The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra welcomed 81 outstanding participants to the 2019 Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The immersive, ten-day training program is a unique opportunity for emerging talents of the classical music world to live and perform at the University of British Columbia in beautiful BC. As part of the final concert on July 3rd at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, six outstanding young musicians were presented with Stingray Rising Stars prizes.
Once again on a scorching Canada Day, Stingray Music visited the nation’s capital for the fourth year in a row to attend the 2019 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. We were welcomed with incredible music and had the chance to provide four bursaries to deserving new talent.
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival wrapped up its 33rd edition on Sunday, June 30th, after presenting more than 175 free performances throughout the ten-day run. As part of the festivities, the Stingray Rising Stars prizes were awarded to emerging talent in the Festival lineup.
C’est dans la salle feutrée et chaleureuse de l’Astral qu’avait lieu le concours pour remettre le premier Prix Oliver-Jones de l’histoire du festival, auquel Stingray associait fièrement son programme Prix Étoiles Stingray.
Blick Bassy, the Paris-based, Cameroonian singer-songwriter is in town for this year’s Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. In anticipation of his upcoming performance, I spoke with him about his new album 1958, due out on June 21.
Beyond the usual stream of major label artists, sometimes our colleagues surprise us with their musical projects. One such Stingray colleague, Sasha Omer, now composing under the alias Moodboards.
We took some time to chat about his inaugural EP.