Open air concerts are the epitome of summer and what better way to soak it all in than with the Wagner Petrilli Sextet on the Town Square Stage on Saturday, June 21 at 2:00pm as part of a series of FREE concerts at Shops at Don Mills during the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. For additional information, please visit www.shopsatdonmills.ca or www.torontojazz.com or call 416-447-6087 ext. 244.
Wagner Petrilli discovered his passion for the violao (Brazilian guitar) at an early age in the streets of Brazil. He grew up apprenticing under various artists in the music scenes of Sao Paulo and the coastal city of Santos and studied violao, harmony and history at the Conservatorio Municipal de Santos. After that Wagner honed his skills under the tutelage of renowned artists Filo Machado and Helio Delmiro. In 1998 Wagner moved to Toronto and immersed himself in the city’s Brazilian music scene, performing in numerous music venues and celebrations throughout Toronto. In 2003 Wagner began teaching Brazilian guitar (violao) at The Royal Conservatory of Music in the World Music faculty and received his Artist-Educator certificate from the Conservatory’s Learning Through the Arts program. Wagner received a Canada Council for the Arts grant for professional musicians to study guitar and violao with Celso Machado in Gibsons, British Columbia and his band Sambacana received a grant to record a full- length CD which was entitled Nos. In 2011, he received another grant to compose and arrange 10 songs for a full-length CD of his own compositions and another in 2012 to record his latest CD scheduled to be released in the summer of 2014.
Relax in comfortable Muskoka lounges in the Town Square while enjoying the smooth sounds of jazz. Not only is there an amazing line-up of talented musicians performing for FREE each day, but the TD Jazz Festival will also be invading the entire mall with tons of fun activities and store sales, food sampling, free swag and contests, exclusive discounts with our interactive Jazz Festival app and don't forget to let the jazz musician in you out to play a tune on the hidden piano!