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Sher St. Kitts hosts a blog talk radio show live on Saturdays from 1:30-2:30.

Dedicated, Passionate Volunteers are what make good things happen in Communities and in the Arts!

When people decide to help create something wonderful together for their community and the arts it makes a difference.
 
The Aurora jazz+ Festival began as a one day trial in conjunction with the Aurora Farmers Market back in 2009.  Given its success, the next year it grew to a 2 day event and finally in 2011 we had a full-fledged 3 day festival in Town Park with over 6,000 patrons, 2 stages, 20 food vendors, booths, 28 musical acts, 20 visual artists and so much more.

Happily all this community effort by dedicated Board members and hundreds of volunteers has brought this festival recognition as one of the Top 100 Festival/Events in Ontario  by Festival & Events Ontario: 
http://www.festivalsandeventsontario.ca/main.cfm?id=B7BB6628-B6A7-8AA0-65E46F7E43B99780

Such recognition and achievement supports the artists, musicians and our culture, while stimulating tourism and economic development in York Region
making the festival site a destination location!  A big spotlight is now on the Aurora jazz+ Festival for 2012!!  Thanks to all our dedicated volunteers,
sponsors, entertainers and artists.

Please join us for the 2012 Aurora jazz+ Festival – August 3 – 5 Town Park www.aurorajazzfest.com for more information.

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A Special Thank You From Sher

The Aurora jazz+ Festival wishes to thank all those who helped us create an amazing community event – the Aurora jazz+ Festival this past August long week-end in the heart of York Region.

This year the festival had dozens of Food Vendors, Crafts and a new Visual Artists area, 28 Official Musicians/Entertainers, Kids Craft Blast Zone, Boogie Boy Blues at the Cultural Centre and many sponsors, including the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Over 6,000 folks attended and more than 2000 of those included kids and Seniors who enjoyed free entry!

Festival Organizers, the Board of the non-profit Aurora Festival of the Arts, comprised of Sarah Sparks, Sher St. Kitts, Hilary Musker, Susan Morton Leonard, Bob Leonard and Bernice Morrison were thrilled to be able to give $3,000 to Safehaven www.safehaven.to and $3,000 to The Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness www.abusehurts.com from money raised at the festival this year!


We wish to grow the festival larger and to attract more Artists and Patrons.

If you are interested in becoming involved as a volunteer and/or on our Advisory Board please email detailsArtists/Musicians – send in your information if you wish to be part of the 2012 festival to sher@stkittsmusic.ca  (Reference: 2012 Aurora Jazz Fest)
New sponsors welcome!

Mark your calendars for the 2012 Aurora jazz+ Festival – August 3, 4, 5th.

Visit us on line to see all we thank www.aurorajazzfest.com/thanks

Sincerely,

Sher St. Kitts, Chair – Aurora Festival of the Arts 2011

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The Board of the Aurora Festival of the Arts – Organizers of the 2011 Aurora jazz+ Festival

THANKS all who helped us make it a huge success this year! 
Our 3rd year saw thousands of music and art lovers attend enjoying our uniquely multicultural Canadian talents

Success was due to Entertainers on Stage, Visual Artists in the Park, Vendors, Sponsors, tireless/dedicated Volunteers and of course, the AFA Board and Advisory Board.  Many organizations, clubs, Seniors, Students and community minded people from all over York Region joined together to create the 2011 Aurora jazz+ Festival.

Volunteers first! – Over 100 people helped us man the gates, assisted patrons in the park, staffed Beer/Wine Garden as Smart Servers, provided communication the park, interviewed participants, took films and photos, sold posters and tee-shirts, assisted Vendors and generally provided whatever back-up was needed whenever it was needed!

Volunteers were there for Whatever/Whenever and the festival could not run nor be a success without each one.

