The Joy of Discoveries II

It only happens a few times every year, which is partly why it is a special experience. Toronto-based publicist Jane Harbury recently hosted her Discoveries night at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, and introduced the packed house to four fresh and promising acts.

Jane’s keen ear and eye for talent was spot on when she chose to host Jana Keeley, blacklight, Andrew Cole and Jenna Glatt, all of whom have deep wells of musical experience and talent despite the youngest of the bunch being 15 years old. We had a chance to speak with all the performers after their sets and to find out what’s next on their trip to the top.

B.C. based, Alberta-raised Jana Keeley was finishing up her tour of Southern Ontario and performing originals from her album Trouble. Blacklight., comprised of  Jesse Gold, JP Saxe, Jack Emblem and sax player Rob Christian brought the audience to their feet with their jazz pop fusion. The high schoolers had a throng of young girls just waiting for a chance to say ‘hey’ after their set.

Andrew Cole is a Canadian-born soulful singer/songwriter who has been hopping back and forth between here and England all his life. His upcoming CD Why We Wonder is his first solo effort after years of fronting cover bands. He has some big names backing his efforts (Tom Cochrane, Barenaked Ladies, Kathleen Edwards) and is managed by Kathleen Cochrane.

Ottawa’s Jenna Glatt wrapped up the evening with her personal twist on some old favourites, switching it up between vocals and her distinctive saxophone.

Rachel Hahn is a freelance journalist, radio personality and actor who lives in Toronto.lac

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