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Mark Wigmore's Top 3 - Weekend of February 10th

Friday, 10 February 2017 12:15

It’s Friday and that means Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore shares his top picks for your arts and entertainment weekend ahead.


This weekend the Grammy Awards will be handed out at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. It’s arguably the biggest night in the music business, which continues to sort itself out in the digital landscape. Sunday afternoon, the Jazz categories will be featured. The categories are as follows:

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Book of Intuition — Kenny Barron Trio
Dr. Um — Peter Erskine
Sunday Night at the Vanguard — The Fred Hersch Trio
Nearness — Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau
Country for Old Men — John Scofield

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Human Nature - Herb Alpert
When You Wish Upon A Star - Bill Frisell
Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, NY - Steve Gadd Band
Unspoken - Chuck Loeb
Culcha Vulcha - Snarky Puppy

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Countdown - Joey Alexander, soloist
In Movement - Ravi Coltrane, soloist
We See - Fred Hersch, soloist
I Concentrate On You - Brad Mehldau, soloist
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry - John Scofield, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album

Sound Of Red - René Marie
Upward Spiral - Branford Marsalis Quartet With Special Guest Kurt Elling
Take Me To The Alley - Gregory Porter
Harlem On My Mind - Catherine Russell
The Sting Variations - The Tierney Sutton Band

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Real Enemies - Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
MONK'estra, Vol. 1 - John Beasley
Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music Of The Beatles - John Daversa
All L.A. Band - Bob Mintzer
Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom - Ted Nash Big Band

Other notable nominees; David Bowie’s dark artistic final gift to his fans is ‘Blackstar’ which features an array of jazz musicians and is nominated several times. So is Bob Dylan’s second record of Frank Sinatra songbook material, ‘Fallen Angels’. Willie Nelson’s Gershwin tribute is up for a statue, and Toronto’s Drake is, of course, up for a handful of awards.

Late night host James Corden, who is known for his Carpool Karaoke sing along segments will host the big broadcast on CBS. Expect some tributes, Prince and George Michael are slated. Some highlight performances include Adele, Bruno Mars, John Legend, Metallica, A Tribe Called Quest, Dave Grohl, Lady Gaga, and Toronto’s The Weeknd will be joined by the robots, Daft Punk. Also, Sturgill Simpson, Chance the Rapper and Gary Clark Jr. will be onstage.

The Recording Academy’s Grammy Awards will be handed out Sunday on - Red carpet coverage begins at 5pm and the television broadcast begins at 8pm on CBS.


Fans of television’s Mr. D, and standup comedy lovers will know the name Darrin Rose. He plays Gerry Dee’s roommate Bill on the CBC series, but he’s also a mainstay of the Comedy Network and the standup circuit.

Darrin is putting on a variety show at the Isabel Bader Theatre on Friday night titled ‘Darrin Rose’s Fun Night Out’. It features him, Graham Chittenden and Aisha Brown performing standup, magic from mentalist Mysterion and Steffi, and the Cadence Dance Academy performs as well. Visit for tickets. The show moves to London Ontario on Saturday.


Music lovers will be fascinated by the latest documentary at The Bloor Cinema. ‘Exit: Music’ is a co-pro with the Royal Conservatory. The doc tracks the music and careers of five German classical composers whose work got lost in the chaos of World War 2. So many musicians were forced to flee the Third Reich, and their homeland during the 30s and 40s, and this film attempts to reclaim some of their greatness.

‘Exit: Music’ screens at 1pm and 6:30pm Friday and continues through Thursday. Head to for info. Director James Murdoch and producer Simon Wynberg will be in attendance for Q&As at 6:30pm Friday, and at all the screenings this Wednesday and Thursday.

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