GAIA JAVA: Robert Wannell and Caelan Roberge-Toll on July 22


Robert Wannell (left) and Caelan Roberge-Toll
Robert Wannell (left) and Caelan Roberge-Toll

Ottawa High Schools have graduated some amazing young musicians recently. Robert Wannell has delighted us several times in the shop with his insightful and skilled jazz guitar stylings, both from when he was still a student under Jean-Francois Fauteux at Nepean High School, and more recently since he has been studying at Humber College in Toronto.

One of his Ottawa contemporaries was sax player Caelan Roberge-Toll who benefited from the guidance of the amazing music teachers at Canterbury High School and is now at University of Toronto. Both have a common history playing in the Nepean All-City Jazz Band which is a very competent proving ground for young musicians, and is led by one-time Stittsville resident Neil Yorke-Slader.

I always look forward to seeing these guys come back from college to play again in the shop, and we get to hear how their formative development is being enhanced by exposure to new influences in the big city! I really appreciate their willingness to come back and share that with us, so come along for some enjoyable and stimulating music in Stittsville’s little cultural oasis!

Robert Wannell and Caelan Roberge-Toll play on Friday, July 22 at 7:00pm at Gaia Java on Stittsville Main Street.

-Paul Jay


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