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Kevin Breit and Rebecca Jenkins
July 29, 2016 @ 8:30 pm$25 – $30
Upper York Mandolin Quartet
There is no doubt that one of the most innovative and enigmatic guitarists that Canada has ever produced is Kevin Breit. Known for his diversity, fluidity and creativity, Breit is at home performing Jazz, Blues, World and more. As actor and musician Hugh Laurie once quipped, “Kevin Breit never plays the same thing once”.
As one of the most in demand guitarists in North America, Breit has recorded and /or toured with Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, k.d. Lang, Hugh Laurie, Holly Cole, Amos Lee, Jane Siberry, Molly Johnson, Serena Ryder, Natalie McMaster, Jane Bunnett, and many others. His accolades are many – Breit is a two-time JUNO Award winner for Best Instrumental Recording (Sisters Euclid and Stretch Orchestra), a National Jazz Award winner for Best Electric Jazz (Sisters Euclid). Breit has received a Gemini Award for best television performance for the Joni Mitchell Songwriter Hall of Fame concert with Measha Brueggergosman and a Maple Blues Award with Harry Manx for Acoustic Act of the Year. If that were not enough, he’s performed on albums that have a collective 10 Grammy Awards for Norah Jones ‘Come Away with Me’, Norah Jones, ‘Feels like Home’, and Cassandra Wilson, ‘New Moon Daughter’. The only thing he hasn’t done is have Chevy Chase play bass in one of his music videos.
In addition to being a “guitarist’s guitarist”, Kevin Breit is an accomplished and brilliant performer on the mandolin. His 2012 release Field Recording was released to rave reviews from media and critics across Canada and beyond. Recorded with the Upper York Mandolin Orchestra, Field Recording showcases Breit’s skills on the mandolin and vocals as well as masterful, thought provoking and sometimes-quirky lyrics.
Rebecca Jenkins is one of those rare multi-talented people who makes it all look effortless. As an actor, she embodies her character down to every last nuance. As a singer, her voice carries a warmth that feels both real and ethereal.
Jenkins burst onto the Canadian film scene with her charismatic acting and singing performance in Anne Wheeler’s “Bye Bye Blues”, for which she received a Best Actress Genie Award. Her feature films include “Interstate 60”, “Bob Roberts”, “Darrow”, “South of Wawa”, “Cowboys Don’t Cry” and Daniel MacIvor adaptations; “Past Perfect” and “Marion Bridge
On television, Jenkins is well known for her starring roles in CBC and Alliance’s successful series “Black Harbour”, and in Atlantis’s “Destiny Ridge”. She recently played the lead in “The Sunrise” one of a series of six Margaret Atwood short stories for CBC and The W Network and guest starred on A&E’s “Nero Wolfe” and CTV’s “The Associates”, and has also appeared in “Outer Limits”, “Beyond Reality”, “Avonlea” and “Street Legal”.
Jenkins’ many starring roles in movies for television include CBS’s “And Never Let Her Go”, “Guilty Hearts”, “Catch A Falling Star”; Disney’s “Angels in the Infield”; ABC’s “The Ruby Silver”; and NBC’s “Bad Prospects”, “Till Death Do Us Part”, “Honour Bright and Harvest”, for which she received a Gemini Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series. Her films for cable include Showtime’s, “Bad Prospect” and USA Networks’ “Split Image”.
As a singer Rebecca has toured and recorded as a back-up vocalist with the Parachute Club and Jane Siberry. Rebecca still continues to perform jazz material and her own songs in numerous contexts – before symphony orchestras, concert halls and clubs, on radio and television shows, at music festivals, on compilation albums and film soundtracks. She was recently nominated for a Genie Award for Achievement in Music – Best Song for “Something’s Coming” in the feature film Wilby Wonderful.