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Multi-award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist, CBC Radio/Music national radio host (Saturday Night Jazz), and TD Sunfest favourite 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. In 2019, Laila’s eponymous release won a JUNO for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year; “her 2020 recording Out of Dust was also nominated for a JUNO. DownBeat Magazine gave it 4 stars, commenting, “The album’s production is shimmering, the arrangements are lush and Biali’s voice – spanning registers – is pure and warm. She’s also fearless on piano and, above else, in her imagination.”
While Laila continues to earn high honours in the jazz world, her signature sound transcends genre as she “masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy” (The Washington Post). In all these projects, “Biali provides the positive, come-together messaging that we need in these challenging times” (Parade Magazine).
Since April, Laila has been back on the road again with stops in Europe and the United States and an extensive tour of Atlantic Canada. She is currently in the middle of a cross-Canada tour that began on June 17th and will wrap up in the middle of July. Of course, there is no better place to see her perform live than at the TD Sunfest ’22 Jazz Village.