All That Worldly Jazz 2023

August 22, 2023

All That Worldly Jazz Festival returns to the river's edge of St Jacobs on September 16 & 17 for two afternoons of mixed jazz featuring international and local artists. Children will enjoy the activities presented by Puppets & Shadows Theatre. There's something for everyone and this is a FREE EVENT!

Bring your lawn chair or blanket (and maybe your umbrella, if it looks like rain), your refillable water bottle and your friends, to enjoy the music, fun, craft popups and food vendors serving snacks and refreshments.

Saturday, September 16, 1-7 pm:

Sunday, September 17, 1-7 pm:


The festival stage is down at the River Front beside the large tourist parking lot at Albert Street East and Water Street.

The Artists

Elisa Avendaño Curaqueo

As a scholar of her Mapuche origins, Elisa Avendaño celebrates her culture through music. She is a scholar and vital promoter of Mapuche Art with over 30 years experience. Elisa Avendaño is the director of the group, 'Mapuche Ñi Kimvn', the Représentant du Père Las Casas in Chile, and as a Ülkantufe, is a leader of people. Elisa Avendaño is an outstanding Mapuche leader who brings the Mapuche song to the world.

August Eleven

Known for his warm, bluesy, soulful song-writing style reminiscent of John Prine and Ray LaMontagne, August Eleven is a local emerging performing artist, living in rural southwestern Ontario. His focus is on understanding life through music and collaborating with other singer/songwriters to create music that brings community together. August Eleven’s new music will be available on streaming platforms, starting August 11, 2023. You can find August Eleven on Instagram and Facebook @augustelevenmusic, or at Accompanying August Eleven, is our own Brian Kelly, who, when he isn’t advocating for animals, or setting up and tearing down Neruda Art's festivals, writes the odd song and plays multifarious instruments from guitar and ukulele to penny whistle and banjo.

Carla Gonzalez-Casanova

Venezuelan born Carla Gonzalez-Casanova is one of G.T.A.’s most active world music performers; a celebrated vocalist and visual artist known for her powerful vocals and energetic performances. Carla sings for thousands of people annually through her work as a front woman with Latintrain and Wharpo, singing in Spanish and English. Carla’s musical career has taken to global stages including; Japan, Trinidad, Spain and Latin America.

Carla’s engaging performances get audiences up and dancing. Her sound features a melting pot of Latin rhythms including; Bolero, Cha-Cha, Son, Salsa, Cumbia with a pinch of jazz. With a busy performance schedule with over 150 dates a year, Carla has graced major stages in Canada including Celebration Square, The Rose Theatre Brampton, and Young Dundas Square. Carla is deeply committed to her community and performs actively at festivals including Carabram, Carassauga, Coubourgh Latin Festival, Panamerican Jazz Festival, Inti Raimy and many more!

Emilia Díaz

Born in Santiago, Chile, it’s not unusual that the profound influence of Latin American music, expressed in a variety of rhythms, timbres, airs, and colours of the music of Violeta Parra, are responsible for defining the beautiful edges of singer-songwriter, Emilia Díaz. Also a music teacher, she has traveled paths that took her from the academy to places where oral tradition is decisive. Along this journey, Emilia Díaz recorded her songs and compositions on the albums, Semilla y Girasol (2009) and Vuela Pajarito (2013), which marked her first authorial stage. Also from that period, the work "Violeta de Mayo" (2012) also stands out, which she premiered at the University of Los Lagos with  the Latin American Ensemble.


Charisse is a talented singer, performer, and developing multi-instrumentalist. She has a passion for RnB, Jazz, Hip Hop, and all things groovy. She's a Grade 11 student with mixed race Caribbean ancestry. At the young age of 15, she's already had the pleasure of performing in her school's Shrek the musical, the Kultrun festival, and she is very grateful to be here today at the "all that worldly jazz festival". She will be preforming with her teacher, Charlena Russell, owner of Russell Music Teaching Studios.

Manar Naeem

Manar Naeem is a self taught oudist. She plays the oud with the Canadian Arabic Orchestra and teaches oud at the Canadian Arabic Conservatory of music. She was featured in CBC's 2020, 30 hot Canadian Classical musicians under 30 list, which made her the first oudist to be featured in this list. She came to Canada from Syria upon receiving a full scholarship to study Physics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Manar is currently pursuing her master's degree in Quantum Computing at the Institute of Quantum Computing at University of Waterloo. Manar has been involved in several concerts across Canada. Through these involvements, she experiences how “music is a global language of love that can bring different cultures and communities together.”

Light of East Ensemble

Formed in 2006, London, Ontario’s The Light of East Ensemble has an extensive body of work rooted in the many lands of the Near and Middle East, and its six stellar players perform this enchanting music with passion, sensitivity, and respect. The Light of East Ensemble's vibrant repertoire encompasses traditional, folk, Classical Arabic, Sephardic, and Greek Rembetika, music of the Ottoman Court, along with 20th-century urban music from regions like Armenia, Greece (Asia Minor – Smyrni and Konstantinoupoli) and Turkey, and their neighbouring countries, including Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Israel. The timeless rhythms and beautiful melodies of the East are nothing less than mesmerizing, and when coloured with tints of Classical, Jazz, Celtic, and Folk, they give The Light of East Ensemble a unique, worldly sound.

The Vaudevillian Duo

This award-winning 1930s jug-band duo is based in Hamilton, Ontario The Vaudevillian consists of the old fashioned gentleman, Jitterbug James, as well as sweet & sassy, Norah Spades. Washboard, Resonator, Guitar, Banjo & Musical Spoons are among some of the instruments that invariably get the crowd going. This ragtime duo brings you music to dance to from the time of prohibition. In addition to performing at Festivals & Theatres across Canada, The USA & Europe, The Vaudevillian presents interactive Washboard Workshops and Musical Spoon Workshops at festivals and events, and to date , have engaged audiences exceeding 3500 participants! Thank goodness Prohibition is over!

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