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                May 2017
               JPEC is proud to present a tribute to
              Ed Bickert, Canada's jazz guitar emeritus.

                      Ed Bickert
The tribute, presented by Jazz Performance and Education Centre (JPEC),
and produced by Al Gorman and Joao Carvalho will be held
in conjunction with the
release of a new CD - Edification A Tribute To Ed Bickert .
The CD and the concert feature some of Canada’s
greatest jazz musicians at Hugh’s Room Live
Sunday, June 11 at 8 p.m.

JPEC presents
A Tribute to Ed Bickert and
CD Launch

Rob Piltch, Reg Schwager, Lorne Lofsky, Neil Swainson, Kieran Overs, Terry Clarke, Davide Direnzo and Barry Elmes got together in Joao Carvalho's Revolution Studio and gave their time and talent to make the CD. Released by Cornerstone Records, the recording and the event features trios led by Rob Piltch, Reg Schwager and Lorne Lofsky, three of Toronto's greatest guitarists. They are joined by the others on bass and drums. See for more details and ticket information.

Sunday, June 11, 8 p.m.
Tickets from Hugh's Room Live
Dinner menu: Reservations required.
Hughes Room Live
More info:
Tickets: $25 in advance and $30 at the door. An advance ticket will allow you to buy the CD on the evening for $15.

Two JPEC performers nominated for Junos: Amanda Tosoff and Barbra Lica
Amanda and Barbra performed on the TCA stage as part of the JPEC Spring is Here concert Series just before the Juno Awards. They were both nominated for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.

And the JUNO winners are:
Vocal Jazz album of the year

Matt Dusk & Florence K Quiet Nights
Heather Bambrick You'll Never Know
Barbra Lica I'm Still Learning
Bria Skonberg Bria
Amanda Tosoff Words

Jazz Album of the Year: Solo

Brandi Disterheft Blue Canvas
Renee Rosnes Written in the Rocks
Shirantha Beddage Momentum
Seamus Blake Superconductor
Mike Janzen Nudging Forever

Jazz Album of the Year: Group

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society Real Enemies
Dave Young Quintet One Way Up
Metalwood Twenty
Quinsin Nachoff's FLUX Flux
Order of Canada Band Sweet Canadiana


Canadian Teacher Magazine
   JPEC is highlighted in an article in Canadian
   Teacher Magazine on music as brain food for
    kids. Article was written by Wade Potts, a
   teacher for 35 years.

Sandy Thomas
Sandy Thomas, JPEC Director and Chair
Outreach Program

A Message from Sandy Thomas...

"JPEC pays musicians and arranges workshops in high needs areas, to present interactive workshops which are available for students at any grade level or combination of grade levels from elementary to high school.

These workshops examine the various components of jazz, the roles of various instruments, the importance of improvisation, composition and more. Since 2013, JPEC has provided musicians to more than 100 schools."

Schools served so far in 2017
1. Jan 13, 2017, Highview Public School,
    Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo.
2. Jan 18, 2017, Driftwood Public School,
    Leah Salomaa.
3. Jan 26, 2017, Lamberton Public School,
     Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo.
4. Jan 30, 2017, General Crerar Public School,
    Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo.
5. Jan 31, 2017, Rose Avenue Public School,
    Chris O’Neil. $600 for JPEC.
6. Feb 13, 2017, Brandon Gate Public School,
    Fern Lindzon.
7. Feb 23, 2017, St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary
    School, Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo.
8. Feb 28, 2017, Warden Avenue Public School,
     Tim Shia.
9. Feb 28, 2017, John G. Diefenbaker Public
    School, Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo.
10. Mar 7, 2017, Brookview Middle School,
      Tim Shia.
11. Mar 15, 2017, Driftwood Community Center,
      Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo.
12. Mar 21, 2017, Sunny View Public School,
      Chris O’Neil.
13. Mar 27, 2017, Dixon Grove Middle School,
      Fern Lindzon.
*14. Mar 27, 2017, West Humber Public School,
        Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo (re-scheduled).
*15. Apr 18, 2017, Macklin Public School,
        Rita di Ghent (re-scheduled).

For further information contact: Chair Outreach

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