand, 7:30 pm
Emily Steinwall is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from Toronto, just named winner of SOCAN’s 2022 Songwriting Prize following the release last year of her debut, self-produced album, Welcome to the Garden. Performing and touring professionally from her teen years, Emily believes strongly in the healing power of music and gathering. Her mission is to cultivate natural beauty and loving vibrations through sound and music. Emily has impressed the Toronto music scene with her unique and transportive performances.
Saturday, August 20
Debi Botos – Varley Stage, 12 noon
Hungarian-born Debi Botos’s heritage and strongly musical family inspired her to develop into a skilled, self-taught Gypsy jazz guitarist, exploring and honouring the style that defined the sounds of pioneer Django Reinhardt. She divides her time teaching at Django in June Camp, performing around Toronto and in the U.S., including at the prestigious Academy of Music in Northampton, Massachusetts, and collaborating with genre leaders Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier and Stephanie Wrembel. Hear her on Instagram.
Caity Gyorgy – Varley Stage , 6 pm
Caity Gyorgy (pronounced “George”) is an award-winning vocalist, composer and lyricist known for singing bebop and swing music. Caity has performed across Canada and recorded with Allison Au, Pat LaBarbera, Jocelyn Gould, Don Thompson and Christine Jensen. Her EP Now Pronouncing, was selected as one of CBC Music’s Top 15 Canadian Jazz Albums of 2021 and won the 2022 JUNO for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. She is set to release a 13-song album entitled Featuring this fall.
Sunday, August 21

Irene Torres – Varley Stage, 12 noon
Peruvian-born songstress Irene Torres is a versatile storyteller. She has been part of the Latin, flamenco, fusion ensemble Santerias and the original blues and soul group Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils. In her new solo album, she blends folkloric traditions with the exploration of new places, reflecting the immigrant experience of transition. Irene is featured on Lou Pomanti’s album Lou and Friends and has toured internationally with the Afro-Cuban band, Battle of Santiago. 
The Hulagoons – McKay Wine and Beer Grden – 12:30 pm
In the delicious McKay Wine & Beer Garden, plan to kick back and soak up the sounds of Canada's premier faux-Hawaiian ensemble. The band features Burke Carroll on steel guitar, Nichol Robertson playing wooden guitars, Teddy Hawkins keeping the beat on percussion and vocals, and Victor Bateman adding his string bass to this unique mix. To connect, find them on Facebook.
Queen Pepper – McKay Wine and Beer Garden – 4:30 pm
Like many jazz/R&B artists, this Toronto-based powerhouse cut her teeth on the church pews. Melding soul, R&B, gospel and jazz, Queen Pepper has graced many stages, including ours. She has sung with the Toronto Mass Choir, backed by the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and opened for Canadian icons Holly Cole, David Clayton Thomas, Lou Pomanti and John Finley. Queen Pepper recorded a duo album with JUNO winner Adrean Farrugia and in 2019 released her debut album – True Stories, Vol. 1.
Sammy Jackson – Millennium Bandstand, 1 pm
JUNO-winning artist Sammy Jackson is an emerging Jamaican-Canadian singer-songwriter recognized for her distinct way of fusing elements of jazz, R&B and pop. Sammy has performed at many notable venues and events, from CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio and Jazz.FM91's One-Stop Jazz Safari to The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, Luminato and the TIFF Bell Lightbox. In 2021, Jackson's latest release, With You, won the JUNO for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.

Carn Davidson 9  - Millennium Bandstand, 3 pm
The Carn Davidson 9 started in 2010 as a collaboration between two JUNO-winning artists, trombonist William Carn and saxophonist Tara Davidson. This nine-piece, chordless ensemble uses its seven horns as melodic, harmonic and rhythmic devices, anchored by bass and drums. The co-led ensemble is an opportunity for both artists to craft their compositions for chamber jazz instrumentation. CD9’s latest recording, The History of Us, was released in November 2021 to much critical acclaim.
And don’t forget...
Manteca – Wednesday,  August 17 – 8 pm at the Markham Museum (Ticketed)   - performed in 2017   For tickets, visit:  
Manteca Live and In Concert Tickets, Wed, 17 Aug 2022 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite
And click here for the complete Schedule-at-a-Glance:
2022 Live Festival – Aug. 19–21 – Markham Jazz Festival
Free Parking: Park at the Pan Am Centre (Kennedy and Enterprise Road) and take a free shuttle to enjoy all of our fabulous artists performing Friday evening -  August 19, all day and evening on Saturday - August 20,  and Sunday August 21  up until 6:30 pm  when we close off the show!
Information on all of these artists and other things festival-related  can be found on our website at
We are excited to share this information with you.  Please check our website frequently, as artists and other news will be added on a regular basis!

See you there!

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.

Contact Christie Day, Executive Director, at:
(647) 983-7777  
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