A message from our founder

It is hard to believe that four years have elapsed since our inaugural festival in 2015. We have come so far since our humble beginnings and yet we still strive to uphold the spirit and principles that led us to form the Etobicoke Jazz Festival in the first place.

It is my passionate belief that youth in both music and the arts must be nurtured and allowed to thrive. This was and remains the foundational idea upon which the EJF was built and with this in mind, we have presented in addition to Humber students, talent from the University of Toronto, The Etobicoke School of the Arts and The 91.1 Jazz FM Youth Orchestra.

As a musician, in the past I have played numerous jazz festivals in and around Toronto and always 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 this province, not only by presenting brilliant talent but also by giving an opportunity to the younger musicians as well as their great music educators. They deserve a chance to perform and display all the great 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.

To all of our friends, supporters and sponsors who attended and/or helped with Etobicoke Jazz Festival each year, I want to personally extend a heartfelt thank you for all your assistance. This festival has grown and been more successful every year and features some outstanding music. You are the ones who have made the Etobicoke Jazz Festival the highlight of the fall in Etobicoke!

With sincere gratitude,
Curtis