Artist Residencies are programs that provide guest artists with a period of reflection, research, collaboration, presentation and/or production. Around the world, a wide variety of Artist-in-Residence programs are sponsored by universities, museums, galleries, theatres, government agencies and festivals, where artists, curators, and all manner of creative individuals are invited to spend a period time away from their usual environment and obligations.

SSAC/MUSIC ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Fall 2017 Winter: Kellylee Evans

Universal Music recording artist Kellylee Evans has continued to evolve her distinctive sound as her career has grown from her jazz roots right up to her last two soul releases, 2013’s I Remember When and 2015’s Come On.  These albums follow her 2011 Juno Award winning release Nina, a beautiful tribute to one of jazz’s greatest vocalists and pianists, Nina Simone.  Evans also received accolades for The Good Girl in 2010, the alternative-soul pop follow up to the 2006 critically acclaimed urban-jazz debut, fight or flight?, which helped garner the Toronto native Juno Award and Gemini Award nominations in 2007 and a win for Best Female Artist at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards.  Evans even took second place in the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, whose judges included Quincy Jones and Al Jarreau.  Her energy-charged live shows have led to opening spots for George Benson, Tony Bennett, Maceo Parker, John Legend, and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. And her passion extends to her community as well, working with organizations like Ryan’s Well, World Vision, the YWCA, Colon Cancer of Canada, the Royal Ottawa Hospital,  CAMH and Alli’s Journey, a charity for young people with cancer.

“In Conversation with Kellylee Evans Interview Series”

Watch the first episode in the Series featuring Kellylee in discussion with Amanda Martinez

Future episodes will include guests Kevin Breit and Matt Brubeck (Stretch Orchestra – March 3, 2017), Catherine O’Grady (Ottawa Jazz Festival – March 31, 2017) and Jon Bartlett (Kelp Management / Megaphono – April 7, 2017). The interviews are recorded with a live audience and a Q&A session at the end. All are welcome, free admission, 12 noon, in the Patrick Cardy Studio, A900 Loeb Building.

[Special thanks! to Kya Kazemi, and the Carleton University Media Production Centre for the recording and post-production of the Interview Series.]