Sponsors – We had wonderful sponsors who helped us with everything from the Entertainment to the Staging and Promotions with sponsorship funds and services in kind.  We thank:  Ontario Trillium Foundation, Enbridge Gas, The Town of Aurora, 88.5 The Jewel, King Brewery, CIBC Aurora, The Arts Music Store, 91.1 Jazz FM, 94.7 The Wave, SNAP Newspaper (Aurora/Richmond Hill), On Richmond Hill,  Jonathan’s Restaurant, Villa Risi Restaurant, Black Forest Garden Centre, Vinoteca Winery, Hawkness Music, Long & McQuade, Coll Audio, Shield Service Security, Pezmosis Music, Multi Media Film Festival of York Region, York Region Amateur Radio Operators, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Daphne Williamson, The Salvation Army, Aurora Clicks, Epoch Times, Brand Wizard, Powell Fence…   Certainly there are more who donated time/services in kind – this is to reach out to thank you now!  Our formal thank you promises to include everyone and will likely be rather lengthy! 

Visual Artists & Musical Entertainers – Your dedication, great works of art and performances gave substance to the festival.   Herbert Pryke of Artcures has the complete list of Visual Artists who attended – each of whom brought inspirational works. We had over 27 musical performers – over 80% of which were from York Region.  The musical entertainment was awesome!  AFA wishes to thank every artist musical and visual for supporting the festival sharing with us your talent and time!

2011 Vendors
– Thank you all for helping us create a wonderful atmosphere with great foods, services, information and shopping! 

We will provide a formal thank you once we complete our festival wrap up and tallies to advise how your input helped create this wonderful successful festival.

In the meantime your comments, views and suggestions are welcome!

Sincerely
Sher St. Kitts
Chair – Aurora Festival of the Arts – 2011 Aurora jazz+ Festival

www.aurorajazzfest.com

 

Coming Event List for the Aurora Jazz + Festival!

One of our twelve (12) food vendors for the Aurora jazz+ Festival won a BBQ Big Grill Catering Award and was interviewed by Amanda Persico for the Banner on Wednesday:  Congratulations to Kevin & Naomi Finch owners of The Big Grill which is usually at the Aurora Farmers Market on Saturday morning.  The Big Grill will be with the Aurora jazz+ Festival in the Park for the entire festival.  We have food from all over the world represented in the Park!  Lots of vendors, lots to do, great music, artists and so much more – the excitement is building

We have the Alex the Beaver from the CNE coming out on Saturday from 3 – 5pm to hand our free CNE passes for the kids.  Brian Master of 88.5 will broadcast live from the Park Saturday 2 – 6pm.  York Region Water Truck will make its first appearance in Town Park offering good drinking water and reducing environmental waste….

Info for you:

COMING EVENTS LIST: (and see letter below re July 21st Kick Off Party!!)

JULY 21st Jonathan’s Official Jazz Hot Spot – Kick Off Party – Thursday July 21st @ 7pm. Launching our Official Hot Spot and leading up to the 2011 Aurora jazz+ Festival while supporting CCAA and Safehaven with a $5 donation at the door;  3rd Annual Aurora jazz+Festival. Live Entertainment; Beer/Wine Tasting & Great Food as always R.S.V.P. 905 841 1807

July 29 – 31st Aurora jazz+ Festival – Town Park :: Enjoy the civic long weekend in Our Town at the festival; including fabulous music, visual artists, Festival Marketplace; food vendors, Beer & Wine Garden; Kids Craft Blast Zone (Sat/Sun) & Boogie Boy Blues interactive concert July 31st 3pm at the Aurora Cultural Centre. Also MultiMedia Film Festival of York Region offers viewing of award winning films at the Cultural Centre Sat. July 30th.     Festival:  $5 daily – children under 12 and seniors 65+  free

July 30th – Multi Media Film Festival of York Region providing a screening of Award Winning York Region Films in the Aurora Cultural Centre from noon – 4pm

July 30th & July 31st – Kids Craft Blast Zone at Town Park during the Aurora jazz Festival. Kids create musical items using recycled materials – with Helen Rodrigues.

July 31st 3pm Boogie Boy Blues Interactive Theatre Concert at Aurora Cultural Centre brought to you by the Aurora Festival of the Arts  –  FREE

Celebrate Jonathan’s Restaurant the first Official Hot Spot for the Aurora jazz festival!  Jonathan’s is offering live jazz all 3 nights of the festival from 7pm.  It’s the place to continue the party after the Festival closes each night at 10pm and to go anytime for great food and service. 

