On The Bell Stage for our 11th Festival


Friday Sept 14

7:00 PM

Think about it! When five musicians with a combined 150 years of experience get together to make some music – not for money , not for accolades, but for the sheer enjoyment created by playing music they all love , well , it’s got to be something special.

Tim Simpson, Steve Beach, Stan Szymkow, Bruce Wilson and Jim VanSickle formed the X-Statics Rhythm ‘n Blues Revue to play some music that they wanted to play, a chance to stretch out and pay homage to some of the great rhythm ‘n blues artists of the 1960’s and 70’s that helped shape their own musical lives not so long ago.

Photograph of The X-Statics
Photograph of Powerhouse


Friday Sept. 14

8:30 PM

POWERHOUSE, in its 30 years, has played well over 1000 shows everywhere from the US mid-west to across the pond in Portugal and the Azores Islands.  They’ve headlined Canada’s Largest Ribfest in Burlington, Ontario, and have played the summer concert series in Akron, Ohio, The  Festival of Lights in Peterborough, The Festival of the Islands in Gananoque, Ontario, and The La Ronde Theatre at 6 Flags Amusement Park in Montreal, P.Q.,  just to name a few.

With a full three-piece horn section, five-piece rhythm section and multi-lead vocalists, the band has collected a wealth of material suitable for anything from intimate Corporate events, a night of dancing in the Clubs, large outdoor Festivals or soft-seater Theatres.

The POWERHOUSE show is a mixture of Motown/Soul/R&B and classic rock, with a tribute to the divas, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, and others, featuring lead vocalist Paula Tessaro, formerly of Ray Lyell and the Storm and TaShe.


Saturday Sept. 15

12:30 PM

That Toronto band with the distinctive “British Isles” flavor is back. This is a hot band in the trad jazz mould. They have a big book and they do fine vocals. Come and hear rags, marches, blues, and spirituals in the Climax style. Chris Daniels might also bring out a chuckle in you.

The Toronto based Climax Jazz Band, formed in 1971, are known throughout North America, Europe and Japan for their tight, driving, British style traditional jazz. They were voted America’s second favourite foreign trad band in the most recent Jazzology Records poll.

Climax has appeared at festivals and clubs across North America, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee and other festivals in California, Washington (State and D.C.), Virginia, Florida, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Oregon, Indianapolis, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Quebec.

Photograph of The Climax Jazz Band
Photograph of The Willows


Saturday Sept 15

2:00 PM

The Willows are making a name for themselves as a dynamic close harmony vocal trio, wowing audiences with their signature nostalgic charm. With Krista Deady as contralto, Andrea Gregorio as soprano and Lauren Pedersen as mezzo-soprano, the refreshing harmonies of these sophisticated songstresses will transport you back to the classiest of eras in music, today.

Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, the tri-hair coloured trio met as young dance students. Together, they not only nurtured an appreciation for the performing arts, but became the closest of companions. Their passion for the performing arts eventually brought them across the country to study in Toronto and they’d soon discover that their talents would extend beyond dancing.  Their newly-released original album titled Tea for Three hit #2 on both the iTunes and Nielsen Soundscan jazz charts in Canada. Since starting out at open mics, The Willows have grown to perform at jazz festivals across Canada, Danforth Music Hall, Koerner Hall, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and most recently in 3 cities in Russia for their International Jazz & Humor Festival.


with Guest Vocalist

Saturday Sept. 15

3:30 PM

The Cuban born Hilario Duran grew up in Havana into a musical family surrounded by a variety of diverse musical influences on a daily basis. He began working as a professional musician in Cuba’s Los Papa Cun-Cun Ensemble and a variety of musical format and later on, in the 70’s; Duran was Chucho Valdés’ chosen successor in Cuba’s most modern big band, Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna.

Hilario toured worldwide and performed with Dizzy Gillespie and Michel Legrand, among many others as part of Arturo Sandoval band where he was pianist/keyboardist, arranger and musical director for 9 years.

Photograph of Hilario Duran
Photograph Tyler Yarema and Chuck Jackson


Saturday Sept. 15

5:00 PM

Tyler Yarema is an award winning Piano Player, Singer, and Composer. He has played on over 30 cd’s ranging from Blues and Jazz, to Reggae and Pop The Juno winner has been in constant demand for many Festivals, corporate functions, weddings, and theater concerts nation wide. Tyler has also held a enormously successful house gig at the world famous Reservoir Lounge in downtown Toronto. Having such an aggressive and entertaining, often with fingers a blur style of Piano Playing, and a crooners voice often compared to Chet Baker, Tyler is a “must see” performer.

