•  Friday, Jun 30th, 2023
     8:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Winner of the 2022 Juno Award for “Jazz Album of the Year (solo)”, and “Jazz Artist of the Year” at the 2022 Western Canada Music Awards, Winnipeg-based Will Bonness has been active on the international jazz scene for two decades. At 17, Will joined Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band for a world tour, which included performances in Europe, Thailand, and the Caribbean. He has performed at many of the major jazz festivals in Canada and the United States, as well as in the world’s most prestigious venues, with such luminaries as Jon Gordon, Avishai Cohen, Quincy Davis, Jimmy Greene, and Derrick Gardner. Locally, he can often be seen performing with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra.

Will’s performance career has led him to spend substantial time in New York City, where he has played at the Blue Note, Smalls, and Dizzy’s. Aside from his performances, he maintains a full-time teaching position at the University of Manitoba, where he has taught music for the past 9 years.

Catch Will Bonness and his quintet featuring Virginia MacDonald clarinetJocelyn Gould vocals/guitarJonathan Chapman bassCurtis Nowosad drums

Presented by


TD JazzYYC Summer Festival Pass (2023)

TD JazzYYC Summer Festival Jazz Sampler Pass (2023)


Band members

Will Bonness - piano
Virginia MacDonald - clarinet
Jocelyn Gould - guitar
Jonathan Chapman - bass
Curtis Nowosad - drums

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