JUNOfest '17 Ottawa
Heather Bambrick and David Braid
Friday, March 31, 2017
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
Live On Elgin
This event is all ages
9pm Heather Bambrick and David Braid
10pm Shirantha Beddage
11pm Amanda Tosoff
12am Barbra Lica
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A deep passion for the music of classic vocalists like Doris Day and Ella Fitzgerald led Barbra to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at the University of Toronto. Shortly after graduating, Barbra was runner-up in the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition with judges Al Jarreau and Gretchen Parlato. Now a seasoned live act on the Canadian club and festival circuit, Barbra consistently performs in intimate spaces and prestigious theatres, such as Toronto’s Jazz Bistro and Koerner Hall. Most recently, she has been billed as an opening act for the likes of Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, and Terence Blanchard.
Barbra’s debut album That’s What I Do (Triplet / Universal Jazz Japan) was released to widespread acclaim in 2012, ranking her in Canada’s Top 5 Jazz singers on the CBC, as well Top 5 up-and-coming Toronto jazz artists on blogTO. Her band made their Japanese debut live at the Tokyo International Jazz Festival in 2015 for over 1000 audience members. She is now promoting her latest project, I’m Still Learning, which was released September 2016 by Justin Time Records. It introduces all new original music from Barbra and was nominated for a 2017 Juno Award in the category of “Best Vocal Jazz Album”. It features a stellar band including Larnell Lewis on drums (Snarky Puppy, Laila Biali), Marc Rogers on bass (The Philosopher Kings, Nikki Yanofsky), Lou Pomanti on piano (Michael Bublé, Gordon Lightfoot) and acclaimed pop songwriter-guitarist James Bryan on guitar (Nelly Furtado, Olly Murs). It also presents Barbra’s touring band of up-and-coming jazz musicians who will be joining her on her summer/fall 2017 tour of Canada and the U.S. Barbra’s versatility as a performer continues to grow along with her fan base. "Barbra Lica is a dazzling performer who has talent to burn and vocals that will knock you over.” – Ross Porter (CEO & President, JAZZ.FM91)
Amanda Tosoff is a B.C.-raised Toronto-based pianist, composer, and bandleader, with five albums to her credit. Along her fascinating career path, Amanda has performed with such internationally recognized artists as Ingrid Jensen, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Phil Dwyer, Christine Jensen, Brad Turner, Kelly Jefferson, and Jodi Proznick. She has also opened for jazz legends Bobby Hutcherson, Renee Rosnes, Oliver Jones, and Brazilian singer Luciana Souza, and her groups have recorded for CBC Radio programs Hot Air, Tonic, Jazz Beat, and Espace Musique’s series, Portraits Jazz.
Tosoff has earned critical kudos, the respect of her peers, and such prestigious awards as the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award at the 2007 Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the General Motors Grand Prix de Jazz at the 2009 Montréal Jazz Festival. In 2010, her quartet was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Banff Centre Winter Workshop, and in 2011 Tosoff received a Canada Council grant to live and study in New York City. Most recently, she was awarded a graduating scholarship – given out to promising graduates – after completing her Master's degree from the University of Toronto.
Over the course of four earlier albums, Tosoff has established herself as one of the most exciting new talents on the Canadian jazz scene. On her brand new release Words she takes an adventurous leap beyond the confines of conventional jazz. She has taken poems and lyrics that possess a personal resonance for her and framed them in original new compositions that utilize vocals for the first time (sung by highly-regarded singer Felicity Williams of such bands as Hobson’s Choice, Broken Social Scene, and Bahamas). The result is an eclectic collection that incorporates elements of pop, art song, classical, folk and jazz.
Words will introduce Tosoff to a wider audience of music lovers, but she has long impressed jazz critics and aficionados with her earlier albums, all primarily featuring original compositions. Her first two records, 2006’s Still Life and 2008’s Wait and See, appeared on noted Vancouver label Cellar Live, while 2010’s Looking North was released on Amanda’s own imprint, Oceans Beyond Records. In 2013, she put out her first live recording, Live at the Cellar, also on Oceans Beyond.
Tosoff currently maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule in Toronto, and will be touring new music from her recent release Words in 2016.
He has released three critically-acclaimed albums as a leader. His debut album, Roots and Branches, was released in 2007 on Jazz Excursion Records. His follow-up album, Identity (2012) was nominated for a JUNO award for Traditional Jazz Album of the year in 2013. His newest album, Momentum, featuring drummer Will Kennedy of the Yellowjackets, was released in Fall of 2016. As a sideman, has been featured on recordings with numerous artists such as Don Thompson, Suzie Arioli, Laila Biali, Nancy Walker and Mike Downes.
His compositional skills have garnered him accolades such as the 2013 Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival for his compositions “Baker’s Dozen” and “Winds of Change”. In 2014, he also composed and performed incidental music for the first season of the Emmy-winning FX TV series Fargo, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman.
Shirantha currently serves as Head of Theory and Harmony in the Humber College Music department, where he teaches courses in Music Theory, Pedagogy, and Ensemble. Shirantha was previously Director of Jazz Studies at the Columbus State University Schwob School of Music (Columbus, Georgia, USA). He also adjudicates regularly at festivals throughout the country including MusicFest Canada, where he serves as Vice-Chairman of Instrumental Jazz.
He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (D.M.A.) in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music (New York, USA), a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from William Paterson University (New Jersey, USA), and a Bachelor of Music degree from Humber College (Toronto, Canada). Shirantha is a Yamaha saxophone artist and performs on the YBS-62.
Hailed in the Canadian press as "one of his country’s true renaissance men when it comes to music" (The Ottawa Citizen), and "a jazz genius to call our own" (Maclean’s Magazine), composer and pianist, David Braid is a seven-time Juno nominee, and winner of two Juno Awards for his solo piano recording, ’Verge’, and ensemble recording, ’The David Braid Sextet Live.’
Braid concertizes his original music and improvisations regularly in Continental Europe, England, Scandinavia, China, Australia, The United States, and Canada.
Live On Elgin
220 Elgin St.
Ottawa, ON, K2P 1L7