2018 PERFORMING ARTISTS:

Neil Swainson, bass (Toronto / Victoria)
Cecily Ward
, violin (London UK / Salt Lake City)
Laila Zakzook, viola (Toronto / Santa Monica CA)
Nan Hughes, mezzo soprano (Banff / Rumson NJ)
Jacob Cordover
, classical guitar (Barcelona / Melbourne)
Aaron Schwebel, violin (Toronto)
Tom Stone, violin (San Francisco)
Buon Park, violin (Toronto / Korea)
Keith Hamm, viola (Toronto / Rosebud)
Runar Kjeldsberg, guitar (Tønsberg, Norway)
Bryn Badel, posthorn (Victoria)

Julie Hereish, cello (Quebec City / Montreal)
Marc Ryserpiano (Boston)
Buff Allen, drums (Bowen Island / Vancouver)
Drew Comstock, cello (Miami / Cary NC)
Brian Dickinson, jazz piano (Toronto / Stratford)
Kelly Jefferson, saxophone (Toronto / Regina)
Brad Turner, drums (Vancouver / Langley BC)
Jazimina MacNeil, mezzo soprano (Harrisville NH / Lincoln MA)
Carissa Klopoushak, violin (Ottawa / Saskatoon)
Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron, cello (Toronto / Quebec)

FELLOWSHIP ARTISTS

Hua-Chu Huang, violin (Toronto / Taiwan)
Erin James, violin (Edmonton / Vancouver)
Jacob Clewell, viola (Toronto / Oklahoma City)
Lucas Blekeberg, viola (Toronto / Iowa)
James Churchill, cello (Toronto / Sydney)
Carmen Bruno, cello (Montreal / Ottawa)

If you haven’t been to MBTS before it is worth taking the time to read about how we programme. We are not a normal festival, in the sense that people normally buy tickets for a particular artist on a particular night. Instead, we create a “company”  of individual artists from across the country and the globe, both jazz and classical, who then collaborate to create the programme.

Once we have confirmed all the artists in April, we begin a process of developing a repertoire wish list. From this list we determine our final programme. Generally, a typical concert contains a short piece or two from a variety of artists in the company, in a variety of collaborations, both jazz and classical. If you’d like to see more, view our previous programmes here.

Jazz selections are announced from the stage. We have been doing this long enough now that audiences are buying tickets before they know the programme or the artists— because they are confident that every concert will have a large, thoughtfully chosen, selection of the company and different genres.