All photos courtesy of Tracey Nolan Studios
At just 27 years old, Céline Peterson has presented concerts and given inspiring speeches all over the globe (Canada, The United States, Denmark, Barbados, Switzerland, and South America), and manages some of the most exciting jazz artists on the scene today, including JUNO Award winner Robi Botos, 2018 Ellis Marsalis Piano Competition winner Ben Paterson, and Member to the Order of Canada, Dr. Dave Young. She is a producer of the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, which takes place every September in the heart of downtown Toronto and over the course of 3 days and presents over 400 local artists in 24 venues to 5000+ patrons. This artist-driven and volunteer-fueled festival is led by singer, songwriter, philanthropist, and Officer of the Order of Canada, Molly Johnson. Céline has also worked extensively with Coaltion Canada and their Youth4Music initiative as an Ambassador. Céline has always been a proud ally to the up-and-coming generations of musicians, and along with her work at the Coalition, has done workshops at various schools including Durham College, and The Chicago Academy for the Arts. "Working with Music Makes Us, and specifically as a youth ambassador for the Youth4Music program, Céline has consistently proven to be an articulate, passionate and inspiring leader who motivates others in person and through her writing." - Holly Nimmons • former Executive Director, Music Makes Us, the Coalition for Music Education in Canada.
Céline’s career began over a decade ago when she started working in Social Media Management, a field in which she is still active in today. Her efforts and successes have put her at the top of the list for many artists who want to expand their online presence. It started when she created a Facebook page for her late Father, legendary jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, which now serves as both a hub where his fans can gather and find endless content both personal and professional about one of the world’s most celebrated jazz artists, and as a platform where she chooses to showcase some of today’s up and coming artists in the jazz world. Says Céline: “My Dad always wanted to ensure that he paved the way for new talent in his industry. Being able to share the work of artists that are coming up in today’s generation through this great platform to a whole community of excited and very grateful jazz fans is something I believe he would be quite proud of.”
"Céline is an absolute delight to work with. I trust her implicitly to accurately represent me in Social Media. She has always impressed me.” - Dr. Oliver Jones OC.CQ - Doc of Music
Another venture that Céline is enjoying is her work with Christine Mori and Alexis Spieldenner at the Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts. Céline has been a part of multiple presentations at their multi-genre festival and in November 2018 curated their Voices of Freedom Concert, which commemorated Canada’s significant Black history and highlight the ongoing journey to freedom.” This special event featured performances from Molly Johnson, OC., Jackie Richardson, Robi Botos, Mike Downes, Larnell Lewis, Joseph Callender, and the Laura Secord Secondary School Concert Choir.
Céline’s history in event production also includes 2018’s From Toronto, With Love, an all-star evening featuring some of Canada’s best talent coming together to raise money for a fellow artist. The artists featured were: Robi Botos, Dave Young, C.M., Molly Johnson, O.C., Jane Bunnett, O.C., Jim Doxas, Kevin Turcotte, Kellylee Evans, Heather Bambrick, Genevieve Marentette, Amy McConnell, Rose Colella, Barbra Lica, Whitney Ross-Barris, Yvette Tollar, Christina Raphaelle, Haldane, Jim Clayton, Carl Bray, Reg Schwager, Joseph Callender, Ross MacIntyre, and Chris White. In February 2019, the 70th anniversary of Oscar Peterson’s US debut at Carnegie Hall will be commemorated at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Appel Room, with “Piano Master: The Oscar Peterson Story.” For this remarkable 2-night event, Céline called upon 2x GRAMMY Award-winning bassist, composer, arranger, and bandleader John Clayton to act as Musical Director. This special program will feature performances from Gerald Clayton, Bill Charlap, Ben Paterson, Robi Botos, Kenny Barron, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Paul Marinaro, Jeff Hamilton, and Ulf Wakenius.
Launching in 2019 is a celebration of Nat "King" Cole's centennial, featuring acclaimed Chicago-based vocalist, Paul Marinaro. While there are many wonderful tributes to Nat's music that have taken place, "Nat Cole: A King's Centennial" honours the complete legacy of a man who spent his entire career defying odds and paving the way for countless musicians since him to be able to sing their songs in a world where they are not defined by the colour of their skin, but by the way in which they choose to utilize their talents. The excellence that Nat "King" Cole demonstrated throughout his career lives within the hearts and souls of the musicians taking the stage for this show. "Nat Cole: A King's Centennial" featuring Paul Marinaro, Ben Paterson, Mike Downes, and Jim Doxas is touring now! Contact Céline Peterson for details and booking inquiries.