Our Mission

Mission – to organize and operate annual music and art festivals branded as jazz+ festivals… AMFYR seeks to stimulate and support York Region’s creative culture by collaborating and partnering with as many arts/cultural sectors as possible; by creating community festivals including all music genres, all forms of arts, media, word, theatre; by fostering positive social, creative cultural and community contact and impact; by providing showcase, learning and interactive activities for local youth, members of our diverse cultural mosaic, seniors and families; by creating attractive, interactive, vibrant community events to be enjoyed by everyone in our Region....

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Our History

2015 Newmarket jazz+ Festival Aug 1-4

Thanks to: 12,000 Patrons, 200 Volunteers and 30 Interns/Coordinators

The Newmarket jazz+ Festival is produced by non-profit organization – Arts Music Festivals York Region whose mandate is to create and develop more festivals in York Region featuring local home-grown Canadian talent.

This unique summer event is a vibrant celebration of arts and culture through the exploration of music, art and as many cultural genres as possible – It is JAZZ PLUS! The glorious festival location at Riverwalk Commons in the heart of the old Town of Newmarket a short walk to Heritage Main Street and Fairy Lake is a wonderful 4 day get away destination f...

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Newmarket Citizens Band Performance

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Since 1872, the Newmarket Citizens Band has been an integral part of the cultural and social fabric of life in the Town of Newmarket. Today the band strives to continue that tradition while embracing the new and exciting trends currently happening in concert band repertoire.
We are a community band and welcome musicians teen-aged and older and from all levels of experience to join us to make music, improve musical skills and share it with our local residents and the broader York Region community.

When you’re ready to join, just come out to a rehearsal. There are no auditions or waiting lists. You just have to bring your instrument, a music stand and your enthusiasm.

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Local Studio & Alex St Kitts – Donate Studio Time to Regent Park Youth

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Alex St. Kitts teams up with Number 9 Audio Group and Round 4 Records to give free professional studio time to Hummingbird Youth.
When the Projektor campaign reaches 150 pledgers (currently just 40 to go!), young musicians from Regent Park’s monthly Hummingbird open mic will receive one free hour of studio time at Number 9 studios. Number 9’s past clients include K-OS, The Barenaked Ladies, and The Rolling Stones.
Also – for every additional $1000 raised between now and Monday May 15 young musicians will get an additional hour of studio time.
Please share now to get more people to pledge and help Alex and more kids!
Win/Win 🙂 keeping live, homegrown, Canadian music ALIVE!

www.alexstkittsmusic.com
http://www.alexstkittsmusic.com/projects/projektorfund/

Alex St. Kitts is a Toronto born bassist/singer/songwriter who’s passion for music has taken him around the world. From playing festivals such as CMW with Atlantic Pop-R&B artist Francesco Yates (http://www.francescoyates.com/), the Much Music Video Awards with international superstar Ed Sheeran, to sharing the stage with greats such as Tony Royster Jr., Jeremy Taggart (Our Lady Peace), Alyssa Reid, Adrian X (Drake), Mike Stern, JP Saxe, Slakah The Beatchild, The Cliks, Gia & The Unpredictable Update, to playing for Canadian Alternative Hip-Hop legend k-os (http://www.k-osmusic.com/), to fronting his own projects such as his newest endeavour entitled, “The Projektor” (released February 2015). Check the “Shows” section to see where he’s at next!

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TD-NEWMARKET MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017 and Mercedes Benz Newmarket Honor: LORNE LOFSKY

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Mercedes Benz Newmarket and TD-Newmarket Music Festival (TD-NMF) are proud to honor amazing Canadian and Newmarket resident, Lorne Lofsky who will perform for us at the newly renovated Old Town Hall, Newmarket on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017.

Join us as we launch our inaugural TD-NMF Concert Series in style! VIP tickets include: a meet & greet with Lorne plus champagne and treats by Cachet Restaurant. VIP and Regular Tickets are now available on line – www.newmarketmusicfestival.com

“Lorne Lofsky – is a true Canadian icon! An internationally recognized jazz guitarist, and hometown Newmarket resident who has played, toured or recorded with Oscar Peterson, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Chet Baker, Joey DeFrancesco, Pepper Adams, Ray Brown, Neils Henning, Orsted Pederson, Rosemary Clooney,Kirk MacDonald, Dave Holland and more! Join us for this special night!” Sher St. Kitts, GM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wfx4FOveQPc

TD-NMF wishes to thank Mercedes Benz Newmarket our official TD-NMF Concert Series Sponsor for enabling us to offer three fantastic, intimate musical concerts at the Old Town Hall including Lorne Lofsky (Aug 3), George St. Kitts (Aug 11), Larnell Lewis & Joy Lapps (Aug 17).

