In October it was announced that after 9 seasons, Matthew Jocelyn would step down as Artistic and General Director of Canadian Stage. Matthew accepted the position after several successful decades working within theatre, first here in Canada and then abroad in Europe. Before returning to his hometown of Toronto he was in France where he was general director of the Atelier du Rhin for a decade. That tenure solidified his reputation for mixing it up, becoming known for his use of multidisciplinary arts, including circus, opera and dance. When he took the reins at Canadian Stage, it sent tremors through theatre community and theatre-going public as he embarked upon a daring transition in mandate and programming. For the next eight years he kept people guessing and cheering, producing and directing pieces with Robert Lepage, Atom Egoyan, Stan Douglas, Molly Parker and Leslie Hope. For his outgoing piece as a director with Canadian Stage, he has once again dipped into the well of playwright Simon Stephens. Last year he directed Liv Stein, and this time it’s the two hander, Heisenberg, on now at the Berkeley Street Theatre. Matthew joins Mark Wigmore in the Jazz FM91 studios.
And the students of Beverly Heights Middle School are this year’s recipients of the Jazz FM91 Holiday Heroes Instrument Drive. Good Morning Toronto’s Garvia Bailey sits down with faculty members to discuss how music changes the lives of children.
And, Andy Kim stops by the show. He was born in Montreal, and at just 16-years-old, he was on his way to legendary status. Andy wrote nine Top 40 hits including Rock Me Gently and Sugar, Sugar. He is a Juno Award winner, a member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, The Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Billboard’s Hit Parade Hall of Fame. He has sold over 30 million records, and everyone from Wilson Picket and Tom Jones to Ike and Tina and Bob Marley have covered him. For the last 13 years Andy has been gathering musical friends and fans together to celebrate the spirit and generosity of the holidays with a special concert. The Andy Kim Christmas Show puts a lot of talented people in the same room for a great night of music and all the proceeds go to charity. Names that have taken part over the years: Nelly Furtado, Sloan, Tom Cochrane, Cowboy Junkies, Feist, Alex Lifeson from Rush, Broken Social Scene and Colin James. This year’s event is at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on December 6th and features The Sheepdogs, Ron Sexsmith, Maestro, Hawksley Workman, CHOIR! CHOIR CHOIR! and many more. Andy Kim joins Mark Wigmore in studio.
All that, and beautiful jazz for a Sunday morning.
The Best of “Arts Toronto”!