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Downtown Jazzed Up: Festival cancelled, but you can still enjoy some jazz music

The program kicks off in two downtown locations this Saturday 
Jamie Dupuis and Zac Martel are seen here taking part in the Jazz Sudbury Festival Emerging Artists Showcase in 2017. Dupuis is participating in the Downtown Jazzed Up event this Saturday. (Supplied)

The 2020 Jazz Sudbury Festival, which was supposed to take place this month, may have been cancelled due to the pandemic, but local jazz fans will be able to take in some jazz anyway.

The jazz festival has teamed up with the Downtown Sudbury BIA and the Sudbury Arts Council for a pilot project called Downtown Jazzed Up.

The four to six-week-long program will see various downtown venues featuring live jazz music and working artists in a safe and responsible manner per COVID-19 recommended protocols and guidelines.  

The three participating organizations will kick off the Downtown Jazzed Up program on Saturday, Sept. 12, and will continue each Saturday in September (possibly October, pending weather).

This Saturday, head to the courtyard at the YMCA on Durham Street, where the Tony Simpkin Trio will play from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Jamie Dupuis from 12-1 p.m. and the Pablo Marin-Marquez Trio from 1-2 p.m.

Pop-up artists will also show up at the Cedar Nest and Taco Sol on Saturday. 

The event also features roaming sidewalk chalk art.