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Tickets On Sale – Jazz Concert Series Fall 2023

Hamilton Music Collective presents Jazz Concert Series Fall 2023


Back for our 12th season of jazz in the heart of downtown Hamilton! Hamilton Music Collective presents four shows featuring some of Canada and North America’s most reputable jazz, blues and RnB musicians. Two-time Polaris Prize nominees Elizabeth Shepherd and Michael Occhipinti open the series with their contemporary blend of jazz, featuring bassist Felix Pastorius (son of Jaco Pastorius, arguably the most impactful jazz bassist of the 20th century). The brilliant and entertaining Tony Monaco returns with his B3 organ trio, as well as Darcy Hepner’s crowd-pleasing quartet featuring Nancy Walker on piano. We are also presenting Kind of Blue Revisited, a tribute to Miles Davis and the iconic best-selling jazz record of all time.

Please choose your seats at check out!

Save 15% when you purchase a Series Ticket, which includes admission to all four (4) shows and guarantees your table for the series.

October 12 – Elizabeth Shepherd & Michael Occhipinti Quartet (With Elizabeth Shepherd, Michael Occhipinti, Felix Pastorius, Doan Pham).

October 26 – “Kind of Blue” Revisited (With Pat LaBarbera, Nick Morgan, Kevin Turcotte, Terry Clarke, Dave Young, Mark Eisenman). SOLD OUT

November 9 – Tony Monaco Organ Trio (With Tony Monaco, Vito Rezza, Reg Schwager). SOLD OUT

November 30 – Darcy Hepner and Friends (With Darcy Hepner, Ted Quinlan, Nancy Walker, Kieran Overs, Ted Warren) SOLD OUT

Tickets go on sale for Series Tickets on Thursday September 7, 2023 at 9:00AM EST. Individual tickets on sale Thursday September 14, 2023 at 9:00AM EST.

In support of An Instrument For Every Child.

Having trouble with ordering? Email or call 519 402 1836.

Eclectic Local Outdoor Concert Series

Co-presented by the Hamilton Music Collective and Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

Eclectic Local | A free outdoor concert series showcasing Hamilton's diverse music scene.
Brought to you by The Incite Foundation for the Arts.

Join us for an eclectic lineup of music in the heart of downtown, featuring some of Hamilton’s top talent in a casual listening environment. The series kicks off with a unique performance from English concert pianist Valerie Tryon performing favourites from Liszt and Debussy on a grand piano from the Gasworks outdoor stage! Listeners of all ages will enjoy the dramatic sounds of Argentinian tango from Payadora. In August, “Who It Is!” will be bringing the funk with blues heavyweights Jesse O’Brien and Darcy Hepner, and drummer Joel Haynes Quartet will perform contemporary jazz from his latest album “The Return”, featuring unique arrangements of The Beatles and Oasis. Players from the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra will close out this free series with a special performance over Supercrawl weekend! Enjoy a family-friendly blend of live music and drinks from Collective Arts, and then explore the downtown core on a fabulous Saturday evening.

July 15 – Valerie Tryon – World-renowned English concert pianist.

July 29 – Payadora – Tango meets jazz with Eastern European influences.

August 12 – Who It Is! – Inspired by the soulful sounds of Les McCann and Eddie Harris and the funky grooves of the ‘60’s. (Darcy Hepner, Paul Intson, Joel Haynes, Jesse O’Brien)

August 26 – Joel Haynes Quartet – Celebrating the release of his third album. Contemporary jazz originals, and arrangements by The Beatles, Sarah McLachlan and Oasis. (Joel Haynes, Jeff King, Nancy Walker, Neil Swainson)

September 9 – Hamilton Philharmonic Ensemble performs Scottish Dances – HPO Principal Bassist Rob Wolanski and HPO violinist Elizabeth Loewen Andrews perform with the original pianist from The Scottish Accent, Donny Wood. Explore the sounds of the highlands with Scottish Dances featuring piano, bass, violin and guitar.

  • All shows: Saturdays from 5:00 – 6:00pm
  • Gates open at 4:00pm. No reservation required.
  • Rain or Shine
  • No admission fee. All ages event.
  • Beer garden by Collective Arts Brewing
  • Chairs provided

The Venue:

The Gasworks Outdoor Stage

Outdoor Stage at The Gasworks (141 Park St N, Hamilton). Just two blocks from James St N!

Made possible with the support of Ontario Creates.

Read more about the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

HMC and HPO present Eclectic Local a free outdoor concert series showcasing hamilton's diverse music scene. July 15 Valerie Tryon July 29 Payadora August 12 Who It Is August 26 Joel Haynes Quartet Sept 9 Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra Ensemble performs Scottish Dances All shows: Saturdays from 5:00 - 6:00pm Gates open at 4:00pm Rain or Shine. Outdoor stage at The Gasworks (141 Park Street North, Hamilton). Beer garden from Collective Arts Brewing No admission fee. All ages event. Made possible with the support of Ontario Creates and Meridian.

Meet the Songwriter – Monthly Q&A and Performance

Meet the Songwriter is a new talk/performance series presented by the Hamilton Music Collective – Each month, we’ll hear a few songs from a local songwriter/artist, and allow you to dive into their creative process with an open Q&A. You will leave with inspiring ideas and strategies you can apply to writing your own great songs!

