Heather Bambrick Trio and Chef Harmeet Singh Present Hot and Spicy Evening at Ambiyan Restuarnt 

When it comes to hot jazz and spicy food, Heather BambrickTrio’s return performance at the Markham Jazzlicious WinterFest is a not to be missed event in this ever-popular series. WholeNote Magazine calls the Juno nominated vocalist and JazzFM morning show host, “one of the finest jazz singers in this country” and jazz icon Guido Basso proclaims her as “the real deal” and his favourite singer. Her sold-out performances at the 2023 Markham Jazzlicious WinterFest made her an in-demand performer for series’ second annual event. Hosted by award winning Chef Harmeet Singh, Heather Bambrick’s performance takes place from February 27 through March 2, 2024, at Ambiyan Restaurant a gem in the heart of historic Unionville. 

Ambiyan, which means fresh, green mangoes, is a popular culinary destination known for bringing a cultural richness to Markham’s Main Street dining scene. With an emphasis on free, organic and locally sourced produce and meats, Ambiyan is highly regarded for their fresh take on authentic Indian contemporary cuisine. Ambiyan’s Executive Chef Harmeet Singh’s culinary journey is a testament to passion and expertise. Born in Jammu and Kashmir India, and raised with a love for flavors, Chef Harmeet discovered a calling for cooking early on. Formal training at Culinary Academy of India (Asia’s Number one culinary college) honed skills that would later define a remarkable career that includes learning from renowned chefs in Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Goa. His unique culinary philosophy blends traditional techniques with avant-garde creativity. With a focus on presenting a variety of options, Chef Singh has prepared a Jazzlicious menu that offers a vast selection that includes traditional dishes such as butter chicken and fish tikka alongside contemporary offerings such as masala lamb chops served with mint, tomato and sweet onion and honey glazed tempura prawns.

“We are very excited to be bringing back this highly anticipated musical and culinary experience. Eating out is one of the main ways we treat ourselves, but diners also want these social occasions to last longer and be about more than just the cuisine. The addition of an intimate performance by some of this country’s celebrated jazz artists paired with the culinary arts of Markham’s best Chefs is the perfect ingredient to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences for these consumers.”

Destination Markham Executive Director, Eric Lariviere

As one of Canada’s top jazz vocalists, Heather has collaborated with some of the best, including Phil Nimmons, Fred Hirsch, Guido Basso, Ian Shaw, and the late Rob McConnell and Peter Appleyard. She’s appeared as a guest performer with numerous jazz ensembles, as well as with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and many others. Each of Heather’s four solo recordings have received East Coast Music Award nominations for Jazz Recording of the Year, and her 2017 release You’ll Never Know was also nominated for a JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. For almost 20 years she’s been a popular host on JAZZ.FM91, twice named the National Jazz Awards’ Broadcaster of the Year, receiving the inaugural 2020 Canadian Broadcasting Award for Best On-Air Host (Music). 

The Markham Jazzlicious WinterFest brings together food lovers and music enthusiasts for special evenings celebrating the culturally rich experiences that City of Markham has to offer. Barbra Lica, jazz vocalist and songwriter performs at Laz Cuisine where guests will be treated to a spectacular meal prepared by Executive Chef and Owner Diakhia Lezama (March 5 to 9). Jazzlicious WinterFest closes with performances by Canadian jazz and boogie woogie pianist Michael Kaeshammer who joins Bill Jewer, Executive Chef of Draco at the Toronto Marriott Markham (March 20 to 22).

Markham Jazzlicious WinterFest is produced by Destination Markham Corporation in collaboration with the Markham Jazz Festival, and in partnership with Cosmo MusicJAZZ.FM91Zoomer Radio and Flato Markham Theatre with funding provided by Experience Ontario and Central Counties Tourism. Heather Bambrick Trio’s appearance at Ambiyan Indian Restaurant is presented by Don Valley North Lexus.

Tickets for the 2024 Markham Jazzlicious WinterFest are on sale now. For further information and to purchase series and event tickets please visit jazzlicious.ca


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