LSM Newswire

Monday, January 14, 2008

[Toronto] Nikki Yanofsky Makes Toronto Debut with Toronto Jazz Festival & Luminato this February

For Immediate Release:

LUMINATO IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
TD CANADA TRUST TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL
PRESENT
NIKKI YANOFSKY

13 year-old Montreal singing sensation
in Toronto solo concert debut


TORONTO, (January 14, 2008) - Thirteen-year-old musical prodigy Nikki Yanofsky stars in her Toronto solo concert debut on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8:00 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto. Tickets are available for purchase as of Jan. 19 through all Ticketmaster outlets.

Nikki Yanofsky has the jazz world buzzing with her virtuoso talent. J.D. Considine of The Globe and Mail describes Nikki as "a fully grown jazz singer, with a strong, agile voice and a complete command of her material...enough finesse to upstage singers three times her age...Stunning doesn't begin to describe it." She has worked with the industry's best, including her performance of "Airmail Special" on the 2007 Ella Fitzgerald tribute album We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song. Fellow Canadians Diana Krall, Michael Bublą© and k.d. lang are among the other artists featured on the album.

Backed by the 10-piece Imani Gospel Choir and an 11-piece musical ensemble, Nikki's concert program ranges from jazz to swing to R&B as the songstress pays tribute to musical greats.

"There is a richness and a maturity and a heart and an effortlessness that divas twice or three times her age would kill for", praises Bill Brownstein of the Montreal Gazette.

Nikki's popularity is quickly gaining momentum as she becomes known for tackling technically challenging repertoire with a mature and developed voice far beyond her years. This unique Toronto concert immediately precedes her debut at the Carnegie Hall main stage in New York on Friday, Feb. 8 where she performs with the New York Pops Orchestra conducted by multi-award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch.

Luminato CEO Janice Price said of this special presentation, "As we are both festivals that take place every June, Luminato is tremendously pleased to be co-presenting such a fantastic event with the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival outside of our regular festival schedule. Luminato is eager to work with local arts organizations in co-presenting and promoting established and emerging Canadian artists."

Patrick Taylor, President and Executive Producer of the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival agrees. "I cannot think of a more fitting opportunity to fulfill our mandate than to partner with Luminato in presenting the next generation of great Canadian talent. We believe Nikki Yanofsky's performance will no doubt be one for the history books - an evening not to be missed."

Luminato is pleased to have CTVglobemedia as the official media partner in this initiative.

At the Feb. 5 concert, Luminato will also make an announcement about further programming for the 2008 Festival.

Tickets for the Feb. 5 concert at the Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St, are available as of Jan. 19 through all Ticketmaster outlets (call 416-870-8000) or visit www.ticketmaster.ca).

For media inquiries regarding Luminato, please contact:

Bill Bobek (416) 368-3100 ext. 246
Director, Communications & Media Relations
wbobek@luminato.com

Laura Erika Barron (416) 368-3100 ext. 242
Public Relations Coordinator
lbarron@luminato.com

For all media inquiries regarding the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival, please contact:

Anna Tom (416) 928-2033 ext 21
publicity@tojazz.com

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ABOUT LUMINATO
For 10 extraordinary days in June, the vibrant city of Toronto's stages, streets and public spaces are illuminated with arts and creativity. Luminato is an annual multidisciplinary celebration of theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, film, literature, visual arts, design and more.

For more information on both free and ticketed Luminato events, including dates, locations and schedules, visit www.luminato.com. Tickets will be available in April 2008 through all Ticketmaster outlets (call 416-872-1111 or visit www.ticketmaster.ca).

Luminato gratefully acknowledges the generous support and vision of its Founding Luminaries; corporate sponsors, particularly our presenting sponsor, L'Orą©al; our dedicated government partners, especially the Government of Ontario; and other supporters.

Founding Luminaries: The Founding Luminaries were among the Festival's first supporters. These arts patrons and civic-builders stepped forward to help found Luminato, and will be celebrated for their vision and support in perpetuity.

Founding Luminaries - Mohammad and Najla Al Zaibak, Charles and Marilyn Baillie, Avie Bennett, Helen Burstyn and David Pecaut, Kate Alexander Daniels and David Daniels, Joan T. Dea and Lionel F. Conacher, Ian and Kiki Delaney, John Donald and Linda Chu, The Duboc Family Foundation, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Linda Frum and Howard Sokolowski, Kevin and Roger Garland, Anthony and Helen Graham, Lucille and Urban Joseph, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Chetan and Clara Mathur, Judy and Wil Matthews, Robert and Cheryl McEwen, Pierre L. Morrissette, Sandra and Jim Pitblado, Jonas and Lynda Prince, Richard Rooney and Laura Dinner, The Slaight Family, Marisa and Edward Sorbara, Larry and Judy Tanenbaum, and David and Robin Young.

Founding Corporate Luminaries - BMO Financial Group, Ivey Foundation, MacLaren McCann, Manulife Financial, RBC, St. Joseph Communications, TELUS, and Tourism Toronto.

2008 Luminaries
:Tony and Anne Arrell, The Ira Gluskin and Maxine Granovsky Gluskin Charitable Foundation, Joan and Jerry Lozinski, and Nancy Pencer.

2007 SuperNova Program Development Fund: Margaret and Jim Fleck, Gretchen and Donald Ross.

Luminato 2008 Sponsors:
L'Orą©al, CTV, The Globe and Mail, St. Joseph Communications, Toronto Life, Tourism Toronto.

Government Partners:
The Government of Ontario, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

Additional 2008 sponsors, government partners, and individual donors will be announced shortly.


ABOUT TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival
The TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival takes over the city from June 20 - June 29, 2008. With more than 1500 musicians playing over 350 concerts in locations all across Toronto, the cool sounds of jazz will kick start summer off on a melodious high.

Founded in 1987, the Festival is celebrating its twenty-second anniversary. Under the direction of co-founders Patrick Taylor, Executive Producer, and Jim Galloway, Artistic Director, the Festival is dedicated to presenting great live jazz. Over the years, the Festival has contributed over $250 million to the Greater Toronto Area economy; presented over 1,500 free public performances; welcomed over 6.5 million people to the Festival; and presented over 20,000 artists, 85% of whom were Canadian.

Full details of the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival will be announced in April 2008. For more information, please visit www.torontojazz.com

Anna Tom
Public Relations
Toronto Downtown Jazz
82 Bleecker Street, Toronto, ON, M4X1L8
Phone: 416.928.2033, ext. 21 Fax: 416.928.0533
Email: publicity@tojazz.com
www.torontojazz.com


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