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ARTS TORONTO - March 25th Edition

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

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Last year, we told you the story of The New Canadian Global Music Orchestra; a collective of musicians from all over the world who now call Canada home. The initiative to bring the group together was put together by the team at The Royal Conservatory of Music to celebrate Canada's Sesquicentennial, with Executive Director Mervon Mehta at the forefront. Auditions were extensive and when the group was being selected, but there was an even greater challenge to come. Somehow, Artistic Director David Buchbinder and his new group of 13 musicians had to learn to play together; no easy task when you have instruments like an Iranian Tar in the mix, then a Cuban-influenced saxophone player, an Oud and five different types of flutes! But the group worked hard, and is now celebrating with a new recording, new tour dates, and a new name. Kuné will perform at Koerner Hall on April 7th, the same day the orchestra's self-titled debut album is released by Universal Music. Royal Conservatory Executive Director Mervon Mehta joins Mark in studio.

And, The Hot Docs International Documentary Festival announced its entire line-up at a busy press conference this past Tuesday. The Hot Docs team sifted through over 3000 entries to produce 246 films that will screen as part of the 2018 festival in April. That grouping of documentaries can also boast gender parity within its list of directors. Mark looks through the announcements including docs on Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, M.I.A., Alexander McQueen, Fred Rogers and Ellis Haizlip.

Fred Rogers on the set of his show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood from the film, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?,
  a Focus Features release. Credit: Jim Judkis / Focus Features 

And Brad Cheeseman is in Vancouver this weekend thanks to his Juno Award-nominated album The Tide Turns. The bassist and composer from Hamilton, Ontario is a graduate of Ancaster High and Mohawk College, and also studied at Humber. In 2016, The Brad Cheeseman Group won the Montreal Jazz Festival’s coveted Grand Prix de Jazz thanks to a stellar appearance. He's a winner of several Hamilton Music Awards, a multiple nominee, and also has a hat-full of Toronto Independent Music Awards. His beautiful and inventive collection of songs on The Tide Turns stood out to critics, but also to the judges at the 2018 Juno Awards. This weekend, Brad is up for his first Juno in the Jazz Album of the Year Solo category. He faces some serious heavyweights like Montreal's Chet Doxas, Mike Downes and his all-star quartet, Hilario Duran's Cuban homage Contumbao, and Ralph Bowen's latest effort. Brad Cheeseman speaks to Mark about his Juno experience, and the making of his Juno-nominated album.

Brad Cheeseman

All that, and beautiful jazz for a Sunday morning.

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