KSMF is excited and delighted to welcome back multiple JUNO award winner Mike Downes!  Mike’s Trio will perform Monday evening August 12 as a part of the KSMF Evening Concert Series, at the Knox Presbyterian Church, 345 Durham St., Kincardine.

Tickets $25, available through the Box Office and outlets listed on the right.
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Age 16 and under are free.  KSMF music class students receive tickets to the Evening Concert Series the week of their classes.

This is going to be a top-quality, fabulous jazz concert that you do not want to miss!


 Multiple JUNO award winner Mike Downes has been a prominent Canadian bassist, composer, arranger and educator since the early 1980s. His musicality, emotional depth and melodic approach to the bass have thrilled audiences in Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Iceland, the United States and Canada.

In addition to leading his own groups, Mike has performed with virtually all of Canada’s top jazz musicians, including Molly Johnson, Oliver Jones, PJ Perry, Lorne Lofsky, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Robi Botos and Pat LaBarbera.

He has performed with international artists Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Dave Liebman and many others.

Ripple Effect” – Mike Downes Trio featuring Robi Botos and Ethan Ardelli won the JUNO award in 2014 for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year.

His latest album, “Root Structure” won the JUNO Jazz Album of the Year:Solo in 2018.

Mike’s time playing is delightfully inventive…his lines are clear, hip, and agile. His technique and intonation are extraordinary” – Jazz Player Magazine


Winner of the 2019 JUNO Award for his album “Old Soul”, Robi Botos has been hailed as one of the most diverse multi-instrumentalists of this generation. While Robi is known for being a strong player in the traditional jazz and funk fields, he always incorporates an element of the music he grew up listening.

Born of Romani descent in Hungary, Robi was first introduced to the piano when he was 7 years old, and never looked back.  Immediately after coming to Canada when he turned 20, Robi immersed himself into both the Canadian and international jazz scene.

Robi is one of the most swingin’, soulful, funky, world class players I’ve ever heard, and he has a technique like you can’t believe. Definitely one of my very favorite players!!!” – Joey Defrancesco


Originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia, Ethan Ardelli is a JUNO award-winning drummer and composer based in Toronto.  Ethan has been one of Canada’s most acclaimed jazz musicians for more than a decade.

Since 2014, Ethan has been leading his own ensemble showcasing his original compositions.

Currently on faculty at the Humber College Community Music Program, he is also a member of the Darren Sigesmund Quintet, Nancy Walker Quintet, Alexander Brown Sextet, Brian Dickinson Trio, and the Harley Card Quintet.