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Kerilie McDowall

“Well there may be 8 million guitarists in the world, but Kerilie McDowall is certainly one of the best. Guitar Player magazine calls her playing 'smooth and elegant,' to which I would add, intelligent and original.” —Paul Grant, Host, CBC Hot Air, Vancouver, BC. ( June 12, 1999) The Kerilie McDowall Sextet as recorded/produced by Neil Ritchie

"Kerilie McDowall fronts a first-rate jazz quintet...Labels listen up...a very talented musician." “…an appealing Blue Note ambience.” “Smooth, elegant playing...warm relaxing tones.” “…impressive are her composing skills.”
Guitar Player Magazine

"Kerilie is one of those rare people who really understands music and art while also understanding how to share it in a way that is efficient and beneficial to both the artist and the artform. With her contagious passion and energy, she reminded me of the importance and meaning of this fascinating career path and the importance and value of hard work. Kerilie is deeply passionate about art and people, she is generous, inspiring and supportive and is a great source of knowledge, which are all qualities that contribute to her being an outstanding teacher."
—2022, Gentiane Michaud-Gagnon (2024 JUNO nominee)

Kerilie McDowall has been an active Shaw Spotlight volunteer learning from 2015-2022 with Todd Jones, Jocelyn Matwe, Stas Bobkov, John McKenzie, Kelly Adam, and Annette Lucas. Thanks to her work with the innovative Shaw Spotlight team and volunteer cameraman, Doug Tombe, McDowall became a 13x award-winning jazz short documentary TV Director of In the Zone: Rick Kilburn (2020). McDowall’s short movie reached 13 million ++ hits on the movie site IMDB Pro by November 2023.

A guitarist-jazz bandleader and instructor in Vancouver for over a decade, Kerilie came to Vancouver Island in 2000. Her passions are for music composing, organic gardening, and writing. For 35 years, McDowall has been tremendously inspired working with gifted guitar students and creatives, and in recent years has been coaching award-winning JUNO/Polaris musicians and new film directors.

Kerilie McDowall's 13x award-winning documentary short In the Zone: Rick Kilburn documents the life of Canadian jazz bassist and producer Rick Kilburn. A former New York City resident, Rick has formerly shortlisted for a Grammy, and has received numerous awards for his extensive work with musicians as a jazz record producer. As a bassist, he has worked with the elite of the jazz world including Dave Brubeck, Dan Brubeck, Chet Baker, Diana Krall, Paul Desmond, Lionel Hampton, Joe Lovano, Mose Allison, and countless others. Kilburn as a bassist-composer, spent over a decade in NYC learning the craft of production while recording/performing. He became a four-time JUNO-winning producer and West Coast Music Award, and East Coast Music Award winner. TV Director Kerilie McDowall released her film through Shaw Spotlight television volunteer hosting, directing/producing (2015-22) with Todd Jones and Nanaimo's TV team. 

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Innovative TV Director-guitarist Kerilie McDowall Celebrated At Win Awards

Innovative TV Director-guitarist Kerilie McDowall Celebrated At Win Awards

Source: All About Jazz

Humbled and honored, TV film Director of In the Zone: Rick Kilburn, jazz guitarist Kerilie McDowall was surprised and thrilled to win the Women of Influence WIN Creative Innovator Award, an award sponsored by Canada’s Inland Truck & Equipment. McDowall attended the evening with 100 fellow nominees in 11 categories in her city of Nanaimo, British Columbia in February 2024. The Women of Influence WIN objectives were extremely special to McDowall. Proceeds went to the Footprints Infertility & Pregnancy Loss ...

“Kerilie McDowall emerged in the 1990s as the leading female voice in jazz guitar in Canada. Lyrically original in both the melodic sense and harmonic concept. And she SWINGS!" — Al Johnston, Bassist/composer

"Kerilie is a rare combination of ardent supporter, facilitator, and artist. Whether it’s journalism, broadcasting, filmmaking, educating, or her own music making, Kerilie’s contribution to the creative music ecosystem is immense!" —JUNO Award winner Stephen Lyons, Fond of Tigers

“Divine improvisation,” —Slish Dryden, Terminal City

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