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Aeolian jazz bash heralds the long-awaited return of London’s festival season

London’s live music festival season returns this week after two years of COVID dormancy with an injection of jazz.

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London’s live music festival season returns this week after two years of COVID dormancy with an injection of jazz.

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The first Aeolian Hall Jazz & Musical Arts Festival opens Wednesday with a concert featuring Amanda Tosoff of Toronto, a jazz pianist, composer and educator nominated for a Juno Award this year for her album, Earth Voices, and the singer Emilie-Claire Barlow, a multi-Juno nominee.

Headliners for the five-day festival include two-time Juno nominee Julian Taylor (Thursday, 8 p.m.), Uruguayan singer Elbio Fernandez with the Payadora Tango Ensemble with London bassist Joe Phillips (Friday, 8 p.m.) and the six-time Juno nominee Carol Welsman (Saturday, 8 p.m.)

“We wanted to do something with vision and optimism,” said Clark Bryan, executive and artistic director of Aeolian, noting that the festival will continue until the Forest City London Music Awards Classical, Jazz and World Music gala on Sunday, as part of London Music Week.

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“It’s a tricky time for Aeolian. There’s no more government money coming in, but people are still finding their bearings when it comes to attending live music events,” did he declare.

“So we could just focus on survival, but I think our role is to do the opposite: to be a beacon of hope and inspiration for audiences and artists. We want to give people the chance to go out and listen to live music and give these artists a job and celebrate what they do. It’s been two long years.

The festival features four stages, two indoors – the Aeolian Hall Main Stage and the Dave Southen Lounge, featuring jazz vocalists – and two outdoors on the Dundas Garden Stage (patio) and l across the street on the Russell Hendrix Royal Oak Homes stage in the parking lot. with several food vendors.

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Tickets are required for Main Stage events, but admission to the other three stages is by donation. Masks must be worn (except when eating or drinking) at all indoor shows.

The Southen Lounge’s Saturday lineup includes Sonja Gustafson with pianist Charlie Rallo and bassist Larry Ernewein at 1 p.m., Gina Farrugia and Peter Karle at 2 p.m., Hilary Welch with the Bryan Gloyd Combo at 3 p.m., Denise Pelley with the Bryan Gloyd Combo at 4 p.m. , and the Bryan Gloyd Combo with drummer Rob Larose and bassist Andrew Kosty at 5 p.m. Sunday, the lounge will feature Dizzy & Fay at noon, Marque Smith & Scott Bollert at 1 p.m. and Laurraine Sigouin at 3 p.m.

Saturday’s lineup for the Russell Hendrix Royal Oak Homes Stage includes Enchanté with Laurraine Sigouin at 1 p.m., the Seth McNall Sextet at 3 p.m. and Big Bandemic with special guests Denise Pelley and Bruce Hoadley at 5 p.m. Sunday lineup includes Baddest Big Band at 1 p.m. and Quintessential at 3 p.m.

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On the Dundas Garden stage on Saturday, the Nicole Tan Combo at 1:30 p.m. The Crooners (Rick Kish and Connor Boa) at 2:30 p.m., the Barclay Road Brassworks at 3:30 p.m. and the Aiyoyô project at 4:30 p.m. includes Young Ones with guitarist John Kenny, bassist Rob Weatherstone and drummer Sandy McKay (drums) at 1:30 p.m., the Peter Karle Combo at 2:30 p.m. and Take Three at 3:30 p.m.

Bryan said the festival would give people a chance to “come together and reconnect.”

“I think we’ve all learned during the pandemic that we need each other and that living in isolation is not natural, not good for us,” Bryan said, adding that he hopes the festival will expand. to further include the Old East Village corridor. “It’s an opportunity to reconnect and recharge.”

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What: The first annual Aeolian Hall Jazz and Musical Arts Festival, featuring headliners Amanda Tosoff, with special guest Emilie-Claire Barlow, Julian Taylor, Uruguayan singer Elbio Fernandez with the Payadora Tango Ensemble with London bassist Joel Phillips and Carol Welsman.

When: From Wednesday to Sunday.

Where: Wind Hall, 795 Dundas St.

Tickets: Prices vary, available online at, at the box office or by calling 519-672-7950.


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