Camille Intson
January 28 2023: Camille Intson

Toronto-based singer/songwriter and multi-award-winning storyteller Camie (Camille Intson) has long enchanted audiences with her delicate queer-feminist croonings, rich vocal tones, and lush poetic imagination. After years of playing intimate gigs across southwestern Ontario and parts of the United Kingdom, the now-24-year-old songstress is plunging into unfiltered, unshackled creative expression with the release of her cinematic ambient folk concept EP, troubadour.

james bryan
February 25 2023: James Bryan

Hailed as one of Canada’s top guitarists, James Bryan has the ability to make an artist feel both relaxed and empowered to create great music, and his track record with Nelly Furtado, Yuna, Backstreet Boys, Olly Murs, Luis Fonsi and many more have proven the success of his approach. “With anyone I work with, my goal is to find what makes them unique and nurture that until it shines bright enough for the whole world to see and hear.”

L T The Monk
March 25 2023: LTtheMonk

Originally from London, UK, LTtheMonk first fell in love with hip-hop at just eight years old, when the music captivated his young ears and ignited a lifelong passion. With constant exposure to reggae (via his Jamaican mother) and rock (via his Irish father), coupled with discovering the music of Michael Jackson and becoming obsessed with the pop icon’s music and dancing in parallel with his foundational hip hop exposure, set LT off on a journey to becoming a musician himself.

Lori Yates
April 29 2023: Lori Yates

If you combined the honesty of Emmylou Harris, the pathos of Leonard Cohen, and the grit of Joan Jett, you’d get Lori Yates. Her artistic practice involves writing/performing/teaching in the alternative roots/vein, of which she is considered a “pioneer of the genre.” Her work has a cinematic, poetic quality conveying an emotional landscape with themes of loss and redemption. She is in her fourth decade of music. She is currently finishing her latest CD tentatively named “Queen of E minor”.

Join us on the last Saturday of each month (January through April) from 1:30 – 2:15pm just before our Open Jam. This event is for all ages.

What: A chance to hear and learn from local songwriters so you can start writing great songs too!

Where: The Gasworks Theatre (141 Park Street North, Hamilton ON)

When: 1:30 – 2:15pm. Stick around for our Open Jam for Youth afterwards!

Suggested donation: $10

Also check out our four-week Songwriting course for ages 12-17! Runs Saturday May 6 – 27


  • Welcome
  • Artist’s Set
  • Moderated Q & A
  • Audience Questions

Hear from our featured artists:

Jazz at the Gasworks Winter 2023 Announcement

Hamilton Music Collective presents Jazz at the Gasworks


We are so excited to announce our most diverse musical lineup ever for Winter 2023! Across five shows, we’ll bring music from Argentina to Brazil to our jazz lounge in downtown Hamilton. Carn Davidson 9 features some of Toronto’s best in a nine person chord-less chamber ensemble. Payadora draws from the height of Buenos Aires’ tango tradition, and Diane Roblin and Life Force performs high-energy jazz-funk. Juno award-winning band Avataar led by Sundar Viswanathan marries the musical traditions of India and Africa with modern influences including Snarky Puppy and Robert Glasper. Finally, rescheduled from 2020, London-based composer, singer and guitar player Mario Bakuna brings us “Brazilian Landscapes”

Update January 30 2023: Mario Bakuna has unfortunately had to cancel. On May 11 2023, we now welcome back incredible jazz vocalist Heather Bambrick! Tickets will be automatically transferred. Ticket holders can also receive a refund or exchange for another show by emailing

New this season: Choose your seats at check out! Save 15% when you purchase a Series Ticket, which includes general admission to all five (5) shows. Series Ticket holders should plan to buy early to ensure a good spot for the entire season.

January 26 – Carn Davidson 9 – Nine-piece ensemble from Toronto performing original compositions.

March 2 – Payadora and Elbio Fernandez – Tango meets jazz with Eastern European influences.

March 23 – Diane Roblin & Life Force – Explosive six-piece jazz-funk.

April 13 – Avataar with Sundar Viswanathan – ‘Best Jazz Album’ 2022 Junos; Fusion inspired by India and Africa.

May 11 – Heather Bambrick – Award-winning vocal entertainer. “Ella Fitzgerald meets Carol Burnett at a Newfoundland kitchen party

Tickets go on sale for Series Tickets on Friday November 25, 2022 at 9:00AM EST, and individual tickets on Friday December 2, 2022 at 9:00AM EST.

Questions? Email event coordinator

Concert Archive

Winter 2024

  • Dave Young Quintet (Kevin Turcotte, John Johnson, Brian Dickinson, Davide Di Renzo)
  • “Getz/Gilberto” Revisited (Pat LaBarbera, Ted Quinlan, Brian Dickinson, Neil Swainson, Terry Clarke, Alyssa Giammaria)
  • Music from Buffalo: Tim Clarke Quintet Performs The Music of Horace Silver (Andy Weinzler, Harry Graser, Wayne Moose, Danny Hull)
  • Diana Panton Trio (Don Thompson, Reg Schwager)

Fall 2023

  • ES:MO (Elizabeth Shepherd, Michael Occhipinti, Felix Pastorius, Doan Pham)
  • “Kind of Blue” Revisited (Pat LaBarbera, Nick Morgan, Kevin Turcotte, Mark Eisenman, Dave Young, Terry Clarke)
  • Tony Monaco (Reg Schwager, Vito Rezza)
  • Darcy Hepner & Friends (Nancy Walker, Kieran Overs, Ted Warren, Ted Quinlan)

Summer 2023

Payadora Tango Ensemble

Winter 2023

Mandy Lagan singing with band

Fall 2022

Summer 2022

Spring 2022

Robi Botos playing piano, Mike Downes playing upright bass, Larnell Lewis playing drums on stage

Winter 2018

Gigi Marentette with trio on stage

Fall 2017

Hailee Rose sings into microphone next to Darcy Hepner playing saxophone

Fall 2016

Barbra Lica singing on stage in front of red curtain

Winter 2016

Fall 2015

Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra

Winter 2015

Andrea Marcelli playing drums

Fall 2014