Due to the sheer number of performances at the Toronto Jazz Festival this year, it can seem daunting to know where to start. While there are many performances to choose from, and it really is impossible to go wrong with this year’s line-up, these are a few standout names to keep an eye out for.
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 2018 TDJ News Corps participants are Jaimie Nackan, a media student at University of Guelph-Humber, and Matt Yuyitung, a recent graduate from Carleton University’s journalism program. Mentors for 2018 are Karen Bliss, Canadian correspondent for Billboard and founder/editor-in-chief of Samaritanmag.com, and Del Cowie, music journalist and editor who was written for CBC Music, National Post, Noisey, NOW and Exclaim!.
Check this page throughout the Festival for TDJ News Corps articles – concert reviews, artist interviews and other editorial content.