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Seeking to avoid 'unreliable' September weather, Jazz Sudbury moves annual festival to August

'We’re moving the festival from September to August to make it that much more enjoyable for our fans'
Director of the Laurentian University Jazz Combo Allan Walsh (left) and Jacob Starling are seen here at the launch of the 2019 edition of the Jazz Sudbury festival in June 2019. (File)

Jazz Sudbury Festival has announced it is moving its annual festival from its usual dates in early September to a month earlier, in early August.

This year's festival will take place Aug. 5-9, 2020.

Despite some cold and rainy September evenings, attendees have braved the weather to enjoy the jazz-filled festival, said a press release from the festival.

Jazz Sudbury organizers are confident that the warmer weather will make attendees feel more comfortable while they enjoy the music on the picturesque shores of Ramsey Lake at Grace Hartman Amphitheatre, the press release added.

Following the 2019 festival, the staff at Jazz Sudbury put out a feedback survey to gauge the audience’s interest in a date change.

“The people who attend the festival tell us they love the music, the venue, and the whole atmosphere, but they could do without the unreliable weather,” said Jazz Sudbury's board president, Dan Lessard.

“So, we’re moving the festival from September to August to make it that much more enjoyable for our fans, who make the Jazz Sudbury Festival what it is. We’ve heard you!”

Jazz Sudbury’s programming is not confined to the festival alone, as it recently expanded on its partnership with local specialty cheese shop and wine bar, La Fromagerie to host jazz music weekly. 

Every Thursday, La Fromagerie features local and regional jazz musicians with the final slot of the month featuring performances curated by Allan Walsh, the festival's artistic director.

Kicking off the expansion of this exciting partnership, Jazz Sudbury plans to host a Christmas concert at La Fromagerie Dec. 19 at 8 p.m.

The event will include holiday-inspired music with a jazzy twist from the Allan Walsh Quartet with Steven Kraus from CKLU as a host. 

For added holiday spirit, those still shopping around for that perfect gift can participate in the silent auction. Items including gift cards, holiday-themed baskets, and arts experiences have been graciously donated by local businesses, artisan and arts organizations. 

Funds will go directly to Jazz Sudbury, a local charitable organization. The silent auction will open at 7 p.m. and all bids will close at 10 p.m. 
Jazz Sudbury Festival tickets will also be available for purchase. 

Tickets are also available at La Fromagerie, A&J Home Hardware, Jett Landry Music, at the Jazz Sudbury office (96 Larch, Suite 200), and online at

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