Karl Schwonik Quartet tours Alberta

From Feb 22-26 Masters drummer Karl Schwonik’s quartet will be doing a Jazz-in-Schools tour of rural Alberta schools in Alder Flats, Millet, Pipestone, Wetaskiwin, Camrose, Daysland, Forestburg, Lacombe, and Hay Lakes capped off with a performance for the Bearberry Arts Concert Series. The events are put on by the non-profit Wetaskiwin Jazz Society (Karl is the President and Artistic Director) and are supported by the Alberta Music Industry Association. www.wetaskiwinjazz.com

NAC / Manhattan School Masterclass Series

U of T students regularly take part of a video masterclass series, a joint production with the National Arts Center in Ottawa and Manhattan School of Music. Most recently, DMA trombonist Paul Tarussov performed for Wycliffe Gordon. A large group from CANARIE was in attendence as well as Minister of Industry Tony Clement. The folks from CANARIE brought leadership from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, NSERC and SSHRC, Presidents of Ottawa universities, and members of the Parliamentary Industry Science and Technology Committee.

Click the links below to view two short films about the event:


New Music Festival @ U of T

The New Music Festival begins on Sunday, Jan 23, featuring Chen Yi and Mychael Danna.
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Karl Schwonik’s Releases 3rd CD

Karl Schwonik, drummer and grad student at U of T, had his 3rd CD as a bandleader released on Chronograph Records this week.  The disc is entitled 1+4, and features five fine musicians from across Canada and the US.

Karl Schwonik – Drums
Rémi Bolduc – Sax (Montreal)
James Davis – Trumpet (Chicago)
Chris Andrew – Piano (Edmonton)
Kodi Hutchinson – Bass (Calgary)

The CD can be purchased at the Chronograph Records website.

Blue Jay

This news story about a 12 year old composer will either inspire or depress you!


Karl Schwonik’s new CD named #1 Canadian Jazz Album of 2010

U of T Jazz Masters Drummer Karl Schwonik’s new CD, Visions from the Farm, was just named the #1 Canadian Jazz Album of 2010 by Dennis Slater of FFWD magazine!
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Rocket Radar

Here is a fantastic new iPhone app for TTC streetcar commuters:


Claude Ranger Documentary

Here’s a link to a CBC documentary on the legendary Canadian drummer Claude Ranger. Thanks to Adam Fielding for this one!


John Donabie joins JazzFM

Toronto Star / Dec 6, 2010

He may be a done-it-all, 45-year vet of Ontario airwaves, but John Donabie’s new gig as JAZZ. FM91’s weekday morning host came with a learning curve.
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