Medicine Hat JazzFest

Get set for eight days of an eclectic lineup of jazz music happening around town at clubs, cafes and taverns - and featuring a long list of renowned jazz artists from across Canada, the U.S., and Europe.

* 2021 dates pending
Community: Medicine Hat
Province: Alberta
Festival Type: Music

The Medicine Hat JazzFest serves up an array of jazz beats for eight days all around town. Pop by some of Medicine Hat's most gorgeous venues to hear some fine music from some of the best in the world. The intimate nature of the festival means there's a very good chance of getting to meet the musicians before or after a show.

Read Elizabeth Chorney-Booth's adventures while she gets set for the Medicine Hat JazzFest.

Outside of the traditional concert and events, the festival also has several side-stage events such as workshops, jams and special concerts for children.

Be sure not to miss the free rooftop parkade party. 

The festival has opened its doors to past performers such as multi-Grammy-award winner Arturo Sandoval, Lee Konitz, Paquito D'Rivera, Bobby Hutcherson, Cedar Walton, Monty Alexander, Andy McKee, Ranee Lee, Oliver Jones, Sophie Milman, Beady Belle, Downchild Blues Band, Powder Blues, Maraca, and Wil Campa.

2018 Performers TBD

Featured Artists in 2017


This Halifax-based band, brings a high energy jazz sound that is angular, sweet, nostalgic, modern and racous. With a combination of their musicianship, humour and showmanship, they are sure to enchant you and get you in a dancing mood. 

Matt Savage

Matt is a 24-year-old boasting an astounding 15-year professional career as a jazz pianist. Having worked with some of the biggest names in jazz and even composing and recording the entire soundtrack for a feature-length film, he's sure to impress you. 

Kurt Rosenwinkel 

Kurt came to prominence in the early '90s and has since then spent almost 25 years perfecting his craft as a jazz guitarist and keyboardist. Kurt has managed to evolve the language of jazz in a way that no one else has since his arrival on the scene.

Medicine Hat JazzFest

Other artists include:

  • Yoslai De La Rosa
  • Brad Shigeta’s Swingtime Band
  • Joel Miller with Sienna Dahlan: Dream Cassette
  • David Restivo Trio
  • Al Muirhead featuring Laila Biali
  • Craig Learmont
  • Enslow
  • Cheryl Fisher
  • The Bow Djangos
  • Kool Ray and the Hip Katz
  • Teresa Riley and the Bourbon Rebels
  • Tyler Hornby Trio with Allison Lynch
  • Myriad3
  • Tim Tamashiro with Nobuki Takamen


Tickets on sale May 4th. Ticket prices for artists and events can be found on the official ticket page.

More Information

For more information head to the official Medicine Hat JazzFest website.  

Start planning your trip to Medicine Hat here.

While in Medicine Hat Elizabeth and her family stayed in Canalta Hotel’s Hampton Inn & Suites, full breakfast each morning, swimming pool and the perfect base camp for any #ThisHappensHere adventure. 

Read our article about the incredible line up.

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* 2021 dates pending