Events Summary 2018-2019

Mon. October 1, 2018 Visiting artist: Mike Stern (guitar)
Sat. November 3, 2018 Visiting artist: Jay Jennings (trumpet)
Fri. November 23, 2018 Visiting artist: Ethan Ardelli (quartet)
Fri. March 15th, 2019, 8pm Graduation Recital: Robyn Gale (vocalist)
Thu. March 22nd, 2019, 7pm & 8:15pm Graduation Recitals: Elizabeth Hogg (saxophone), Weston Crawford (saxophone)
Thurs. March 28th, 2019, 7pm StFX Jazz Nonet & Guitar Ensemble Recital
Sat. March 30th, 2019, 8pm StFX Vocal Jazz Festival

Visiting Artist Series 2018-2019

Unless otherwise specified:

  • Concerts begin at 8 pm and take place in Schwartz Auditorium (SCHW 110) on the STFX campus.
  • Tickets are $10 each, free for St. FX students and the non-salaried.

For information, including group rates for high school students, please contact the Music Department Office at (902) 867-2106 or

Mon. October 1, 2018     Visiting artist: Mike Stern

The StFX Music Department is proud to present legendary jazz guitarist Mike Stern, in concert.

Stern studied guitar at the Berklee School of Music. His first major gig was with Blood, Sweat, and Tears in 1975. He played with Billy Cobham (1979-80), and in the band Miles Davis assembled for his celebrated return in 1981. He next appeared in the Jaco Pastorius Word of Mouth Band (1983-85), and again with Davis. Later in the 1980s, he accompanied Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, Steps Ahead, and a reunited Brecker Brothers band. The list of jazz greats he has worked with is very long.

His career as a bandleader started in 1985 and he has, since then, recorded 15 albums, and been nominated for six Grammy awards.

A sell-out crowd is expected.

ADVANCED TICKETS: Available at Sunflower Natural Foods,194 Main St, Antigonish or from the StFX music department (email to make arrangements).

Sat. November 3, 2018     Visiting artist: Jay Jennings

StFX Music presents Snarky Puppy's Jay Jennings in concert with StFX Music faculty.

3 time Grammy winning recording artist, Jay’s reputation as a flawless reader and profoundly lyrical soloist has led to supporting work with some of the world’s finest artists including Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, Billy Joel and many more. Jay is currently touring with country music star Toby Keith and is living in Los Angeles, California. He continues to record and tour with the Grammy Award-winning Snarky Puppy.

The concert is free for all but tickets are required for entry. Advance tickets are available from the StFX Department of Music by emailing

Fri. November 23, 2018     Visiting artist: Ethan Ardelli

   The StFX Music Department is proud to present Ethan Ardelli:

Originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia, Ethan Ardelli is a Juno award winning drummer and composer based in Toronto.

Ethan won the 2006 Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal International Jazz Festival as part of the David Virelles Quintet and has played on two Juno award winning albums, Jane Bunnett's "Radio Guantanamo" and Mike Downes' "Ripple Effect.”  Ethan has had the pleasure of working with acclaimed international artists Dewey Redman, Mark Turner, Mark Feldman, Jeremy Pelt, George Mraz, Mulgrew Miller and Greg Osby.

Since 2014, Ethan has been leading his own ensemble showcasing his original compositions.  The quartet features saxophonist Luis Deniz, pianist Chris Donnelly and bassist Devon Henderson.  This concert is a presentation of their debut album entitled "The Island of Form".

Date:           Friday, November 23rd, 2018 at 8pm

Venue:         Schwartz Auditorium, StFX

Admission:   Free.  No ticket required.

Fri. March 15, 2018     Graduation Recital: Robyn Gale (vocalist)

Location: Schwartz Auditorium
Time:  8pm