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Thursday, 02 February 2017 12:40

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

This episode:

Celebrating Black History Month and three guests who are experiencing an artistic transformation.

Measha Brueggergosman is the world renowned soprano has performed in the great Opera halls of the world. Her classical career has been an international success story, but the New Brunswick-born singer has always had a deep connection to Gospel and African-American Spirituals thanks to her connection to her faith, and family history. The singer decided to delve into the genre with a slew of projects. Measha’s documentary “Songs of Freedom”, was released in 2015 and follows on the search to discover her family’s Cameroonian ancestry, and eventual escape from American slavery. In January, a companion album of the same name was released. During February, a TV show that features live performances of the material airs on Vision TV, and a tour to support the recording makes its way to Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre Sunday February 12th. She will cap this chapter of her career with a biography to be released later this year. On this first weekend of Black History Month 2017, Mark Wigmore sits down with Measha Brueggergosman in the JAZZ.FM91 studios.

And, when’s the last time you did something for the very first time? Toronto piano player and composer Ron Davis is well known in this city, usually leading a band or collaborating with other musicians. But Ron is trying something new, he’s embarking on an album that features him – just him. Ron speaks with Community Arts Reporter Shirley Camia about his new project – and why he’s decided now’s the time to go solo.

And Leslie Hope is a fixture of film and television. The Canadian actress and director has dozens of credits to her name including Suits, The Strain, Star Trek, Blue Bloods, NCIS, and Law and Order. She’s best known for her role as Teri Bauer working alongside Kiefer Sutherland in 24. For the first time in decades, the talented performer has returned to the theatre to star in the award winning play Liv Stein, presented by Canadian Stage. Mark Wigmore speaks to Leslie about her unusual military family upbringing, her love of the theatre, and why Liv Stein has audiences talking.

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

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