NEW Congratulations!!!

Janet's recording of Alfie Zappacosta's "Here For You" (from her CD: BACK WHERE I BELONG) has been selected to be one of 11 Canadian artists represented on the new Skip Prokop (founder/drummer of legendary band Lighthouse) Canadian smooth jazz recording project:


(release date TBA)


On March 30, 2012 Janet and co-writer Liz Tansey won Song of the Year @ The Kootenay Music Awards for their song "Movin' On" recorded by Patricia Henman on her KMA nominated



                           BACK WHERE I BELONG

2010 Music PEI Awards nominations:
BACK WHERE I BELONG nominations:

1. Female Vocalist of the Year

2. New Artist of the Year

3. Jazz Recording of the Year

2009 TWISI Award:

Janet won the People's Choice TWISI Award for Outstanding Achievement on a CD by a Female Theatre Artist.

Honourable Mention in the Performance category of the 12th Anuual Unisong International Songwriting Contest

Janet's song "I've Never Really Known You" from BACK WHERE I BELONG received honourable mention in the Performance Category of the 12th annual

Unisong International Songwriting Contest.


Janet MacEwen's debut CD is available on-line for listening preview and purchase.Go to:

iTunes.com_Janet MacEwen

The making of BACK WHERE I BELONG:

Recorded in studios in Toronto Ontario, Halifax Nova Scotia and Edmonton Alberta. Music producer and multi-platinum selling Juno Award and American Music Award winning singer/song writer  Alfie Zappacosta brought some of the best session players in the country together to play on this adult contemporary smooth jazz CD which features new releases penned by Alfie Zappacosta,  "Oz", "Eden" and "Here For You", as well as covers of AZ's "Hills of San Sebastian", "Next To You" and "The Dance Is Over". Lisa-Catherine Cohen  (of David Hallyday's French Billboard #1 hit "High" fame) with co-writer David Pomeranz (who wrote "Tryin' To Get the Feelin' Again")  contributed the new release, "It's All Alright". The poignant "Something I Thought I'd Never Do" written by NYC composers Judy Barron and Jeffrey D. Harris, an inspired version of Joni Mitchell's "Blue", and the new release of Canadian theatre composer David Warrack's, "Please Leave Me Love", as well as two new songs by MacEwen round out this recording.

This romantic CD features musicians Blake Manning on percussion, Russ Boswell on bass, Claudio Vena  

on viola and accordion, and Silvio Pupo on keys, with special guest appearances by Ross Billard on piano, Dennis Keldie on Hammond B3, and the one and only AZ on guitar. With lush string arrangements thanks to Mike Stanutz @ Mist Productions.

For retail purchase in Toronto go to:

Song and Script - #2 Bloor St. W. (Cumberland Terrace)

Theatre Books - #11 Thomas Street (S. of Bloor St.W.)
For retail purchase in P.E.I. go to:

The Showcase Gift Shop - Confederation Centre

CD Plus - Confederation Plaza

Back Alley Music - University Avenue.

‘Jazz in July’ at The Guild Theatre


Alfie Zappacosta

with special guest Janet MacEwen
July 19, 2010 @ 8:00PM

Charlottetown – "International award winning Jazz singer/songwriter, Alfie Zappacosta and well known singer/actress, Janet MacEwen, bring their smooth jazzy tones to The Guild on Monday, July 19 @8 PM.

Janet MacEwen opens the evening and is sure to recreate songs from her recent CD "Back Where I Belong". It was nominated for three 2009 Music PEI Awards, including Female Vocalist of the year. Janet sang at the 2009 PEI Jazz and Blues Festival and is also known to PEI audiences for her musical theatre role as Marilla in “Anne of Green Gables" @ The Ch'town Festival as well as for her energetic hosting of Late Night @ Mavor's."



"... very much a polished effort..."

