TD Sunfest '18 will be from July 5-8 in London, ON's beautiful Victoria Park. See you there!


Laila Biali

Laila Biali is an award-winning Canadian pianist & vocalist – and now weekly radio host (Saturday Night Jazz, 8:00 pm to midnight EST on CBC Radio 2) – who continues to garner global recognition for her performances at prestigious venues like the North Sea Jazz Festival (The Netherlands), Tokyo’s Cotton Club, and New York’s Carnegie Hall.  Over the past couple of years, she has toured with Grammy winners Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega.  Also, she has recorded with and supported music icon Sting, who raved, “Laila is an exciting and unique talent and I admire her greatly.”

But for all her artistic brilliance and string of critical accolades, it’s Laila’s affinity for seeking inspiration in human relationships that most defines this highly admired artist. These special qualities were recognized by Toronto pianist Ron Davis, who described Laila as “a spiritually deep and beautiful soul,” adding “and this shows in her music."

Laila’s 2011 studio recording, Tracing Light, received a JUNO nomination for “Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year,” and her follow-up CD, Live in Concert, was named one of the “Best Albums of 2013” by Downbeat Magazine. In 2016, Laila released House of Many Rooms – a bold indie-pop album of original material featuring Lisa Fischer (Rolling Stones, 20 Feet From Stardom), Jo Lawry (Sting, Paul Simon), Alan Hampton (Robert Glasper), and the Toronto Mass Choir. 

A TD Sunfest standout over many years, Laila is returning to London this March to celebrate the release of her follow-up album to House of Many Rooms. Again it will feature genre-bending originals and covers (songs by David Bowie, Coldplay and others).  This self-titled recording (now available for pre-order on iTunes) further expands upon Laila’s unique “ability to meld traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record” (Spinner Magazine).