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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 guitarist Patrick O'Reilley from the University of Toronto.

Patrick O'Reilly is a guitarist/composer known for his versatility and creativity. Performing regularly with many different projects including the modern jazz quintet Tesseract, contemporary fusion group Morta,  improvising electronic duo Chaotic Discipline, and forward looking Ukrianian music ensemble DoVira, in addition to being a busy sideman. His unique approach to the instrument has been described by critics as evoking "eclectic, beyond-jazz sounds". Patrick holds a Bachelor's of Music Degree with High Honours from Humber college, and is currently completing a Masters in Music degree at the University of Toronto where he has been awarded a fellowship to assist in the completion of his studies.

In 2013 he released his first album as a leader with his Wire Circus trio. The album consists entirely of O'Reilly's original compositions for the somewhat unconventional instrumentation of guitar, saxophone, and drum set. The trio’s interplay, a culmination of their longstanding collaborative history, aims to challenge the perceived limits of creative music while also communicating with, and engaging listeners.

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About RBC and the Arts
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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