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It’s Monday, and that means Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore shares his top picks for your arts and entertainment week ahead.


It’s festival season, and in particular jazz festival season. This upcoming week is a doozy with music happening all over southern Ontario including the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival which gets underway Tuesday

Mark Wigmore spoke to Brian Barlow: Musician & The Festival's Creative Director:

Schedule wise, Tuesday night sees a free screening of 100 Years of Jazz at the Baxter Centre in Bloomfield, Wednesday’s Alex Dean Quartet concert is sold out, so looking to the end of the week, how about Laila Biali in Picton at the Regent Theatre on Thursday night. That's also the day you can check the PEC schedule for free concerts at wineries, galleries, restaurants and churches around the County. Other performers to look out for this week include 'Jobim's World' with Gord Sheard & Luanda Jones, Heather Bambrick closing out the fest with The Brian Barlow Big Band and Jazz Masters of the Highest Order featuring Guido Basso, Phil Dwyer, Dave Young, Terry Clarke and Robi Botos. for info.


Up next, Waterdown Artsfest is back with an expanded program and footprint this year, not to mention Jazz FM91's President and CEO, Ross Porter, hosting on the main stage. The event runs Saturday and Sunday, and Waterdown is just northwest of Burlington in case you are trying to place it. There are multiple stages with acts like The Good Brothers, The Once, Valdy and Lunch At Allens.. But jazz lovers can get their fill as well. The Shuffle Demons play Sunday, and so does The Order of Canada Jazz Ensemble with Guido Basso, Tommy Banks, Dave Young Terry Clarke & Jens Lindemann and special guests Sophie Milman, Alex Pangman & Genevieve Marentette. What a show! If that wasn’t enough, The Order of Canada Ensemble then pays tribute to Oscar Peterson with the Swing Shift Band to wrap up Sunday night on the Gallery Stage., the whole event is free!


The Ex looms large in the west end! The Canadian National Exhibition begins on Friday.

Long-running blues man Colin James is one of dozens of musical acts playing at the CNE Bandshell this year including Burton Cummings, Steppenwolf, and Pavlo

There's also a great night of Reggae with Marcia Griffiths and Jay Douglas,  and Indigenous electronica gods A Tribe Called Red wrap CNE bandshell festivities on September 3rd. Of course there’s exhibits, ridiculous food and the midway! for info on the CNE starting Friday. 

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