TD Sunfest '18 will be from July 5-8 in London, ON's beautiful Victoria Park. See you there!


Diana Panton

Hamilton, Ontario’s Diana Panton has quietly become one of the brightest lights on the jazz scene today. Her work has been consistently praised by listeners and music critics alike for her ethereal vocals, exceptional song selection and emotional intensity.

"Her diaphanous vocal sound never insists and her high-speed vibrato is like the beat of a hummingbird's heart - natural, untainted and pure." - Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, The WholeNote Magazine

Since her initial CD release, Panton’s impressive catalogue of internationally acclaimed albums have garnered numerous honours, including two JUNO wins, a second Silver Disc Award in Japan, five JUNO nominations, nine Hamilton Music Awards, a host of National Jazz Award nominations, Canadian and American Independent Music Award nominations.

Diana Panton’s latest release solstice/equinox is an exquisitely cra­fted jewel of an album whose multiple facets enchant the listener. As Diana’s pristine voice leads us through the changing seasons, she takes us on a journey through time and space, echoing both the ephemeral and enduring qualities of the cycles of love and life. Once again, Diana’s repertoire selection is masterful and Don Thompson’s superior arrangements provide luxurious wrapping for her jeweled tones. Equally impressive is the diamond-quality soloing on the album. It went to #1 on the HMV Jazz Chart in Hong Kong upon its release and was also voted one of the Top Albums of 2017 by ICI Musique (CBC). In 2018, solstice/equinox was an Editor's Pick in DownBeat Magazine

"Throughout her instrument is gorgeous, lustrous, precise and feather-light. Her musicianship is ineffably beautiful as she digs into the expression of each word, brings ceaseless variety to soft dynamics and gives every phrase hallowed grace." - Raul da Gama, liner notes.

For her May 25th TD Sunfest concert, Diana is leading a cast of Canadian jazz luminaries.  She is being joined by regular bandmates Guido Basso (trumpet), Reg Schwager (guitar) and Neil Swainson (bass).