When do you anticipate on releasing the album?
I am aiming for a 2023 release date.
How can I best support and contribute to your upcoming album project?
You can support the album and make a donation of the amount of your choice by clicking "PRE-ORDER DOWNLOAD: $25.00" on the crowdfunding page once the page is posted. Donations of $25 or more will receive a digital album and a CD copy once it is released.
When will your newsletter update news about the upcoming recording(s)?
Due to being busy with film-related work, I hope to update you with important details as progress is made with my album project as well as with any exciting film news once the project commences.
(Kerilie McDowall Estate photo shown as a teen approx. 1982.)
Which musicians played on your 1993 cassette release City Wildflower?
Kerilie McDowall, guitar; Kevin Elaschuk, trumpet; Graham Ord, saxophones; Allan Johnston, acoustic bass; Bruce Nielsen, drums. Special guest appearances: George McFetridge, piano, Dylan van der Schyff.
Which musicians played on the Hot Air CBC recordings?
Kerilie McDowall, guitar; Glenna Powrie, piano; John Korsrud, trumpet; Graham Ord, saxophones; Paul Blaney, acoustic bass; Stan Taylor, drums.
Who are the musicians on the Rick Kilburn-produced jazz festival demo tracks?
Elisha Sidlar, vocals, handdrum; Lisa Sazama, vocals, handdrum; Jimy Sidlar, vocals, handdrum; Kerilie McDowall, guitar; Glenna Powrie, piano; John Korsrud, trumpet; Graham Ord, saxophones; Paul Blaney, acoustic bass; Stan Taylor, drums.
Who are the musicians on the trio jazz demo tracks you might release featuring bassist Chris Nelson?
Mickey Earnshaw, drums; and Chris Nelson, bass; and myself Kerilie McDowall on guitar.
Why are you releasing this album after so many years?
I decided the timing was right both for me, my bandmates and the post COVID-19-affected music industry. I had been wanting to do the project for many years but it was put on hold due to an injury, then it became less important when I started doing other performance mediums like radio and television. Despite all of this, releasing this has been a "bucket list" item for years.
How long did you perform professionally?
I started performing professionally at the age of 16 in Toronto, Canada in high school in local pop bands and was also attending music jams and playing in a blues band with friends at that time. I had performed in school orchestras as a violinist from age 8 onward but switched my focus to guitar at age 13 or 14. After moving to BC, I started working as a jazz bandleader of jazz trios, quartets, quintets and sextets starting in 1989-90 in Vancouver, BC until the year 2000 when I moved to Vancouver Island.
Were you a DownBeat jazz magazine writer?
I loved writing for the USA's DownBeat from 2016-20 ( Maher Publications) until my schedule could no longer accommodate it. The writers and editors have done such exceptional work for many decades and to be honest, they were continually inspiring me with their forward-thinking, thought-provoking writing and endless creativity. It was an honour to be chosen for this role and I would like to thank the editors that I worked with Brian Zimmerman and Dave Cantor for their phenomenal work and dedication to the global jazz scene.
Are you a guest columnist for Canadian Musician magazine?
I have been a guest columnist at Canadian Musician magazine recently in summer 2021 and in March 2022 and have been enjoying writing what I think that musicians and music-loving Canadians will enjoy when inspired as a freelance writer.
Do you make music short films?
I directed and hosted television as a volunteer for over 7 years at Shaw Spotlight and that led me to producing some short TV shows with jazz and blues-related topics. When supervisor Cameron McLean gave me the idea to shoot and gave me the green light in 2019, I filmed my first short film about the inspirational life and work of multi-award winning Vancouver Island/Vancouver jazz bassist and music producer Rick Kilburn. It was released in March 2020. The cast/crew and I have since been honoured with 11 awards and 10 nominations.
Do you also plan on making another film?
Yes I hope to produce a feature film in the next coming few years. I may start with short films prior to this as ideas for documentary episodes for a TV series.
How many jazz recordings will you actually release?
(Photo shown of Kerilie McDowall 1993 by Gordon Montgomery.)
I am hoping to release 1-2 albums with the material I have, depending on what can be saved from deteriorating/the sound quality of it, at this point in time.
I hope to release other recordings as mp3s online as well.
Will it be a limited album release?
Depending on the support of the project the first pressings may be limited. This is yet to be determined until the crowdfunding process has been underway for some time.
Where will you sell the album?
I like the idea of Bandcamp and possibly Amazon.
Can I pre-order an album copy, if so, how?
Yes you sure can! Pre-orders will be available for the price of $25 USD. Look for the button link, "PRE-ORDER DOWNLOAD: $25.00" once the crowdfunding page is posted.
Will you also release on vinyl?
I have not decided yet.
What are your longterm plans with your music?
An immediate longterm dream is to get back into the studio with new songs.
I would like to study music with you, what do you teach?
I teach guitar, music theory, sight-reading, TAB, chart-reading, songwriting, technique and other guitar basics. Learn more at the STORE HERE.
I would like to take a career-focused workshop with you, how do I find out more?
Please visit my WORKSHOP page to learn more. Find out about rates and services at the Canadian Online Guitar Lessons STORE here.
What are the business services that you offer?
Music lessons, guitar lessons, music/publicity/writing and songwriting workshops, publicity services, coaching, writing services and media contact/liaison for recording artists/organizations/corporations/creatives.
How can I get in contact with you?
Reach me at my CONTACT page or at the top of my web page on SOCIAL MEDIA.
I have a project that I would like you to consider for the Polaris Music Prize, will you listen to it?
There is no formal submission process for the Polaris Music Prize, but you bet I will! I am always scouting for the best music contenders for the various judging work that I do, including the Polaris Music Prize. Get in touch during the weekday evenings to send me your materials. You can reach me under CONTACT. I look forward to hearing your wonderful recordings!
Images of Kerilie McDowall by Dirk Heydemann of HA Photography. https://www.haphotography.com/