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Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones: A Celebration

THE LIVING ARTS CENTRE TO HONOUR THE LEGACY OF TWO CANADIAN JAZZ ICONS AT SPECIAL CANADA150 & LAC 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

SATURDAY DECEMBER 9, 2017 @ HAMMERSON HALL, THE LIVING ARTS CENTRE

4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga, 7:30PM, $75-$150

This extraordinary concert event is a gala celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and the Living Arts Centre’s 20th anniversary. It honours the tremendous contributions and ongoing legacy of two Canadian jazz icons, Oscar Peterson (who was a resident of Mississauga for many years) and Oliver Jones, who will be receiving the first-ever Living Arts Centre Excellence in The Arts Award.

The project is curated and produced by Frank Francis of Caliban Arts Theatre with musical direction by Ron Westray. The lineup of piano luminaries includes legendary jazz giant and icon Monty Alexander (Harlem Kingston Express; Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones), JUNO and Emmy Award winner D.D. Jackson, Montreal Jazz Festival Grand Jazz Award-winner Robi Botos, and Marc Cary (Betty Carter, Roy Hargrove). Other esteemed musicians include world renowned Canadian vocalist Dione Taylor, Grammy-winning saxophonist Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment, Stephon Harris), JUNO-winning bassist Brandi Disterheft (Michael Kaeshammer), percussionist/drummer Kahil El’Zabar (Ethnic Heritage Ensemble) and Jamaaladeen Tacuma(Ornette Coleman, Jukebox). The program will feature a mix of primordial music written by Peterson and Jones such as The Canadiana Suite along with original material written by the three generations of artists who will be performing. John Devenish of Jazz.FM91 will be the MC.

“Without question, this evening represents as well the finest assembling of jazz talent ever on the main stage at the Living Arts Centre,” says Living Arts Centre CEO Natalie Lue. It’s the crowning event of Canada’s 150th Birthday and our own 20th anniversary here at the LAC, one that will give us creative momentum as we move into our third decade of presenting quality entertainment to our patrons from Mississauga and the surrounding area. We’d especially like to thank our presenting sponsor, Pratt & Whitney, for their support which is making this magical evening possible.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Living Arts Centre’s event web page at:

http://www.livingartscentre.ca/theatre-performances/oscar-peterson-and-oliver-jones-18

 

This concert is the perfect gift for the jazz lover on your holiday shopping list!

 

Tickets can also be purchased by phone through the Living Arts Centre Box Office: 905-306-6000

Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones: A Celebration

SATURDAY DECEMBER 9th @ HAMMERSON HALL, THE LIVING ARTS CENTRE

4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga, 7:30PM, $75-$150

LAC Presents: Peter Katz

JUNO-nominee Peter Katz To Perform Striking New Collection from ‘We Are The Reckoning’

October 27, 2017 | 7:30PM RBC Theatre

“One of the most promising songwriters of our time” – B.Y.E Magazine Germany

“Try listening without getting goosebumps” – London Free Press

MISSISSAUGA, ON: ‘We Are The Reckoning’ is a striking new collection of 11 original songs from Peter Katz, JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter and crowned Best Male Vocalist in the popular NOW Magazine Best-Of-Toronto 2014 reader’s poll.

Over the past decade, Peter Katz has seen his albums debut at #1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts; he’s shared the stage and studio with the likes of Academy Award Winner Glen Hansard (Once, The Swell Season), Juno Award-Winners The Good Lovelies, Polaris-Prize nominated Melissa McCelland (Whitehorse) and the Legendary Garth Hudson from The Band. He’s toured all over the world, regularly playing to capacity crowds, and has managed to build an impressive fan-base of loyal listeners, selling over 25,000 copies of his discs mostly from the stage, one show at a time. Peter spent the better part of the past 2 years writing more than 50 new songs while collaborating on some of them with an impressive list of co-writers in Los Angeles, London, and at home in Toronto.

Never content to sit still for long, Peter Katz has his eyes firmly set on the future: “I’m in a different place than I was when I started 10 years ago. I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into and I maybe didn’t always put my focus in the right place. Now I know what this thing is, I know the relentlessness that’s required, I know it’s not a race, and I know that the music has to come first. I feel like I finally did that with this record. I took my time. I shook myself up, threw myself into unfamiliar territory and took some big risks. Now that I’m on the other side of it, I can see why it was the right thing to do, and I’m more excited than ever to share what we made.”

