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Ori Dagan on Nat King Cole, Jazz in Canada and Lula Gigs

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks with singer Ori Dagan about his new album, his upcoming concert appearances and why he's become known as one of the hardest working musicians within the Canadian scene.

WHO: Ori Dagan

WHAT: Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole

WHERE: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON

WHENJanuary 31st & February 14th.





"In the Can" Fundraiser for Children's Aid -- Wed, Jan 31 @ 7:30PM

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, Toronto

In The Can - Singers for Children's Aid Foundation

Event founder and Toronto songstress Melissa Lauren will be joined by national musical fixtures and friends such as Ori Dagan, Alex Pangman, Barbra Lica, Devin Cuddy, Genevieve Marentette, Murray Foster (Great Big Sea), and more for ‘In The Can: Singers for Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada'. The second annual event will feature each musician performing two songs, along with some surprise guests and a silent auction. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada. “The idea is to invite singers to debut, showcase or workshop, so to speak, something that’s on its way in or out of the studio,” says Melissa on the meaning of the name ‘In The Can’, whose event origins grew from her own candid and heart-bursting efforts. Find out more about Melissa Lauren, Children's Aid Foundation of Canada, and the Facebook event page.

Love Songs By Request -- Wed, Feb 14 @ 6:00PM

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Wednesday February 14 "Ori Dagan & Nathan Hiltz: Love Songs By Request" Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West Seatings at 6pm and 9pm Dinner Packages from $59 For more info: 416-588-0307


Award-winning jazz singer, songwriter and recording artist Ori Dagan is, quite simply, an original. His rich baritone voice and impressive abilities as an improviser produce an instantly recognizable sound. In live performance, he surrounds himself with Canada’s finest musicians, performing an engaging mix of material which is always fresh and in the moment. Dagan’s critically acclaimed releases “S’Cat Got My Tongue” (2009) and “Less Than Three <3” (2012) established a daring musical adventurer on the global jazz landscape. In recent years he has won numerous accolades for his witty original songs, from “Googleable,” his ode to a search engine, to the anthem for the rhythmically challenged, “Clap on the 2 and the 4.” The latter of these was screened at 15 film festivals worldwide, netting “Best Educational Jazz Short” at the inaugural New York City Jazz Film Festival.

Dagan’s third recording, Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole (2017 Winner: Silver Medal for “Best Album” at the Global Music Awards) is a unique homage to the legendary jazz musician and pop icon. The recording features 5 original songs inspired by facets of Cole’s life, music and legacy, with highly esteemed special guests Sheila Jordan, Alex Pangman and Jane Bunnett. In a career move as bold as Ori’s singing, “Nathaniel” is  the first visual album in the jazz genre: a collection of 12 music videos.


Senior ArtsEditor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the Jazz FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

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