This Sunday from 8-9 a.m., it’s another edition of Arts Toronto with your host Mark Wigmore on Jazz FM91

This episode:

Kevin Drew is a producer, filmmaker and the co-founder the internationally renowned music collective Broken Social Scene. And Ben Kowalewicz is a musician, broadcaster and frontman for the world conquering act Billy Talent. It was announced this past summer that Kevin and Ben would step out of their traditional roles and take on a different type of stage performance. A&R Angels is a theatre piece conceived by Kevin that debuted at The Streetcar Crowsnest on November 20th. It stars both men as musical angels, whose job is to pull people back from the brink with their songs. But when their tunes stop finding modern ears, a higher power threatens, “figure out a way to connect, or else”. Kevin Drew and Ben Kowalewicz join Mark Wigmore to chat about this new frontier for two of this country’s biggest rockstars.

And Eddie Palmieri is a 10-time Grammy Award winner, and is known as one of the finest pianists to ever work within the world of jazz; specifically, Latin Jazz. In the 1950s he rejigged the classic combos of Latin dance music, leaning heavily on the tone of the trombone to create an all new sound. Since those early days, he has become a world renowned as a bandleader, an arranger and as a composer of salsa and Latin jazz that skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences like McCoy Tyner and Thelonious Monk. In recognition of his contribution to American music, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, recorded two of Palmieri’s performances for its archives. Earlier this year, at 80-years-old, he released another ground breaking album that plays with salsa and Latin, but also funk grooves. Sabiduría / Wisdom. On Friday, December 1st, Eddie Palmieri will perform with his septet at the Flato Markham Theatre with an event titled Eddie at 80. Eddie speaks with Mark Wigmore from his home in New York City.

And Charles Dickens’ timeless novel A Christmas Carol has become synonymous with the holidays. A new film titled The Man Who Invented Christmas investigates the author’s frantic scramble to write his most famous work. Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens is Charles Dickens in this UK/Irish/Canadian co-production. He’s joined by Canadian Christopher Plummer as Scrooge. The film is magical and funny, but also a deeply emotional story that doesn’t shy away from looking at Dickens’ shortcomings as a family man, his difficult upbringing and his severe anxiety over completing A Christmas Carol. Susan Coyne is one of the creative forces behind this film. She’s a Gemini Award-winning writer and actress whose credits include titles like Slings and Arrows, Mozart in the Jungle, The Best Laid Plans, and L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. She is also the screenwriter for The Man Who Invented Christmas and she joins Mark Wigmore in the Jazz FM91 studios for a conversation about this inventive story.

All that, and beautiful jazz for a Sunday morning.

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Looking ahead to the December 3rd episode of Arts Toronto:

Canadian Stage outgoing Artistic and General Director, Matthew Jocelyn, Andy Kim on his annual Holiday charity concert, and Holiday Heroes!