A native of Timmins, in north Ontario, Joe Sullivan grew up in a large music-loving Franco-Ontarian family. Introduced to piano at an early age, he turned to trumpet at 15. A devoted music fan, he spent his youth joining in various musical projects, regional classical music contests, pop groups and composing for theatrical productions. Graduating with a B.A. in classical trumpet from the University of Ottawa, he continued his studies at the Berklee School of Music, then the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he earned a Master’s in Jazz Studies in 1987. He moved to Montreal, joining the scene as a trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader, juggling his septet, his Big Band and other smaller groups. He has also been a member of the Vic Vogel Big Band for over 25 years, a soloist with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and played alongside Don Thompson, Lorne Lofsky, Rémi Bolduc, John Medeski, John McNeil, Alain Caron, and Ranee Lee. Sullivan has released 7 albums under his own name, the most recent being Whiskey Jack Waltz with a quintet and Northern Ontario Suite with a big band. Winner of both the Prix Socan (1991) and the DuMaurier Award at the Festival (Joel Miller Group, 1997), he currently teaches arrangement and jazz composition and leads the Jazz Orchestra 1 at McGill University.