Jazz on the Plaza Returns August 13-14, 2022

Jazz on the Plaza

Get ready for a hot weekend of jazz downtown Burlington this summer! Burlington Performing Arts  Centre (BPAC) is excited to invite you to our outdoor Plaza on the weekend of August 13 and 14th to enjoy the amazing sounds of Amanda Martinez, Shuffle Demons, Clerel and Laila Biali.  

“With Covid restrictions lifted, we are thrilled to return to the original roots of Jazz on the Plaza in  offering this exhilarating weekend of music to the community. Historically it has been an event Patrons can attend at no cost and we are excited to be able to go back to those origins and host it as an open  event yet again,” says BPAC Executive Director, Tammy Fox. “Is there anything better than enjoying an  outdoor concert in the summer months?” 

This is not a ticketed event and therefore we recommend arriving early to secure a great seat in the  plaza! The show will go on, RAIN OR SHINE! Bring your favourite folding chair, a hat for some shade and  get ready to enjoy the weekend! The performances will be held 4pm and 6pm Saturday August 13th and  2pm and 4pm on Sunday August 14th

About the Performers 

Amanda Martinez (Saturday August 13, at 4pm) 

Amanda Martinez is a Toronto-based singer/songwriter whose music exultingly blends her unique  Mexican and South African roots with flamenco soul. Her solo CDs have garnered her multiple  nominations for Latin Jazz Performer of the Year, and her songs have appeared on three Putumayo  world music collections: Bossanova Around the World, Latin Dreamland and most recently, Cafe Latino.  Her third and latest CD “Mañana” was helmed by GRAMMY-winning producer Javier Limón and is set for  release in 2013. Limón, whose production credits include acclaimed singers such as Buika, Mariza and  Diego el Cigala, hails Martinez as “one of the greatest voices in the world.”  

Martinez has headlined at the legendary Blue Note jazz club, at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Festivities in  South Africa, and at the 2011 PanAmerican Games in Guadalajara, and is now honorary co-chair of  PanAm 2015’s Ignite program. She will be performing in a series of countdown concerts to the 2015  Games, as well as speaking at events connecting athletes and sports fans with musicians and art lovers. 

The Shuffle Demons (Saturday August 13, at 6pm) 

The Shuffle Demons are a high-energy Canadian band that blends virtuosic jazz and funk playing with  eye-catching costumes and over the top stage antics to produce an incredible show. A hit at festivals all  over the world, the Shuffle Demons are a crowd pleasing, full-on musical group that backs up wild stage  antics with phenomenal playing by some of Canada’s most talented musicians. 

The electrifying musical fusion that The Shuffle Demons brought to life almost 30 years ago has  entertained audiences around the world with their genre bending sound. Saxaphones, upright bass, and  wild percussion backed up by incredibly solid musicianship and a highly entertaining show will leave you  wanting more! 

Clerel (Saturday August 14, at 2pm) 

Breakout Montreal based vocalist/songwriter has been dubbed the next ‘Leon Bridges of Canada’. His  warm voice captivates and takes your breath away, and wins over the audience in seconds. Enjoy his  breezy and soulful music, that earned him a spot on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show. Hailing from French  Camaroon, Clerel’s cultural influence can be heard and felt in his music. His music is also heavily  influenced by American soul and jazz with deep roots in his experiences as an African immigrant living in  the West. Experience the African drum beats coupled with guitar and trumpets in songs such as Lonely  Dance. A beautiful fusion of instrumentation layered with Clerel’s melancholic lyrics.  

Laila Biali (Saturday August 14, at 4pm) 

Laila Biali takes the best of pop, rock, classical, world and soul, informs it with her expertise in  jazz, and weaves it into her musical arrangements and original songs. Laila has presented her  music at prestigious venues spanning five continents including the North Sea Jazz Festival,  Tokyo’s Cotton Club, Peru’s El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York  City. The talented Biali is a multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist and  has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega and recorded with and supported Sting.  Her accolades include “SOCAN Composer of the Year” and “SOCAN Keyboardist of the Year” at  Canada’s National Jazz Awards.


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