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Markham Jazzlicious WinterFest returns

Food lovers and music enthusiasts will be jazzed: the Markham Jazzlicious Winterfest returns for a second year and is double the size of the sold-out inaugural season.

Six musical and culinary pairings will take place at culinary destinations across the city, kicking off with two-time Juno award-winning bebop and swing vocalist Caity Gyorgy Quartet performing at NextDoor Restaurant helmed by Executive Chef Clayton Khan from January 23 to 27.

“The inaugural Markham Jazzlicious WinterFest series last year brought visitors from across the Greater Toronto Area to Markham for these uniquely curated evenings,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “A program that began as an initiative to support Markham’s culinary sector during the slower season quickly became a much talked about cultural event. Residents and visitors to the city were able to fully experience the exceptional diversity of our culinary offerings alongside performances by some of the best jazz artists Canada has to offer.”

Motown, Jazz and R&B singer George St Kitts performs at Rouge River Brewing Company hosted by brew master Jordan Mills and featuring Ian Patterson Patterson Pizza from February 6 to 10. Celebrated jazz vocalist Matt Dusk will premiere his “The Best Is Yet To Come: Dusk Sings Bennett” show at Essence of Unionville hosted by Jitin Gaba, Executive Chef at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa, from February 20 to 24.

Leading jazz vocalist Heather Bambrick returns and will perform at Ambiyan, which serves up authentic Indian cuisine by newly-appointed Executive Chef Harmeet Singh from February 27 to March 2. Barbra Lica, jazz vocalist and songwriter, performs at Laz Cuisine, home to Executive Chef and Owner Diakhia Lezama, from March 5 to 9. Canadian jazz and boogie-woogie pianist Michael Kaeshammer joins Bill Jewer, Executive Chef of Draco at the Toronto Marriott Markham, from March 20 to 22 to close the event.

Markham Jazzlicious WinterFest is produced by Destination Markham Corporation in collaboration with the Markham Jazz Festival and Cosmo Music, and in partnership with JAZZ.FM91 radio and Flato Markham Theatre. “We are very excited to be bringing back this highly anticipated musical and culinary experience,” says Destination Markham Executive Director Eric Lariviere.

“Eating out is one of the main ways we treat ourselves, but diners also want these social occasions to last longer and be about more than just the cuisine. The addition of an intimate performance by some of this country’s celebrated jazz artists paired with the culinary arts of Markham’s best chefs is the perfect ingredient to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for these consumers.”

Tickets for the 2024 Markham Jazzlicious WinterFest are on sale beginning Friday, December 15. For more information and to pre-register for series tickets, visit


Photo: Michael Kaeshammer performs in Markham from March 20 to 22.


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