Guelph Jazz Festival: Line Up Picks for 2012

I’m pretty excited to have such a fantastic jazz festival here in Guelph. Here are some acts that I’m interested in seeing (songs to come once I delve deeper into their music):


 Margaret O’Hara, the sister of  comedian Catherine O’Hara. This Peggy Lee is not the Peggy Lee you’re thinking about, but a cellist is from British Columbia.


For the longest time I couldn’t shake hearing Colin Stetson. It wasn’t until his gig at Massey Hall playing in Justin Vernon’s band Bon Iver that I saw the brilliance that he makes. Watching this man play the sax is explosive and unbelievable.


Nels Kline and Glenn Kotche are two parts of a little Chicago band called Wilco. Nels Kline was dubbed 82nd best guitarist of all time by The Rolling Stone.


Abdullah Ibrahim turns 78 years old this October and is still touring. He’s traveling fast behind Dave Brubeck’s wake. Ibrahim, who was born in Capetown, South Africa moved to the Europe in the sixites where he met Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. Later in his career he scored the film for the Juliette Binoche film Chocolat.

I Love You, Man approved:


The first time I saw Charles Spearin showcase the Happiness Project, I was in the deep depths of the Dakota Tavern. No one really knew what was going on or had any idea what Spearin had up his sleeve but I found myself completely in awe of everything he was creating. The Happiness Project is an innovative initiative that fuses together linguistics and music. While I by no means would put it under jazz, it’s experimental and new – so I can see why he fits very nicely in the Guelph Jazz Festival.


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