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Downchild to appear at jazz festival

Sudbury Living Magazine July 17, 2014 Our Town No Comments on Downchild to appear at jazz festival

Jazz Sudbury announces headliners for 2014 Festival


Blues mainstay Downchild and crooner Emile-Claire Barlow are this year’s headliners at the Jazz Sudbury Festival, which will be take place Sept. 5 and 6 at the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Sudbury.

“Once again, Jazz Sudbury offers top notch jazz and blues groups for its sixth festival,” said Allan Walsh, Jazz Sudbury artistic director, in a news release.

Downchild, led by Donnie (“Mr. Downchild”) Walsh and Chuck Jackson are members of the Canadian Blues Hall of Fame. Recording over a dozen albums of original blues music since their founding in 1969, the band has collected a number of awards for their pioneering work along the way. Their latest album, Can You Hear The Music, was the recipient of the 2014 JUNO Award for Blues Album of the Year.

Three-time Juno nominated artist Barlow will be headlining Saturday’s performances at Grace Hartman. She has earned a reputation for electrifying live performances and clever musical arrangements. A multi-instrumentalist, Barlow puts fun and dramatic emotions into her performances. Jazz Sudbury is also pleased to be providing a solid slate of performers to keep the music going. Local favourites Hugh Jazz, who performed at Wednesday’s launch, will be making a return, with acts like Kevin Turcotte and the Borealis Quartet and the Heavyweights Brass Band also bringing extra heat to the festival.

Early birds who purchase tickets while they’re still fresh will be able to experience the Jazz Sudbury Festival for $60. Guests coming to the door will be able to access the festival for $80, while day passes will retail at $4. All prices are subject to HST.

Tickets are available at, or over the phone at 706-673-7770.

Jazz Sudbury is a non-profit organization dedicated to producing performances and activities in the area of music for the purpose of advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts through festivals, performances and related workshops. Previously named Best New Festival and one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario, Jazz Sudbury has grown to become one of the premier events in the north.

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