Artistic Producer – Kelly Peterson
Artistic Director – Renee Rosnes
Executive Producer – Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts
Public Relations & Social Media Director – Céline Peterson
Niagara wine country will be filled with the sounds of jazz when the inaugural Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival takes place during the weekend of February 16 - 18, 2018. As the world’s first (and only!) jazz festival bearing the name of Canada’s greatest jazz artist, it will honour and celebrate his legacy of excellence. This festival is not intended to simply present concerts in tribute to Oscar Peterson, but rather to truly present jazz, showcasing the rich history and the future of the music Oscar loved.
The 2018 festival will be dedicated to Norman Granz, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Granz is arguably the most important non-musician in jazz history. Impresario, record producer, civil rights activist, and founder of “Jazz at the Philharmonic.” The opening night concert will be a sparkling all-star event reminiscent of those Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts and will take place at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Saturday afternoon will feature film screenings and lectures, and the evening will bring a Gala affair to Stratus Vineyards featuring the Festival’s Artistic Director, 5-time JUNO Award-winning celebrated jazz pianist Renee Rosnes. The grand finale of the Festival will be a star-studded, all-Canadian Jazz at the Philharmonic style concert.”
The Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival will showcase Canadian artists alongside artists of other nationalities, generating a diverse and vibrant repertoire. This will be an exciting and celebratory weekend, with opportunity to hear great jazz musicians in intimate settings, all in the picturesque Niagara region.
The Oscar Peterson International Jazz Festival gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Presenting Sponsor TD Bank, the Government of Canada, and the Government of Ontario. This event has also been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.
For festival updates, please visit opjazzfest.org and follow the social media pages:
Facebook: @OPIJF | Twitter: @OPJazzfest | Instagram: @OscarPetersonJazzFest