Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra


Business Number: 892605213RR0001

Dr. Richard Gillis and Sasha Boychouk founded the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra (WJO) in 1997, inspired by a vision of forming a professional big band with the best emerging and veteran musicians in Winnipeg. Gillis and Boychouk were the right people at the right time, but the WJO also owes its roots to the collective efforts of many passionate stakeholders including the musicians, board members, volunteers and administrators who sensed a potential audience that was not being served. Commissioning new works and connecting with and inspiring students and young musicians is an integral part of the WJO vision. WJO’s popularity has grown steadily over the course of the band’s history, from small, informal events at the West End Cultural Centre to a six-concert season and sold-out performances at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Our Vision is to be a leading performer, promoter and developer of big band music in Canada. We expect that the fulfillment of this vision would include the WJO growing in its service to the community, and serving as a model and resource to other similar organizations elsewhere. The vision includes the building of a network of individuals and groups sharing our objectives and building our reputation through the regular recording of our work.

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