2017 TD-NMFestival at Riverwalk is ON! Mark your calendars – August 25, 26 and 27 Join us at Riverwalk Commons and Newmarket Community Centre & Lions Halls 200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 3Y9

http://www.newmarketmusicfest.com

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Announcing PreConcert Parties at Old Town Hall – 7-8pm!

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PRESS RELEASE
July 28, 2017

TD-NEWMARKET MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017

Announcing PreConcert Parties at Old Town Hall – 7-8pm!

Mercedes Benz Newmarket and TD-Newmarket Music Festival (TD-NMF) wish to invite Concert ticket holders to attend PreConcert Parties at Old Town Hall 7-8pm – August 3, 11 and 17th! Dressing up is encouraged. Get photos with characters from Wonderland and more. We will set the lobby “stage” for FUN!

PreConcert Party:
Entertainment 7 – 8pm enjoy The Robert Lee Duet (jazz+)
Craft Beers by Market Brewing Co., tasty delights by Cachet Restaurant, Characters, Photo Ops, Meet & Greets – all the ingredients of a Great Party!
We just need YOU!

Parties followed by amazing TD-NMF Concert Performances:

  • Aug 3rd Lorne Lofsky
  • Aug 11th George St. Kitts
  • August 17th Larnell Lewis & Joy Lapps

VIP tickets include: a meet & greet with Star of Concert plus champagne and treats by Cachet Restaurant.
VIP and Regular Tickets available on line – www.newmarketmusicfestival.com

Party open to all Concert ticket holders! Make time to enjoy a great Party with us… Dress Up or come as you wish – memories are made of this!

TD-NMF wishes to thank Mercedes Benz Newmarket our official TD-NMF Concert Series Sponsor for enabling us to offer three fantastic, intimate musical concerts at the Old Town Hall including Lorne Lofsky (Aug 3), George St. Kitts (Aug 11), Larnell Lewis & Joy Lapps (Aug 17).

2017 TD-NMFestival at Riverwalk is ON! Mark your calendars – August 25, 26 and 27 Join us at Riverwalk Commons and Newmarket Community Centre & Lions Halls 200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 3Y9

http://www.newmarketmusicfest.com
Contact: SherStKitts@gmail.com

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CALL FOR SPONSORS & PARTNERS for TD-NMF 2018

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Happy New Year – 2018 will be awesome 🙂

We are very excited!! – Thanks to foundational support of TD Bank Group and the Town of Newmarket the TD-NMF 2018 festival is now in ‘build’ mode gearing up to our sixth annual music/art festival in the Town of Newmarket.

We are procuring sponsors, partners and gathering fantastic festival teams together. Your input and support help us so much.

Five Ways you can Help:

1) Be a 2018 Sponsor/Partner – Help us produce another Top 100 Festival in the Province, placing a bright spotlight on our community festival and your kind support.

2) Help us Build New Community Connections/Contacts Send us any businesses you know who may wish to sponsor and/or partner with us in 2018. Help us gather an amazing team of Sponsors and Partners to achieve another great success in 2018.

3) Offer your ideas of how we can collaborate: Opportunities for your business to be showcased & featured in TD-NMF 2018 promotions and on site are abundant! Let’s create an amazing sponsorship experience together.

4) Call or email me and let me know how the 2018 TD-NMF can serve your business dreams this year!

5) Mark your calendars & share our posts with your friends, partners and associates. 2018 festival: Last weekend in August 24-26.

We’re grateful TD Bank Group has placed their faith and trust in us again this year offering the financial foundation upon which we can build an amazing event. Now we just need YOU! 🙂

THANK YOU for keeping live music alive and strong in Newmarket annually!

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CALL FOR SPONSORS & PARTNERS for TD-NMF 2018

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Happy New Year – 2018 will be awesome 🙂

We are very excited!! – Thanks to foundational support of TD Bank Group and the Town of Newmarket the TD-NMF 2018 festival is now in ‘build’ mode gearing up to our sixth annual music/art festival in the Town of Newmarket.

We are procuring sponsors, partners and gathering fantastic festival teams together. Your input and support help us so much.

Five Ways you can Help:

1) Be a 2018 Sponsor/Partner – Help us produce another Top 100 Festival in the Province, placing a bright spotlight on our community festival and your kind support.

2) Help us Build New Community Connections/Contacts Send us any businesses you know who may wish to sponsor and/or partner with us in 2018. Help us gather an amazing team of Sponsors and Partners to achieve another great success in 2018.

3) Offer your ideas of how we can collaborate: Opportunities for your business to be showcased & featured in TD-NMF 2018 promotions and on site are abundant! Let’s create an amazing sponsorship experience together.

4) Call or email me and let me know how the 2018 TD-NMF can serve your business dreams this year!

5) Mark your calendars & share our posts with your friends, partners and associates. 2018 festival: Last weekend in August 24-26.

