We’re at it again – as always this time of year, we’re checking in with the musicians from across our community who are headed “on the road” – or are staying in – for the summer months. We’ve asked local musicians of all sorts and kinds what they’re most looking forward to this summer, both as listeners and performers, and what their plans are for the 2014/15 season on the other side.
While it’s the same four questions every year, the overwhelming variety of responses we receive demonstrates just how unique each artist is, and just how far their summer travels will take them. Below is a full directory – updated throughout the year – of all of our current “On-the-Roaders,” with detailed interviews, links to music and videos and more.
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A unique and powerful songstress on the Canadian jazz scene, Pangman has an unerring take on classic-era jazz. Through the courtesy of her longtime band The Alleycats, she has long been known as “Canada’s sweetheart of swing” and is now on Justin Time Records. She is a double lung transplant recipient and advocate for the cause.
Andrea Menard, an acclaimed Métis singer, actor, writer, and music messenger, has performed for royalty, prime ministers, ambassadors, governor generals and even sang her song “Peace” to the world’s NATO generals. She has created lifelong fans with her powerful voice, her songs, and her desire to build a better world.
Violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon grew up in Calgary where she began her violin studies at the age of three. Her fascinating last name is of Thai origin. A co-founder of the Gryphon Trio, Annalee was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Toronto. Annalee performs on a 1907 Carlo Oddone violin.
Charles T. Cozens has received global recognition and numerous awards for his compositions, arrangements and conducting, and is considered “one of Canada’s premier arrangers.” In 2013 he became the first Canadian to conduct a Cuban orchestra.
One of CBC’s "Can’t Miss Classical Pianists of 2014," Christina Petrowska Quilico recently released her latest Ann Southam CD, Glass Houses Volume 2 (Centrediscs), and with violinist Jacques Israelievitch performed a marathon of all 28 Mozart Sonatas.
Canadian Bass-baritone Daniel Lichti is going strong 40 years after his Stratford Festival debut! Concerts this year, besides at home, will take him to the U.S., Europe and Asia. A professor in the Faculty of Music at WLU since 1998, he coordinates the Voice program.
Don Kerr is a Toronto-based musician, songwriter, producer and engineer. He sings and plays drums, cello and tenor guitar. Don has played with Ron Sexsmith since 1987 and was a member of Rheostatics from 1995 to 2001. He has a recording studio in his home called The Rooster, and has appeared on CBC Radio's Vinyl Cafe as both a solo artist and a member of the Ron Sexsmith Band side-project The Kelele Brothers.
Eve Egoyan is a pianist. She has recorded nine solo CDs, which have received many accolades, including recently one of “Ten Top” classical discs from The New Yorker magazine (2009), and “Top Classical Disc of the Year” from The Globe and Mail (2011) – all for contemporary solo piano repertoire. Upcoming new commissions by Michael Snow, Nick Storring (Canada Council commission) and Nicole Lizée (Canada Council commission).
Gabrielle McLaughlin is the singer, programming co-ordinator and a founding member of I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble. She is also the choir director at Calvin/Deer Park Churches, and lives in Toronto with her teenage daughters.
"Grainne is in an elite female singer-songwriter class. She's in the classic mold of a Lucinda Williams, Julie Miller, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris (and) Mary Chapin Carpenter…” John Apice, No Depression
An innovative performance artist and author of Urban Flute Project, Jamie Thompson is a founding member of The Junction Trio and member of the RCM Flute Faculty since 1988. An accomplished visual artist, Jamie is an active member of Toronto's Urban Exploring scene.
Jane Bunnett plays soprano saxophone, flute, piccolo and piano, and is one of Canada’s foremost jazz musicians. Known for her improvising talents, technical alacrity, versatile writing, band leading abilities and also for her collaborative work celebrating the music of Cuba, Bunnett is a multiple JUNO Award winner, Grammy nominee and a recipient of the Order of Canada.
Winner of the 2013 JUNO Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Montreal saxophonist Joel Miller marries his awe-inspiring technique and boundless sense of musical adventure with a pop musician’s desire to make music that moves people. His compositions, praised by Downbeat as "passionate and creative, melodic yet exploratory," are inspired by the melodic simplicity and emotional depth of American folk music.