Esplanade Theatre


Tickets available at the Esplanade and Tixx Central


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM
SCHOOL SHOW (must be accompnaied by a student)

Esplanade Theatre

Email office@medicinehatjazzfest.com to reserve your seats.


Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali is the 2019 winner of the JUNO award for Best Vocal Jazz Album of the year. She has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and recorded with and supported Sting. Her accolades include Socan Composer of the Year and Keyboardist of the Year at Canada's National Jazz Awards. She takes the best of pop, rock, classical, world and soul, informs it with her expertise in jazz, and weaves it into her musical arrangements and original songs. Laila has presented her music at prestigious venues spanning five continents including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo's Cotton Club, Peru's El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Her studio recording, Tracing Light, received a JUNO nomination in 2011 for Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, and her follow-up album, ive in ConcertL, was given an enthusiastic four-star review and named one of the Best albums of 2013 by Downbeat Magazine. In 2015, Laila released her first album of entirely original music, House of Many Rooms - an indie-pop project featuring Lisa Fischer (Rolling Stones - 20 Feet From Stardom), Jo Lawry (Sting, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel), Alan Hampton (Robert Glasper, Andrew Bird), and the Toronto Mass Choir.

Expanding on her unique ability to meld traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record" (Spinner Magazine), Laila's recently released self-titled album consists of original songs alongside covers of David Bowie, Coldplay and more. She is also the host of Saturday Night Jazz, a national radio show launched by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in September of 2017.

Joining Laila will be Kodi Hutchinson on bass, Jon May
on drums and Andre Wickenheiser on trumpet. We welcome Laila back to JazzFest, excited to be a part of this rising star's emerging career.