Tony Wilson & A Day’s Life Band

TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival

Thursday February 9 @ 7pm, La Nouvelle Scène Studio A - $26.50

Tony Wilson


Tickets are available for purchase online and at the Festival box office at #602 - 294 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON.




Tony Wilson, leader, guitar
JP Carter, trumpet
Jesse Zubot, violin
Peggy Lee, cello
Russell Sholberg, double bass
Skye Brooks, drums

A Day’s Life is the first recording of Tony Wilson’s music inspired by the plight and lives of the homeless and drug addicted in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. According to Coastal Jazz & Blues Wilson, “unquestionably one of the most original guitar stylists on the Canadian scene”, leads a collection of some of the finest musicians and improvisers in Canada. For this project he brought together especially: JP Carter on trumpet, Jesse Zubot on violin, Peggy Lee on cello, Russell Sholberg on bass and Skye Brooks on drums.

Wilson wrote the music while working on his 2012 novella, A Day’s Life, a raw fictional account of a day in the life of a crack-addicted musician who lives and busks on the streets of the Downtown Eastside. While not autobiographical, the novella and the music have been influenced largely by the guitarist’s experience living on the streets of the Downtown Eastside during a few particularly difficult months of his life in the mid 90s. Some pieces like The Laundry Room are based on memories from Wilson’s childhood.

A Day’s Life Band has been presented in Vancouver at Ironworks, the Carnegie Centre and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, at the Yardbird Suite in Edmonton, the Guelph Jazz Festival, Festival International de Musique Actuelle in Victoriaville and the TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival.