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Here come The Heavyweights...

This Thursday, March 6, we're pleased to support The Heavyweights Brass Band's CD release concert at Lula Lounge as part of our TDJ Special Projects initiative.

The Israeli Jazz Showcase

We're in for a treat next Thursday, March 6, when the Israeli Jazz Showcase takes the stage at The Rex Hotel.

The TDJ Special Projects are here!

It's my pleasure to write today about the first TDJ Special Projects presentation of 2014 - the Nancy Walker Quintet CD release, February 27 at Gallery 345.

JUNOs, censorship and more

I'm a bit late with these remarks (more on that in a moment), but I'd like to take a minute to congratulate all of this year's JUNO nominees, and especially those in the three jazz categories (with honourable mention to my Ottawa Jazz Festival counterpart Petr Cancura for his nomination in the Instrumental Album of the Year category).

Welcome, 2014

Happy new year! I hope you all were able to find a bit of time over the holidays for a break, a few deep breaths, and some reinvigoration. After a wonderful eight days in Saskatchewan, I was ready to go for the New Year.

The comedian and the trumpet player

What, possibly, could Nicholas Payton and Louis C.K. have in common?

The TDJ Special Projects are back!

I admit to being a bit distracted today due to at the city level, along with an impending deadline for a substantial grant application. So I've run out of time for a blog post of much substance. But hey - this is pretty neat-o:

How to win at crowdfunding

One piece of advice I've held onto - through various fundraising seminars and reading material - is that the pitch needs to be passionate. So whether it's snail mail, email, crowdsourcing or in-person, it's vital to speak passionately about the project. Without passion, what is the hook? Why would someone sign on?

Natural Selection

Right around now is when I start listening to submissions in earnest...and I thought I would share my thoughts on this part of the process.


This is nothing new, and shouldn't be a surprise. But it kinda hurt. There was some pretty great music happening on stage - especially Sunday night - being performed by seasoned professionals. And people didn't want to pay $9 to hear it.


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