For the first time, the JUNO Awards will be streamed online only – Monday June 20, 2020 at 5pm MST / 7 pm EST. Join us for a watch party to cheer on nominee Al Muirhead and his Canadian Quintet for Jazz Group of the Year! You’ll also see 2019 JUNO Award winner and CBC Radio host of Saturday Night Jazz, Laila Biali, presenting three awards!
Baritone Madness is #1 in Canada on the jazz radio charts for the second time since it’s debut in the top spot! The album also has charted #1 for the entire month of October. It keeps climbing the US charts, and currently sites at #11 on the national college jazz charts! Pretty great for an album that Le Devoir, Montreal, calls one of the top 10 of the year!
Poor Nameless Boy is taking his 4-piece band on the road all across the UK! From London to Glasgow to Bath and Birmingham, they will perform for brand new folk audiences on his “Tour Like a Tourist” trip – just in time for the video release for his third single from Wake Up Call, “The Tourist.”
October 25 – North Yorkshire
October 27 – Saltaire
October 31 – Bath
November 1 – London
November 2 – Brigg
November 3 – Glasgow
November 8 – Bromsgrove
November 9 – Norfolk
November 10 – Birmingham
Whitehorse-based Fritzen has a storied cultural background. She has lived and performed all over the country, including all three of Canada’s northern territories. She embodies Canada’s diversity with her mixed cultural roots of Chinese, French, and German, singing in her three ancestral languages as well as English. Raised on folk, classical, and musical theatre, Fawn was a latecomer to jazz. The bug bit her hard, and she quickly garnered accolades, such as the Julian Award of Excellence for Emerging Jazz Artists in 2014.
“I am honoured to be joining Chronograph Records, whose roster includes some of my favourite Canadian artists. I’m grateful to have the support of this respected label, and so excited for the artistic growth that will be possible with this partnership,” explains Fawn.
She has released two previous LPs, and a host of singles, including the beautiful Mandarin ballad, Green Island Serenade from Taiwan.
Pending release in Spring 2020, How to Say Sorry and Other Lessons will be Fawn Fritzen’s third full-length album. It is her first album consisting entirely of original music, most of them co-written with JUNO-winning pianist David Restivo. The songs draw on life lessons learned during a period of upheaval, combining singer-songwriter truth bombs with jazz sophistication. Listeners will be invited through a series of musical stories that explore themes of feminism, failure, redemption, and true love. A mix of live-off-the-floor and studio tracks, the music is sure to inspire conversation about conflict, consent, vulnerability, shame and connection.
Catch the premiere of her new live video for “Make a Little Noise” from the upcoming album, out now! https://youtu.be/KWQAHUXXCg4
Fawn makes her debut as a Chronograph artist at BreakOut west this week, with two official showcases:
October 2, 7:45pm: Opening Reception, MacBride Museum of Yukon History
October 5, 4:30pm: Jazz Showcase, Old Firehall
Welcome to Winnipeg songstress Erin Propp and guitarist Larry Roy who join our jazz roster!
“Erin and Larry have seamless communication as players that allow them to clearly share their point of view with the listener. Their shared experiences fuel their creative process and adds depth to their music,” says Kodi Hutchinson, President.
WCMA winners and JUNO Award nominees, Propp and Roy’s upcoming album is set to be released through the label in 2020.
Congratulations to Audrey Ochoa for winning the top spot at the Edmonton Music Prize! A collaboration of the Edmonton Arts Council and Alberta Music, the award celebrates the achievements of Edmonton’s artistic community. After a stellar year of performing her compositions with GRAMMY winners and rising the US jazz charts, Audrey’s compositional and performance skills won over the jury. She beat out artists in the country, pop, urban, indie rock and world genres.
Poor Nameless Boy is set for an official showcase and a host of private showcases at Folk Alliance International’s annual conference. From February 13-17, he will perform brand new music from his upcoming EP with his full band.
Robbie Robertson Room (217) @ 8:15 PM
Alberta Room (532) @ 11:10 PM
BreakOut West (302) @ 1:00 AM
BreakOut West (302) @ 11:30 PM
Prairie Mixer (549) @ 2:00 AM
Congratulations to Laila Biali for her nomination for Vocal Jazz Recording of the Year from the JUNO Awards for her self-titled release from January 2018!
Announcing Muirhead’s summer Jazz Festival tour:
Presenting his Canadian Quintet and the music of the upcoming album, “Undertones” – an album featuring the rare bass trumpet!
June 16: Jazzfest Regina
June 26: TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Coastal Jazz
June 27: TD Victoria International JazzFest, Victoria Jazz Society
June 29: SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
June 30: TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival, Edmonton Jazz Festival Society
July 2: Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
July 29: TD Niagara Jazz Festival
Special thanks to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR) and Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada for making this musical project and tour possible!