This Sunday from 8-9 a.m., it’s a special fundraising edition of Arts Toronto with your host Mark Wigmore on Jazz FM91
Comedian Colin Quinn became a household name when he replaced Norm MacDonald as the news anchor for SNL’s Weekend Update. After his tenuous stint with the Not Ready for Prime Time Players, Colin returned to his stand-up roots and steadily marched towards his current stardom. His one-man shows on Broadway have become hot tickets, including The New York Story, which was recently turned into a Netflix special, directed by Jerry Seinfeld. Colin enjoyed critical acclaim for his portrayal of ‘Hermie’ in the HBO series Girls, and played Amy Schumer’s derelict father in the hit comedy Trainwreck. Colin recently made an appearance in Toronto for JFL42 and spoke to Mark Wigmore from his home in New York.
And, Renee Bellefeuille is the Executive Chef at The AGO Bistro, formerly known as Frank. She grew up in Waterloo Ontario and trained at George Brown College before working with chef rockstars Elaina Asselin, Andrew Milne and Jamie Kennedy. Renee made headlines when she was hired as executive chef at the classy, yet approachable restaurant found at the Art Gallery of Ontario; no easy feat, given the ratio of men to women working in the high-end food game. Her love of cooking at home informs her menu, and the gallery exhibits help to add inspiration and signature dishes. Renee is once again lending her talents to the foodie must-attend event, Eat to the Beat. The 22nd edition of the culinary spectacle will feature 60 female chefs sampling their creations at Roy Thomson Hall on Tuesday, October 17th. It’s the signature event in support of the Canadian Cancer Society. Mark Wigmore speaks to Renee about the Toronto restaurant scene, her art-inspired menu, and her long history in the culinary game.
And, Harry Allen is a talented saxophonist who is often compared to Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz and Ben Webster. John Pizzarelli calls him ‘nothing less than perfect’. Allen got his start in Washington DC and arrived on the jazz scene while attending Rutgers University in New Jersey. But he came of age at the oddest of times for a swinging jazz traditionalist; the mid-1980s. It was an era better known for big hair and new wave than a guy in a suit who could give Lester Young a run for their money. His determination to continue within the spirit of his jazz forefathers has paid off. He’s considered by dozens of musicians and critics to be a truly gifted player, and he’s been an invaluable sideman for names like John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Tony Bennett, Kenny Barron, Ray Brown, James Taylor and Rosemary Clooney. On Saturday, October 21st, Harry Allen’s All Star New York Saxophone Band will perform at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, featuring Vincent Herring, Gary Smulyan and Grant Stewart, plus Ehud Asherie, Kevin Kanner and Joel Forbes working the rhythm section. Harry Allen speaks to Mark Wigmore from his home in New Jersey.