A Special Project, the JUNOs and CKLN

A few quick items for this week, but before launching in, here are two random thoughts. First: hooray for sun! Second: ever have one of those days where you totally didn't realize when you left home that your shoes don't match your pants?

Here we go...

MEM3 at The Trane
Next Thursday, February 10, TDJ is pleased to support MEM3's performance, 8:30 pm at The Trane Studio, as part of their Ontario mini-tour. This performance was selected as one of four TDJ Special Projects, a new initiative launched in the fall to support the creation and presentation of exciting and interesting projects by local jazz musicians. Local drummer Ernesto Cervini submitted the application, and I'm glad to finally be involved with an MEM3 show - they've been on my radar now for a few years. MEM3 is a piano trio (joining Ernesto are Michael Cabe on piano and Mark Lau on bass) which features a fresh sound and great compositions - I encourage you to check them out. Their first CD is excellent; this show is part of their tuning up for a new recording later in the year. For complete information on the show, check out their performance page on the TDJ website; for more information on TDJ Special Projects, go to torontojazz.com.

Congratulations to local JUNO nominees!
The JUNO nominees were announced this week and everyone here at TDJ was excited to see a number of local jazz musicians recognized. We'll be rooting for...

  • Emilie-Claire Barlow (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year)
  • Laila Biali (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year)
  • Jeff Healey (wherever he is...Vocal Jazz Album of the Year)
  • Adrean Farrugia (Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year)
  • Kelly Jefferson Quartet (Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year)
  • John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra (Traditional Jazz Album of the Year)
  • Kirk MacDonald Quartet (Traditional Jazz Album of the Year)
  • David Braid & Canadian Brass (Instrumental Album of the Year)
  • Jayme Stone (Instrumental Album of the Year)
  • The Creaking Tree String Quartet (Instrumental Album of the Year)

...as well as a number of less-jazzy local musicians in various other categories. Good luck to everyone - you're all a testament to the outstanding talent we have in Toronto!

Oh yeah - and thanks to Facebook for clueing me in - congratulations go out to Terra Hazelton, who was just nominated for a Genie Award (!) in the category "Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role" for her work in Fubar II.

You might have heard recently about the CRTC's decision to revoke the broadcasting license of CKLN-FM (88.1). (You can read the CBC story here and the full CRTC decision here.) I'm not going to be naive and suggest that CKLN had their house in order, and that there was no cause for concern. That said, however, this is a major blow to emerging, independent and fringe musicians of all kinds. CKLN - and all campus radio - plays a vital role in supporting and disseminating the music of artists who, for a variety of reasons, do not have access to commercial radio airplay. While commercial stations are restricted in the length, genre and amount of music they can play each hour, campus radio stations have much more leeway in what they program; they can also take more time when interviewing artists and help to spread the word about more grassroots events. Without outlets like CKLN, a number of important artists simply would not be heard. Here's hoping that CKLN can work this out, that the CRTC will reconsider their decision, and that an important player on the radio spectrum will remain on the air. If you'd like to add your name to an online petition in support of CKLN, you can do so here.


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