This Sunday from 8-9 a.m., it’s another edition of Arts Toronto with your host Mark Wigmore on Jazz FM91
For the last several decades Ori Dagan has built his reputation as one of the hardest working jazz musicians in the country. His signature baritone vocals and scat skills have been witnessed at countless concerts and gigs and can be enjoyed on three full-length albums including last year’s critically acclaimed Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole. His trophy case is crowded as well, receiving prestigious honors like ‘one of the best male vocalists in the city’ thanks to Now Magazine readers. He’s also a winner of a Toronto Independent Music Award, several Global Music Awards and was named Canada’s Next Top Crooner by the CBC. Ori is active beyond his own career, supporting fellow artists, helping to curate the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, and collaborating with the likes of Heather Bambrick, Alex Pangman, and the legendary Sheila Jordan. He is the only Canadian jazz act booked at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin Texas this March, and on January 31st, he will be a part of the “In The Can” Concert fundraiser for The Children’s Aid Foundation at Lula Lounge. Ori Dagan sits down with Mark Wigmore in the Jazz FM91 studios.
Also, it was last year that The Historic Distillery District in downtown Toronto, was artistically illuminated thanks to the advent of the Toronto Light Festival. Thousands descended upon the Distillery grounds to see the beautiful light creations that aimed to brighten up winter in the downtown core. The festival is back, and seemingly, more ambitious than 2017. Mark speaks with Executive Director Mathew Rosenblatt.
And, Toronto’s East End has enjoyed something of a renaissance when it comes to theatre. Last year, in particular, saw the opening of Streetcar Crowsnest; the new venue for the performing arts that arrived via a collaboration between the historic Crow’s Theatre Company, and posh loft and boutique hotel developers, Streetcar. The multimillion-dollar facility opened last January after years of planning. Crow’s Theatre Christened the venue with a hit show; The Wedding Party. The rollicking comedy features a slew of top-drawer actors portraying the families of the bride and groom in question. The show is back for a run in 2018. East Ender and Crow’s Artistic Director Chris Abraham joins Mark in the Jazz FM91 studio.
All that, Garvia Bailey’s ‘Giant Steps’, and beautiful jazz for a Sunday morning.
Catch the show from 8-9am on Sunday or online at jazz.fm
Looking ahead to the January 28th edition of Arts Toronto:
Mark takes a look at the Grammy Awards and the Jazz category nominees!