Phil Dwyer, Christine Jensen, Ben Dwyer, Jesse Cahill
Wed. Aug. 8 7 PM (hall doors 6:30)
Get ready for a memorable night of pure Jazz at the Hall. Phil Dwyer is a monster of a musician and an inspirational person all round. In 2013, Phil Dwyer was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada for “his contributions to jazz as a performer, composer and producer, and for increasing access to music education in his community.” He is an Honorary Fellow at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Phil has appeared on ten Juno Award-winning recordings, and over thirty nominated recordings. He is a recipient of the prestigious K.M. Hunter Prize, for excellence in the arts.
Phil is a recent graduate from the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law but remains active as a performer, teacher, recording artist and curator of “Phil Dwyer’s Jazz Canada” for CBC Radio Music.
Phil has been a sessional instructor at York University and a guest lecturer at the RMC and Royal Academy of Music (Denmark), University of Toronto, McGill University, Humber College and the London Centre of Contemporary Music, among many others. Phil was the Musical Director for the CBC Radio Juno Jazz Showcase for the 2018 Juno Awards week celebrations.
“I’ve played with a lot of the worlds greatest musicians and I can honestly say I’ve never known a better musician than Phil Dwyer. He is a constant inspiration to everyone who knows him”. – Don Thompson
Phil will be joined by Christine Jensen, Den Dwyer and Jesse Cahill, the perfect ingredients for a stunning evening featuring some of Canada’s best jazz musicians.
Montreal-based saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen has been described as, “an original voice on the international jazz scene… [and] one of Canada’s most compelling composers,”- The Globe and Mail. Jensen took home the Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year with her first band album along with Quebec’s Opus Award for jazz recording of the year. Her second CD entitled Habitat, received a rare 5-star review in Downbeat Magazine. “[It] is simply superb, a lyrical, powerful triumph with peak moments that are the stuff of goosebumps and even a bit of teariness.”- Ottawa Citizen. The past few years have kept Jensen busy on the international stage, taking her music to India, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Denmark, Mexico, Sweden, Turkey, and Haiti.
Jensen is frequently heard across the country live in concert on CBC radio and Radio-Canada’s
Espace-Musique. She holds the position of conductor of the orchestre national de jazz de Montréal, and is on faculty at University of Sherbrooke and McGill University, where she teaches composition and small and large ensembles.
Ben Dwyer is an accomplished bassist and son of Phil Dwyer. Ben is influenced by his father and some of the greats of jazz history, but he is also his own musician and connected to the musical influences of his generation. He was listed by CBC in 2017 to be in the top 35 best Canadian jazz artists under 35. After spending 8 years in Montreal, Ben is active as a performing and recording musician in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. He is currently finishing up his first solo release.
Jesse Cahill started playing drums at a young age and began his professional career at 16. He studied music at McGill University, graduating with distinction in 1999. Since returning to the West Coast, Jesse has become one of the busiest drummers on the Canadian music scene. He has worked with many internationally recognized artists. On the Canadian scene, he can be heard with top artists including Tilden Webb, Jodi Proznick, Oliver Gagnon, Phil Dwyer, P.J. Perry, Miles Black, Don Thompson, and many others. Jesse is an in demand session player. His playing can be heard regularly on CBC Radio One and Two and he has been a featured guest and performer on Jazz Beat, Hot Air, and Canada Live.
Opening – Showcase of BCs Up and Coming New Musicians from the Hornby School for Emerging Artists
The Hornby Festival has started a school for emerging musicians and we are now in our second year of helping to train BCs future musicians right here on Hornby Island during the festival. In this opening, see what these select students have been up to. The performers will have just spent four intensive days gleaning skills and knowledge with our main-stage festival performers, The Boom Booms, Son de Madera, Begonia and with lead mentor, Phil Dwyer, as well as festival staff studying the practical, business side of the music industry.
Aug. 8, 11 am – Live on the Lawn of CHFR
Aug. 8, 2 pm – Art In Unusual Places
Aug. 8, 8 pm – Community Hall
Phil Dwyer is the lead mentor on the faculty of the Hornby School for Emerging Artists