The Revue has a special evening planned for Thursday, Dec. 5, starting at 7 p.m., featuring soprano jazz saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett. It’s the first in a new series we’re calling “Local Heroes” designed to celebrate accomplished Roncesvalles neighbours who have excelled in the arts, cinema and other endeavors.
Juno-award winner, Order of Canada recipient and Grammy nominee, Jane has built her career at the crossroads of Cuban music and jazz. Following a life-changing visit to the island in 1982, Jane met and drew inspiration from some of Cuba’s legendary musicians. “I’ve had a great opportunity to learn the music in the streets and in the homes of these celebrated talents,” she says, “and that has fueled my vision.”
It might be cold outside, but it will be warm and lively at the Revue on Dec. 5:
- Meet Jane on screen and in person.
- Watch director Elisa Paloschi’s recent documentary, Embracing Voices: The Woman Behind the Music of Jane Bunnett.
- Revel in Jane’s virtuoso playing live on stage, with Cuban-Canadian pianist Hilario Durán and friends.
- Enjoy free authentic Cuban finger-food, courtesy of Manuel and Yordanka Maciel, owners of La Cubana Supermercado Latino at 456 Oakwood Ave.
- A cash bar will serve Cuban-inspired drinks.
Our MC for the evening is singer-songwriter Laura Fernandez, program host on Jazz FM.
Real estate sales rep Bill Mohan, (Sutton Group) and Hanna Filarski of Phila Optical (359 Roncesvalles Ave.) are kindly sponsoring the event.
Tickets are $20, and available in advance at the cinema’s box office. The Cuban food is included in the ticket price.
Jane Bunnett on her community and the event: “As a Roncy Village Resident for almost 33 years, I’ve watched this community grow by leaps and bounds. We have it all – family destination, a thriving Arts community, great restaurants, and The Revue Cinema. I would never live in any other part of Toronto than right here. I am honoured to be the first “local hero” in a community that has so much.”
Director Elisa Paloschi on her film: “I was always drawn to Jane's strength of character and how she succeeded as a jazz instrumentalist in an industry dominated by men. But what truly drew me to make the documentary was when I saw such a great artist face the same kind of creative block that most creative people face, including myself. I was interested in seeing how she, as an artist, overcame loss and depression and then went on to produce an award-winning album."
ABOUT THE REVUE: Located at 400 Roncesvalles Ave., the cinema is a community-run not-for-profit movie theatre, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
About the event: Ellen Moorhouse at firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-574-
About the film: Serene Husni at email@example.com.