Karen's music has been described as jazz-infused vocals with a touch of 70's soul.  

Photography courtesy of Bob Hatcher.


 Linda Schettle Photography

 Linda Schettle Photography


Bring your parties to life with live local music. Create an unforgettable experience for all your guests with the vast musical repertoire & genres of Karen Thornton.  

Bob Hatcher Photography

Bob Hatcher Photography


Click below for upcoming shows, dates & details!

 Linda Schettle Photography

 Linda Schettle Photography


As an active member of the community, Karen enjoys playing a number of local music & summer events. To book Karen for your next festival, contact her on the link above.

Early songwriting influences include many singer-songwriters from the 70's as well as the rich jazz voicings from traditional Big Band & Latin jazz.



Karen is a singer-songwriter who has been performing in the GTA for a number of years as a solo artist, as well as fronting her own jazz trio & singing with the Russ Little Band.

Karen started playing piano at 12 and by the age of 15 she was writing and performing in local coffee houses.  Her father was a part-time drummer and singer who’s repertoire included all of the Big Band favourites and crooners of the 40’s which greatly influenced  Karen’s musical styling and writing.

In 2014, her album, “Rain Down on Me” was nominated for a Hamilton Music Award for, “Jazz Recording of the Year,” Most recent release “Live at the Old Firehall,” was recorded in front of a live audience.

Be Inspired...

Bob Hatcher Photography

Bob Hatcher Photography

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Linda Schettle Photography

Linda Schettle Photography

Linda Schettle Photography

Linda Schettle Photography

Linda Schettle Photography

Linda Schettle Photography

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Stay tuned for all the latest details on Karen's upcoming schedule!

For details on how you can book Karen to delight your guests & patrons, click here.  

Bob Hatcher Photography

Bob Hatcher Photography


Upcoming Shows

Friday, January 18th • Jonathan’s Bistro 7-11pm. Oakville

Saturday, January 26th • Jonathan’s Bistro 7-11pm. Oakville

Saturday, February 9th • Private Function 

Monday, February 11th • Brantford Downtown Jazz Sanderson Centre

Thursday, February 14th • Toronto Auto Show

Saturday, February 23rd • Jonathan’s Bistro 7-11pm. Oakville

Friday & Saturday, March 15th & 16th • Private Functions

Saturday, March 23rd • Jonathan’s Bistro 7-11pm. Oakville

Saturday, March 30th Private Function

Saturday, May 25th Private Function

Saturday, June 15th Jonathan’s Bistro 7-11pm Oakville

Saturday, June 22nd Private Function

Friday, June 28th CHCH Morning Live Featured Musical Guest 8:45am

Saturday, June 29th Waterdown Ribfest 6pm

Friday, July 5th Private Function

Saturday, July 20th West End Jazz Le Dome Oakville 7pm

Saturday, July 27th Jonathan’s Bistro 7-11pm. Oakville

Sunday, July 28th Fieldcote in Ancaster 6:15-7pm opening for Bill Mays world renowned jazz pianist

Sunday, August 11th Burlington Performance Arts Centre 5:30-6pm solo Burlington Jazz Festival

Thursday, August 15th Hamilton Waterfront Music in the City Series 6:30-8:30 pm

Saturday, August 17th Dundas Cactus Festival 6pm

Saturday, August 31st Jonathan’s Bistro. 7-11pm. Oakville

Friday and Saturday September 13th and 14th Private Events

Saturday, October 26th Private Function

Saturday, November 9th Jonathan’s Bistro 7-11pm. Oakville


Past Events

07/01/18  •  Waterdown O Canada Ribfest

07/01/18  •  Canada Day Spencer Smith Park Burlington Waterfront

07/20/18  •  West End Jazz Series Oakville

06/28/18 • Hamilton Waterfront Concert Series

06/16/18  •  Sound of Music Festival | Cogeco Stage Burlington | 7 PM

04/28/18  •  Carlisle Golf and Country Club

05/05/18  •  Sew Hungry Festival

05/26/18  •  Church of the Incarnation Jazz Series Oakville

03/16/18  •  Private Event

03/11/18  •  Olde School Restaurant Sunday Brunch

12/10/17  •  Olde School Restaurant Brantford

12/02/17  •  Wilson St Bar and Grill Ancaster

12/01/17  •  Oakville Jazz Church of the Incarnation

11/17/17  •  Private Party Ritz Carlton

08/26/17  •  Jonathan's Bistro Oakville

08/24/17  •  Music On The Waterfront

08/20/17  •  Dundas Cactus Festival

08/11/17  •  Old School House Brantford

07/01/17  •  Waterdown Ribfest

04/09/17  •  Bands Against Child Cancer

01/22/17  •  Live Off The Floor Recording