Bonjay, Queer Songbook Orchestra
Toronto musician and independent intellectual Alanna Stuart is one-half of Bonjay, a raw and emotive dancehall-bred, old soul-orchestrated duo. Bonjay’s Polaris Prize-nominated Lush Life LP has established them with praise from Pitchfork, The New York Times and NPR’s World Café.
Stuart is also a proud member of the Queer Songbook Orchestra, a chamber pop ensemble performing orchestral interpretations of pop classics and jazz standards rooted in queer history.
Outside of the studio, Stuart is a Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab Fellow, Music Gallery board member, and an independent researcher exploring the relationship between diversity and innovation in music scenes around the world.