Since the end of March, musicians around the world have seen their careers upended, as performance and touring plans have been cancelled and venues have been forced to close. With Stories From Home, artists provide a unique perspective on the pandemic experience from a musician’s point of view - through words, video and music. Every week, a new artist will share their story, along with an audio or video sample of a recent project, and a link to purchase their music so that you can support their work. Check back each week for a new entry, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for new posts.
From new projects, new music and new albums to financial challenges, creative hurdles and mental health, Stories From Home helps musicians tell their story. The good, the bad and the hard reality.
Are you a local artist who wants to share your story? Know a local musician with a moving story? Get in touch!
March 3, 2021 - Pianist Jim Clayton talks about keeping the audience entertained, the value of a metronome, and his online Piano Bar, soon to celebrate its 300th episode. Read the full post.
February 24, 2021 - In our first Stories From Home video entry, singer, multi-instrumentalist and actor Ahmed Moneka talks about learning new technology, embarking on new recording projects, and diving into a new genre. Read the full post.
February 17, 2021 - Saxophonist, composer and educator Karen Ng talks about discovering the value of sitting still, embracing the space and time for new artistic endeavours, and finding new perspectives on recording and composing. Read the full post.
February 10, 2021 - Musician, entertainer, writer, producer and radio personality Jaymz Bee talks about being grateful despite the challenges, taking a new perspective on life and keeping the creativity flowing. Read the full post.
February 3, 2021 - Pianist, composer and educator Amanda Tosoff discusses learning about and embracing life online, starting a new musical business, and releasing a new album during a pandemic. Read the full post.
January 27, 2021 - Vocalist, actor and poet Alana Bridgewater talks about the importance of breathing room, caring for family, and finding new opportunities at home and in the community. Read the full post.
January 20, 2021 - Saxophonist, composer and 2020 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist Award winner Jesse Ryan talks about releasing a CD during a pandemic, feeling grateful for the "little things", and an exciting new project. Read the full post.
January 13, 2021 - Pianist, bandleader, photographer and writer Bill King talks about feeling grateful for time, the inspiration of family, and the opportunity to reflect on his life's journey. Read the full post.
December 23, 2020 - Educator, advocate and vocalist Sophia Perlman reveals how her experience of the pandemic has reaffirmed her thoughts on who she is as an artist, where her passions lie, and what it means to share music in unexpected places. Read the full post.
December 16, 2020 - Celebrated banjoist and songwriter Kaia Kater discusses managing expectations around creative output, rediscovering the fun of practice, and writing for film. Read the full post.
December 9, 2020 - As owner of Poetry Jazz Cafe, Sean Pascalle discusses some of the particular challenges he's faced and his resolve to pivot. Read the full post.
December 2, 2020 - guitarist, vocalist and composer Brooke Blackburn discusses looking inward, learning about new technology, and the importance of Black history. Read the full post.
November 24, 2020 - singer/songwriter Dione Taylor talks about being in the moment, the importance of friends and family (and food and naps!), and releasing a new album during a pandemic. Read the full post.
November 18, 2020 - vocalist Alex Pangman discusses her unique health challenges, the virtue of patience and the joys of making music, even when not in person. Read the full post.
November 11, 2020 - drummer, composer and publicist Ernesto Cervini talks parenting, finding focus and staying creative. Read the full post.