Paul Tobey

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Born September 7, 1962 in Owen Sound, Ontario, Tobey as a youngster sang in the choir and played piano in the church where his father was minister. From ages eight to 18, Tobey pursued classical music studies. On a community college field trip to a jazz club, Tobey was awed and inspired by Oscar Peterson's ability to improvise and made a complete turnaround to study jazz at Mohawk College in Hamilton (diploma, 1981) and at Montreal's Concordia University (B.F.A., 1984). Brief studies with Kenny Barron in NYC had a lasting effect on Tobey as he shaped his path during 13 years in Montreal.
Tobey moved in 1995 to Toronto, released two self-produced albums, Orpheus (1994), and A Little Rain Must Fall (1997). His 1998 Wayward album received limited distribution in Canada and is scheduled for future Arkadia release. Tobey's made TV, radio, club and festival appearances and received ongoing support from Canadian institutions for his various projects and tours.
The first Canadian to be signed to Arkadia, Tobey currently has no plans to relocate to New York City. He's received ongoing support from Canadian institutions such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and FACTOR (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record), which sponsored the Paul Tobey Orchestra appearance at the 1998 JazzTimes convention. He's also obtained funding from the Ontario Arts Council for crafting new compositions and for a solo piano recording. Ongoing sponsorship from the Canada Council supports Tobey's Canadian tours. Such assistance rarely comes unless you're at the top of your game in Canada.
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