Established in 1982, each year the Concours de Jazz (the TD Grand Jazz Award since 2010) honours the most popular Canadian jazz group among those registered in the Concours and presented as part of the outdoor program. In accordance with the competition rules, all artists and groups registered in it must present a repertoire composed mainly of original material. The competition brings to light a promising group each year, then helps that band launch a career by providing it with exposure in several important ways. Since 2001, the Stingray Rising Star Award is also presented to the composer of the most original piece of music, selected among the competing groups.
1982 Creation of the Concours de Jazz, 1987 The
Concours de Jazz becomes pan Canadian, 1987-1992 Prix de Jazz Alcan,
1993-1999 Prix de Jazz duMaurier, 2000-2009 Grand
Prix de Jazz General Motors, 2010- TD Grand Jazz Award.