But why wait for the festival – let’s Party! Everyone is welcome to Jonathan’s our Official Jazz Hot Spot – Thursday July 21st @ 7pm to support owner Mary Georgopolous and stimulate excitement for this year’s festival!  Help us thank Mary for her continued dedication and support of the arts, culture and those in need.  Enjoy great food, good times and music with George St. Kitts (AJF Artistic/Musical Director) and surprise festival musical guests.  Mary has organized beer and wine tasting and lots of fun activities to make the night a blast for us all! 

$5 donation at the door will be given to Safehaven www.safehaven.to and Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness (CCAA) www.abusehurts.ca  the 2 charity partners of the AFA.  CCAA and Safehaven representatives will be at the party to meet you and they are bringing the Safehaven Teddy Bears and some fabulous fashion accessories so you can also shop!

So, if you enjoy celebrating good people, food, music, and laughter while helping others then you will want to be at Jonathan’s Thursday July 21st at 7pm.  Can’t wait to see you there! 

Thank you all for your continued support of the Arts.

Aurora Festival of the Arts Sports Red Hot Canadians in Aurora’s Canada Day Parade for the 2011 Aurora Jazz Festival

AURORA JAZZ FEST A STAR AND A WINNER IN THE 2011 AURORA CANADA DAY PARADE ON YONGE STREET JULY 1ST

AJF CAME AWAY WITH THE BEST DECORATED FLOAT AWARD!  MANY AGREE IT WAS ALSO THE MOST ENGAGING & ‘FUN’ FLOAT IN THE PARADE WITH FABULOUS MUSIC AND DANCING ALL THE WAY DOWN YONGE STREET celebrating our nations birthday and our local artisans!!

THE 3 PINK BUBBLEGUM GIRLS IN BOAS, PINK WIGS AND BRIGHT SPARKLING SEQUENCE DANCED ON PLATFORMS WITH LOCAL BODY BUILDING STARS CARM & ABI FROM FITNESS CLUBS OF CANADA – AND BOY ARE THEY EVER FIT! 

THE COMBINED POWER OF MUSIC AND MUSCLES RIPPED A SEGMENT RED HOT CANADIAN JOY, DANCE AND LAUGHTER DOWN THE PARADE ROUTE AS FESTIVAL FANS (AND RED HOT CANADIANS) WAVED AND DANCED WITH THE PARTICIPANTS ON THE FLOAT….

MORE THAN A DOZEN RED HOT CANADIAN SPIRITED STUDENTS VOLUNTEERS DANCED AND GREETED FELLOW CANUKS AND MUSIC LOVERS ALONG PARADE ROUTE.  THEY DRESSED IN MERRY ARRANGEMENTS OF CANADA HATS, FLAGS, TEES AND CARRIED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, DRUMS, TAMBORINES AND NOISE MAKERS OF ALL KINDS!!  MY JAM SPACE FAMILIES AND ORGANIZER MICHAEL LANTEIGNE WERE THERE UP IN THE BIG BEAUTIFUL BLUE TRUCK DONATED BY KEVIN & FAMILY OF MASTERCUT. 
ARTIST DEBORAH CAMPO DANCED BESIDE HER EASLE, CANVAS AND PAINT BRUSHES REPRESENTING ALL THE LOCAL ARTISANS WHO WILL BE IN THE FESTIVAL AT THE FESTIVAL MARKET PLACE 
THE FLOAT WAS MAGNIFICENTLY DRESSED UP WITH RED FLAGS, RED HOT CANADIAN POSTERS AND AURORA JAZZ FESTIVAL BANNERS – IT WAS ALIVE AND COLORFUL…
A CONSTANT SUPPLY OF GREATEST HITS AND TUNES WERE SPUN BY D.J. GEORGE ST. KITTS
IT WAS A GLORIOUS DAY FOR CANADA AND THE FESTIVAL
WANT TO JOIN THE FUN?  COME OUT TO AURORA TOWN PARK JULY 29 – 31ST www.aurorajazzfest.com

Music and Art in York Region and Aurora Festival News

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Joel Krivy interview – artist on Sunday line up for the Aurora jazz Fest July 29 – 31st 2011. Check it out and send to friends – all music by artists of the festival! www.aurorajazzfest.com

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sher-st-kitts/2011/06/25/music-and-art-in-york-region-and-aurora-festival-news#.TgY–616riw.email

Aurora Jazz Festival is a GO!

