NEW CANADIAN MUSIC (‘These Miles’ Review)

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Acclaimed young Canadian baritone Jonathan Estabrooks sure knows how to make a splash with a debut record. He raised $30k through Kickstarter to fund the recording of These Miles, and this enabled him to hire Grammy-winning producer Dave Reitzas (Streisand, Josh Groban) and the Macedonia Radio Orchestra. The result is a suitably rich and lush sound that complements Estabrooks’ impeccable phrasing and delivery. The album blends classical and pop elements (a la Groban), and the singer reprises such pop classics as “Time After Time”, “She”, and “Always On My Mind”. Guests include Jonathan Antoine and Jennifer Thomas. The disc was launched with release shows in Toronto and Ottawa this week. He will be a featured soloist with the TSO at Roy Thomson Hall on May 20-21. A talent to go the distance. – Kerry Doole

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