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Hot Licks and Late Night Jams: 2013 Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival Artists Announced

April 15, 2013 -

Hot licks and late night jams: 2013 Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival artists announced

The slick Latin sounds of a 20 piece band, a nostalgic re-creation of a legendary album, one of the country's top emerging vocalists and Canada's favourite kitchen party band will have you dancing in the aisles with their signature sounds at the Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival June 14-29. With tickets starting at just $15 for main stage shows and $9.50 for youth 29 years and under, music fans of all ages can enjoy everything this great festival has to offer.

City of Kingston Cultural Director Brian McCurdy has again assembled an impressive and expanded array of festival partners. "With partners like the Kingston Jazz Society, National Aboriginal Day organizing committee, Kingston Arts Council, [Skeleton Park Music Festival] and the Francophone Festival, this year's line-up is the biggest and best yet!" says McCurdy.

Highlights include the 3rd annual porch jazz tour presented by the Kingston Arts Council and Skeleton Park Music Festival on Saturday, June 22. This free, family-friendly day will welcome audiences up Princess St. starting at noon and will finish in McBurney Park in time for more amazing jazz co-presented by the Skeleton Park Music Festival. Visitors and residents can enjoy some cool eats with hot, live music at many of the City's stellar eateries throughout the Festival including Olivea Restaurant, le Chien Noir Bistro, the Kingston Brewing Company, The Common Market and the Tir nan Og.

Main stage shows at the Grand Theatre will feature Nikki Yanofsky, Hilario Duran, Ron Di Lauro's Tribute to Miles Davis: Kind of Blue, Joshua Redman, Georgette Fry, Digging Roots and La Bottine Souriante. Berlin-based, Kingston native Peter van Huffel's Gorilla Mask, and NYC-based Rob Garcia quartet will perform late nights at the Baby Grand.

The Empire Life Kingston Jazz Festival is made possible through the generosity of title sponsor Empire Life and is presented by The Grand Theatre, The Kingston Jazz Society and the Kingston Arts Council. Shoalts and Zaback Architects are the Performance Sponsor for Joshua Redman. Festival partners include the City of Kingston, Skeleton Park Music Festival and GoSabe Development and Design.

Single tickets and Festival passes go on sale Friday, April 19 at noon through the Grand Theatre Box Office, 218 Princess St. or kingstongrand.ca. Buy 3 or more shows and save 10% and buy 6 or more shows and save 15%. Half priced tickets are available for most shows for youth 29 years and under.

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For further information please contact our Communications Department for the Grand Theatre, at (613) 546-4291 ext. 1363 or grandtheatremedia@cityofkingston.ca.