January 12th, 2020 8:30pm Stage 3
Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega and Sting. She has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents, from Carnegie Hall in New York City to the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Her accolades include a 2019 JUNO Award (Canada's GRAMMY) for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”, top prize at the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition (Jazz), “SOCAN Composer of the Year” and “Keyboardist of the Year” at Canada’s National Jazz Awards, a JUNO nomination for Tracing Light, and a spot on DownBeat Magazine’s “Best Albums of the Year” list for Live in Concert. In 2015, Laila released her first album of entirely original music, House of Many Rooms – an indie-pop project featuring a star- studded lineup including the vocalist Lisa Fischer, who is featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom.
In September of 2017, Laila was brought on as the host for CBC Music’s national radio show, Saturday Night Jazz. And while Laila continues to earn high honours in the Jazz world, her unique genre-bending sound is what sets her apart as she "masterfully mixes jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy.” (Washington Post) She will release her next album in March 2020.