This Sunday from 8-9 a.m., it’s another edition of Arts Toronto with your host Mark Wigmore on Jazz FM91
Tom Wilson has been an integral part of the Canadian music scene for decades, and an ambassador of the Hamilton Steeltown Sound. He’s became an internationally known star during his years with the band Junkhouse, and later with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. Tom grew up in Hamilton during a time that was more about blue collar and mean streets than farm-to-table and hipsterdom. He was raised by his loving, yet eccentric parents Bunny and George. But from an early age, he knew there was something wrong with his family tree. His increasing isolation and emotional disconnect produced a constant agitation that would make life difficult, but also help to spur on his creative spirit. After a long road of strained relationships, substance abuse and rock and roll, the lost chapters of his life, the truths he had always suspected, were revealed. His story can now be discovered in the new autobiography, Beautiful Scars. Tom joins Mark Wigmore in the Jazz FM91 studios.
And, Alex Pangman is Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing. For the last 20 years she has been looking for new ways to celebrate music from the classic era of jazz. Her commitment to the Great American Songbook and her infectious vocals, landed her a Juno Award Nomination in 2016 for her album New. Her latest project is Alex Pangman’s Hot Three, a straight-off-the-floor, direct-to-acetate recording that tips its hat to the records of yesteryear. It was recorded with her trio in New Orleans in March, 2017. Alex joins Mark Wigmore in the Jazz FM91 studios to discuss her ultra-retro experiment.
And, the firecracker conversation-starter stage-play Disgraced has returned to the Pansonic Theatre. This contemporary piece was written by novelist and screenwriter Ayad Akhtar and works with themes of Islamophobia and identity politics, all while shining a light on the post 9-11 world. The lead in the remounted Toronto production is Raoul Bhaneja. He comes from South Asian and Irish roots, but was born in England, and the bulk of his career has been here in Toronto. He can lay claim to countless TV appearances, films, a one man version of Hamlet, and even fronts a blues band. Raoul speaks with Mark Wigmore in the Jazz FM studios to explain his passion for Disgraced.
All that, and beautiful jazz for a Sunday morning.
Catch the show from 8-9am on Sunday or online at jazz.fm
Looking ahead to the November 26th episode of Arts Toronto:
Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew & Billy Talent’s Ben Kowalewicz on their new play A&R Angels, and Eddie Palmieri on his upcoming concert in Markham.