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The future of jazz is in the hands of emerging artists, who appear on Jazzology on Thursday nights at 9PM.

Hosted by Heather Bambrick on Thursdays at 9PM, Jazzology provides an opportunity for students to showcase their talents and accomplishments, and share their stories and love of music in a professional environment. These talented jazz students choose the music and the artists they wish to talk about, as well as some recordings of their own.

The program provides emerging artists with the opportunity to develop important skills: biography writing, media training, interviewing, public speaking, social media. For many who participate, it is their first chance to conduct a professional interview as an artist. It also gives participants a chance to have their original music played on the radio.

Since 2006, JAZZ.FM91 has presented over 180 selected jazz students from the University of Toronto, York University, Humber College, and Mohawk College. Since taking part in the program, many of these artists have gone on to pursue to successful careers as performers, composers, and educators. Many of the participants are featured in our “Where Are They Now?” series HERE.

For information about the Jazzology program, please contact Community Engagement & Education Manager Mark Micklethwaite at 416-595-0404 x229 or

This week we feature Matthew Chalmers, a musician from Humber College.

Born in 1993, Matthew Chalmers is a young, up-and-coming Canadian musician. Matthew has already been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including being named MusicFest Canada’s Zildjian Outstanding Young Drummer four times, the Music Industries Association of Canada (MIAC) scholarship for Outstanding Instrumental Performance, as well as the Lou Williamson Scholarship for Outstanding Drumset Player. In May of 2011, The Hnatyshyn Foundation awarded Matthew with the Oscar Peterson $10,000 Grant for Jazz Performance and most recently, Matthew won the $4,000 Gordon and Anne Wragg Music Scholarship for his studies at Humber College.

From a young age, Matthew has played drums and vibes with groups throughout Canada. During high school, Matthew was selected as a drummer and vibraphonist for the Yamaha All Star Band three years in a row and featured on drums and vibes at the Port Hope All Canadian Jazz Festival from September 2009 - 2011 as part of the TD Canada Trust Young Jazz Showcase. Matthew was also selected to be part of “Manhattan on the Rideau: A Jazz Videoconference Master Class Series” with vibraphonist, Stefon Harris in 2009 and 2010 as well as drummer John Riley in 2011.

Having two music teachers as parents, music has always surrounded his life. Matthew began private drum lessons at Humber College’s Community Music program with Steve Mancuso at the age of seven. He began playing church services with his father when he was nine years old and twelve years later he continues to play services with his father at Heart Lake United Church in Brampton.

Now completing his final year of the Bachelor of Music program at Humber College, Matthew has studied with Barry Romberg, Larnell Lewis, Neil Swainson, Mark Kelso, Kirk MacDonald, Brian Dickinson, Barry Elmes, Ari Hoenig, Alex Samaras, Steve Mancuso and Raul Rekow. He has had the opportunity to work with such outstanding Grammy-Award winning musicians Maria Schneider, Bob Mintzer, Danilo Perez, Guido Basso, Tommy LiPuma and Jack DeJohnette.


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RBC sponsors a wide-range of grassroots and local initiatives that contribute to the cultural fabric of our communities. Proud to support events and passions that resonate with our clients and all Canadians, RBC provides opportunities for up-and-coming artists through programs such as the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, one of the largest competitions of its kind in the world; and the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition, part of our commitment as the Official Bank and major sponsor of the world’s top public film festival – the Toronto International Film Festival®.

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