2012 Honour in the Arts Award Recipient
Say the word ‘jazz’ in Kelowna and who pops to mind first? Anna Jacyszyn. For the past five years, Anna has been working tirelessly to raise the profile of jazz in Kelowna and it’s working. Her highly successful monthly Jazz Cafes have become ‘the’ place to be each month, usually selling out as she brings in a wide variety of well known and rising Canadian jazz stars to the stage.
With a heart as big as her onstage persona, Anna is forever being asked to sing at local charity events, fundraisers, retirement homes and more. In the past year, she’s been found singing at the Rotary Clubs, the SPCA’s Gala, Ducks Unlimited and many, many more.
Anna knows first hand what it’s like to be a struggling musician and as such, created a bursary fund for music students. Each month at her Jazz Café events, she holds a raffle with all the funds raised going towards two worthy students each year. She also knows how tough it is to get those first gigs and as such, will feature the bursary winners each year as well.
From the Hospice to the KGH Foundations, Swinging with the Stars, to Rotary and Project Literacy, Anna uses her talents in a most philanthropic way, sharing the joy of music and the gifts it can bring.