& lucian gray
019 Stingray Music Rising Star Award recipient and 2020 International Clarinetist Corona Competition first prize winner, Virginia McDonald is a powerful new voice in the music scene. She has turned a lot of heads and garnered a lot of attention in Canada and the USA. Virginia will be joined by Lucian Gray, a virtuoso guitarist known for his commanding sound, together these two young and upcoming artists will leave you dazzled and enthralled.
6:30pm Doors open
7:00-8:45 pm Concert
(There will be one intermission)
Seniors & Students $25
A beverage service will be available during the concert.
Closson Chase Vineyards (in the Garden)
629 Closson Rd, Hillier, CA K0K 2J0
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
At the young age of twenty-four, Virginia McDonald has already established herself as a respected and sought after musician in the Toronto jazz scene; she has performed extensively as both a leader and sidewoman at several venues across the city, including Koerner Hall, The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, The Jazz Bistro, The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, Poetry Jazz Cafe, and has performed in several Canadian festivals including the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the Beaches International Jazz Festival, the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, and the Cape Breton Jazz Festival.
She is currently in attendance at Humber College and is slated to receive her Bachelor of Music by the summer of 2019. While in attendance at Humber, she received the prestigious Yamaha Music Canada scholarship for outstanding musical performance in both 2018 and 2019. In 2018, she received a full scholarship to take part in an exclusive five-week workshop at Berklee College of Music with the Grammy Award-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington.
Virginia has worked with many Toronto-based musicians including Kirk MacDonald, Pat LaBarbera, Terry Clarke, Lorne Lofsky, Neil Swainson, Nancy Walker, Kieran Overs, Bruce Cassidy, Richard Whiteman, and David Occhipinti.
She’s had the opportunity to work internationally in Europe, at well-known jazz clubs such as Bogui Jazz, Jimmy Glass Jazz Bar, and Refugio Jazz, and has had the chance to share the stage with many renowned jazz musicians such as Geoffrey Keezer, Dick Oatts, Rich Perry, Adam Nussbaum, Peter Bernstein, and Harold Mabern.
At this point in her career, Virginia is now focusing on composing and performing her own music. Her debut album is set to be released in 2019 and is comprised of original compositions written for a jazz quintet.
Known for his relaxed feel and commanding sound, Lucian Gray is a virtuosic young guitarist with a deep respect for the jazz tradition.
Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Lucian Gray was born into a musical family. His father is one of Canada’s foremost trumpet players, and his mother the head of her own music school. He started playing the piano at the age of 4.
Upon entering high school, Lucian decided to pick up the guitar and played in various rock and fusion groups throughout his teens. After being introduced to the music of Wes Montgomery, he decided he wanted to be a jazz guitarist.
In 2008, Lucian was awarded the Slaight Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship. He graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Music Performance. During his time at Berklee, Lucian studied with guitar guru Mick Goodrick.
In 2009, Lucian was awarded the Rising Young Star at the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival.
In 2015, Lucian entered the first Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar Competition and was one of five finalists selected to perform at the culminating concert of the competition.
Lucian is currently active in the Toronto jazz scene, performing with his own group and as a sideman, as well as teaching privately.