Happy new year!
After a couple of weeks filled with friends, family and celebrations of various flavours, I'm ready to go on 2017 - refreshed, if not well-rested. I hope you had a great holiday season - between Christmas, Hanukkah, my birthday and travels to Winnipeg, my time off felt especially satisfying this year.
The next several months are guaranteed to be action-packed. On the festival front, we've got just a few months during which all of our programming must be finalized. We'll start making announcements soon - some bigger and more surprising than others - so I've got a lot of work ahead of me. Some of that work is happening over the next few days here in New York, from where I write this post. I'll be spending tonight through Sunday meeting with agents, checking out Winter JazzFest, catching up with colleagues, and trying to take in as much of this fantastic city as I can.
Outside of the festival, Continuum has big concerts in March and June, with a slew of grant applications thrown in for good measure. And my personal projects will also keep me busy: the TJO will be in Sarnia in April and, pending funding (all fingers and toes crossed), we'll be heading into the studio at the end of May to record a new album.
So - lots on the go. In the spirit of starting off the year with some good news, we recently announced the four presentations chosen for the 2017 edition of the TD Discovery Series Special Projects - I think they once again demonstrate the outstanding variety of jazz being made in Toronto by musicians at every stage of development. The panel of Dani Elwell, Bill King, Nicole Rochefort and Roberto Occhipinti spent a morning just before the break going over the submissions and decided on:
- Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School CD release - January 15, 2017 at Lula Lounge
- Spectrum Music's Tales of the Unconscious - March 4, 2017 at Knox Presbyterian Church
- Jazz Money's debut performance - March 8, 2017 at The Rex
- So Long Seven's premiere of new works with guest percussionist Amare Kante - April 8 at the Small World Music Centre
Each selected special project will receive a variety of marketing support from Toronto Downtown Jazz; I'll (happily) be blogging about each as it comes up. These projects are mandated to be "special" - that is, a rare occurrence for these artists - so mark them in your calendar. They are worth checking out!