OLG First Plays at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival

The OLG First Plays at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival initiative seeks to showcase music by Ontario-based artists, regardless of age or career stage, who have not previously performed as a leader on an official TD Toronto Jazz Festival stage. From jazz and blues to funk, soul, R&B, hip-hop and more, OLG First Plays features exciting new releases and debut tracks.

Each week from November 30, 2021 through April 26, 2022, Artistic Director Josh Grossman selected a different artist from submissions to participate in the OLG First Plays initiative. The complete list of selected artists is below; each selected artist was also featured on the TD Toronto Jazz Festival's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Thanks to the generous support of OLG, selected artists were each offered a $100 honorarium; some of the artists featured in the weekly profiles have also been invited to perform a full set - a paid performance - at the 2022 TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

Submissions to the OLG First Plays initiative are now closed. Thank you to all who submitted!

OLG First Plays Featured Artists











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