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

This episode:David Chariandy is one of the most exciting authors working in Canadian literature today. His first novel Soucouyant garnered huge response including recognition from The Governor General’s Literary Awards, A Gold Independent Publisher Award and a longlisting for The Giller Prize. 10 years later, he has produced something of a sequel to his celebrated novel. Brother is also a longlister for the Giller, and once again looks into the experience of growing up in Scarborough in the early 1990s. It follows brothers Michael and Francis as they come of age while contending with a broken immigrant family, a strict Caribbean born mother, and violence within the community. Their escape is delving into the burgeoning DJ culture that is developing within hip hop. David lives in Vancouver, but grew up in Scarborough. His novels are not only thoughtful and engaging, but very much their own form of cultural observation. He joins Mark Wigmore in the Jazz FM91 studios. 

And, remembering Fats Domino after news of his passing this week. The New Orleans piano-man produced over 30 Top 40 hits during his 5-decade career. Tracks like Ain’t That A Shame, Blueberry Hill and The Fatman, helped to usher in a new era of music; bridging jazz, and R&B to the sounds all the kids were talking about, Rock and Roll. He sold more than 65 million records, outselling every 1950s Rock and Roll act except for Elvis Presley. In fact, Elvis used to call Fats, The Real King of Rock and Roll. John Donabie is a musicologist, a legendary broadcaster, the former morning show host here at Jazz FM91, and a man who met and knew Fats Domino. He speaks to Mark Wigmore from his home.

And, a recent special event at Massey Hall revealed exciting Phase II details about the venue’s massive revitalization. The Heritage building is in the midst of a 7-year transformation that includes a new 7-story tower being added to Massey’s south side, plans for seating, and even two new performance spaces. Mark Wigmore speaks with the Director of Programming & Communications Jesse Kumagai from his offices at Massey Hall.

All that, event updates, and beautiful jazz for a Sunday morning.

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Looking ahead to the November 5th episode of Arts Toronto:

A jazz lovers special: Gregory Porter and Kurt Elling!!

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