Deep Concentration: Jazz Intensives 2016Deep Concentration: Jazz Intensives 2016

Deep Concentration: 

The Future of Canadian Jazz

TD is committed to helping nurture next generations of Canadian talent through the support of music residencies and other educational programming.

Deep Concentration: 

The Future of Canadian Jazz

TD is committed to helping nurture next generations of Canadian talent through the support of music residencies and other educational programming.

Deep Concentration: The Future of Canadian Jazz
Published on April 1st, 2016.


Now in our 13th year of supporting the creation and performance of music, TD is committed to helping nurture next generations of Canadian talent. One of the ways we do this is through the presentation of music residencies and other educational programming produced by prominent jazz festivals in Vancouver, Victoria, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax.

Each festival has its unique programming, designed to foster the emergence of new artists. Five festivals produce concentrated, multi-day music residencies where young players are deeply immersed in learning experiences led by a wealth of talent. 

Here’s what each of them has to offer the future of Canadian jazz:

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TD High School Jazz Intensive as part of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival (June 25 – July 3)

  • Through an extensive audition process, up to 21 talented teens are selected to participate in this free nine-day residency
  • Participants have access to concerts, workshops, rehearsals and composition sessions with leading jazz artists, experiencing what it’s like to be part of a professional Big Band
  • They’ll perform for large audiences on the festival’s closing weekend, and are eligible to receive TD Scholarships for continued music studies
  • Free public workshops and lectures, led by international visiting artists, are also produced during the festival and open to everyone
  • Apply to audition by April 30, 2016


TD Jazz Youth Summit produced by the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival (June 24 – July 1)

  • Top young Canadian jazz musicians from across the nation apply to earn a spot in this all-access, all-expenses paid 10-day intensive program 
  • Participants work with internationally acclaimed musicians and clinicians to develop as both individual players and band members through daily master classes, workshops, rehearsals and numerous performance opportunities, including on the festival’s Main Stage
  • These future jazz artists also have the opportunity to play alongside professionals and legends during the festival’s Late Night Jam sessions
  • Apply by April 15, 2016


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TD Jazz Intensive presented by the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival (June 26 – July 2)

  • This 10-day residency provides high school and university aged musicians, of various skill levels, with a nurturing environment where participants create and perform original music under the guidance of distinguished jazz educators during both one-on-one time and group sessions
  • Improvisation and creative exploration are emphasized; from learning about instrumental techniques to trying them out in jam sessions, the young talents soak in new experiences, including interactions with touring musicians
  • Participants also receive a festival pass, get to attend special workshop sessions, and will perform their original music during closing day
  • Apply by May 16, 2016

Camp de Blues produced as part of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (July 3 - 9)

  • The 11th edition of this summer day camp offers youth aged 13 to 17 a unique opportunity to take part in a week of high-level musical training devoted entirely to the blues
  • More than 100 youth apply annually. Roughly 50 exceptional talents are selected
  • They will master basics of music technique, learn about music history, meet musicians performing at the festival, and form blues bands to compose and perform original songs, including on the festival’s biggest outdoor stage
  • Photos and video from previous years can be enjoyed here
  • Apply to audition by April 14, 2016

Creative Music Workshop as part of the TD Halifax Jazz Festival (July 7 - 9)

  • Turning 21 this year, the CMW is a 10-day program where improvisation is a path for learning
  • Musicians aged 15 or older take their practice to the next level by studying and playing with a world class faculty of working artists, learning through mentorship, live performance preparation, ensemble work and more
  • Students play together for up to eight hours a day, and showcase their heightened skills during three concert performances
  • This fest also presents the Halifax JazzLabs series of artist talks, workshops and free concerts all open to the public
  • Registration for the Creative Music Workshop is now open


In addition to these incredible intensives, TD supports a variety of public educational programs, including artist discussions, workshops and free performances for both youth and adults. Some include:


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  • The TD Toronto Jazz Festival’s annual Groove & Graffiti project, a two-day program taught by professional aerosol artists that is designed to teach youth how to translate the creative inspiration of music into visual art. Students then show off their skills by creating artwork live at Nathan Phillips Square during the festival.
  • The Workshop/Clinic Program presented by the TD Victoria International JazzFest will feature free public workshops taught by touring artists, with the development of Victoria music students in mind. On a related note, young jazz and R&B bands are showcased during the festival’s Student Performance Day.


Whatever city you’re in, we encourage you to check out free live shows, participate in workshops and, if you’re a musician yourself, visit festival websites to learn how you can apply to take part in a 2016 music intensive. Become part of the next generation of great Canadian musicians!