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A brief history (quoting from the past)
As a musician, over the years I have played numerous jazz festivals in and around Toronto and wondered why we, the great music lovers of Etobicoke, didn’t have a jazz festival of our own. With this inspiration I became and remain committed to bringing the best jazz festival to our community, not only by presenting top notch talent but also giving an opportunity to the younger musicians as well as their excellent music educators. They deserve a chance to perform and display all the talent that we have in our neighbourhood. After all we probably have the best music programs in the country as well as a massive talent pool of world class players, circa 2015
Since then we have worked hard to do all the things as prescribed above and until last year, (year 6), we were growing and getting better each year. Unfortunately Covid hit, life changed, and we were all compromised and by the time the fall came around we couldn’t present anything live. Now, this year, we were forced to wait out the lockdowns and just found out in early September that the Crooked Cue might have interest in trying something for later in the fall. As some of the pandemic restrictions have loosened I am thrilled to inform you that we are now presenting a special jazz weekend at the Crooked Cue Restaurant, Etobicoke to be held Oct 29 & 30th.
With our last festival, 2019, we used the Crooked Cue as our main venue for the first time and it worked extremely well for all. The Crooked Cue is very spacious with a great location, step above food and boasts a affluent clientele. On the 2019 weekend we packed the club to over capacity and all had a great time. This year, however, Covid protocols are in place with are limited to the number of guests. It will be a very exclusive event but I think you will enjoy the lineup.
I would like to thank all the people who continue to stay on board, my partner, Jeff Robbs and his business associates, John Sheridan and Matt Smallwood, Taras at Loudmouse Studios, along with my team of Colleen Noble, Miriam Clarke, Eric Boucher, Marco Riquero, Alessandro Spadini, Marshall Boyce and all my musician friends that are always willing to help the cause.
Hope to see you all at the end of October.
Curtis Smith, Founder and Artistic Director