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In 2001, Elizabeth Wilson and David Acomba decided to launch a Jazz Festival in Port Hope, for which they assembled an incredible Board of Directors. Toronto jazz impresario Sybil Walker was part of the inaugural team and stayed for four years until John McGuirk stepped in as Artistic Director. Sybil has now returned and is working with the Port Hope Jazz team for the 2022 Port Hope Jazz Series.


There were fifteen years of September weekends for the All-Canadian Jazz Festival, under canvas, in downtown Port Hope’s Memorial Park. The Festival endured hurricane warnings, much rain, and some sunshine but kept its promised mandate to present the best of Canadian jazz performers. Successive years saw smaller events throughout the year, and then, COVID-19 happened.


In 2022, the Board of Directors of Port Hope Jazz are revitalized the Jazz brand in Port Hope by offering top calibre Canadian jazz musicians in local restaurants every weekend in August. We are pleased to be joining the celebrations of the long-anticipated return of live music.


We thank everyone for coming out to support live music in the Town of Port Hope in 2022, and look forward to welcoming you back in August, 2023. Stay tuned for updates!

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