Members of Jazz Explosion perform during a Jazz At the Lake performance at Sylvan Lake in 2017. Red Deer Advocate file photo

All that jazz back at Sylvan Lake

17th annual Jazz at the Lake runs Aug. 16 to 18

Juno Award-winning performer Laila Biali will headline Sylvan Lake’s 17th annual jazz festival.

Jazz at the Lake runs Aug. 16 to 18 with a full lineup of artists, including Saskatchewan bluesman Jack Semple and Argentinian keyboard phenom Gabriel Palatchi performing with their respective trios.

Organizers say an amazing lineup of performers and events are planned throughout the weekend, with the addition of Party in the Park in Centennial Park during the afternoon of Aug. 18.

Participants are encouraged to come dressed in their best 1960s flower power outfits in celebration of Woodstock’s 50th anniversary.

Calgary’s Johnny Summers returns for the 11th year with his Little Big Band for a swing dance on the evening of Aug. 17 at the Sylvan Lake Legion.

Pubs & Clubs is back this year and will feature eight live jazz and jazz-oriented bands at seven venues. Bands start at 4 p.m. and continue into the late evening. Admission is free.

“It is our mandate in our 17th consecutive year to continue to provide a venue for jazz performers of the highest quality, thereby enhancing Sylvan Lake’s historic tradition of live music, cultural awareness and family fun for Albertans of all ages,” say festival co-ordinators Eric Allison and Cheryl Fisher.

“And to expand the awareness of, and provide performance venues for, musicians and students involved in the arts communities and the numerous music programs in our community.”

Festival tickets cost $10 for adults (children are free) and are on sale now. Visit for more information.

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