McBride & Platt
Chill out and relax in one of PEC’s most picturesque wineries, to a mix of jazz-influenced pop and melodic jazz, featuring saxophonist Chelsea McBride, recently nominated as one of CBC’s Top Canadian jazz musicians under 35. Joining her is Chris Platt, an accomplished Toronto-based guitarist and composer. Join them on a musical journey reflecting what it is like being a millennial and growing into adulthood, finally, someday, eventually…
SET 1 (45 min)
5:00 Doors open
5:30 – 6:15 pm Concert
SET 2 (45 min)
6:30 Doors open
7:00 – 7:45 pm Concert
$25 per set
Due to current capacity restrictions, this concert will have two seatings. If you wish to enjoy the full concert, please purchase tickets to both sets. Tickets will be sold in distanced social bubbles. Proof of vaccination will be required to attend the concert.
Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase 30 minutes before the performance begins.
The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards
990 Closson Rd
Hillier, ON K0K 2J0
THIS EVENT SPONSORED BY
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Driven by an endless need for expressing herself creatively, composer and multi-instrumentalist Chelsea McBride has burst onto the Toronto jazz scene. McBride has been named one of Canada’s top 35 jazz musicians under 35 by the CBC and was the inaugural recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Jazz Artist Award. She successfully completed an 11-city cross-Canada tour with her big band, Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School, in the summer of 2018, and has performed at JazzYYC, the Halifax Jazz Festival, and the TD Toronto Jazz Festival among others. She’s also performed with Sarah Slean, and studied with acclaimed musicians David Occhipinti, Darcy James Argue and Mike Allen.
Born and raised in Vancouver B.C., Chelsea was surrounded and fascinated by music. She started playing piano at the age of 3, and saxophone throughout elementary school. By the end of high school she had already performed in competitions at provincial and national levels. In 2014, she graduated from the Humber Bachelor of Music program in Toronto, ON, and has since been making waves with her mature sound and multilayered approach to composition. Whether it’s her big band (Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School), her pop-jazz sextet (Chelsea and the Cityscape) or her jazz trio (Chelsea McBride Group), Chelsea is a diverse musician who refuses to stay in one creative box. Aside from her own projects, she also regularly performs with other local acts including the Supersonic Hearts Band, Shrinehouse, and Skirt Check.
Chris Platt is an accomplished Toronto-based guitarist and composer. He regularly performs at well-known venues around the city as a leader and sideman, and has played with legendary musicians such as Dave Liebman, Norma Winstone, Jerry Bergonzi, Mike Murley, Dave Young, and Reg Schwager. Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto and a diploma from Mohawk College. Currently, he teaches jazz guitar at McMaster University.
He is a featured soloist and accompanist on the album Sweet Ruby Suite (feat. Norma Winstone and Dave Liebman) as part of the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra, as well as on Angela Turone’s debut EP Drift to You, and Marie Goudy 12tet’s The Bitter Suite.
Chris’ original music and style of playing is rooted in the jazz idiom, but also features striking characteristics from the Brazilian and Blues genres. This can be heard on his debut instrumental trio album, Sky Glow, which received a nomination for the Julian Award of Excellence in 2019. In 2020, he co-released the album, Sounds of Brazil, alongside vocalist and pianist Angela Turone, which has received reviews and radio play around the world.
Chris is a proud sponsor of MJS Custom Pickups. Having met MJS founder Mike “Smitty” Smyth when he was just beginning to play guitar, Smitty convinced Chris that the pickups he was playing could be swapped out for something better. Once Chris heard the difference a hand wound pickup could make, he was hooked. Not only does he now use MJS pickups in all of his guitars, but he is also the happy owner of three custom built MJS guitars as well: the “Dove,” the “Crossroads,” and the “Beacon.” You can see and hear these one of a kind instruments all over the music Chris has recorded.