With the City of Culture initiative, Toronto Downtown Jazz celebrates Toronto as a cultural destination generally, and a must-see destination for jazz lovers in particular. This series of eight concerts, each featuring a different artist in a different venue, performing an outstanding cross-section of jazz and jazz-related music, highlights some of the incredible musicians whose talent is on display here in Toronto every day throughout the year – and on our stages at the annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2022.
Sarah Thawer is a JUNO-Award nominated drummer and recording artist who is currently performing, recording and touring around the world with some of the biggest names across musical styles. Recorded at The Rex Hotel, Toronto’s longest running jazz club, located in the heart of this city’s incredible Queen Street West neighbourhood - home to a thriving fashion district, internationally acclaimed live music venues, and food from around the world. Learn more about Queen Street West with the short mini-documentary posted below.
- Watch the concert on the JAZZ.FM91 YouTube channel or stream it any time below.
- Watch the mini-documentary on Queen Street West below or on our YouTube channel
The City of Culture initiative has been made possible by the generous support of Reconnect Ontario, from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. We’re grateful for the continued support of our title sponsor, TD, and we’d like to thank our media partners JAZZ.FM91 and The Toronto Star.
Click here for the complete list of City of Culture concerts and mini-documentaries.
Sarah Thawer Trio
Sarah Thawer - drums
Ewan Farncombe - keys
Caleb Klager - bass
Sarah Thawer is a drummer and recording artist based in Toronto, Canada. She started playing drums at age 2 and her first stage performance was at age 5.
Sarah is currently working internationally with different artists and musicians, as well as solo and with her own band. She is also known for being a versatile musician, playing a wide range of genres from jazz and fusion to Indian/world, funk, r&b and hiphop.
Sarah has performed and worked with various artists including Jacob Collier, Steve Vai, George Watsky, Sheila E., Jon Batiste, A.R. Rahman, Nicholas Payton, Nigel Hall, Myron McKinley, Sekou Bunch, Mark Lettieri, Tegan and Sara, Char (Hisato Takenaka) and Osman Mir.