Help support this unique Festival of Free Jazz Music

In 2017, we are thrilled to be celebrating a major milestone with the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival: it is our 27th year and we invite you to celebrate with us!

Every year, our non-profit organization offers world-class free Jazz in Waterloo attracting over 33,000 people, of all ages and demographics, who come to the festival to enjoy the music of local and global top rate talent.

This year, the festival will run from July 19-21 at Waterloo City Centre. Talent this year will be next to none! In commemoration of this milestone year, we are exploring “jazz is...!” – a community discussion about what jazz means. Our goal this year is to achieve $100,000 in sponsorship dollars.

We would like to invite you to celebrate the festival’s milestone with us by committing your support through sponsorship. There are many different opportunities to highlight your brand. We are confident you will find a sponsorship package to fit your needs! Without you, we cannot be as good as we are and for that, we are truly thankful! Please help us to grow the festival as we invest in our youth by continuing to develop the future of our local talent.



Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we are able to keep the
Sun Life Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival free for our community.



Title Sponsor


Festival Host

Band Leader


Media Partner


Media Partner

98.5 CKWR

Media Partner


Jazz Prodigy





The Trio





The Duet

Airways Transit
Chantler’s Environmental Services
Crystal Clear Water
Delta Waterloo
Huether Hotel
Long & McQuade Musical Instruments
Ontario Seed Home Hardware
Soundstage Fine Audio
Traces Screen Printing
Waste Connections of Canada
Waterloo Chronicle
Woof Signs
Your Neighbourhood Credit Union


Did you know...

  • That the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival supports local and emerging musicians?

  • That the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival has been able to provide a high quality jazz festival for free to the community for over25 years!

  • That the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival is a registered charity.

  • That the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival relies on grants from local, provincial, and federal governments and private foundations to make this free festival a reality.

  • That now you have the opportunity to support the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival directly.

Youth Jazz Ensemble Residency

Youth ages 14 to 22  work with some of the Region's finest jazz musicians in a series of workshops, focusing on various aspects of jazz improvisation and performance. The residency ends with a performance at the Jazz Festival. 

The residency is provided on a scholarship basis requiring only an audition so we can place each student appropriately. 

A donation of $200 will support one student. 

Jazz Is....

Education and outreach activities offered to the general public with the support of our performers. These take the form of panel discussions, interviews, Q&A sessions during the run of the festival.

A donation of $250 will support one artist leading each workshop. 

Please contact us if interested in donating. We will issue charitable donation tax receipts on donations $10.00 or more.

UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival Inc. is a registered charity 86875 9374 RR0001

If interested in one of our current projects, please contact our Festival Manager. Or, you can donate through Canada Helps

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