Documentary film producers Catbird Productions launched Burgundy Jazz in 2013: an interactive documentary produced in collaboration with Radio-Canada about the rich jazz history of the Little Burgundy Community, which produced the likes of Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones. I developed a marketing plan for the doc which succeeded in securing two phases of funding from the Canada Media Fund – $360,000 for production and $205,942 for Marketing and Distribution. We deployed a year-long campaign leading up to the launch to engage local and international jazz communities –  working on marketing strategy, partnership development and community engagement both through social media and grassroots initiatives.

I am currently managing relationships and activities with our many partners and sponsors, including, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier, Radio Canada, the Arondissement du Sud-Ouest, Véhicule Press, and the Mois de l’histoire des noirs. Our plans for 2014-2015 include a national summer tour, as well as additional community workshops and educational through new sponsorship development.

Awards and Festivals to date:

  • February 2014: Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, Biarritz, France
  • January 2014: Nomination for a 2014 Canadian Screen Award – Original series, non-fiction
  • December 2013: Boomerang award – Best “Art & Culture” Website category
  • December 2013: Digi Award – Best Web Series Non-Fiction
  • November 2013: Interaction Awards Shortlist – “Engaging” media category
  • October 2013: Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montreal – FNC Lab
  • July 2013: Festival International de Jazz de Montréal