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Born in Eastern Europe, brought up in the wilderness of the Great White North, and later thrust into the urban jungle of New York City, it is no surprise that Petr Cancura’s musical pallet is as deep as it is wide. A saxophonist with a vast knowledge of Jazz, Balkan, African and American folk traditions, Petr performs on the tenor sax as well as the medium format black & white camera… all of which influences each other into a roots song & improvising music machine with a visual sensibility.

Another Way Home is the follow up to Cancura’s album Down Home (Juno Award nomination for Best Instrumental Album, 2015). The seven-track release is out on vinyl (Record Centre Records) and CD (Roots2Boot Records) on November 30, 2019. The album features a heavyweight cast of Kenny Wollesen on drums (Tom Waits, John Zorn, Bill Frisell), Tony Scherr on guitar (Norah Jones, Snarky Puppy, Bill Frisell), and Rob Jost on bass (Kevin Hays, Sesame Street).

“This music was recorded so that you remember that everything is alright, even if you feel like you don’t fit in,” writes Cancura in the album liner notes. “This music is about that feeling when you drive down a country road in the middle of the summer with the windows open. It’s about the fun of rocking out and singing a song… capturing that moment of hope, when you believe that anything is actually possible.”

“It’s about doing whatever it takes to slow down this crazy world! The album is about setting out on adventures, so you can find another way home and do it all over again. The album is about songs and their stories. The saxophone on this album is the voice, and when you listen to it, you get to hear your own words and tell your own story.”

Cancura has recently been the Artist-in-Residence at Carleton University, Musical Director of the National Arts Centre’s Crossroads Series, and currently programs the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. He has performed with the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, the Juno Award-winning band Mighty Popo, Polaris Music Prize and Juno Awards nominee Kathleen Edwards, Grammy-nominated Danilo Perez, Grammy-nominated Julian Lage, Bob Moses, and Charlie Hunter amongst others.


Petr Cancura — Saxophone, Composer
Kenny Wollesen — Drums
Tony Scherr — Guitar
Rob Jost — Bass


Press – gregg@popdrone.ca
Booking – petr@petrcancura.com
Label – roots2boot.com
Website – petrcancura.com
Facebook – @petrcancura
Twitter — @peoplemusic