"For the past 3 seasons Janet MacEwen has endeared herself to audiences with her performances as Marilla Cuthbert in "Anne of Green Gables". But offstage the Nova Scotia native has been building a reputation for herself as a singer with serious chops and a repertoire that would leave some ladies of Avonlea flapping their fans and clutching their hearts. BACK WHERE I BELONG, MacEwen's debut CD, will, I suggest, take many by surprise. There are several reasons for that, not the least of which are the album's production values. Unlike most first records which sound a little rough around the edges, BACK WHERE I BELONG is very much a polished effort, owing in part to the fact MacEwen enlisted the services of a friend and sometimes collaborator with serious credentials to produce the album, Alfie Zappacosta. And Zappacosta's contribution to the album did not end there. He played and sang on the record and contributed 6 songs to the mix which he either wrote or co-wrote, including three of the record's finest tracks, "Here For You", "Hills of San Sebastian" and "The Dance Is Over". MacEwen herself penned two songs for the album, "Last Christmas Wish" and what is perhaps the album's best track, the bittersweet, "I've Never Really Known You". The remaining material came from a variety of sources, most notably Joni Mitchell, whose "Blue" is served well by an arrangement that features only MacEwen's voice and the sound of waves breaking against the shore. MacEwen chose her material very well. There isn't anything here that doesn't suit her voice. Then again, with her voice there isn't a lot of material that's out of reach. The arrangements are gorgeous and the sidemen she used here are all first call players: keyboard player Silvio Pupo, drummer Blake Manning, B3 player Dennis Keldie, accordion player Claudio Vena and bass player Russ Boswell. Prime cuts include "Oz", "I've Never Really Known You", "Blue", "Here For You" and "It's All Alright"

- The Guardian - music reviewer  Doug Gallant


"I have had the supreme pleasure of listening to your marvellous CD many, many times and I'm crazy about it! What a superb piece of work. You should be very proud. It's beautifully thought out, magnificently crafted, and delivered with great passion and professionalism. Perfect choices of material... and never predictable. It's a huge accomplishment by a gifted artist with wonderful and always totally dead-on accompaniment. It deserves huge exposure. [Janet] is indeed a treasure." 

     - composer David Warrack

AND ...
"… Wow! I just had a listen to your CD and I was absolutely blown away. The theatrical singers out there who try to cross over to jazz and pop, and from time to time there are pop and jazz singers who experiment with the theatrical canon but most seldom succeed. But you… you traverse those bridges so naturally and with such great ease that your CD should be required listening to hear how it's done right and proper. Alfie is a wonderful lyricist, and he is blessed to have someone like you to interpret his musical thoughts so wonderfully. You guys have got to do another CD together!   I haven't heard a better one-two punch since the early Bacharach/Warwick days."

- singer/actor/song writer Frank MacKay

Other recordings available:


Janet recorded award winning musical theatre composer David Warrack's heartfelt ballad, My Prince Edward Island in May 2008 at Saluki Music Studio in Toronto. My Prince Edward Island was released at the annual Maud Whitmore Scholarship Fund Concert w/ the full Ch'town Festival Orchestra in August 2008. The CD is available for purchase @ The Showcase Gift Shop in The Confederation Centre in Charlottetown, PEI.


"One True Love"- Duet w/ Frank MacKay! MacEwen and well known Canadian east coast R&B singer/songwriter Frank MacKay, co-wrote and recorded their duet "One True Love" @ R and B Productions in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with musician/producer Ross Billard.  "One True Love" has been released on Frank MacKay's 2008 Nova Scotia Music Award nominated CD: BELIEVE IT OR NOT


Canadian Musical Theatre Compilation CD FIELD OF STARS - Volume Two
Janet sings David Warrack's  "Please Leave Me Love" and Cathy Elliott's "Love At First Sight" on this unique Canadian Musical Theatre compilation music CD with accompanying songbook and piano accompaniment CD. Also available @:


Janet's Voice Demos / Song Writing
Voice Over Demo  
Vocal Demo  

I've Never Really Known You
Back Where I Belong SOCAN ©2000 music and lyrics J.MacEwen

