Multi-talented artist hosts Master Class this Saturday (photo)Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
Canadian jazz and blues icon coming to Algoma
Dawn Tyler Watson to host Master Class on March 16
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON (March 12, 2013) - On Saturday, March 16, the Algoma University music program and the Sault Blues Society will be proudly co-sponsoring a Master Class on Blues Vocal Performance and Improvisation with award-winning jazz and blues artist Dawn Tyler Watson.
The event will be from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. in the Shingwauk Auditorium.
Montreal-based Dawn Tyler Watson is a nationally and internationally acclaimed singer, actress, and songwriter, whose accomplishments include Female Vocalist of the Year (2005 and 2007), the Quebec Lys Blues Award for Best Female Artist (2004-09), and a Screaming Jay Hawkins Award (2003).
She has performed onstage with other jazz and blues artists including Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Healy, and Oliver Jones, and has opened for Dr. Maya Angelou.
She made her onstage debut in the lead role of the film Jack Paradise - Les Nuits de Montreal (2005), which was featured in Sault Ste. Marie's Shadows of the Mind Film Festival.
She continues today to tour across North America and also in France.
Algoma University's Music Coordinator, Dale Innes, adds that Watson's Master Class is a unique and highly valuable opportunity for students and the public.
"This is a unique opportunity to spend time with and learn from one of the best jazz and blues singers on the circuit today," she said. "Singing the blues is something that must be learned from another blues singer. It has always been an aural tradition; songs were passed down from one generation to the next. We are so excited about having Dawn share her music with us!"
Those interested in participating in the workshop are asked to register in advance since space is limited.
The workshop is $20 per person, and $10 for Algoma University students.
Registration forms are available at Case's Music on 636 Queen Street East, or at the door.
Watson's Master Class is part of the Sault Blues Society's third anniversary celebration, and the society's mandate to organize educational events.
To help with the celebration, Watson will also be performing at the Water Tower Pub on Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m., and on Saturday, March 16 at the Canadian Night Club (downstairs) at 8:30 p.m.
Admission to both events is $20.
For more information on Watson, please visit here.
About Algoma University
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As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma U is committed to respecting Anishinaabe knowledge and culture.
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