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The Edmonton International Jazz Festival marked its 40th year in 2019, featuring artists including the Audrey Ochoa Trio, Dave Babcock Quartet, Derek Wiens Group, Jacob Collier, Joshua Redman Quartet and Montuno West.
While this year’s festival has a new approach, it also features a couple of new twists. Jazz Moments blends improvised performances with an original piece of artwork from local visual artists. And rather than requesting donations for the Edmonton Jazz Festival Society, the 2020 version includes a new campaign aimed at helping a handful of community charities.
The inaugural Community Charity Initiative encourages viewers to learn more about the work done by the Edmonton Food Bank, Africa Centre project The Come Up, the United Way of Alberta Capital Region and WIN House, and contribute to each charitable cause. The Jazz Festival will be matching community support with a gift of $500 to each of the four charities.
“Music has the power to unite us. It brings us together and connects us. The last few months have been challenging for everyone, and I know many have listened to artists that provide comfort, reassurance, and positivity,” said Robert Ghazal, TD’s senior vice president of retail banking, Prairie Region.
“TD is very proud to be a part of the Edmonton International Jazz Festival and the creative digital experience this year. While we may not be able to gather in person, we can all be together through our shared love of music and community.”