We’re grateful TD Bank Group has placed their faith and trust in us again this year offering the financial foundation upon which we can build an amazing event. Now we just need YOU! 🙂

THANK YOU for keeping live music alive and strong in Newmarket annually!

Sher St Kitts Cell: 647 524 6893

TD-Newmarket Music Festival @ Riverwalk Commons – August 24, 25, 26 – 2018

www.newmarketmusicfestival.com #NewmarketMusicFest FB: NMFFestival Twitter: @NewmarketMF

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Historic Main Street 2016 People’s Choice Great Street

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2016 Winners

This vibrant community is alive with creative and historic culture, engaged citizens, an entrepreneurial and cooperative spirit and a strong sense of pride! A walk through Downtown Antigonish presents colorful buildings, heritage buildings, boxes and hanging baskets of flowers everywhere, giant murals on the sides of many of the buildings and trees all along the street. It is a beautiful setting, and you can tell that the community is proud of our Main Street. It is evident by the number of people that can be found enjoying one of the many patios, shopping at our unique retailers, gathering to socialize at a street corner, or taking a stroll through the Downtown. The community really becomes a-buzz during the many events and festivals that take place throughout the year, and that includes the annual September return of university students to the community.

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TD-NJF Proud Recipient of Celebrate Ontario Grant $44,775

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NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release – May 4th, 2016

TD-NJF Proud Recipient of Celebrate Ontario Grant $44,775

TD-Newmarket jazz+ Festival, one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals/Events, is proud to announce we are the recipient of a Celebrate Ontario Grant $44,775 targeted at bringing head lining entertainment to our festival. This year these funds will be used to assist us in bringing multiple Juno and Maple Blues Award winner, Canadian Super Star – COLIN JAMES to Newmarket. Colin James will perform at Ray Twinney Arena One, on Saturday, July 30th, 2016.

Festivals and events support local jobs, grow our economy and draw tourists to every corner of Ontario. I am proud that through the Celebrate Ontario program, our government is supporting unique festivals and events like the TD-Newmarket jazz+ Festival that create vibrant communities and offer residents and tourists alike another reason to get out and discover all that our province has to offer.”
— Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Tickets: http://newmarketmusicfestival.com/buy-tickets

Like Us on FB to find out about special ticket offers and contests
2016 TD-Newmarket jazz+ Festival – A Mixed Music Experience! July 29th – Aug 1st
FaceBook: NewmarketJazzFestival, twitter @NewmarketJazz www.newmarketjazzfestival.com

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MEDIA CONTACT: Sher St. Kitts Captain, General Manager, 905 841 6893, sherstkitts@gmail.com

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Colin James at TD-Newmarket jazz+ Festival! Saturday July 30th

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NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release – April 19th, 2016

Colin James at TD-Newmarket jazz+ Festival! Saturday July 30th

TD-Newmarket jazz+ Festival recognized as one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals/Events is proud to announce amazing Canadian Star – Colin James will perform at Ray Twinney Arena One, on Saturday, July 30th, 2016.

Colin James is an inductee in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. He has won six Juno Awards including “Male Vocalist of the Year and the “Best Producer” award for his efforts with the Little Big Band. He is the recipient of 17 Maple Blues Awards having most recently been honoured in 2013 with “Entertainer of the Year”. ColinJames.com

Buy Your Tickets: http://newmarketmusicfestival.com/buy-tickets

2016 TD-Newmarket jazz+ Festival…A Mixed Music Experience! July 29-Aug 1st

FaceBook: NewmarketJazzFestival, twitter @NewmarketJazz www.newmarketjazzfestival.com

MEDIA CONTACT: Sher St. Kitts Captain, General Manager, 905 841 6893, sherstkitts@gmail.com

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NJF Top 100 festivals 2015

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2016 TOP 100 FESTIVALS & EVENTS IN ONTARIO ANNOUNCED

Provincial organization recognizes industry leaders

ONTARIO (March 4, 2016) Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) is proud to announce the 2016 Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario. These Top 100 recipients represent festivals and events that excel within the industry. Included in the Top 100 are the Festivals & Events of Distinction, a select group which represent some of the most well-known and respected celebrations in the province; celebrations which draw both an international and domestic audience.

“Our government recognizes festivals and events as important economic drivers and we’re proud to support their efforts to create jobs, grow our economy and celebrate our diverse and vibrant cultural identity,” said the Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “I am pleased to join with Festival and Events Ontario in celebrating this year’s Top 100 recipients and I congratulate them all for achieving this honour.”

Submissions from FEO members were received for consideration in the fall of 2015 and were judged by an independent panel of judges. Festivals and events of all kinds from every corner of Ontario were represented in the submissions – from community festivals to internationally recognized events. The 2016 Top 100 Awards were given out on Friday, March 4 during FEO’s Annual Conference Dare 2B Different in Markham, ON

FEO would like to congratulate the 2016 Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario:

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