The TDJ News Corps

The TDJ News Corps is an annual initiative geared towards 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, who are both Journalism students at Ryerson University. Mentors for 2019 are Garvia Bailey, arts journalist, broadcaster and co-founder of jazzcast.ca, 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 Spin.com.

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