Sutton Jazz Festival

President's Word

Outdoor Jazz

It is with great pride that we present our 2023 jazz program, featuring great musicians and new events. For this 22nd edition and after the great success of the last two years, Sutton Jazz continues its concept of offering free outdoor concerts in the late afternoon at the Sutton Saturday Market as well as the lunchtime concerts at the Parc des Vétérans. Sutton Jazz adds a new activity of jazz master classes at the Sutton Legion and jazz performances in local restaurants. More than 30 activities await you this summer.

Jazz in the Park

Every Saturday from 4 to 6 pm

July 1 to September 2, 2023, Sutton Saturday Market, 2 Curley, Sutton

On the program, concerts, combos of different jazz styles from dixie, swing, bebop to soul and blues. They will make you relive the highlights of jazz and discover new sounds. Original compositions and the distinctive jazz trait of improvisation will be added to the mix. Bring your chairs and once again this year, Sutton Brouerie will have its own booth and a new feature, Vignoble Léon Courville will offer its local wines. See the detailed program online.

Jazz in the street

Every Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm

July 1 to September 2, 2023, Parc des Vétérans, 6 Maple, Sutton

The bands in Veterans Park are regional and local musicians. Bring your chairs and why not your picnic!

Jazz at School

At the Legion, 2 Curley, Sutton

Saturdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm

The festival organizers have long had a desire to encourage music workshops by professional musicians to familiarize people of all ages with the origins of jazz and blues and their various components. Workshops, lasting approximately 60 minutes, will be offered free of charge at the Sutton Legion. See the detailed program online.

Jazz for Emerging Talent

At the Salle Alec & Gérard Pelletier, 4C, Maple, Sutton

Saturdays August 26 and September 2 between 2 and 4 pm

Mentoring given to young up-and-coming musicians (under 21 years old), allowing them to present a 20 to 30 minute musical program on stage and to win a prize. A jury will select the group that stands out the most. A professional musician, Madeleine Thériault, will offer coaching to supervise the event and ensure the quality of the performances.

Jazz at La Brouërie

Every Sunday starting at 5:00 pm on July 2nd

At the Auberge Sutton Brouërie, 27, Principale S, Sutton

The Auberge will host several musicians who will offer Dixieland Jazz concerts from New Orleans.

Mike at the Mollies

Every Thursday starting at 6pm in June

At Mollies Café Dinette Buvette, 9 Principale N, Sutton

The Mollies will open its doors to Michael Hynes and his musician friends for jazz nights. In July and August, they will partner with Sutton Jazz to present some of the best local talent.

Dates and details in the Programming tab.

Excellent Festival!

Daniel Dufresne, President of Sutton Jazz

Our mission

The Sutton Jazz Festival (SJF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote jazz in Québec and more particulary in the Sutton region.

Since 2001, SJF has worked to bring jazz to life in the community and thereby contribute to the development of the next québécois jazz generation.

History

The Sutton Jazz Festival was founded in 2001 thanks to the efforts of Stanley Lake and Vicki Tansey. By the second year of the Festival, Stanley Lake would become the sole artistic director and principal organizer. For the first three years, the Festival presented performances on five weekends in the winter at the Sutton Art Gallery. The idea was to give an opportunity to local musicians and musicians from Montreal to perform. Also, the Festival was trying to create and develop a jazz audience in Sutton. Seeing that the public was interested, the experience was repeated in the following years.

Then, the Salle Alec and Gérard Pelletier opened its doors in 2005 and invited the Festival to present its concerts at the Salle. Thus, in 2005, the Festival began to present concerts on Friday and Saturday evenings during the glorious colours of autumn. This partnership between the Festival and the Salle lasted until 2020, when the pandemic forced the closure of theatres.

In 2008, the Festival officially became a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of jazz in the region. This allowed the Festival to apply for government grants and sponsorship programs ; with Heritage Canada, Brome-Missisquoi MRC, Town of Sutton and local companies. Thanks to those new sources of funding, the Festival was increasingly able to invite leading figures of the Montreal jazz scene as well as to continue its support of local jazz musicians.

Gradually, the Festival expanded and presented concerts on the streets of Sutton, notably with Homebrew Dixieland Band. In its tenth year of existence, concerts in restaurants were added.

In 2020, due to the pandemic, the Festival moved its musical programs outdoors. Following the government's directive to allow external groupings of 250 or less, the Festival, with only three weeks notice, organized its 19th edition and presented free outdoor concerts at the John-Sleeth Park. This approach and new venue was greatly appreciated by the public and attracted more then 1 500 jazz lovers throughout the season.

2021 marks the Festival's 20th anniversary. From July to first weekend of September, the Festival will present 9 free outdoor performances in the Sutton Saturday Market from 5pm to 7pm each Saturday. Also on Saturdays, there will be smaller jazz ensembles performing from 11am to 1pm on the CINETIK stage behind the post office. And new this year, the Festival will be organizing special performances and workshops for the youth at the Sutton School of Art.

To date, more than 150 concerts have featured jazz musicians from Quebec and the Sutton region, including : Roberto Murray, Dave Turner, Rémi Bolduc, Alex Côté, Jean Derome, Mathieu Bélanger on saxophone. On trumpet : Kevin Dean, Marc Bolduc, Ron Di Lauro, Aron Doyle and Jacques Kuba Séguin. Marimba and vibraphone : Jean Vanasse and Kevin Sullivan. Singers : Vivienne Deane, Ranee Lee, Karen Young, Dawn Tyler Watson and Almut Ellinghaus. Bassists : Frédéric Alarie, Normand Guilbeault, Michel Donato and Alex Bellegarde. Several pianists including : Taurey Butler, Lorraine Desmarais, Marianne Trudel, Felix Stüssi, François Bourassa, Michel Pilc and Yves Léveillé. On guitar : Sylvain Provost, Claude Prud'homme and Nelson Symonds. And finally, several ensembles including : Jazz Lab, the Trio LML, Christine Tassan's Imposters, Jazz Affair, Gossage Bros, Honeysuckle Sisters and the Homebrew Dixieland Band.

Board of directors

  • Stanley Lake, artistic director and founder
  • Daniel Dufresne, President
  • Madeleine Thériault, administrator and project manager
  • Claudine Lafond-Sévigny, administrator and treasurer
  • Manon Champagne, administrator and communications
  • Steve-Éric Picard, administrator and webmaster
  • VACANT, administrator and secretary