The highly anticipated jazz site will celebrate their launch with an International Jazz Day event at Hugh’s Room Live on Tuesday April 30th, 2019, the exciting new online destination for all things jazz-related goes live around the world on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019. Based in Toronto and backed by some of the brightest and most respected names on Canada’s jazz scene, is an important new gathering place for jazz audiences. will preview their on-air launch with All Together Now: A JAZZCAST Celebration of International Jazz Day, at Hugh’s Room Live on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019.

Co-founded by broadcast veterans Dani Elwell, Walter Venafro, and Garvia Bailey, along with JUNO-nominated jazz vocalist Heather Bambrick, is a web-based, jazz-inspired and grassroots radio station.  Listeners and lovers of the genre the world over can tune into the likes of notable Canadian jazz players and personalities such as Rich Brown (rinsethealgorithm), Chris Butcher (Heavyweights Brass Band), Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene), charming vocal jazz darlings Duchess, recording artist and founder of Cellar Live Recordings Cory Weeds, event producer and musical royalty Céline Peterson, vocal powerhouse Shakura S’Aida, sweetheart of swing and JUNO-nominee Alex Pangman, and the delightful selections of Montreal’s Coco Nette.

The team will deliver hosted programs, live performances, unique series, and podcasts from around the globe. looks forward to celebrating its official launch with All Together Now: A Jazzcast Celebration of International Jazz Day on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 at Hugh’s Room Live, featuring a spectacular lineup of top-tier jazz musicians, including Laila Biali (winner, Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, 2019 JUNO Awards), JUNO-nominated vocalists Alex Pangman and Heather Bambrick, renowned saxophone superstar Pat LaBarbera, eminent guitarist Ted Quinlan, multi-faceted pianist Michael Shand, bassist extraordinaire Rich Brown, versatile guitarist Michael Occhipinti, highly sought-after drummer Ben Wittman, JUNO-nominated trumpeter Alexis Baro, and more surprise guests throughout the evening.

Tickets for International Jazz Day are $15 (students); $25 (advance); and $30 (door), and can be purchased through Doors open at 6:00pm and performances begin at 8:30pm. Hugh’s Room Live is located at 2261 Dundas Street West.

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JAZZCAST PRESS RELEASE is an exciting development in the evolution of radio, and a new way to engage with the music you love.

Out of a small grassroots operation in Toronto, Canada, comes, an on-line service offering 24/7 music, hosted programs, special series, live acoustic sounds, and jazz-focused podcasts from around the globe.

Co-founded by broadcast veterans Dani Elwell, Walter Venafro, and Garvia Bailey, alongside broadcaster and JUNO-nominated vocalist Heather Bambrick, will explore the past, present, and future of jazz, while digging into the depth and breadth of the constantly evolving genre.

And they are not alone.

Award-winning trombonist and founding member of the Heavyweights Brass Band, Chris Butcher, will host Chris Butcher in the Crescent City, a weekly show created in the birthplace of jazz; founding member of indie super-group Broken Social Scene, Brendan Canning, will dig into his crates to share the music that moves him; and one of the jazz world’s heaviest bassists, Rich Brown, brings us New Origins, a far-reaching, mindexpanding auditory quest.

And all this is just the beginning. From New York to Ethiopia, is worldwide.

As co-founder Dani Elwell says, “We are looking forward to developing new relationships with music fans around the world as collaborators. We don’t mind being the underdog with a dream and limitless possibilities.”

Look for full programming in March of 2019. For now enjoy the curated music, promos, and voices at

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Original article via NOW Magazine; written by: Chaka V. Grier

Radio personalities Dani Elwell, Garvia Bailey and Heather Bambrick, all recently known for their programs on JAZZ.FM91, have announced the formation of their own radio stream, JAZZCAST, set for soft launch in early January.

JAZZCAST will air 24/7 on as well as via an app that’s currently in development. It will feature live and recorded hosted programming, podcasts, live performances and interviews. According to Elwell, it will also feature some familiar voices (such as former JAZZ.FM weekender Walter Venafro), and eminent musicians like Juno-nominated composer Rich Brown and Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene. The full programming schedule is expected to be revealed this February.

“This summer we talked about wanting to create a space where we could continue to do what we love, which is serve a musical community,” explains Bailey. “[To] share the music and stories that we dig, interview some great artists and just bring some positive vibes.

“We planted the seed and floated some sort [of] broadcast. People were digging the idea and started offering expertise and ideas. Out of those early jam sessions, JAZZCAST was born.”

Their goal is to give fans a new space to celebrate and discover jazz and the Toronto jazz community.

“The idea is to bring the listener along every step of the way and involve them in our successes and hopefully not too many failures,” shares Elwell. “For us, the medium of radio has always been a special, personal space, without being self-indulgent. We want to be able to share the music we love and have others do the same.”

Despite the familiar voices, the team cautions listeners not to expect an old-school radio format and a rehash of favourite programming from JAZZ.FM.

“JAZZCAST is unlike anything else, so we want it to sound unlike anything else,” explains Bambrick, who describes her move from JAZZ.FM to JAZZCAST as a “reunion meets rebirth.” “Obviously, the fact that the first four names announced – Dani, Garvia, Walter and me – have all worked at JAZZ.FM will create a certain familiarity to those who may have listened to us on the station. However, JAZZCAST is something completely new and entirely original.”

Bailey agrees. “The whole dang thing is new! We’re really working toward building something that speaks to the present, past and future of the music – the impact and influence of the music across genres – and really present the music in a way that respects the cultural roots of jazz.

“We are building something that doesn’t necessarily exist right now. Like jazz itself, we’re working with a pretty big sandbox and the programming will reflect that in mood, sound, and, structure.”

For the JC crew, it’s also an opportunity to do what they love best: amplifying jazz music in Toronto and beyond.

“My hope for JAZZCAST is that we have a fun, creative space that successfully serves the jazz community both locally and abroad,” says Elwell. “I’m looking forward to us developing new relationships with music fans around the world as collaborators. We don’t mind being the underdog with a dream and limitless possibilities.

“It’s kind of scary and exhilarating at the same time.”