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This Sunday from 8-9am, it’s another edition of Arts Toronto with your host Mark Wigmore on Jazz FM 91

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Most Canadians know Linden MacIntyre as the long time co-host of The Fifth Estate on the CBC where he was confirmed as one of this country’s most trusted journalists. But his writing career has rivaled his television achievements, including Why Men Lie, Punishment, and the Giller Prize winner The Bishop's Man. His latest is The Only Café, released through Random House Canada. The narrative follows a fractured Toronto family, living is the shadows of a mystery surrounding its patriarch, Pierre Cormier. Pierre was amidst family and career troubles when his boat blew up in Cape Breton, leaving mere crumbs of information as clues to his volatile life, that may or may not have ended that day. His son Cyril has mixed feelings about his father, but since he’s interning to become a reporter, he starts mapping what information he has from journals. There’s also a will that makes several unorthodox requests, including Pierre’s appeal that upon his death, he should be roasted by a strange cast of characters at Toronto Greektown watering hole, The Only Café. One of the names is a man called Ari, a local barfly who know one has ever heard of. When Cyril seeks out the stranger, the fog of his father’s concealed history starts to clear, with shocking results. What unravels is a political thriller that takes us from a bloody civil war in Lebanon to a corporate disaster in Indonesia, to cagey conversations in a little bar in Toronto’s East End. Mark Wigmore speaks to Linden McIntyre in the JAZZ.FM91 Studios.

And Tony Levin is best known as a member of Prog Rock pioneers King Crimson, and as the long time bass player in Peter Gabriel’s band. In 1976 he introduced an instrument known as The Chapman Stick to millions of music fans by initiating its use into these wildly popular acts. Since then he toured and recorded with countless groups including Pink Floyd, Yes, Herbie Mann and even his own jazz outfit: The Levin Brothers. In 2007, he formed Stick Men, a Chapman stick led power trio, and the band performs in Toronto and Buffalo on August 27th and 29th. Mark Wigmore speaks to Tony Levin from a tour stop in New York State. 

All that, Garvia Bailey's "Giant Steps" examines the unrelenting Jazzmeia Horn, and beautiful jazz for a summer Sunday morning.

Catch the show from 8-9am on Sunday or online at

Looking ahead to the August 27th episode of Arts Toronto

A conversation with the Canadian Screenwriters Guild on the current funding issues for Canadian produced television.

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