Jazz Festival Programmes

The Ken Page Memorial Trust is proud to grant support for projects and performances which exemplify one or more of the KPMT’s aims which are:
  • To encourage emerging jazz talent and foster an understanding of the origins and evolution of the music through such activities as workshops and master classes given by professionals in their fields.
  • To provide limited financial aid to jazz musicians on an emergency basis as a result of illness, accident, or loss of employment.
  • To support selected live and recorded jazz performances in Canada.
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2018 Season
The KPMT Grants Programme continued to support outstanding Ontario Jazz Festival.

Summer means the beat heightens and we are always pleased to renewed our long-standing relationship with the TD Toronto Jazz Festival by supporting two Education and Outreach
Programmes all taking place in Yorkville. The goal of these presentations is to educate and expand the Festival’s audience while creatingmore interaction between the musicians and the general public – and admission is free.

New for 2018 and taking place at Heliconian Hall, the “Jazz Musician Intensive” presented a two-part initiative – performance and professional development – mixing public clinics and private rehearsals over five days. Morning clinics led by industry veterans on a wide variety of topics were coordinated by facilitator Mark Micklethwaite; afternoon rehearsals for an 8-piece ensemble made up of recommended students from Humber, Mohawk, U of T and York, were guided by acclaimed bassist Mike Downes, ultimately culminating in a performance on the OLG Stage at Hazelton Avenue.

On Friday June 29th the annual “Big Band Slam” workshop gathered together four high school jazz ensembles from across the Greater Toronto Area for an afternoon of trumpet blasting, trombone sliding, sax squealing excitement at the OLG Stage on Hazelton Avenue. The Slam is not a competition, but rather a chance to showcase some of the outstanding music being made by emerging youth across the city. Under the direction of guest artist, saxophonist, composer and educator Andy Ballantyne, who rehearsed and played with Mitroeach band prior to the Slam, the groups this year represented Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School from Markham, O’Neill Collegiate from Oshawa, St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary and Brooklin High School. Once again these young students demonstrated a remarkable level of enthusiasm, energy and talent – roll on next year!