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Kerilie McDowall

Polaris Music Prize juror, Former Jazz Podcast Host & DownBeat contributor, TV Director, Short Filmmaker.

About Me

Hollywood multi-award-winning short film director Kerilie McDowall is a former radio host and global Rhythm’a’ning jazz podcast producer. She is a writer and has been a music critic/writer contributor for the American jazz magazine DownBeat (2016-2020). As a former volunteer live radio host, producer/on-air engineer, she listened to thousands of creative, jazz and improvised Canadian, US and global recordings during her 18 years in the radio industry. As a #1 globally ranked jazz podcast radio host on Player FM, McDowall interviewed Canada’s elite jazz and creative music artists including JUNO winners and Order of Canada recipients.

A professional jazz guitarist, instructor and music composer in the 90’s in Vancouver, McDowall is a York University Bachelor of Fine Arts music graduate. Her area of study was New Music Composition and Classical and Jazz Guitar Performance. A current guitar instructor, McDowall has 17 years of guitar instruction experience and 34 years of music industry expertise and currently instructs recording industry workshops and guitar lessons privately at her business Oceanview Guitar Studio's Canadian Online Guitar Lessons.

McDowall sits on the Polaris Music Prize jury, judged the JUNO Awards from 2016-18 and has judged the annual DownBeat Critics Poll for several years. McDowall hosts workshops with new and established recording artists and arts organizations. Client organizations have included Nanaimo Opera and Bard to Broadway Theatre.

With her Nanaimo business in past years McDowall conducted PR, media liaison, publicity and writing work for jazz musicians Dan Brubeck, Mike Allen, Marianne Trudel with Ingrid Jensen and others. McDowall has produced Nanaimo jazz and art music concerts with Dan Brubeck, France’s award-winning pianist Benoit Delbecq, the island’s Roger Baird and Vancouver jazz saxophonist Mike Allen.

In 2016 McDowall won the Atlanta, Georgia Black Women & The Arts Awards Stiletto Woman of Distinction Award and was Nanaimo Magazine’s Celebrity of the Month in 2016 and 2021.

Kerilie volunteer hosts and directs television shows at SHAW Spotlight. A past host of Community Producers, currently McDowall co-hosts with others as a volunteer on SHAW Spotlight Nanaimo, Canada’s The Show. As a volunteer television director, McDowall directed SHAW TV’s Coast Connections weekly then bi-weekly from October 2015 to March 2020 pre-COVID, as well as other SHAW Spotlight television productions occasionally like Change the World and Wise Folks. Kerilie just released her first short mini-documentary film during COVID-19 on March 17, 2020 as a SHAW volunteer with the assistance of Todd Jones, Jocelyn Matwe and the SHAW Spotlight team. The film is titled, In the Zone: Rick Kilburn, Vancouver Island Bassist and Producer, or “In the Zone: Rick Kilburn,” for short.

In June 2021 at Hollywood's IndieX Film Fest the short documentary won Best Web and New Media and additionally picked up another June win at Hollywood's Indie Short Fest, winning an Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Web and New Media. In March 2020 it won an Honorable Mention for Best Web and New Media at the Independent Shorts Awards in Hollywood. The mini jazz documentary has been recently been selected by the Seoul International Short Film Festival and was made a finalist and selected by the Beyond the Curve International Film Festival, Roma Short Film festival and The Tokyo International Short Film Festival. Canada's Montreal Independent Film Festival and Toronto International Women's Film Festival have selected the film. Our team is excited and honored that in January 2021 our short film has placed as a Finalist for Season 6 - Documentary Short at the invite-only Hollywood jellyFEST Film Festival.

If you would like to contact Kerilie McDowall or the team, drop us an email: keriliemcdowall(at)gmail(dot)com we love to hear from you.

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