Edmond Chiu – Volunteer Coordinator
Edmond is currently a Year 3 Pharmacy student at the University of Toronto who carries volunteer experiences from Markham-Stouffville Hospital, Grand River Hospital, University Health Network, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Markham Museum, Pan-Am Games 2016, Frontier College and as a Student Success Leader at McMaster University. He hopes to share his vast experiences with the Newmarket Jazz Festival to ensure all volunteers reach their potential!
Gail Bevilacqua – Entertainment Assistant
Gail was recruited because of her energy and experience. She’s worked the Canadian Screen Awards, Mardi Gras for Southlake Hospital and several musical & fundraising events. As a performer in music, dance & theatre and with her experience in event co-ordination, stage management, costume, makeup, choreography & performance coaching, she understands and is passionate about all things stage. When she’s not working on an event you can find her at the gym, mountain biking, conquering a “first”, or tackling another item off her long bucket list. She’s looking forward this year’s Jazz Festival and contributing to its success and growth. The mission she says is simple; it’s for everyone to have fun!
Rosalind Naccarato – Volunteer Coordinator
Rosalind is a recent graduate from the Art and Design Fundamentals program at Georgian College Barrie Campus and has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph. She was born and raised in Barrie Ontario and has been involved in the performing arts since she was a child. This is her third season at the not for profit theatre company Theatre by the Bay as a production assistant and assistant stage manager and currently does freelance work within the theatre and visual arts communities. This is Rosalind’s first year working on the Newmarket Jazz+ Festival and is extremely excited and honoured to work as one of the Volunteer Coordinators.
Robert Lee – Creative Corner
Hello! My name is Robert Lee. I am a graduate of the University of Guelph Music Program and a current student of Humber College’s Bachelor of Music program. My main instrument is the upright bass but I also play guitar, ukulele, and piano. I have been immersed in music since the age of 6, playing the violin until I was 14. I then switched to the electric bass before transitioning to the upright bass and have been playing jazz ever since. I am looking forward to working with the Newmarket Jazz Festival this year and to share my love and passion for jazz music!
Jonathan Peslar – Executive Assistant
Jonathan Peslar is a 3rd year Bachleor of Business Administration student at Laurentian University with a minor in entrepreneurship. Jonathan has experience working for the Laurentian Students’ Union as being the Vice-President of Administration. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, and is hoping to bring his school and small business experience to the TD-Newmarket Jazz Festival. His objective is to help the festival grow and reach their short and long term goals.
Steffi Goodfield – Executive Assistant
Steffi Goodfield has been an integral part of the York Region music scene for many years now. As the planner/promoter/host of multiple weekly live gigs and open mic nights throughout Richmond Hill and Newmarket, she has provided local artists with a platform to mingle, network, collaborate and perform. Steffi is looking forward to allowing her event planning skills and experience to shine as an Executive Assistant at this year’s festival.
Mahboob John Rezai – Security Coordinator
Mahboob John Rezai is a 4th year Business Management student at Ryerson University double majoring in Finance and Business Law, with minors in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. With a passion for entrepreneurship, he hopes to start a successful company and help elevate those around him. He is a fitness enthusiast and has played soccer for over 12 years.
Dana Zinberg – Creative Corner
Dana Zinberg; 20 years young, is a 13 year resident of Newmarket, an OCAD University student, and an individual passionate about the arts. Community involvement and creative expression for her are ever so rewarding, and she’s thrilled to be a part of something as large as the TD-Newmarket Jazz+ Festival. Dana will be returning to the festival for her 3rd consecutive year, assisting in management of the Creative Corner alongside partners Robert and Vivien.
Cameron Osborne – Sound Specialist
Cameron graduated from Sir Wilfred Laurier University in 2014 and more recently from the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART) in London Ontario with goals of recording and mixing musical acts both live and in the studio. Born and raised in Newmarket, Cameron found his love of audio, music and performing in various jazz and classical ensembles while attending Huron Heights Secondary School. Cameron is very excited to be a part of this years’ staff and hopes to provide all the festival goers with the best possible Jazz Festival experience.
Jessica Tse – Entertainment Manager
Jessica Tse is a professional musician and arts administrator. Her woodwind quintet, Quintroversy, has recently signed on with Prologue to the Performing Arts to combine the joy of music and storytelling to young audiences across the Greater Toronto Area. She is the director of York Region Chamber Music and the recipient of the Town of Richmond Hill Community and Cultural Grant for the production of a concert series for the 2016-2017 season. She has held administrative roles with various arts organizations such as the Ontario Pops Orchestra and Strings Around the World and is excited to be back at the TD-Newmarket Jazz Festival for her third year.
Vivien Hung – Creative Corner Assistant
Vivien Hung is a student at York University studying digital media. She enjoys creating traditional and non-traditional art with various mediums and forms. Vivien is looking forward to creating many fun and memorable experiences at the Newmarket Jazz+ Festival.
Ivan Zilberay – Gates Management
Ivan is working with the TD-Newmarket jazz+ Festival as an Accounting/Financial Assistant. He attends the Ted Rogers School of Management studying Business Management. Having been a York Region resident for many years, helping the festival is a great opportunity for me to become more involved with and make a personal contribution with this community based event.
Mathew Keating – Economic Impact Officer
Mathew Keating is a new resident of Newmarket who has been part of the Newmarket Jazz+ Festival team for over a year. Mathew is a recent graduate of the Ted Rogers School of Management and is currently a consultant at the Newmarket Region Office of Investors Group.
Anthony Lomax – Bar Management
Anthony Lomax is a student of the music program at Humber College and is also working toward a certificate of psychology at Ryerson University. He is currently focusing on songwriting, composition and teaching. Further, he is an active volunteer, currently working with both Bellwoods Health Services as a music therapist and Victim Services Toronto as a volunteer crisis counsellor. Anthony has over 11 years of retail, merchandising and customer service experience that he is excited to put into use at the Newmarket Jazz+ Festival this summer.
Annemarie Lourenco – Costumes
Annemarie Lourenco has been performing professionally in theater for over 15 years and is alumni of Toronto’s acclaimed Second City. She is also trained in clown, theater and buffont, through world renoun teachers of Cirque de Soliel, Soul Pepper and the National Theater School in Montreal. Credits include Second City’s March of Dames and the Womens Comedy Festival, as well as numerous performances for stage, film and television. Teaching credits include the York Region Public School Board, the award winning Children’s Arts Theater School in Toronto and private elementry schools in York Region. Annemarie also likes to write and working on short stories and several childrens books.
Sandy Balugas – Jumbo Screen Management
Sandy Balugas is a 20 years old and one of the Creative Kids Zone Coordinators for the Newmarket Jazz Festival this year. She is very immersive with the arts and is currently studying Integrated Media at OCAD Universitiy. Sandy is ecstatic to work with such an amazing team and hopes to bring her ideas to life. She hopes to contribute to the festival in any way necessary to make it a success.