JPEC’s AccomplishmentsJPEC celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018 by renewing its dedication to the preservation, performance and education of Canadian jazz. Raymond Koskie, President of JPEC, says: “JPEC has always cherished Canadian jazz talent. Until now, we have concentrated primarily on performance and education. Now, after 10 years we will be looking harder at how we can harvest a legacy of Canadian jazz."
He adds... “While JPEC has presented jazz from all over the world in order to introduce audiences to new and diverse music, Canadian talent is closest to our hearts.”
Officially incorporated in 2008 as a non-profit charitable organization, JPEC was born when jazz aficionados Raymond and Rochelle Koskie assembled a committee of fellow enthusiasts, who, over the course of 10 years has committed itself to jazz by:
- Petitioning for a full-time, non-profit performing Music/Arts Hub in Toronto, including a detailed plan as to how this could benefit Toronto.
- Coordinating the support of a group of non-profit arts organizations towards this goal.
- Solidifying an education outreach program that sends musicians to conduct workshops in schools with little or no music program.
- Presenting over 50 concerts in the past decade to a strong jazz fan base.
"It's important to us that we preserve Canada’s outstanding jazz heritage and tradition.
Our 10th anniversary will open new ways to do this," says Koskie.