With hot local band Jazz Money and a special appearance by Aaron Davis on piano.
Juno Award vocalist and opera sensation Measha Brueggergosman has moved triumphantly into the world of literature with her honest and moving account of her life, Something is Always on Fire: My Life So Far. The publication of her landmark book this fall by Harper Collins is cause for celebration—and that's what going to happen on October 3 at the Church of the Holy Trinity.
Join Another Story Bookshop, Pages UnBound and Harper Collins in a music and emotion filled evening with an acclaimed vocalist and Canadian icon and her musical friends Jazz Money and Aaron Davis. Interviewing Measha Brueggergosman will be pop chronicler Shinan Govani.
Among her many triumphs, Measha Brueggergosman has won Juno Awards, been nominated for a Grammy, sung to a telecast of over 3 billion viewers at the opening of the 2010 Olympic Games, and soloed in the great concert halls of Canada, the United States, Asia and Europe. But her success has been matched by personal hardship. As she explains, ”I believe I can now look back on my life and understand its trajectory, both the painful parts and the joyful parts. At thirty-eight, I know that God has blessed me on a scale which is almost ridiculous, but which is pretty much in balance with what I've experienced in heartache.“
Shinan Govani, once dubbed ”the go-to Canadian“ by Page Six, is both social chronicler and pop culture decoder. He's reported from Art Basel, in Miami, fashion weeks in Milan and Paris and film festivals at Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto. The author of the novel Boldface Names, Govani's work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, Town & Country and The Daily Beast.
Jazz Money is a Toronto based trio that embraces many styles of music including jazz, world folk songs, and hip-hop, they've continued to turn heads with their unique and infectious sound. The band can be heard in venues all over the city as a trio, backing up MCs and singers, and working regularly for special and corporate events. With a collaborative hip-hop album in the works featuring some of Canada's finest MCs, they're committed to reaching for new artistic heights while remaining a versatile band suitable for any occasion.
Personnel: Chris Weatherstone - sax; Malcolm Connor - bass; Jared Goldman - drums.
Aaron Davis is an eclectic composer, arranger and keyboardist based in Toronto, Canada. Aaron is a well known accompanist to vocalists including Measha Brueggergosman, Holly Cole, Molly Johnson, and Buffy St. Marie. As a composer, Aaron Davis has been nominated for three Genie awards, and four Gemini awards along with co-writer John Lang. Since 2006 Davis has worked as music director, pianist, arranger and composer with singer Measha Brueggergosman, most recently on the 2015 Rhombus performance film of Afro-American spirituals, Songs Of Freedom.
In Something is Always on Fire: My Life So Far, her honest and revealing memoir, Brueggergosman shares her experiences with music, but also her ongoing struggle to balance her ambition for a life fully lived with the traditions and responsibilities she has committed herself to. She reflects on the ups and downs of marrying young and the tragedy of losing children, on the efforts to understand who she has become in contrast to how she was raised, on how her health problems have changed her, on the psychological push-and-pull of being a performer and the unavoidable effects of consistent audience approval. Through it all, Brueggergosman has weathered the storms, bolstered by her faith and her family, and revelling in her appetite for music, food, yoga and sex.