John Corcelli was born and raised in Toronto. He’s a musician, actor, radio producer and writer. He considers music his “religion”, with a love for all its forms especially Jazz. He graduated from Ryerson University in 1984 with a Radio & Television Arts degree, one that laid the foundation for a career in broadcasting with Radio as his preferred format to educate and entertain.
Corcelli has also pursued acting, directing and writing along the way. He made his stage debut in 1998 with the Scarborough Theatre Guild. He developed his craft as an actor with Amicus Productions of Toronto and Neil Muscott, who nurtured his abilities in the art of comic improvisation. He’s also studied with Sears & Switzer. He made his directorial debut in 2010 with the Village Players production of The Price by Arthur Miller.
For the past few years, he’s had the privilege of working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in its prestigious Music Library. Before that, he worked on the award winning Digital Archives web site as a researcher and writer. He’s a regular contributor to two CBC programs, This Is My Music and
The Sunday Edition, while supporting the work of producers on CBCMusic.ca.
Corcelli co-produced the 8-part series, RPM: Indispensable Canadian Pop Albums, and the radio documentaries, This Song is Your Song: The story of Bonnie Dobson’s Morning Dew and Dream Times: The Story of Perth County Conspiracy…does not exist.
To mark the 100th anniversary of its sinking, he produced his own documentary about the musicians who played on the Titanic, called Hartley’s Violin.
In 2006 John traded in his electric guitar for a clarinet which is now his principal instrument. He was a member of the Festival Winds Orchestra, Toronto, from 2010 to 2016. He's currently studying Jazz at the Royal Conservatory on a part-time basis.
Corcelli has been a contributor to Criticsatlarge since its debut in 2010.