“Under the Radar.” A new book by David Eisenstadt about 30 notable Canadian Jewish musicians

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TORONTO  Nov. 16, 2021 – UNDER THE RADAR by David Eisenstadt.

This is a history book about 30 notable Canadian Jewish musicians. Under The Radar describes a collection of talented artists. You’ll read about musicians Eisenstadt chose because they fascinated him or were nominated by family and friends.

His entertaining approach is based on these criteria – Canadian, Jewish, and covers most genres and genders; some alive or long passed. He has written from an historic, not music critique perspective and many will likely evoke….’I didn’t know that.’ or, ‘Why did you not write about…?’  There are many other worthy musicians he will write about. One day, they may be featured in another of his books.

Under the Radar is scheduled to be available on all Amazon international sites, in paperback and eBook formats, from November 29, 2021.

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Notable Canadian Jewish Musicians: Nikki Yanofsky. Jazz and Pop Singer, Songwriter.


 Nikki Yanofsky

Music Online

Welcome to our weekly Sunday music section called

“Notable Canadian Jewish Musicians.”

By David Eisenstadt

November 7, 2021: Nikki Yanofsky’s fourth studio album, Turn Down The Sound, released in 2020, has a lead single song titled Forget.

With the challenges of the pandemic still apparent, so many artist performances and tours have been shelved with the promise of new dates coming.  So, it isn’t a stretch to say that she (and many other talented musicians) have fallen under the radar.  But Yanofsky is hard to forget.

 Born, February 8, 1994 to Elyssa (née Rosenthal) and Richard Yanofsky, Nicole (Nikki) Rachel and her two brothers were raised in a “close knit (Jewish) family” in Montréal, QC.

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Nikki Yanofsky – Forget

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At 12, she became the youngest artist to headline her own show at the Montréal Jazz Festival in 2006. According to her biographer Matthew Chisling, Yanofsky “performed for crowds of over 100,000 people.”  Over the years she’s performed at many Canadian festivals including Luminato and the Downtown Jazz Festival in Toronto, Jazz and Blues festivals in Ottawa, and in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Québec City and Fredericton, NB.  Internationally she’s appeared at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Ginza International Jazz Festival in Japan.  She has also sung with several Canadian orchestras.

Her recording debut came when she sang Airmail Special on the album We Love Ella in 2007.  She scored huge hits in En of Gotta Go My Own Way for the High School Musical 2 soundtrack.  She also appeared on YTV’s The Next Star.

 Her first full-length live album Ella…Of Thee I Sing, was released in September 2008. It earned two 2009 Juno Award nominations – “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year” and “New Artist of the Year.”  She was also named “Favourite Jazz Artist” at the 2009 Canadian Independent Music Awards.

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Nikki Yanofsky – Ella… Of Thee I Swing Trailer


The Canadian spotlight shone even brighter for Yanofsky when she sang I Believe, CTV’s broadcast theme, at the 2010 Winter Olympics. She became the first Canadian artist to have a number one hit on the Canadian Hot 100, which then was certified for digital downloads in April 2010 by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). 

 Her first studio album, Nikki, with Phil Ramone, was released in 2010 by Decca Records. It earned another June nomination for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year” and the WAVE Smooth Jazz Award for “Female Vocalist of the Year.” Her single on that album, I Believe, reached number one on the Canada Top 40 charts.  She also recorded a version of the Webkinz World song, I Dream in Pink. In October 2010, she was named the first Allan Slaight Award winner by Canada’s Walk of Fame.

 Yanofsky explored the Disney songbook in 2011 when she recorded It’s A Small World on Everybody Wants to Be a Cat: Disney Jazz, Volume 1, which also featured Dave Brubeck, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Alfredo Rodriguez, and Esperanza Spalding.  That year, with pianist Herbie Hancock, she sang at the MusicCares Person of the Year Awards, honouring Barbara Streisand.

 Another hallmark came in 2013, when she and Stevie Wonder performed a duet at a joint 80th birthday party for Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine.

 Jones, Yanofsky’s favourite artist and mentor, produced her second studio album, Little Secret. It won the 2015 Juno Award for “Pop Album of the Year.”

 A collaboration with Wyclef Jean in 2016 resulted in the album titled Solid Gold EP. In 2018 she released a music video working with Herbie Hancock, Will.i.am, Elton John and Quincy Jones.  That same year, Yanofsky launched the live album Nikki Live in Montréal.

 Back to Turn Down The Sound.  It is vintage Yanofsky.

Music notes

Photo/video credits: Nikki Yanofsky/YouTube; A440Entertainment/YouTube; Vevosongs.com

A complete list of David Eisenstadt’s articles can be viewed under Music Online in the Category section.

Do you have comments or questions about this article? Contact David Eisenstadt at cjnonline@protonmail.com

David Eisenstadt

David Eisenstadt is Founding Partner of tcgpr.com the Canadian Partner of IPREX Global Communication and a graduate of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and the University of Calgary.

Reader’s Reviews

-Thank you, David,  for this wonderful tribute to this adorable, hugely talented young Canadian Jewish Singer, Nikki Yanofsky! I have seen her in various concerts, but your article just delighted me and made me want to hear more!  I appreciate that you make your articles on cjnonline.com so easily accessible (even for the technically-challenged people like me!) – ES, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

-Her, I love! I followed her since she was 12 – shall we call her the Judy Garland of jazz? – GB, Montréal, Canada

-It is amazing to hear how muture a voice this 27-year old Canadian Jewish vocalist has. She is able to place her own spin on the world pf contemporary jazz. – A&MB, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

-I really enjoyed this article. I remember her as having a terrific voice but hadn’t heard about her for a while. I’ll keep a watch out for her, since reading your article.  Keep up great writing. – BS, Toronto, Canada

-As with all your articles, it is very interesting to see the path Canadian Jews follow on their musical journey. I often wonder when I read your articles how people’s Judaism might influence their music, so perhaps uncovering that part might be a source of material. Keep up the great work and I look forward to your next masterpiece. – JA, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Thank you for this interesting article! I’m a fan! – SS, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

-I was fortunate to have attended a concert at the Isabel Bader theatre about 13 or 14 years ago where the incredible Niki Yanofsky had one of her first solo concerts. She was a teenager with a ton of talent and an incredible voice. Her whole family was there to cheer her on. It was nice to see that she has had a successful career in music. I don’t comment on all of you musicians but happy to say that there have been quite a few familiar names. I really enjoy and look forward to your articles. – JO, Toronto, Canada

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