Jazz Sudbury Announces 2020 Festival Cancellation
SUDBURY, ON – Jazz Sudbury regretfully announces the cancellation of the 2020 festival. The twelfth instalment of the festival, which was set to take place on August 5-9, 2020, will be replaced this year with alternative programming that will be announced in the upcoming months.
Jazz Sudbury’s priority is the health and wellbeing of the patrons and artists that attend the festival, so the annual festival will resume once it is safe to do so. Jazz Sudbury Festival organizers are devastated regarding the cancellation of the event and hope to return to regular programming in 2021.
Katherine Smith, festival director at Jazz Sudbury says; “We are heartbroken to not be able to gather with our community on the shores of Ramsey Lake and in our stellar downtown venues this year. We are certain that Sudbury Jazz Festival 2021 will be a reunion for the ages.”
Each year, Jazz Sudbury Festival hosts a variety of local, regional, national and international artists among multiple local venues throughout the weekend. This year, the festival organizers are working on planning virtual shows to help keep local musicians employed throughout these unprecedented times.
The virtual programming will aim to strengthen community support for local artists and the partner venues that Jazz Sudbury works with throughout the year.
Jazz Sudbury has cemented the reputation of the festival as a world-class event and a significant contributor to the economic and cultural landscapes of the City of Greater Sudbury for the past twelve years. The festival aims to inspire appreciation for the colourful and diverse art form of live music and to bring the community together.
In December of 2019, Jazz Sudbury announced that the festival would be moved a month earlier to provide a more comfortable climate for attendees. Despite some cold and rainy September evenings, attendees have braved the weather to enjoy the jazz-filled festival. Jazz Sudbury organizers are confident that the warmer weather will make attendees feel more comfortable while they enjoy the music on the picturesque shores of Ramsey Lake at Grace Hartman Amphitheatre. This date change will remain in effect for next year’s festival, set to take place August 4-8, 2021.
Jazz Sudbury gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Greater Sudbury, the RBC Foundation, the Government of Ontario, Ontario Creates, Ontario Arts Council, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, Canada Summer Jobs, SOCAN Foundation, and Canada Council for the Arts. The festival wishes to express its gratitude to Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations – a Glencore Company, PMA Canada Ltd., Downtown Sudbury, Music and Film in Motion, 50 Carleton, Long & McQuade, and Travelway Inn who, through their generosity, have helped make this event possible. Media sponsors include CBC Sudbury, Sudbury Star – Postmedia, Rewind 103.9FM – Newcap Radio, Eastlink, Le Voyageur, Le Loup, CKLU 96.7FM, and Journal Printing.
Jazz Sudbury is a charitable not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring appreciation for the colourful and diverse form of live music and by presenting the industry’s best in jazz, blues and world music through festivals, performances, and workshops.