LAC Presents: Blackburn

Blackburn Brothers To Play Latest JUNO Award-winning Album at Living Arts Centre

An obvious uniqueness that identifies and sets apart the band Blackburn is that they are a band of brothers – literally. Duane (lead vocals), Brooke (guitar), Cory (drums) and Robert (harmony vocals and songwriting on the newest release) all share the Blackburn name; a name that has become truly connected to Toronto music history. Musically, the Blackburn name has been forever imprinted in our ears by Bobby Dean Blackburn, an R&B artist who gained legendary status in the Toronto music scene, performing the city circuit for over 30 years. Beyond the music, other history runs deep too. The Blackburn name is tied to the history of the Underground Railroad, and there is a direct connection to the musical talents that we know and listen to today.

Winners of the 2010 Maple Blues Award for Best New Artist, they mix up blues, r ‘n b and funk elements with real skill. Blackburn’s most recent album “Brothers In This World” also received a JUNO nomination for Blues Album of the Year in 2016. As Brooke Blackburn says, “We have this synchronicity and it really calms the soul. That’s my stress release. I do not have to worry about anything. Cory can start a song, Duane can start a song, I can start a song and within the next two bars, everybody’s in, whoever’s starting it. We don’t say what the song is. We just start it and everybody just knows. It’s almost like a heartbeat.”

2017 Mississauga Music Walk of Fame Class Announced

Four new members will be inducted into Mississauga’s Music Walk of Fame when the event hosts its first stand-alone induction ceremony Sunday July 23 at 3 p.m.

“The Walk of Fame celebrates Mississauga’s musical history and this year’s class once again proves how rich and deep that history is,” said Ward 1 Mississauga Councillor Jim Tovey, who chairs the selection committee.

Latin jazz star Fito Blanko, Bell Media President of Content and Broadcasting Randy Lennox, Canada’s “Sweetheart of Swing” Alex Pangman and five-time nominee and two-time Juno-winning singer Liberty Silver will be  honoured for their contributions to the music industry.  The ceremony will take place at the Walk of Fame site in Port Credit Memorial Park.

Panamanian-born Blanko’s recordings and videos are a mainstay in dance clubs and on Billboard Latin charts.

The 34-year-old John Cabot Secondary School graduate got his first big break after a music producer spotted him singing and rapping outside the city centre transit terminal at Square One at age 14.

Lennox is a 30-year veteran of the music industry who headed  Universal Music Canada before moving to Bell Media two years ago. A member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, he was presented the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award for his contributions to Canadian music earlier this year at the Juno awards.

Pangman, who attended the Froebel School in Erindale Village, Erindale Secondary School and Erindale College (now UTM), first sang at age 14 at the Suisse Marmite restaurant in Port Credit. The 40-year-old Juno-nominated singer has a passion for the early vocal jazz of the 20s and 30s. She has more than half-dozen records to her credit, including a 78 rpm record she issued to showcase her favourite musical era.

City centre resident Liberty Silver burst onto the scene in the mid-80s and has been a mainstay of the industry ever since. She’s written Olympic theme songs, recorded in numerous genres, been a mainstay of jazz festivals and shared a Grammy award for her work.

She continues to record in her Mississauga home studio and runs a charitable foundation for music education based in Brampton.

A committee of citizens selects each year’s class to recognize Mississaugans who’ve significantly contributed locally or made their marks nationally or internationally.

Inductees for previous years:

2012: Ronnie Hawkins, Gil Moore, Oscar Peterson, Krisztina Szabo

2013: Eleanor Calbes, Charlie Camilleri, Rik Emmett, Chuck Jackson, Nancy Walker

2014: Joey Cee, Ron Harrison, Tommy Hunter, Billy Talent

2015: John Bride, Neill Dixon, Denny Doherty, Rob Wells

2016: Bobby Dean Blackburn, Steve DeMarchi, Jeff Healey, Cliff Hunt

For more information visit: www.musicwalkoffame.ca

MUSIC FANS, BOOGIE-WOOGIE ON DOWN TO THESE 17 MUSIC FESTIVALS!

Festivals & Events Ontario uncovering Ontario’s must-attend award-winning music festivals

No matter your musical tastes, this province is offering up plenty of music festivals this summer. Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) is thrilled to share an exciting line up of the best 17 music festivals beginning May 23rd. We invite you to enjoy musical talents from across Canada, from around the world and from your own home town right here in Ontario. These festivals represent a subset of FEO’s Top 100 festivals and events awards. With so many music festivals to choose from, we recommend you get your mojo working at more than just one this year!

2017 Ontario Music Festival Highlights include:

SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival May 23 – May 28 (Toronto) www.singtoronto.com Canada’s Premiere A Cappella Festival, featuring free outdoor concerts, international headliners, educational workshops, emerging artists and more, downtown Toronto. Continue reading MUSIC FANS, BOOGIE-WOOGIE ON DOWN TO THESE 17 MUSIC FESTIVALS!