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Tara Kannangara

Tara Kannangara
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  • Faculty, Oscar Peterson School of Music
  • Jazz Artist





Categorizing her diverse sound is a difficult proposition. Juno-nominated artist Tara Kannangara's preferred tag is "Groove-Based Indie Jazz". As a bandleader, Kannangara is quickly making a splash on the Toronto jazz scene and continues to perform across North America, with notable performances at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and New York City's Jazz Gallery.

Tara's group has been awarded the 2016 Julian Award for excellence in emerging Canadian jazz artists, the Sting Ray Rising Star Award as a part of the TD Montreal Jazz Festival, and her debut album "Some Version of the Truth" was nominated for a 2016 Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. Tara has performed with leading international jazz artists, including Esperanza Spalding, Theo Bleckmann, Tim Hagans, Ran Blake, Donny McCaslin, Bry Webb, Kirk MacDonald, Andrew Downing, and Elizabeth Shepherd.