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

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Beloved family entertainer Fred Penner has been sharing his music for over 40 years. He got his start thanks to the success of his ubiquitous hit “The Cat Came Back” which spawned a long running television show. CBC's Fred Penner's Place which wrapped in 1997. Since then, some 4 albums, countless concerts and a slew of special projects... and all those kids who watched him in the beginning; they are in their 30s and 40s now. Those who remember and love his music are now deemed "Fred Heads". In April, Fred released a star-studded album titled “Hear The Music”. Not only does it show Fred’s evolution as a musician, but it cashes in on some of the Fred Head goodwill and features a who’s who of the Canadian music scene; from Ron Sexsmith and Basia Bulat, to Jackie Richardson, Alex Cuba and the Penner family. Mark Wigmore speaks to Fred Penner about his life in music in the Jazz FM91 studios.

And Garvia Bailey continues here fantastic new series, “Giant Steps”. This week investigates the powerhouse vocal prowess of soul/R&B titan, Dione Taylor.

And Laura Karpman is a jazz/classical composer who has conquered Hollywood. Variety Magazine has deemed her one of the most important women in Tinsel town. Laura started her training as a child, eventually attending Juilliard before she landed in Los Angeles. Her film, television and video game score CV is overwhelming, including the Grammy and Emmy Award nominated and winning jazz/classical/poetry project “Ask Your Mama”, a sonic masterpiece that was released in 2015. Her latest project is the neo-Parisian jazz score for “Paris Can Wait” directed by Eleanor Coppola and starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin. It arrives on cinema screens on May 26th. Mark Wigmore sits with Laura Karpman in the Jazz FM studios to talk jazz, Hollywood and her latest film.

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