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Annual General Meeting

All jazz lovers and interested citizens are invited to attend.

Sunday, January 8, 2017 – 2:00 PM

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Now Accepting Artist Submissions

Artist submissions for the MJF 2017 Season are now open!
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Thank you to all who completed our survey, and whose names were entered into our draw for theatre tickets! Congratulations to our winners who are listed below.

MJF 2016 – Survey Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to the following who have won tickets to Flato Markham Theatre jazz performances:

  • A. Bythell (tickets to Laila Biali)
  • L. Rudner (tickets to Jane Bunnett and Maqueque)
  • Y. Choi (Tickets to Hiromi: The Trio)


Thank you for another successful festival.

2016 Artist Line-up

  • Alison Young

    Alison Young

    Alison Young is a versatile and in-demand saxophonist. She plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones in a variety of bands, in styles ranging from jazz to blues to pop and R&B. Alison has ... [Continue reading →]

  • Attila Fias & Que Isso

    Attila Fias & Que Isso

    An exciting trio dedicated to Brazilian Jazz, Que Isso? is a mix up mash of modern Brazilian music which pays homage to the classics. Playing music from Brazilian composers such as Hermeto Pascoal and ... [Continue reading →]

  • Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt

    Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt

    Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt is the brainchild of Toronto bassist Bret Higgins and was created as a vehicle for his original instrumental compositions. Formed in 2013, the group explores genre-defying instrumental music that draws ... [Continue reading →]

  • Carlo


    Carlo is a dynamic instrumental surf band based in Toronto. The group consists of four members: Kelsey McNulty (keyboards), James Taylor (guitar), Scott McCannell (bass) and Michel Delage (Drums). The group has become known ... [Continue reading →]

  • Dione Taylor & The Backsliderz

    Dione Taylor & The Backsliderz

    Dione Taylor is a Juno-nominated, soulful Canadian female singer/songwriter who released her new album, “Born Free” to rave reviews in late November 2015. This Saskatchewan-born, Toronto-based artist has been promoting Born Free, which she ... [Continue reading →]

  • Dr. Lonnie Smith

    Dr. Lonnie Smith

    Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ, he has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and ... [Continue reading →]



    GAME.SET.TRAP is redefining perceptions of ‘trap-based’ music by bringing the inherent soulful, musical elements to the forefront. By interpreting lyrics through the instrumental arrangements, they artfully conceal its controversy, hearing it stripped down to ... [Continue reading →]

  • Genevieve Marentette Trio

    Genevieve Marentette Trio

    Genevieve Marentette is beloved among Toronto’s musicians for her talent and grace but she has been living and singing in Asia for eight years. Since returning to Toronto in September, she was featured in ... [Continue reading →]

  • Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer

    Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer

    In reality, Shawn ‘The Harpoonist’ Hall and Matthew ‘The Axe Murderer’ Rogers evoke much more than just grisly nautical imagery. Armed with an arsenal of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion, and a road-worn ... [Continue reading →]

  • Heillig Manoeuvre

    Heillig Manoeuvre

    Heillig Manoeuvre is a vehicle for sharing music that is both challenging and satisfying, without intimidating its audience … contemporary jazz from a songbook, not a doctoral thesis. ‘As a composer, I set the ... [Continue reading →]

  • Jinta-la-Mvta


    Jinta-la-Mvta is a unique ensemble that combines its own roots in Japanese folkloric music traditions with influences from Jewish, Greek, Balkan and American musical traditions. The group has developed a singular sound that combines ... [Continue reading →]

  • Joel Visentin’s Boogaloo Squad

    Joel Visentin’s Boogaloo Squad

    Keyboardist, Joel Visentin, has a passion for the sound of the Hammond B3 organ. His group stands on the shoulders of soul/jazz giants like George Benson, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green and Doug Riley with ... [Continue reading →]

  • Laura Cole

    Laura Cole

    Canadian Rock and Soul Singer Songwriter, Laura Cole, finds the raw, gritty glory in a ‘Dirty Cheat’ – her debut EP produced by Grammy Winner Steve Bigas and Executive Produced by the Legendary Daniel ... [Continue reading →]

  • Molly Johnson

    Molly Johnson

    Known as one of Canada’s greatest voices, award-winning jazz vocalist Molly Johnson is a mother, singer-songwriter, artist and philanthropist who has grown to become a Canadian icon in the jazz scene worldwide. Molly’s luscious ... [Continue reading →]

  • Morgan Childs Quartet

    Morgan Childs Quartet

    Morgan Childs is a Toronto-based drummer who has performed and recorded with a number of notable international jazz musicians, including Robi Botos, Phil Dwyer, Ingrid and Christine Jensen, Mike Murley, Laila Biali, Brandi Disterheft, ... [Continue reading →]

  • Peripheral Vision

    Peripheral Vision

    Peripheral Vision is one of the most exciting and innovative jazz quartets to have recently appeared on the international jazz scene. Based in Toronto, the creative leaders of the group are long time musical ... [Continue reading →]

  • Quique Escamilla

    Quique Escamilla

    2015 JUNO Award Winner (World Music Album of the Year) and 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award Winner (World Solo Artist of the Year), Quique Escamilla, is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer. Since his arrival ... [Continue reading →]

  • Rich Brown & The Abeng

    Rich Brown & The Abeng

    Rich Brown & The Abeng is the latest project from Canadian bassist and composer Rich Brown. The band takes its name from an African instrument made from a hollowed out cow horn. It is ... [Continue reading →]

  • Tanika Charles

    Tanika Charles

    In five short years Tanika Charles has transformed from an emerging solo artist to a commanding performer, band leader, and staple of the Canadian festival scene. Both on and off stage, Edmonton-raised Charles presents ... [Continue reading →]

  • The Boxcar Boys

    The Boxcar Boys

    The Boxcar Boys create their distinct sound by weaving together a captivating bevy of folk traditions, Dixieland jazz and Klezmer. Their shows are joyous acoustic celebrations featuring six inimitable musicians on clarinet, tuba, fiddle, ... [Continue reading →]

  • The Jeff McLeod Organ Trio

    The Jeff McLeod Organ Trio

    The Jeff McLeod Organ Trio was formed based on a mutual love of the gritty and swinging sound of the classic Hammond organ/guitar/drums format. Their shows feature a great mix of original music, jazz ... [Continue reading →]

  • The Justin Bacchus Collective

    The Justin Bacchus Collective

    With a unique funk-soul sound and performance, Justin Bacchus excites crowds with the help of a highly accomplished band of players. The Collective performs all the great classics from Bill Withers to Prince, Stevie ... [Continue reading →]

  • Tio Chorinho

    Tio Chorinho

    Tio Chorinho is the only ensemble in Canada dedicated to performing Brazilian choro music. Known as the “New Orleans Jazz of Brazil,” Choro was born in Rio de Janeiro. It is an infectious mix ... [Continue reading →]

  • Turboprop


    Innovative and electrifying, jazz drummer Ernesto Cervini has energy to burn, whether radiating it from behind his kit or working on his musical and educational projects. With his sextet, Turboprop, Cervini flexes his arranging ... [Continue reading →]

  • Yuka


    If you are a fan of classic soul and R&B, Yuka is your new favourite band. The latest release from Yuka (pronounced “yoo-kah”) is entitled, ‘From The Ancients’, and proof that you can’t judge ... [Continue reading →]