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SHPIK wins the 2018 TD Grand Jazz Award

Montreal, Tuesday, July 3, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto is pleased to present the 37th TD Grand Jazz Award to SHPIK, which was deemed best of five other jazz ensembles who took part in the pan-Canadian competition.

SHPIK will receive the 2018 TD Grand Jazz Award by Laurent Saulnier, Vice-President Programming, and Samia Medelci, TD Canada Trust Branch Manager, on stage at 8 p.m. at their concert at the Monument-National.



Composed of pianist and composer Arnaud Spick-Saucier, bassist Étienne Dextraze, drummer Philippe Lussier-Baillargeon and saxophonist/flutist Alex Dodier, SHPIK offers an impressionist and audacious music, inspired by the sources of jazz and film music. Evoking large spaces and reflection, from immensity to the infinitely small, their first album dares and proposes a confusing journey full of theatricality. With their inspiring breakout and their effects pedals, SHPIK brings an aerial touch to music. Their first opus Fabulation, was released in November 2016.

2018 TD Grand Jazz Award

The TD Grand Jazz Award entails:

• The 2018 TD Grand Jazz Award and a $5,000 grant from TD;

• An invitation to the 2019 edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal;

• An invitation to participate to the Festi Jazz International de Rimouski, 2019 edition.

For the 2018 edition, the jury was composed of an internal jury.

The other artists participating this year were: Gentiane MG Trio, Charles Trudel, Jonathan Turgeon Trio avec Alex Dodier and Razalaz.

Take note that last year’s recipient, The Allison Au Quartet, will give a free outdoor concert on July 5 as part of Gammes TD series on the TD Stage of the Place des Festivals.