The TDJ News Corps

The annual TDJ News Corps is an initiative geared towards post-secondary students who are interested in writing about jazz. Successful applicants to the TDJ News Corps program are given full media accreditation for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, granting them unprecedented access to the festival – attending and reviewing concerts for free, interviewing artists and experiencing the festival from behind the scenes. In addition, TDJ News Corps members are assigned a mentor – an experienced music journalist. This year’s mentors are David Dacks, writer for Exclaim! and CBC Music; and Jennie Punter, editor, Musicworks magazine.

Check this page throughout the festival for TDJ News Corps articles – concert reviews, artist interviews and other editorial content.

The 2014 TDJ News Corps is:

  • Yanis Khamsi, a singer-songwriter and student in the Bachelor of Journalism program at Humber College. (Read more about Yanis.)
  • Benjamin Thomas, a drummer and recent graduate from Ivey Business School at Western University. (Read more about Benjamin.)

Robert Randolph & Kenny Wayne Shepherd

When Robert Randolph and the Family Band took the stage, I was wondering if had been some form of miscommunication. I thought to myself, "Where is everyone?"

I was expecting than the 200-some people who enthusiastically cheered as Randolph began his set with unaccompanied blues soloing. When he and I spoke on the phone, Randolph said the Toronto audience could expect "almost being at a Sly and the Family Stone show or a Jimi Hendrix show."

Überjam and PRISM, Live Review

Überjam and PRISM, Live Review

By Benjamin Thomas
TDJ News Corps

TORONTO, June 27, 2014

Lettuce & The Dirty Dozen Live Concert Review

Lettuce & The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Live Review

By Benjamin Thomas
TDJ News Corps

TORONTO, June 26, 2014

Deborah Cox & Melissa Etheridge

This was no ordinary jazz concert.

Thousands gathered in Nathan Phillips Square to kick off World Pride. Premier Kathleen Wynne made a surprise appearance to anoint the festival, promising to make Ontario the most accepting place on earth for the LGBTQ community.

The atmosphere was lively, though the crowd's enthusiasm made some of the guest speakers difficult to understand at times.

Hiromi: The Trio Project Live Concert Review

Hiromi: The Trio Project, Live

By Benjamin Thomas
TDJ News Corps

TORONTO, June 24, 2014

There’s a child within all of us—a spirit that comes alive when we do things like, say, skipping out on work to catch a show at the jazz festival.

The Drummers of the 2014 Toronto Jazz Festival

The Drummers of the Toronto Jazz Festival 2014

By Benjamin Thomas
TDJ News Corps

TORONTO, June 24, 2014:

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