TDJ News Corps

Writing about jazz

The TDJ News Corps is an annual initiative geared to 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.
The 2019 TDJ News Corps participants are Rosemary Akpan and Cole Brocksom, both Journalism students at Ryerson University. Mentors for 2019 are Garvia Bailey, arts journalist, broadcaster and co-founder of, and Ben Rayner, longtime music critic for the Toronto Star and, at one time, the Ottawa Sun, who has also contributed to publications as varied as XLR8R, Fashion and

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

Rosemary Akpan

Rosemary Akpan is a student majoring in journalism and minoring in politics at Ryerson University. She enjoys talking about music, film, and worldly issues. In the past she has written for The Eyeopener and LAPP The Brand. She has also taken part in the production of the live event, An Evening with Me Too Movement Founder Tarana Burke. Outside of journalism, Rosemary’s interests are focused on the various sectors surrounding the arts - she was even a camp leader for three years at an arts camp that taught music, dance, drama and visual art. Rosemary is excited to join the TDJ News Corps and can’t wait to see all the cool performances the festival has to offer.

Rosemary Akpan

Cole Brocksom has been hanging around Toronto for four years now and studying journalism at Ryerson for two, but has been a music fan all his life. An avid listener of everything from Frank Zappa to Kendrick Lamar, Cole is excited to share his experiences at the festival and explore some of the local acts that make it a truly Toronto festival. Outside of music, Cole has a passion for movies, art, gaming, and anything weird. You can probably find him eating burritos downtown, wearing a shirt with a skeleton on it.