Jowi Taylor is a multiple award winning writer, broadcaster, consultant and cultural entrepreneur. His groundbreaking series for CBC Radio, The Wire: The Impact of Electricity on Music, was the recipient of the prestigious Peabody Award, the Prix Italia, a New York Festivals medal and other international awards.
Other internationally celebrated content for CBC included The Nerve: Music and the Human Experience, Invisible Cities and the long-running weekly show Global-Village. Jowi left CBC in 2009.
Six String Nation, conceived in 1995, took eleven years to bring to life. Centered around a single acoustic guitar – nicknamed Voyageur and built from over sixty pieces of Canadian history representing different cultures, communities and characters from every part of the country – the project combines Jowi’s fascinations with music, media, community engagement, and the dynamics of Canadian history and multicultural identity.
His presentation about the project can be seen at schools, festivals, community and corporate events and his bestselling book for Canadian publisher Douglas & McIntyre, Six String Nation: 64 Pieces. 6 Strings. 1 Canada. 1 Guitar, is available from online sellers and bookstores across Canada as well as directly from Jowi at selected events.
He continues to work developing other media, community and collaborative projects locally, nationally and internationally.
This unique combination of skills lead to his being chosen as host of a new CBC radio show called Global-Village. Over its decade on-air, Global-Village garnered countless international awards, including the prestigious Prix Italia, the Gabriel Award, the New York Festivals Award and multiple prizes from Germany’s Deutsche Welle Radio. At the same time, Jowi began work on other radio projects within CBC. His first series with co-producers Paolo Pietropaolo and Chris Brookes, The Wire: The Impact of Electricity on Music, won a 2006 Peabody Award, a Prix Italia, a New York Festivals Award and the Third Coast Audio Festival Director’s Choice Award. Their next team project, Invisible Cities: Toronto also earned a New York Festivals prize and their Wire follow-up series The Nerve: Music and the Human Experience was nominated for a Peabody and won a 2009 New York Festivals Award. Jowi left the CBC at the end of 2008. Along the way, Jowi has written for publications such as Shift and Montage and served as a board member with the Images Festival, ImagineNative and the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals. He’s been guest speaker and panelist at countless conferences and festivals but it’s really his Six String Nation project that has occupied most of his heart in recent years.
Conceived in 1995, the project to build a guitar using pieces of historical and cultural materialfrom every part of Canada took 11 years to come to completion. That happened before a crowd of some 80,000 people on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Canada Day 2006. Since then, Voyageur (the guitar’s official nickname) has travelled well over 200,000km across the country appearing at festivals, conferences, concerts and schools. It’s been played by hundreds of Canada’s best musicians and been held by over 8000 different Canadians in a series of some 50,000 portraits that ranks as one of Canada’s most ambitious photo projects. The story of the guitar and a selection of those portraits is the subject of his 2009 book for publisher Douglas & McIntyre, Six String Nation: 64 Pieces. 6 Strings. 1 Canada. 1 Guitar. The project is also the subject of a unique 2009 commemorative collector coin in the shape of a guitar-pick from the Royal Canadian Mint.