September 9/10/11 2016

More than Words

September 15/16

More than Words

Friday night’s opening party was nothing short of fabulous. As per my forecast, everyone was there and they were very thirsty after swinging with The Quickshifters and reminiscing (about nervously slow dancing in the high school gym) while listening to Brass Transit.

More Highlights:

Oliver Jones & Dione Taylor captivating us with Hymn to Freedom, seen above in this great pic by Jean Simard

Amanda Martinez
Amanda Martinez

Amanda Martinez, a talented humanitarian in a great dress (photo by Alasdair Gillespie)

Oliver Jones celebrates his 82nd
Oliver Jones celebrates his 82nd

Oscar Peterson’s daughter Celine presented “Uncle Ollie” (Oliver Jones) with a homemade Birthday cake.

It takes over 100 dedicated volunteers to make this Festival happen. Many thanks to our valued Volunteers, like our gatekeepers Kym and Marg who only let really close friends in for free (lol) and
John McGuirk our artistic director who refuses to be paid and also regularly donates to this Festival and also volunteers at the CD tent all weekend and coordinates Roadshows post season. We suspect he loves having his picture taken with our celebrities like Dione Taylor

And the happy winners of the Port Hope Community Chest Raffle in support of this fine Festival are

Carole Landry- Brooks from Cobourg,at left winner of First Prize a.k.a Shop till You Drop $2000 value with Pam Kort General Manager

Margaret Luksha from Toronto at right, winner of Second Prize ...a.k.a.Eat/Play/Stay $1650 value with Heather Bambrick emcee


Enter your Tweets or Instagrams to #pohojazz to win a digital piano generously provided by Best Buy. It’s not too late! The contest closes September 30th. Think of the publicity/fame and accolades!

Coburg Lindy Hop Crew pic by Alasdair Gillespie
Coburg Lindy Hop Crew pic by Alasdair Gillespie



Many Thanks to all who made this 15th Festival a huge success including our

  • Government Grantors, including the Municipality of Port Hope
  • Sponsors
  • Local Businesses
  • Canadian Jazz Musicians
  • The Cobourg Swing and Lindy Hop Crew
  • Festival Vendors (including Cultivate who sold out of Jambalaya with Shrimp then improvised with Almost Jambalaya )
  • Board of Directors
  • Volunteers
  • Our loyal Audience