“I hope to keep creating, performing and growing” — the Virginia MacDonald interview

Ottawa Citizen – by Peter Hum – Nov 14, 2021 Toronto-based clarinetist Virginia MacDonald recently returned from a trip to the Maritimes, where, among other things, she did this: That prestigious performance in Halifax was MacDonald’s 10th show this fall, and she has eight more gigs before the end of November, in Toronto, Montreal, Waterloo […]

Rising Canadian jazz artist with Cape Breton roots coming to ‘second home’ to perform

Virginia MacDonald is daughter of New Waterford-born saxophonist Kirk MacDonald SALTWIRE Atlantic Canada > Elizabeth Patterson · Multimedia Journalist SYDNEY, N.S. — When she was around seven years old, Virginia MacDonald remembers her parents presenting her with a choice of musical instruments. “I have this memory of being in my dad’s studio and he said we’re at the […]

2021 Finalist Emerging Jazz Artist Award

Virginia MacDonald, 2021 Finalist 2020 International Clarinetist Corona Competition first prize winner Virginia MacDonald has established herself as a respected and sought-after musician in the Canadian jazz scene. Known for her lyrical and soulful clarinet playing, Virginia has been described as a “powerful new voice in the Canadian scene” by Juno Award-winning bassist Mike Downes. […]

Winner at International Clarinetist Corona Competition

Virginia MacDonald (Canada), Ewan Bleach (UK), Joaquin Sosa (Cuba) winners at International Clarinetist Corona Competition The International Clarinetist Corona Competition is “a grassroots effort exclusively aimed towards working clarinetists across genres to provide hope and encouragement in face of the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The competition had three sections, classical, jazz and klezmer. The directors are all […]

Some musical instruments have their time

The Hindu – By Narendra Kusnur Father and daughter jazz musician duo, Virginia and Kirk MacDonald will end their India tour in the city this weekend Saxophonist Kirk MacDonald has been an active player on the Canadian jazz scene, having appeared on over 40 albums as leader or sideman. For the past four or five […]

Toronto Jazz Festival 2019 | Stingray Rising Stars winners

By: ArianeMon, 07/01/2019 The TD Toronto Jazz Festival wrapped up its 33rd edition on Sunday, June 30th, after presenting more than 175 free performances throughout the ten-day run. As part of the festivities, the Stingray Rising Stars prizes were awarded to emerging talent in the Festival lineup. The four finalists included vocalist Caity Gyorgy, Moneka […]

Kirk MacDonald and his daughter Virginia keep jazz all in the family

The father-and-daughter frontline make the trip from Toronto to Montreal and then Ottawa this weekend. PETER HUM Updated: November 24, 2018 You get two interviews for the price of one today, as Toronto tenor saxophone great Kirk MacDonald and clarinetist Virginia MacDonald, who happens to be Kirk’s 24-year-old daughter swing east to play Diese Onze […]

Kirk and Virginia MacDonald, a father-and-daughter jazz team, join forces on the bandstand

The Toronto-based musicians play Festival Japan in Ottawa on Sunday night. PETER HUM Updated: November 23, 2018 Unlike most girls, Virginia MacDonald attended plenty of jazz shows in “dark, hazy clubs” when she was younger. Her reaction to the music? “This is so cool!” says MacDonald, now 24. Of course, her appreciation of the music […]