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highlights: OFF Jazz media launch


This week, L’OFF Festival de Jazz de Montréal had their media launch at La Sala Rossa. Craig and I stopped by and had the opportunity to meet other artists at the festival, media personnel, and OFF Jazz board of directors. It was a mid-day event which opened with a solo saxophone set by Chet Doxas followed by some speeches by the co-directors of the festival. All the artists in the festival were announced  by name and some of their music was showcased.

One of the perks of being an artist in the festival is we get an all access pass to the rest of the festival. Now that I live in Montreal I’ll be able to take full advantage of this perk! Some acts on my “must-see” list are the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, The Joel Kerr Quartet, and the Isis Giraldo Poetry Project.

Some of the concerts in the festival have free entry, including mine, so if you want to come see me and Mark Ferguson play, we’ll be at Café Résonance on October 12. Here is a link to our listing.


Speaking of Café Résonance, I spent a ton of time there this week. We still don’t have internet at our new apartment so I’ve been going out to coffee shops and the library to get my work done. Café Résonance is an artist run café and venue. I have already met some lovely Montréal vocalists just as a function of hanging out there all the time.

On Thursday night we went to Résonance to check out Avril Parker’s Project Pigeon. I went to Banff with Avril so it was amazing to see the writing and work she has done in the 16 months or so since we were both there.

We still won’t be getting internet for another two weeks so I anticipate I’ll be spending a lot more time at the café. Expect pictures of lattés.


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Renée is a queer, non-binary, disabled, and chronically ill creator based in Montreal. They are a singer, songwriter, pianist, YouTuber, and Periscoper. They are currently a student of jazz studies at Mcgill University and a freelance vocal coach for young and emerging singers.

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