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Way North CD Release

Following up on their critically acclaimed first album Kings County, this new album finds the band serving up a similar roots stew, even more heavily weighted toward street-beats and dance rhythms. The front line’s collective improvising and conversational rhythmic approach brings to mind  both modern jazz and roots music, two styles that have more in common than one might think.  Way North’s sound fits the vibe at folk house concerts and jazz festivals – something few bands can say.

CD release shows:
November 2018
5 – Toronto, ON – The Rex
6 – Toronto, ON –The Rex
7 – Ottawa, ON – The National Arts Centre
8 – Montreal, QC – Resonance Cafe
10 – Quebec City, QC – Maelstrøm Saint-Roch
11 – Kingston, ON – Kingston Jazz Society
January 2019
6 – Halifax, NS – Open Waters Festival
14 – Toronto, ON – The Emmet Ray
15 – Victoria, BC – tbc
16 – Nanaimo, BC – Quadwrangle Music at the Lighthouse Bistro
17 – Vancouver, BC – Frankie’s
18 – Edmonton, AB – The Yardbird Suite
19 – Saskatoon, SK – The Bassment

Rebecca Hennessy wins the 2018 Emerging Jazz Artist Award

Rebecca Hennessy Wins the 2018 Emerging Jazz Artist Award

Toronto Arts Foundation is pleased to announce that Rebecca Hennessy is the recipient of the 2018 Emerging Jazz Artist Award, a $10,000 cash prize.

TORONTO, June 25, 2018Toronto Arts Foundation is pleased to announce that Rebecca Hennessy is the recipient of the 2018 Emerging Jazz Artist Award, a $10,000 cash prize. The award was first established in 2014 through the generous donation of Cheryl and Manuel Buchwald, and is intended to support the pre-production, production, and/or recording of original music composed by the recipient.

Rebecca Hennessy is a highly sought-after Toronto-based trumpeter, composer and bandleader. As a leader and co-leader, Rebecca has released eight albums and has toured Mexico, Panama, Sri Lanka, Europe, USA and in Canada. In 2016, her FOG Brass Band was nominated for both the Montreal Jazz Festival’s Grand Prix de Jazz and the Halifax Jazz Festival’s Stingray Rising Star Award. Her most recent CD, Two Calls was rated best Canadian jazz albums of 2017 by Ottawa Citizen.

Hennessy was selected by a peer jury, who commended her for her creative, authentic and quirky compositions, noting that there is a lot of depth and personality to her work. She is an excellent trumpet player, they said; “She has a confidence and comfort level that not a lot of other emerging jazz artists have.”

The award presentation took place this past weekend, Saturday June 23 at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival on the OLG Stage. Following the recipient announcement, audiences enjoyed a free concert by last year’s Emerging Jazz Artist Award recipient, Larnell Lewis.


2018 Emerging Jazz Artist Award Finalist!

Toronto Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist Award. Prolific artists, the three finalists are making an impact on the Toronto music scene with their unique styles and compositions.

The 2018 Finalists are:

Ethan Ardelli, Juno award winning drummer and composer

Rebecca Hennessy, trumpeter, composer and bandleader

Matt Woroshyl, saxophonist, composer, woodwind specialist, band-leader, and clinician

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