One True Love
Believe It Or Not SOCAN© 2006 music&lyrics J. MacEwen/A.F. MacKay

My Time For A Change
(unreleased demo)  SOCAN ©2007

music/lyrics by J.I.MacEwen

























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Back Where I Belong - Official CD Release January 16, 2009

Well known jazz musicians Russ Boswell on bass, and 3 time winner of the

National Jazz award's Jazz Pianist of the year Dave Restivo on piano, joined

Janet on stage for this intimate release concert @Statler's Lounge in Toronto.

The sold out audience whistled and cheered, demanding an encore...

Brent Bambury - popular host of CBC Radio's "Go" had this to say:

"When Janet sings she owns the song, she takes you inside. You can't keep your

eyes off her and that voice stays with you and brings you back again and again.

The  voice, the emotion, the arrangements.... it's all right there. Janet is a force."
... loved loved loved seeing [Janet], oh my God! SO GREAT!"

George Evans - booking agent/jazz singer:

"I am so impressed with Janet's musicianship, with her grace and intellect and with

her considerable poise on stage... She is a stunning vocalist and truly a musical find."

Michele Mele - Toronto based singer/song writer:

" ... Spell binding performance!"

Liz Tansey - Toronto based singer/songwriter:

"Janet MacEwen had the crowd in the palm of her hand from the sweet and strong

opening notes of the first song to the last. This was an evening of great songs sung

by a polished performer with gorgeous accompaniment - Beautiful."

Deborah Fennell - independent producer:

"… basking in the afterglow of your STELLAR performance...what a great night! …

after what was truly, a milestone evening. …[ Janet MacEwen] in her “element”…

I really could have listened to much, much more – seemed like the time just flew by,

and before we knew it, it was over!! …"

Joan Gregson - Canadian TV actress ('Black Harbour', 'The Associates'):

"...I was thrilled to hear your voice. ..You sing like an angel... "







































        ... more BACK WHERE I BELONG CD reviews:

AND ...

" I just listened to your version of  "It's All Alright" and I LOVE it!!!! Man, you

sing your ___ off and the arrangement is fantastic!!  I wish you the very best of

luck with it and please let me know when you are performing next in the States

as I’d love to come see/hear you..."

"In admiration, David Pomeranz"

 - multi platinum award winning singer/songwriter

AND ...
"I just spent the past hour, driving around LA, listening to your CD. Girl, I am

totally impressed. And my favorite cut is #2 "OZ". Listened to it 4 times. WOW. Thanks for the lift, kiddo. Oh, you can keep "warming up" if you like, altho you obviously don't need to; angelic voce."

- Michael McCarty - Broadway/Television veteran and musical theatre maven

AND ...
"... Wow! We love your CD! Great melodies and haunting lyrics. I especially

love your two songs. What a beautiful gift to share with the world."

-Margaret Forrest  - Musician/visual artist

AND ...

"...[Janet]sounds fantastic!!!! I LOVE 'OZ' ... beautiful!!!!"

- Louise Pitre - Tony Award nominated singer/actor

AND ...

"First off, I was blown away by that voice of yours, my love. No
surprise, but I haven't heard you sing...maybe ever! "One For My Baby" is
the best interpretation and vocals (is there a difference?) I have ever heard on
the tune. And your own song ("I've Never Really Known You") I listened to a half-dozen times in a row. Unbelievable, Janet."

- Brian MacKay (award winning actor/singer/director/playwrite)

AND ...

"Oh Janet, I savoured your CD my whole rush-hour drive home, and time passed magically. What a delicious assortment of songs, each so unique,

tasty arrangements, classy playing, luscious vocals, and SO much heart.

The first song is a powerhouse. Blue is breathtaking. The song for your

mom is devastating . It's gorgeous Janet."

- Judy Marshak - Dora Award winning actor/singer/somgwriter