Neil Swainson was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on November 15, 1955. He began working with Paul Horn in 1975, and played in his band for two years. Neil also backed up such musicians as Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, and Sonny Stitt. In 1977, Neil moved to Toronto, which has become his home.
Steve Szmutni, Newfoundland native and long time Saskatchewan resident, began his music training in Brandon University’s Music Education program. He continued his studies at Humber College, where he graduated in 1992 with an Honors Diploma in Music.
Jazz pianist and composer Amanda Tosoff has received various awards, including the General Motors Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Part-time Faculty, Music Business
Sarah Kim Turnbull is an artist, arts manager and promoter. She is the artistic director of the Markham Jazz Festival and executive director of Euphonia, Toronto’s indie classical orchestra.
Terry Tweed has been working in Canada as a professional actor, director and teacher for over 30 years. As an actor, she has appeared on television, film, radio, and in most of the major theatres across the country.
Inga Untiks is a PhD candidate in Humanities at York University specializing in contemporary art practice and display in the Baltics, Eastern and Central Europe. She has taught at the University of Toronto Scarborough in the Arts Management Program, and the Open University in London.
M G Vassanji is the author of seven novels, two collections of short stories, a travel memoir about India, and a biography of Mordecai Richler.
Don Vickery was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1959, he relocated to Toronto where he has been a vital part of the jazz scene ever since.
Toronto-based jazz pianist and composer Nancy Walker is a mainstay of the Canadian jazz scene, praised for her work as a side player (live and in the studio) with instrumentalists and singers alike.
Dianne Warren is the award-winning author of the novel Cool Water, which won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 2010, as well as three books of short fiction and three plays. Her most recent novel is Liberty Street.
Dan is a graduate of Humber College in Toronto and École Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
Professor for Electricity 1 and Special Effects for the Stage
Roger has worked in the performing arts in Toronto for more than 25 years, mainly as a Technical Designer, Technical Director, and Production Manager.