The Grand River Jazz Society is excited to restart its headline music-presentation program (starting the weekend of September 10 & 12). Because of COVID-19 we have had to make some changes to how we operate this season. Recognizing the ‘moving target’ nature of the virus, the GRJS board will monitor the situation and make adjustments as is prudent/necessary.


Following provincial guidelines, seating will be limited to the current maximum of 50. Tables will be arranged to allow proper 6 feet spacing between patrons not seated together. Board Hosts and Volunteers will seat patrons at a table matching their party size in the order they arrive. Walking paths will be designated with one-way directionality where possible and otherwise be widened. Please wear masks when not seated.

Regular Shows

For most shows, there will be a single ticket covering the evening consisting of two sets. The first set will start at 8:00 (doors open at 6:30). It will run 60 minutes followed by an intermission of approximately one half hour. The second set starts at approximately 9:30 and will also be 60-70 minutes.


Tickets should be purchased in advance from Ticketscene. Don’t count on being able to purchase at the door due to the limited seating! If a show does not indicate SOLD OUT on the website, there should be tickets available at the door.

Safety Concerns

Masks will be required as directed by Public Health at the time. Similarly, standards around such things as hand sanitizing, distancing, touching, performer safety, etc will be governed by the same directives.

Only ticketed patrons, staff and volunteers will be allowed to enter the Jazz Room. Entrance will revert to the hall near the cafe and use of the regular washrooms will be permitted.

These are initial plans for restarting the Jazz Room shows and they will be adjusted as necessary. In the spirit of the GRJS community, we will work together to create the safest and most convivial environment during this transition phase of reopening the Jazz Room.