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Jazz Divas Triple Bill at Flato Markham Theatre: Laila Biali, Dominique Fils-Aimé & Sammy Jackson



Jazz Divas at Flato Markham Theatre
Dominique Fils-Aimé, Laila Biali & Sammy Jackson. Photo credit: Atael Weissman

On the evening of February 8th 2023, three wonderful jazz artists got together for a one-of-a-kind show at the Flato Markham Theatre. A superb show, Jazz Divas was a one-of-a-kind collaboration between three incredible Canadian jazz songstresses. Featuring Juno Award winner Sammy Jackson, whose sophisticated blend of jazz, pop, and R&B leave audiences spellbound; Juno Award-winning Montreal native Dominique Fils-Aimé, whose performances explore the emotional palette of African American music and reflect on the realities that influenced the genres of blues, jazz, and soul; and headliner of the night, multi award-winning pianist and CBC Music National radio host Laila Biali, masterfully mixing eclectic jazz and pop!

For Toronto-based singer-songwriter and 2021 JUNO Award winner Sammy Jackson (BMus, HBA), making music has always been a fundamental part of life. Even before she started kindergarten, the Jamaican-Canadian vocalist can remember singing along to the radio, listening to pop and R&B hits and trying to emulate them.

Jamaican-Canadian Singer-Songwriter Sammy Jackson
Jamaican-Canadian Singer-Songwriter Sammy Jackson

The Montreal based JUNO award winning singer-songwriter, Dominique Fils-Aimé, puts the history of African-American musical culture into the heart of her work, reflecting on the social realities that influenced the genres of blues, jazz and soul. In her fourth album entitled Our Roots Run Deep, Dominique Fils-Aimé frames her latest installment with a loose, dreamlike narrative structure that tells a story of growth. For Dominique, nature acts as an anchor—a source of inspiration that provides her with metaphors to express the unique but interconnected journey of a human being.

Singer, Songwriter Dominique Fils-Aimé
Singer, Songwriter Dominique Fils-Aimé

Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist and CBC Music national radio host Laila Biali has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents from New York City’s Carnegie Hall to Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting. Her 2020 album release, Out of Dust, received rave reviews and was nominated for a 2021 JUNO Award. Laila was also honoured by SOCAN Music with the Hagood Hardy Award for Excellence in Songwriting. In 2019, Laila’s eponymous release won her a JUNO Award (Canada’s GRAMMY) for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.” The year prior, she was awarded top prize at the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the Jazz category. Laila was also the youngest-ever double winner at Canada’s National Jazz Awards when she was named “SOCAN Composer of the Year” and “Keyboardist of the Year.”

Singer, Songwriter, Pianist Laila Biali
Singer, Songwriter, Pianist Laila Biali


Photographs by: Atael Weissman
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