Sunday, December 21, 2014
Text Size

December 20, 2014     Dear reader: Have you participated in our 2014 community funding campaign? needs the support of our readers so we can continue operating in 2015.  Thanks to the 2014 campaign donors who have already helped we are more than halfway to our target!  Please add your name to our our public list of supporters today. Or you can make an anonymous donation. It only takes 30 seconds to register your pledge for one year of support - we're not asking for any payment information right now. Find out more about our past accomplishments and how we support the community

Be sure to check out your donor benefits - and  help us light up our  "Community supported" banner again. Thank you for supporting The Scene!


Daniel Ko receives the 2011 Yamaha Kando award at MusicFest Canada

Daniel Ko at Hugh O'Connor's CD release at NAC 4th Stage, May 2010. ©Brett Delmage, 2010UPDATE May 25: Daniel told tonight that he had just learned he has been awarded the Slaight Family Scholarship, which will pay for tuition and living expenses at Berklee .

Congratulations to local saxophonist Daniel Ko, who won the Yamaha Kando award on May 20 at the 2011 MusicFest national competition in Richmond, BC.

MusicFest Canada says the Yamaha Kando award is the "premier award" given at the competition. The winner receives $4000 in musical instruments: Ko said he hadn't decided what to spend that on yet, but would probably buy a new soprano saxophone. He also received a $3500 scholarship to study music at Humber College in Toronto, which has a well-regarded jazz performance program

Ko, who will graduate from Nepean High School this year, released his first CD in 2010, a collaboration with guitarist Steve Groves called Modern History.

The scholarship was "a really huge surprise", Ko told He had not expected to win it.

Ko said he had been accepted both by Humber and by the Berklee College of Music jazz programme in Boston, and has not yet decided which school he will attend. He has applied for the Slaight Family Scholarship at Berklee, and will learn in June whether he has won that. It's a good choice either way: "both schools are amazing," he said.

Ko said two other young Ottawa jazz musicians won scholarships to Humber as well: drummer Cameron Duffin ($1000), and saxophonist Samuel Cousineau ($500).