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Kerilie McDowall

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

About Me

US award-winning Nanaimo former radio host/producer and global Rhythm’a’ning jazz podcast host Kerilie McDowall is an online guitar instructor and has been a music critic contributor for the globe's prestigious top American jazz magazine DownBeat (2016-20). 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. McDowall has 17 years of guitar instruction experience and 34 years of music industry expertise. McDowall sits on the Polaris Music Prize jury, judged the JUNO Awards recently and in 2016-18, and judged the DownBeat Critics Poll for several years.

McDowall is working with guitar students and teaches online guitar instruction in Canada from Canadian Online Guitar Lessons to students of all ages and abilities, adults, teens/children. Pop/rock/jazz/classical/blues/folk/country, music theory, Guitar TAB, songwriting, sight-reading, ear-training, chart-reading, improvising solos. Beginners are welcome and McDowall teaches students their most loved songs. McDowall also host workshops.

In 2016 McDowall won the Black Women & The Arts Awards Stiletto Woman of Distinction Award and was Nanaimo Magazine’s Celebrity of the Month. She volunteers with television hosting on Shaw Spotlight and just completed five years of volunteer television directing training in March 2020, including working on a mini-documentary short film project as a director/producer training with Shaw Spotlight staff mentor Director Todd Jones as a director and film editor. The end result was McDowall's first short mini-jazz documentary “In the Zone: Rick Kilburn,” Vancouver Island Bassist and Producer, made possible by Shaw Spotlight with much grateful thanks to Todd Jones and the wonderful Shaw Spotlight volunteer and staff team! The mini-doc received an Honorable Mention at the Independent Shorts Awards, Hollywood that led to an invite and to 2021. The doc just placed as finalist in jellyFEST Film Festival, #Hollywood, #USA! The very latest is that the short film was selected by the Montreal Independent Film Festival! View the mini jazz documentary, “In the Zone: Rick Kilburn,” here:

To reach Kerilie email: keriliemcdowall(at)gmail(dot)com.

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