LAILA BIALI TAKES JUNO WEEK BY STORM!
NOMINATED FOR TWO JUNO AWARDS IN THE
VOCAL JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR CATEGORY FOR HER
2018 SELF-TITLED RELEASE AND VOCAL WORK ON
JODI PROZNICK’S ALBUM SUN SONGS
HOSTING AND PERFORMING AT
CBC MUSIC’S JUNOFEST JAZZ SHOWCASE
PERFORMING AT THE JUNO SONGWRITERS’ CIRCLE
AND PLAYLIST LIVE
Toronto, ON – March 12, 2019 – A big week is in store for acclaimed singer-songwriter and pianist, Laila Biali! Not only is she up for two 2019 JUNO Awards – both in the Vocal Jazz Album of the Year category; for her stunning 2018 self-titled release, and her vocal work on Jodi Proznick’s album, Sun Songs – but she will be taking to stages across London, ON to help celebrate the best in Canadian music throughout the awards weekend.
On Friday, March 15th the CBC Music Saturday Night Jazz host will kick off the festivities, wearing two hats, as she hosts and performs at the JUNOfest Jazz Showcase. Sunday, March 17th will see Laila come together with some of the most talented Canadian singer-songwriters, to share songs and stories on stage at the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle, and later that night, she will take to the stage for the award-show after-party, Playlist Live, a one-of-a-kind live concert event that crosses cultural lines and features diversity in music. Full details about all of these events can be found below.
“Artists produce work because it is what they feel called to do,” comments Laila. “There is an inner drive to create and share something that comes from deep within. You hope that it will have an impact on people when they experience it – that is the primary motivation and reward. But when an artist is also recognized by his or her peers with something as significant as a JUNO nomination – that is great source of encouragement, and an honour. I couldn't be more thrilled!”
Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega and Sting. She has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents including Carnegie Hall. Her accolades include SOCAN Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year at Canada’s National Jazz Awards, a JUNO nomination for her studio recording, Tracing Light, and a spot on DownBeat Magazine’s Best Albums of the Year list for her follow-up Live in Concert. In 2015, Laila released her first album of entirely original music, House of Many Rooms – an indie-pop project featuring a star-studded lineup, including the vocalist Lisa Fischer, who is featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom. In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music’s national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz. Her latest project, a self-titled album released in January of 2018, debuted at #1 on iTunes Canada and won Laila the top prize for Jazz in the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition. While she continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, Laila’s unique genre-bending sound is what sets her apart, as she "masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy.” (Washington Post)
LAILA BIALI @ THE JUNOS
Friday, March 15
JUNOfest Jazz Showcase
Presented by CBC Music
8:00pm – 11:30pm
McManus Stage at Grand Theatre
Sunday, March 17
JUNO Songwriters’ Circle
Presented by SOCAN in association with Canadian Music Publishers Association
12:00pm – 2:00pm
London Music Hall
About Chronograph Records:
Chronograph Records is a boutique record label that works closely with artists who are looking for an insightful and collaborative partnership. Representing some of the best jazz, urban acoustic, and blues artists in Western Canada, Chronograph Records strategically helps develop their roster, allowing the artists to evolve into exactly who they're supposed to be. Since the label's 2004 inception, Chronograph artists have garnered numerous award nominations, most recently culminating in two JUNO Award nominations, multiple Canadian Country Music Awards, a TD Grand Jazz Award, Global Music Awards, a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, and Canadian National Smooth Jazz Award winners.