|Jazz Expo is the 2nd Canadian International Jazz Convention which takes place in Toronto, Canada November 2 -4 at the Queen Elizabeth Complex at the CNE grounds. Jazz Expo is a celebration of music which brings together children, students, educators, festival directors, media personalities, musicians, record labels, film makers, composers, talent buyers, agents, managers, producers, TV executives, music camps, schools, and industry leaders from Canada, the USA and the UK. Whether you are an executive secretly playing your guitar in the basement or a parent with a talented child and/or a leading industry professional, Jazz Expo promises to be a resource for professional development seminars, accessing trade tools, information, networks and live jazz.
Jazz Expo is committed to supporting emerging jazz talent from Canada and around the world. Showcasing new talent is an important part of this year's convention. There are over 20 scheduled concerts, over 180 hours of showcases, courses, clinics, workshops and panels. In addition, Canada Council for the Arts is currently hosting a nation-wide competition for young Canadians to perform under the "JAZZ ID" banner at the convention. Jazz Expo will announce its "All-Star" line up in September.
An "International Jazz Summit" will be the emphasis of the third day of programming. The Summit will create a series of international meetings for the advancement of Trade and Export in Jazz. The expected line-up of international delegates include Jonathan Abbott (Executive Director Jazz Dev, UK), Chuck Iwanusa (President, Jazz Alliance International), Peter Schwartz (President, Hague Jazz Convention), Bob Karcy (CEO, Arkadia Records,New York), Ricky Schultz (CEO, Zebra Records, California, USA), Waymer Johnson (Programming, BET on JAZZ, Washington, USA), Julie Lokin (President/Producer New Audiences, New York), Richard Barz (President/Agent Tannersville, PA), Joel Chriss (President/ Agent, Chriss & Co, New York), Bill Craig (VP Sales MIDEM, New York), Frank Malfatino (Programming Director for the Detroit and Syracuse Jazz Festivals), and Jyrki Kangas (Programming Director Pori Jazz Festival).
Jazz Expo also features a variety of exhibitors - a market place opened to the public. The Jazz Market will offer workshops, guest speakers, product demonstrations, hours of live music and much more. This is a place to discover new talent, get a music lesson, hunt for bargains and add to your CD collection.