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    ARTS TORONTO - FEBRUARY 26TH EDITION

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

    This episode:

    The JAZZ.FM91 Academy Awards Oscar Round Table! Mark Wigmore, Now Magazine’s Norman Wilner and CBC’s Karen Gordon sift through this year’s nominees and top stories. Diversity on screen, Canadian Director Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, Mel Gibson’s return to Hollywood and La La Land’s record nominee count!

    And JAZZ.FM91 reflects on Black History Month by way of Giant Steps; Garvia Bailey’s feature that tracks some of the greatest musicians to contribute to the Jazz Genre. This week, a focus on Nina Simone.

    And Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are the leads in the jazz/musical comedy hit, La La Land, but as award season concludes Sunday night at the Academy Awards, it’s become clear the film’s other star is the music. Justin Hurwitz is the young composer behind a slew of jazz-tinged films that have put the genre back into the mainstream limelight; Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, Oscar-winning Whiplash, and the aforementioned La La Land. The trio of titles marks a blossoming collaboration between Hurwitz and wunderkind director Damien Chazelle. Their latest project sees Ryan Gosling as a struggling jazz musician, falling for a burgeoning actress portrayed by Emma Stone. Both are following their dreams in the heady mix of opportunity and disillusionment found in Los Angeles. La La Land is built on a whole slew of genres and styles, but with a heart of jazz. There are big brash Broadway Musical Theatre numbers, homages to the charm of MGM musical comedies from Hollywood’s golden age, and simple melancholic numbers with piercing melodies sprinkled through the score. To accomplish this musical feat, Hurwitz toiled for years, recording countless demos for his end product. His commitment is paying off. The film is nominated for a record 14 Oscars on Sunday, including Best Score and two nominations for Best Song. Mark Wigmore speaks to Justin Hurwitz from his offices in Los Angeles.

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

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