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    ARTS TORONTO - JANUARY 29TH EDITION

    Friday, 27 January 2017 11:57

    Written by Mark Wigmore

    This Sunday from 8-9 a.m., it’s Arts Toronto with your host Mark Wigmore on JAZZ.FM91.

    This episode:

    The Royal Conservatory is celebrating Canada’s Sesquicentennial by introducing a brand new ensemble. The members are a group of international musicians who now call this country home. Their title; The New Canadian Global Music Orchestra. This wildly daring musical project is the brainchild of Conservatory Executive Director Mervon Mehta. The idea was to bring 12 new Canadians together to celebrate 150 years of this great country, and a chance to hear the sounds of our city in a modern context. The audition process saw over 100 virtuosos take to the Royal Conservatory studios to show off their traditional sounds; from Greece and Eastern Canada, to Iran and Mexico. The results are in and the global orchestra is on its way.  The members will be led by Juno Award-winning trumpeter and composer David Buchbinder. Mark Wigmore speaks with Mervon Mehta in the JAZZ.FM91 studios.

    And, La La Land is once again the darling of award season. The whimsical rom-com musical has a solid focus on jazz and stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. It tied the all time record for Oscar nominations on Tuesday with 14 in total. Mark Wigmore rounds up all the nominees including solid showings from Moonlight, Arrival, Manchester By The Sea, Fences and Lion.

    And, with a new year comes many resolutions. Working out, eating better, being happier, and musician Russ Little has his own happy plan. The acclaimed trombone player has worked with top jazz talent, released numerous recordings, and has more than 60 years of musical experience behind him. He offered Community Arts Reporter Shirley Camia insights into his career, and advice on how to be happy.

    And actor Jonathan Goad is and acclaimed Stratford mainstay, and a regular on CBC Television, appearing in The Republic of Doyle, Heartland, and Murdoch Mysteries. This week he switches over to the director’s chair to take on Annie Baker’s JOHN; the latest from the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright. It will run at Canadian Stage's Berkeley Street Upstairs Theatre.  Mark Wigmore sits down with Jonathan Goad to learn more about the play, his distinguished career, and moving from centre stage to the director’s chair.

    All that and beautiful jazz for a Sunday morning. Catch the show from 8-9 a.m.

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