ExpiredThe Ostara Project

  • Saturday, Nov 12th, 2022
    7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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The Ostara Project, spear-headed by award-winning jazz musicians Jodi Proznick and Amanda Tosoff of Music Arts Collective, showcases the strength and creativity of Canadian women in jazz. Membership is fluid and what remains constant is that Ostara artists are all top-tier musicians, composers and bandleaders who reflect the geographical, cultural and creative diversity of Canada’s musical landscape.  

Ostara’s self-titled debut album (Cellar Live, 2022) features the compositions and talents of seven outstanding musicians who collectively hold nine JUNO nominations and three JUNO awards. This first iteration of Ostara features Joanna Majoko (vocals), Rachel Therrien (trumpet), Allison Au (alto sax), Jocelyn Gould (guitar), Sanah Kadoura (drums) and Tosoff and Proznick on piano and bass, respectively. 

Already looking ahead to expand upon this stellar list of musicians, the Ostara Project will embark upon several new projects this fall, including tour dates and a creative residency in Whitehorse, Yukon where each member will explore their musical heritage and identity as a Canadian settler and citizen. These upcoming projects will include new voices, such as Laila Biali and Shruti Ramani, Virginia MacDonald (clarinet), and Valerie Lacombe (drums). 

In a genre and industry where women have been severely underrepresented, the Ostara Project is a beautiful example of perseverance, community, and a deep love for the music. New growth rising out of darkness, stretching for new life, propelled by hope. This is the music of Ostara. 

Band members

Jodi Proznick, bass
Amanda Tosoff, piano
Rachel Therrien, trumpet
Allison Au, saxophone
Virginia MacDonald, clarinet
Valérie Lacombe, drums
Laila Biali, vocals

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