The Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival is an annual 3 day FREE music festival held in Waterloo Ontario, encouraging all genres of jazz.

This upcoming year of 2017, we invite you to our 25th Season where we look forward to entertaining more than 35,000 enthusiastic festival goers!

Learn about our history, the volunteer executive team,  or get involved.

Welcome Message from Patti Brooks, 2017 Chair

Welcome to year 25!  We are so proud to bring 25 years of FREE Jazz to our community.  Three days,  Two stages, and an artistic lineup that will surely rival the best.

We are delighted to have Sun Life Financial continuing as our Title Sponsor in this a pivotal year for our festival.   We are able to deliver this festival with their support and vision as well as past and present sponsors, our talented artists and an amazing team of volunteers.

This year to celebrate our 25th anniversary, we have brought back several favourite performers and artists, requested by you, our fans, guests and sponsors.  We have provided you with a great line up of Canadian talent, all of whom will shine this week end.

The businesses of UpTown Waterloo are the hosts of this festival and welcome you to the heart of UpTown Waterloo.  We invite you to experience all that we have to offer.  If you are a first time guest of the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival, welcome and if you are a regular guest (and we have many) thank you for your support and enjoy this fabulous 3 day event.

Please take a moment to recognize the Jazz Board and Executive team that volunteer months of their time to make the UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival the success it is.  I would be remiss if I did not also recognize the staff of the UpTown Waterloo BIA.  They put in countless hours of their own time to see this festival continue to achieve success.

Sit back, enjoy the show we have put together for you and thank you for continuing to support the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival.

 Patti Brooks, Chair, Artistic and Media Director

Join us in 2018 for the 26th Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival