Whoa… so many exciting ‘notes’ flyin’ in the air for HJS!

What an exciting & exhausting several months it has been! Oh, my goodness… still nowhere near done! Let’s see – an exciting, talented jazz trio has joined us – Heiki, James & Brent – that was in June! These pics are from our first public gig – we are LOVED!

ARTSVEST Business For the Arts  – Our sponsorship training program got into full swing in July and August – live on line webinars, peer to peer meetings with the other 11 Oakville based trainees –

● BurlOak Theatre Group
● Oakville Festivals of Film and Art
● Halton Jazz Singers
● Oakville Symphony Orchestra
● The Bronte Historical Society
● Oakville Choral Society
● World of Threads Festival
● Canadian Music Competition-Oakville/Mississauga Chapter
● Oakville Improv Theatre Company
● Oakville Galleries
● Masterworks of Oakville Chorus & Orchestra
● The Oakville Players

Now we are under the crunch! Halton JAZZ Singers has until November 29th to prospect & secure at least $2500 in corporate sponsorships so as to receive grant matching from ARTSVEST organizers!  WE NEED YOUR HELP!  The funds need to come from corporations, not individuals nor NFPs. Any amount over 200 dollars will be DOUBLED by ARTSVEST if it is deposited on or before November, r 29th 2017.  Halton JAZZ Singers is GUARANTEED up to $2500 matched and doubled – it’s called a “GIFT HORSE”… We’re facing a gift horse! Darcea is goin’ after her car dealership!  She’s been in there enough times for them to come out ahead if they would be willing to match their past service center charges to her credit card. So please, make contact on our behalf – we have a “Four Tiered Sponsorship Recognition Sheet”- each corporate sponsorship funding level brings increased & varied types of recognition and acknowledgment for sponsor’s company.  Enough said on the finances of running a vocal jazz group! It’s tough! But it’s FUN!

HJS+SWINGLINE Demo CD PicOh, did you hear that Halton JAZZ Singers cut a (demo) CD?  Big thanks to Studio 13 owner & audio engineer Urmas Soomet – oh yeah and his band that he co-directs – SWINGLINE – a nine piece big band that is so musically tight  – it sounds like a swingin’ big band!

Would you like to hear some tunes from the recording? – Give a listen – Here’s a link to our audio sampler – HJS+SWINGLINE CD Audio sampler     Tell us what you think of it, please.  We’re keen to hear your comments!

What else? Oh! There are a couple of options now for HJS’s ‘public home’  – We might set up a regular monthly gig in Bronte around Lakeshore & Jones St. There’s a great location that wants us to come bring our swingin’ vocal jazz sound to their comfortable pub that can seat 90 people.  We’re in discussions about it:  We’ll keep you posted!  Then there’s St. Davids Church at Guelph Line & 401 – great acoustics  & it’s available for our use as a home! So much to decide…ALL OF IT IS GOOD!

There are a few more big bands ‘talking to us’ … a few meetings comin’ up… again you will learn more as Halton JAZZ Singers continues to set up more musical collaborations!

Let’s see how many ‘notes flyin’ is that – new combo group – HJS+HJB; Artvest sponsorship guns blazin’; new demo CD; new public ‘home’ digs in the offering…

Oh, and soon it will be Christmas – so singers started workin’ on a few NEW jazzy Christmas tunes – It’s Christmas & All of that Jazz!  We hope that you and yours will be around to hear them – it will be our pleasure…. Until next time…

Jeannie's pic HJS PORTRAIT candid_NO BLEMISHDarcea, Siona, Jason & Adam … we are Halton JAZZ Singers




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HJS+HJB JAZZ Sextet…Maybe a new ‘home’? Could be….Would YOU come visit?


There’s a lovely, community space in Campbelleville (Guelph Line & 401), just waiting to have our sound fill it – It’s a lovely community, Campbelleville; Halton JAZZ Singers aka HJS has HJB instrumental jazz trio, of Heiki on piano, James on drums, and Brent on string bass – there’s six of us now – HJS+HJB JAZZ Sextet! We need a home so that YOU  can come to visit & SWING with us! So.. that’s what last night was all about… We packed up all our gear and headed into Halton, to St. David’s Presbyterian Church, 130 Main Street N., Milton, Ontario.   WOW! THE ACOUSTICS ARE AMAZING!  The congregation kindly granted us the use of the space to try it out for a couple hours last nite, & try it out we did!  It’s a great space! Lots of parking; quick access to the 401; it’s in a growing part of Halton close to Milton, Burlington, Georgetown & Oakville as well as Mississauga; and those of us in the other parts will find it to be an easy drive!

So the jazzy dudes, Heiki, James & Brent brought their A-1 game and supported Halton JAZZ Singers in our renditions of ballads, sambas, swing pieces – What a blast!

In time, there could be some open rehearsals happening at this locale – there could be some open mic sessions too at this locale and maybe some master classes!

Interested? Would YOU come to an open rehearsal? Would YOU like to try your hand/voice at singing with HJB jazz trio? or Would you like totry your ‘voice’ &  join in and sing one of your favourite tunes – Dream, Java Jive, Danco Samba, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore or other tunes –  a vocal jazz quartet chart with HJS – Siona on alto, Darcea on soprano, Jason on Tenor & Adam on Bass?

What do YOU think?  Interested? Give us YOUR ANSWER by completing the POLL BELOW – We’ve got ‘our home’ booked for 7:30-9:30 P.M. MONDAY, OCTOBER 30TH – WANNA JOIN US? 

St. David’s Presbyterian Church, 130 Main Street, N., Milton, Ontario 

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 19th at 7:30 pm

Halton JAZZ Singers is pleased to announce they will be performing on Wednesday, July 19th as part of the Concerts in the Park series presented by the City of Burlington.  Halton JAZZ Singers will be performing with the renowned Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble.

Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble is a 17-piece band led by Bruce Cassidy, well-known musician and founding member of Boss Brass, past touring member of Lighthouse and former Musical Director of Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Performing as Halton JAZZ Singers is Darcea Hiltz (Oakville), Siona Neale (Toronto), Adam Brox (Mississauga) and Jason Miller (Milton).

Halton JAZZ Singers with the Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble
Wednesday, July 19th at 7:30 PM
Central Park Bandshell
2311 New St, Burlington

Bring your blankets and join us for a swingin’ time.  Don’t worry – the concert will go on rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will move to the Music Centre.


We are excited to announce that we are one of a few select Oakville arts organizations who have been chosen to participate in artsVest – a sponsorship training and funding program.  All new HJS sponsors will have their funds matched by this program.  It is a terrific way to introduce your company to our audience, and support our music at the same time.   Please email us at haltonjazzsingers.info@gmail.com to find out how you can work with HJS.


Halton JAZZ Singers is working with it’s own instrumental jazz trio.  HJB is made up of Heiki Tamm on piano, James Compton on drums and Brent Gelhar on string bass.  HJS+HJB is takig bookings now for fall 2017!

HJS and Swingline, the little big 9 piece band, are collaborating.  There’s a recording session happening at Studio 13 Recording Studio on July 31st.


Halton JAZZ Singers would love to perform for your group.  We regularly perform at festivals, cafes, retirement residences and more.  Email us if you are interested in information about our low rates, availability and set lists.


Email us at haltonjazzsingers.info@gmail.com

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