Since 1987, HJF has organized a diverse range of musical and educational activities, including the 33rd annual Halifax Jazz Festival, July 9-14, 2019. The TD Halifax Jazz Festival, formerly known as the Atlantic Jazz Festival, is the oldest jazz festival and largest summer festival in Atlantic Canada. Designated a Hallmark Event by the Halifax Regional Municipality, the festival attracts up to 65,000 visitors, involves 400 volunteers and employs over 350 local musicians.

The Halifax Jazz Festival (HJF), formed as JazzEast Rising is a non-profit organization created in 1987 to present the first ever Halifax Jazz Festival (formerly known as the Atlantic Jazz Festival) in Nova Scotia, Canada. As a registered charity, HJF has widened its horizons beyond the successful TD Halifax Jazz Festival to become involved, throughout the year, in a diverse range of musical and educational activities.

HJF's mandate runs from the promotion and presentation of soft-seat concerts and club shows to planning educational workshops (such as the renowned Creative Music Workshop). We develop opportunities for amateur musicians, established local artists and the local "jazz aristocracy". We bring renowned performers from many parts of the world to a city that doesn't always find itself naturally on the maps for touring artists.

In brief, we think jazz is important to the culture which we'd like to have, and we want to make sure that kind of culture is strong in Halifax, where we love to live.

Our 2019 branding is by Halifax-based Graphic Designer Brittany Pickrem,
”The 2019 Jazz Festival main image is inspired by the variety of engaging experiences and diverse soundscapes that every festival-goer is promised to encounter while attending all festival events.”


For general Inquiries please contact or call 902-718-6205

Mailing address: Halifax Jazz Festival, PO Box 33043 Halifax, NS B3L 4T6

Staff Directory

Board of Directors:

Andrew Killawee, Chair

Olga Manzoni, Past Chair

Eleanor Fitzpatrick, Vice President
Lauren Aucoin, Treasurer

Paul Chui, Secretary

Robert Cowan

Fred Fiander

Catherine Stevens Doane

Leonard Preyra

Charles Hsuen
Christine Wilson

To contact a member of our Board of Directors, please send a message with the name of the person you wish to reach and your contact information to

Andrea Dawson Thomas
Executive Director

Andrew Jackson
Senior Program Manager

Sara Russell
Marketing Manager

Kimberly Sinclair

Alyson Sanders
Sponsorship Manager

Danny Thomas
Technical Director

Georgie Dudka
Site & Logistics Manager 

Halifax Jazz Festival Contact Policy

The Halifax Jazz Festival Contact Us page is to be used for the purpose of receiving information, questions and comments related to the annual music festival. Messages are monitored and shared with specific festival departments.

The Halifax Jazz Festival welcomes comments and constructive criticisms about any and all aspects of the festival, line-up and operations. Please be aware of the following policies regarding communication to the Halifax Jazz Festival:

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  • The Halifax Jazz Festival does not accept unsolicited emails for the purposes of marketing or advertising.

  • You can also send us letters at to our mailing address: Halifax Jazz Festival, PO Box 33043 Halifax, NS B3L 4T6.

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