Chuck Jackson is Downchild’s lead singer and harmonica player; the sort of openhearted, friendly guy who builds an instant rapport with audiences. He came to Downchild 29 years ago after a long career with a number of top Canadian bands. An Award-Winning singer, who rates Big Joe Turner, Otis Redding and Junior Wells as major influences, Jackson is also is an excellent songwriter. A number of his songs can be heard on the many Downchild recordings. As a dynamic harmonica player, one special highlight of the band’s performances is a harp duet with Mr. Downchild, Donnie Walsh. Chuck is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the annual award-winning Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary in 2018. The Festival has become a major event on the North American festival circuit.


featuring Laura McNabb on Vocals

Sunday Sept. 16

12:00 PM

Robert C. Fekete is a Jazz pianist, vocalist and composer who shares his musical philosophy with others through performance and audio recording. His roots are planted firmly in classical and jazz traditions; however he aspires to build a bridge between modern popular music and older musical art forms without losing his focus on the relevance and necessity of art in the world. Robert recognizes the importance of recruiting young people to the jazz art form. He conveys this message through his musical compositions and when he performs live.

Piano – Rob Fekete

Vocalist – Laura McNabb

Saxaphone – Mike Felice

Bass – Clark Johnson

Drums – Adam Fielding

Photograph of The Rob Fekete Quintet featuring Laura McNabb on vocals
Photograph of Countermeasure


Sunday Sept. 16

1:30 PM

Smooth harmonies. Joyful performances. Infectious energy. Get ready for next-level a cappella with Countermeasure!

Countermeasure is the new sound in vocal music, known for their sophisticated arrangements, seamless harmonies, lively performances and infectious energy. Their dramatically choreographed show, where every song tells a story, has received standing ovations and critical acclaim worldwide. Featuring 14 of Canada’s top harmony singers, their genre-defying contemporary sound takes a cappella to the next level.

They have won multiple awards from Contemporary A Cappella Society of America, including Best CAL Album, best video, and for song writing

Artwork from the Tiki Collective


Sunday Sept. 16

3:15 PM

The Tiki Collective was formed in 2016 as a special event for Jaymz Bee’s 53rd birthday at Lula Lounge in Toronto. The large enemble decided after one show they should continue performing live and have appeared at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, The Painted Lady, Massey Hall and various Ontario music festivals. They have recently completed their debut CD “MUSE”, produced by Jaymz Bee and Jono Grant that features the core band plus guest musicians and over a dozen female vocalists.

Many of the people on this CD will be performing for the Brantford Jazz Festival.  Musicians include:

Instrumentalists: Kevin Barrett (guitar) Michael Davidson (vibes) Artie Roth (bass) Great Bob Scott (drums) and Ernie Tollar (flutes and saxes).

Singers:  Heather Luckhart, Lily Frost, Tyra Jutai, Jocelyn Barth, Jessica Laldone, and Jaymz Bee.

TTC are signed to Vesuvius Music, a new indie label run by Jaymz Bee and executive producer Lorenzo DeGianfelice.

“MUSE” is distributed through Slammin Media and Believe Distribution.


Sunday Sept. 16

5:00 PM

What do you get when you cross 3 amazing saxophonists dressed in wacky clothes, a crazy dancing drummer and a killer upright bass player and have them sing songs about Buses, Roaches and Hockey and spend 1/2 their time playing in the audience? The Shuffle Demons, that’s what!!! They were a band that captured the imagination of a generation with their antics and amazing no holds barred playing and stopped traffic on a regular basis. And now they’re back!!

The Shuffle Demons are a high-energy Canadian band that blends virtuosic jazz and funk playing with eye-catching costumes and over the top stage antics to produce an incredible show. A hit at festivals all over the world, the Shuffle Demons are a crowd pleasing, full-on musical group that backs up wild stage antics with phenomenal playing by some of Canada’s most talented musicians.

The Shuffle Demons first broke onto the Canadian music scene in 1984 with an electrifying musical fusion that drew in equal measure from Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, Run DMC and the Beastie Boys. This band is genre bending, highly visually entertaining, funny, and best of all, can really PLAY. All their eye catching, crowd-pleasing stunts are backed up by incredibly solid musicianship and real groundbreaking playing.

Photograph of the Shuffle Demons