Performance highlights: Canadian jazz artists at Germany’s jazzahead! 

Canadian musicians took centre stage at jazzahead! in Bremen, Germany from April 28 to May 1, 2022 when Canada was recognized as the festival’s first-ever overseas partner country. The Canadian delegation represented all facets of our country’s jazz scene—from artists and promoters to programmers and cultural organizations. The event was a chance to show the world what Canadian jazz has to offer, with artists straight out of our country’s network of clubs and festivals as well as from our diaspora in the United States and Europe. 

The Canada Council for the Arts was proud to be the main partner at this year’s must-see festival, conference and trade fair. Two trade partner organizations—the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM) and the Canada Independent Music Association (CIMA)—coordinated the Québec and Canadian delegations in partnership with the Embassy of Canada in Germany.


“jazzahead! is an important meeting place for the international jazz scene. In 2022, the Canadian jazz scene was the focus of the showcases and the clubnight. With a wide range of stylistic diversity as well as great virtuosity, the Canadian bands won over the audiences as well as the experts in front of more than 23,000 spectators. This resulted in great interest from international festival organizers and concert agencies to engage these groups. The attending international press and other media contributed to making Canadian jazz, with its high artistic quality, known beyond Canada’s borders.”

– Uli Beckerhoff, Co-artistic director, jazzahead!