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Interested in attending a CBA-Ontario workshop?  All the information you need is on this page!  

We're excited to announce our new Summer Workshop Series!  With the hope of returning to live rehearsals inching closer, we want to make sure that you are warmed up and ready for your first downbeat in well over a year!  Our online workshops are open to musicians of all levels, and are inclusive of any ensembles you currently participate in!  Here's what we have in store for Summer 2021.


    feat. Jules Estrin & Southbrook Winery


    Join us for a virtual wine tasting hosted by expert Bill Redelmeier from Southbrook Winery located in beautiful Niagara-on-the-lake Ontario. 

    This unique event will feature:

    • Wine tasing tips & tricks
    • Expert pairing advice
    • An overview of grape varieties, wine characteristics and the wine making process of Ontario or cool climate wines
    • An interesting look at organic and biodynamic wine making

    This is a B.Y.O.B event with 2-3 recommended wines available through the LCBO or Southbrook Winery.  (More details once you register!) 

    As an added special treat, we’re ‘pairing’ this event with a session on the basics of improvisation featuring Jazz Trombonist, and director of the JAZZ FM91 Youth Big Band - Jules Estrin!  For those who have ever been faced with improvising or playing a solo in your band, this event is for you!  

    Sip your wine….listen to some jazz, the perfect summer combination!  Open to all musicians.


    • Each session will run about 40 minutes each with a short break in between.
    • Date: August 12th, 2021
    • Time: 7:30pm EST
    • Location: Zoom

    REGISTRATION IS FREE….plus the cost of wine (optional)

    Jules Estrin  


    Introduction to Improvisation with Jules Estrin

    Biography: Educator, Conductor & Trombonist Jules Estrin has appeared with many internationally renowned entertainers and musicians including: Clark Terry, Paul Anka, Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, Don Menza, Rob McConnell, Moe Koffman, Matt Dusk, Kenny Wheeler and PJ Perry.  Jules has performed internationally in France, Ireland, Scotland, England and the United States and at jazz festivals across Canada. He also maintains a busy schedule giving master classes, lectures, clinics on band and jazz band pedagogy.

    In his fifteenth year as Musical Director of the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band program his groups have performed with legendary jazz artists Randy Brecker, Bucky Pizzarelli, Lew Tabackin, Tom Scott, Wycliffe Gordon, Joey DeFranceso, PJ Perry and Guido Basso. In 2010 the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band opened for Al Jarreau at the Brantford International Jazz Festival

    A graduate of McGill University Jules completed his Master’s degree at the University of Toronto while directing the 7 o’clock jazz ensemble.



    Southbrook Vineyards is the epitome and evolution of Bill Redelmeier’s love story with wine, the land, and all things “local.” The winery is situated on a 150-acre vineyard in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula wine region of Ontario, Canada. We produce organic and biodynamic wines that earn recognition, from critics and consumers alike, year after year.

    From their purchase of the Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard in 2005, the Redelmeiers committed their energies to sustainable viticulture. By 2008, they had created the first wine estate in Canada to earn both organic and biodynamic certification for its vineyard and winery.

    At Southbrook we make every effort to live in harmony with the land. From our biodynamic, organic vineyard we produce fine age-worthy wines, most notably Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, classic Bordeaux blends and Chardonnays.

    Visit Southbrook winery to learn more about their company and wine offerings


    Is there minimum age requirements to enter the event?

    The event is recommended for adults, however high school students are more than welcome to attend.  Note:  Wine tasting session is intended for adults of legal age.

    Can I register as a member of CBA-Ontario?

    Eligibility includes individuals who are currently members of CBA-Ontario, or belong to a member ensemble of CBA-Ontario in good standing.  Check our online membership list to see if your band has renewed its membership.  Joining or renewing membership is possible online.

    What do I need for this event?

    • Computer, Tablet, or mobile device
    • Zoom Video Conferencing Software
    • Your Instrument with all accessories, mutes, tuners, and accessories
    • Music Stand & Instrument stands
    • Pencil, eraser, notepad

    How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

    Email us at

    I'm not certain yet if I can attend.  Can I register on the day of the event?

    Yes!  You may register before 5pm on the day each event is held.

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