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North Vancouver singer Laila Biali to perform virtually at CJF Awards

Handsworth grad to sing during annual celebration of Canadian journalism
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North Vancouver-raised jazz singer Laila Biali will perform at the Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards later this year.
An award-winning singer and musician from North Vancouver will perform at the annual Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards later this year, it was announced Tuesday.

Singer-songwriter Laila Biali is set to belt out a few numbers at this year’s CJF Awards ceremony.

This year the event, which celebrates excellence in Canadian journalism by honouring significant contributions and recognizing emerging talent, will be hosted virtually on June 9 at 4 p.m. PST. Biali, a former Handsworth Secondary student, has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents.

In 2019, the jazz singer’s self-titled album was awarded “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year” at the Juno Awards.

“We are thrilled that Laila Biali will grace our CJF Awards with a special song presentation for our ‘In Memoriam’ – always an important and moving part of our annual awards,” stated CJF chair Kathy English, in a news release.

Biali will likely be singing cuts from her latest release, “Out of Dust,” which came out last year right when the first wave of the pandemic reached Canada, forcing her to host her album release party online.

“My hope is that these songs will still reach people. My hope is that when people engage with the material they too will experience something cathartic and uplifting,” Biali told the North Shore News last year.

Biali is also the host of CBC Music’s weekly national radio show “Saturday Night Jazz.”