Amanda Tosoff is a B.C-raised Toronto-based pianist and composer with five albums to her credit. She has performed with such internationally recognized artists as Emilie-Claire Barlow, Ingrid Jensen and Christine Jensen, Phil Dwyer, and many more. Amanda has also opened for jazz luminaries Bobby Hutcherson, Renee Rosnes, Oliver Jones, and renowned Brazilian singer Luciana Souza; and she has received such awards as the Montréal Jazz Festival Grand Prix de Jazz, and the 2016 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Jazz Artist Award.
On her most recent release Words, Amanda takes an adventurous leap beyond the confines of conventional jazz. She has taken poems and lyrics that possess a personal resonance for her and framed them in original compositions that utilize vocals for the first time (sung by highly-regarded singer Felicity Williams of such bands as Hobson’s Choice, Broken Social Scene, and Bahamas). The result is a collection of songs that are jazz at their core, but also contain elements from art-song and folk.
Since releasing Words, Amanda has garnered much critical acclaim, including a 2017 Juno Nomination for best Vocal Jazz Album – and a mention on the 2016 Polaris Prize “Longer List,” alongside such notable Canadian artists as Emilie-Claire Barlow, Neil Young, Basia Bulat, and others. In 2020, Amanda will release a follow up to Words, entitled Earth Voices, which will feature special guest vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow, Laila Biali, Michelle Willis, Lydia Persaud, Robin Dann, Alex Samaras, as well as guest instrumentalists Kelly Jefferson, Allison Au, and Alex Goodman, and more.
In addition to maintaining a busy playing schedule in and outside of Toronto, Amanda is also an in-demand educator. She teaches piano, music theory, and