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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

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David Yaffe is a professor of humanities at Syracuse University and his writing has appeared in publications like Harper’s Magazine, The Village Voice, Slate and The New York Times. He has also written several books about popular music including Fascinating Rhythm: Reading Jazz in American Writing and 2011’s Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown. Earlier this year, Harper Collins released his third book: Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell. This biography explores Mitchell’s outstanding body of work, but also offers insight into her personal peaks and valleys. The book’s backbone is a series of interviews that David conducted with Joni. His portrait begins in Canada, examining her strict upbringing in Saskatchewan, and her bout with polio. It shines a light on a deeply emotional person with a true gift for songwriting, but also reveals a personality highly motivated to succeed. The next chapters cover her late entry into the folk scene, her rise to prominence in LA and Laurel Canyon, her musical move to jazz, and her later health and personal issues.

NOW Magazine
called it necessary reading, Exclaim calls it a stunning depiction, The Washington Post says when it comes to the music, Yaffe does not hold back.
 David Yaffe speaks to Mark Wigmore from his home in Syracuse.

And Clare McConnell is a Calgary-turned-Toronto actress and comedian who has enjoyed a busy 2017. Earlier this year it was revealed that she would portray Klingon leader Dennas in the much anticipated sci-fi reboot, Star Trek Discovery. She also co-starred in her first feature film, Dim the Fluorescents, which took home the Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival. It opened recently in Toronto as well. But you don’t need to watch TV or go to the movies to enjoy Clare’s talents; from now through the New Year, Clare is on stage with the cast of The Second City Toronto's The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Sweater! Clare joins Mark Wigmore in studio for a conversation, some of which is in Klingon.

All that, and beautiful jazz for a Sunday morning.

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Looking ahead to the December 24th and 31st episodes of Arts Toronto:

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