M. Mus., University of Toronto
Doctoral Candidate, University of Toronto
Modern jazz vocalist, Meghan Gilhespy, is an innovative voice from the diverse Vancouver jazz scene.
Based in Toronto, Meghan is a writer for WholeNote magazine, a Massey College Fellow, vocalist and composer. As the first woman in Canada to pursue a DMA in Jazz, her work examines the cultural politics of experimental jazz vocalization. Along with Professor Jim Lewis, Meghan created an outreach program at the University of Toronto to empower girls and gender-non-binary students to apply to the jazz program.
In addition to a long history of conventional jazz performance, including her own published album Vive Le Tour, Meghan has recently been doing studio work for Netflix, which has expanded her skills as an experimental vocal improviser. Similarly, her work for the National Film Board of Canada, recording with Indigenous vocalist Tanya Tagaq, and performing as part of Yoko Ono’s Riverbed at the Gardner Museum have provided her with first hand experience of the hierarchical discourses entangled with experimental vocalization. Her performance and pedagogical work will continue to push boundaries and raise marginalized voices, contributing to an inclusive and equitable Canadian artistic sphere.
Recordings: The 2016 album 'Vive Le Tour' is available on all streaming platforms.