Jesse Stewart


Jesse Stewart is a composer, percussionist, artist, and educator. His music has been documented on over twenty recordings including Stretch Orchestra’s self-titled debut album, which was honoured with the 2012 “Instrumental Album of the Year” Juno award. He has been widely commissioned as a composer and artist.

In 2012, he founded “We Are All Musicians” (WAAM), an organization dedicated to making music as broadly accessible as possible. Through the WAAM initiative, he has conducted hundreds of inclusive music workshops and performances throughout North America.

He has received numerous awards and honours including the Ottawa Arts Council’s Mid-Career Artist Award (2017) and the Ottawa Arts Council Community Arts Educator Award (2023). In 2014, he was named to the Order of Ottawa. In 2022, he was elected to the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a faculty member in Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture.

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