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JASON VALLEAU

Bio

Northern Alberta born Jason Valleau was raised in a musical family that lovingly supported his musical path at an early age. Starting on the ukulele Jason’s first introduction to music was playing and singing along to the music of Nat King Cole, The Mills Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Throughout his life he would add piano, clarinet, guitar and the upright bass to his arsenal of musical tools and would eventually study jazz and secondary education at the University of Calgary. He would then tour the globe playing music professionally before returning to Carstairs/Calgary where he started a festival and music bistro with his family. This lead to a career shift toward arts management at the National Music Centre and JazzYYC in Calgary with an eventual return to the University of Calgary where he is about to complete a bachelor’s degree in Education.

 
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CURRENT PROJECTS

Future Goals

EDUCATION

Current:

Enrolled at UCalgary (Education Degree)

YouTube Channel

Clinician at Band Camps - clarinet, basses, guest conducting

Teacher at FAMI - basses


Education Goals:

Teach in public school system as music teacher

Develop and deliver music workshops

Train and encourage youth in music

Explore therapeutic effect of music

Background:

B.Mus with a major in Secondary Education

Currently at UCalgary finishing a B.Ed degree (2022)

Extensive teaching and development experience

Family musical lineage

CREATION

Current:

Alberta Sound

Chart Making

YouTube Channel

Fill In Host on CKUA

Grand Stand Show

NMC Exhibit

The Polyjesters

Various studio recording projects


Creative Goals:

Produce shows, large and small

Collaborations

Study of instruments, technology and culture of music

Create, record and share content

PERFORMANCE

Current:

The Polyjesters

Blake Reid Band

John Wort Hannam

Freelance side musician

Performance Goals:

Larger venues, concerts and festivals

Collaborations

OPERATIONS

Current:

Operations for The Polyjesters

Consultant

Operations Goals:

Developing backend arts infrastructure

Arts systems management and integration

Background:

Two years as Programs Manager at National Music Centre

Two years as Operations Manager for JazzYYC

Created and managed a small music festival in Carstairs AB

(Mountain View Music Fest)

Created and managed a small bistro and live music venue

(The Cafe Radio)