 

Hello music lovers! Mark your calendars; enjoy a Stay-Cation right here in Aurora for the August 1st long weekend! Save gas, invite family – enjoy your home area with friends… July 29-31st  

3rd annual Aurora jazz+ Festival now run by the newly formed Aurora Festival of the Arts, a non-profit organization, supported by The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Town of Aurora, 88.5 The Jewel…visit our site for more sponsor info.

The festival had over 5,000 visitors last year at its gated event.  It brings visitors from York Region and Greater Toronto; some from as far away as Europe, Washington and Florida to visit their York Region families during this music festival!   

2011 Festival is better than ever with more music, artisans and community involvement.  Aurora jazz+ Festival boasts Ontario’s finest talent (musical and visual artists); two stages; beer/wine garden; non-stop music; great food in a beautiful fully accessible heritage setting.

Entertainment line-up will be posted and artists featured at www.aurorajazzfest.com and at York Scene Blogs!

Town Park has great area for kids at the Sand Park and Water Park and organizers plan more activities for children.  2011 Festival includes the baseball diamond to enable festival growth and a place for our artisans and vendors.

GO!  Town Park is close to Go Station – lots of parking and within easy walking distance to festival.  Also close to Aurora Cultural Centre and our Library to visit more of Aurora while you are here!   See Boogie Boy Blues educational/interactive show July 31 at 3pm at the Aurora Cultural Centre.

Festival also supports two local charities Safehaven and CCAA – Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness and offers a community information booth to local service clubs.

Aurora Festival of the Arts: July 29, 30 and 31st in Aurora’s historical Town Park – visit http://www.aurorajazzfest.com for more details and sign up as on of our friends and followers to receive updated information.  Visit us at the Aurora Farmers Market any Saturday 8am-1pm.

Fee: Nominal daily fee of $5 per person, children 12 and under free. 

Friday July 29 6pm-10pm; Saturday July 30 2pm-10pm; Sunday July 31 1pm-10pm

Town Park – Mosley & Wells Streets, Aurora

Volunteers needed – Students Welcome!! Contact sher@stkittsmusic.ca

Sponsors – Become an Offical Festival Hot Spot – Get involved!

Links: http://www.aurorajazzfest.com/  www.ontariofestivalsvisited.ca   www.yorkscene.com

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2011 – LINE UP

FRIDAY – July 29th –  CARIBANA NORTH

6PM: Caribana North Reggae/Soca – Brian Huntley & Friends – Band shell

7:45 Steve Hunter – 2 Men from Earth – Mobile Stage

8:45 Moonwalker – Alex St. Kitts – Band shell

9:15 George St. Kitts – Sounds of Motown – Mobile Stage

 

 

SATURDAY – July 30th – World Music

Pre-Festival – Yoga/Fitness and Music at the Market in the Park Starting at 10am

2pm After Hours Big Band – Band shell

2:45 Bob Rice – Latin Jazz – Mobile Stage

3:30 Jamie Miller Folk – Band Shell

4:15  My Jam Space  – Mobile Stage

4:45 Stacey Kaniuk – Band Shell

5:30 Courtenay Fields – Mobile Stage

6:00 Rob Tardik – Band Shell

6:45 Hot Rocks – Mobile Stage

7:45 Shugga Band – Band Shell

8:45 Spider Jones Band – Mobile Stage

9:15 George Olliver and Band – Band Shell

 

SUNDAY – July 31st

1pm High Ground – Mobile Stage

1:45 Zim Zum Jazz Band – Band Shell

2:45 John Ebata – World Music  – Mobile Stage

 3-4pm Boogie Boys Blues at Cultural Centre

3:30 Joel Krivy – Band Shell

4:00 Not Affiliated Big Band – Mobile Stage

4:45 Julian Troiano Band – Band Shell

5:15 Missy Knott – Mobile Stage

6:00 Michael Massaro – Band Shell

7:00 Martin Acouin Band – Mobile Stage

8:00 Alex Ciccone –  Band Shell

8:30 Neil Chapman and Robin Banks – Mobile Stage