Jazz bands playing at In the Soil Arts Festival

Photo supplied by Niagara Jazz Festival's Cosmo Condina - Niagara Jazz Festival has partnered with In the Soil Arts Festival to bring live jazz to downtown St. Catharines
Photo supplied by Niagara Jazz Festival’s Cosmo Condina – Niagara Jazz Festival has partnered with In the Soil Arts Festival to bring live jazz to downtown St. Catharines

Niagara Jazz Festival has partnered with In the Soil Arts Festival to bring live jazz to downtown St. Catharines with two shows back-to-back on Saturday.

The shows will be held at Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines with the first one running from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. with The Worst Pop Band Ever playing.

The band is described as the ugly lovechild of Radiohead and Miles Davis, and straddles genres. It initially began as a one-off idea nearly a decade ago and has morphed into playing at festivals and packed clubs throughout North America from IAJE to NXNE; St. John’s to Chicago.
The band played 2012 TD Toronto Jazz Festival, been showcased in Canadian Musician Magazine, featured on various radio stations like CBC and JazzFM, and finalists in NOW Toronto’s Soundclash competition.

In The Soil Arts Festival is a three-day explosion of creativity featuring over 150 acts and installations in theatre, music, dance, media, streetscape and interactive art that take over the expected and unexpected spaces of St. Catharines downtown. The homegrown arts festival and is working to make a Niagara that is self-determining and culturally distinct.

The festival nurtures the creation of new work, showcases talent, encourages innovation, offers learning opportunities for youth and provides intimate and uncommon platforms for audiences to experience work by contemporary performing and literary artists, musicians and media artists.

The Ken McDonald Quartet, a modern jazz quartet playing original compositions that draw influences from various worldly sources will perform from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday night.

Bassist Ken McDonald formed The Ken McDonald Quartet in the winter of 2008. The band’s regular members consist of Paul Metcalfe, Lowell Whitty and Demetri Petsalakis, but also features a string of regular outside contributors including Dave Clark and Tom Richards. The band’s debut record Pay What You Can was released in 2011 and was followed by a southern Ontario tour. The band’s second record Sitting, Waiting, Wasting Time was released on April 3.

Tickets and festival passes for In The Soil Arts Festival can be purchased at www.inthesoil.on.ca.

About Niagara Jazz Festival

• The Niagara Jazz Festival is a cutting edge four-day celebration of jazz, performed in intimate indoor and outdoor venues in the heart of Niagara’s stunning wine country July 23-26, 2015.
• It presents the finest Canadian and internationally acclaimed jazz musicians by way of spectacular concerts, wine, craft beer, and culinary packages, and free performances throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake and selected locations throughout Niagara.
• Updates can be found at www.niagarajazzfestival.com @jazzniagara #livelovejazz

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