David & Goliath Earth Hour Arts Celebration Fundraiser an Evening of Music, Song and Story to support the Echo Women’s Choir and Mariposa In The Schools Saturday,March 26, 2011 7 to 10 p.m. Church of Holy Trinity, Toronto Such an exciting line-up:Ken Whiteley, David Anderson, Michael St George, Njacko Backo, Marylyn Peringer, Chris Rawlings, and the Cuban Percussion Ensemble. And of course, Echo Women’s Choir (the wonderful choir that I serve as a guest conductor this season). Come join us! Silent Auction plus Nibbles and Cash bar. Tickets $25 Sponsors $100 Proceeds support 2 great organizations: Echo and Mariposa in… Read More »Echo/Mariposa Fundraiser March 26, 2011
Come to Holy Trinity Church in downtown Toronto on Sunday December 12 at 7:30 pm to see Echo Women’s Choir perform our concert “Gardens of Song.” It features songs from Margaret Atwood’s latest novel In the Wake of the Flood and new choral arrangements for songs written by the Juno-award-nominated Jennifer Foster. And it featurs my conducting debut with Echo. This is a totally fabulous group of women from all walks of life and all corners of Toronto. I’m so honoured to sing with them, and thrilled to conduct. And Margaret Atwood may ACTUALLY ATTEND THE CONCERT. At least, she… Read More »Performance Echo Women’s Choir: Dec 12
I just got back from my first rehearsal of the season with Echo Women’s Choir. I’ve sung with Echo for many years. I love the world music and community-minded, loving atmosphere. Plus, it’s really amazing to sing with 80 other women in the incredibly resonant Holy Trinity Church in downtown Toronto (yes, this is the same Church of the Trinity Session by the Cowboy Junkies!). I haven’t been able to sing with Echo for the last year because of school, so it feels even more lovely to be back. Like reuniting with an old, dear friend. But this year is… Read More »conducting myself accordingly
We just finished our two-night run of the east-end edition of the Undone Cabaret. It was, literally, a full house both nights. Without suggesting that our performance was awesome, I would like to state that, in general, house concerts are a wonderful thing. The set-up is cozy, personal, and full of sparkle. It makes everyday living extraordinary, turning intimate personal space into a public performance space. And houses are weird performance spaces. When Jen and I first performed the cabaret at a house concert in the West End, we were confronted with a space that simply couldn’t be set up… Read More »the joy and agony of performance
Woot! We’re going to go into the studio on Monday to record our favourite songs from the Undone Cabaret. By “we,” I mean Jen Cook, Tania Gill (on piano), and Chris Banks (on bass). By “the studio,” I mean a big empty room that used to be a dining hall, in which my amazing colleague Augusto Monk will use his equipment to capture our magic. And maybe add some percussion? What’d’ya say, Augusto? I like the idea of undone recordings. Really, I just meant recording songs from the Undone Cabaret show. But isn’t it a bit of a mind-twister to… Read More »undone recordings
Jen and I are thrilled to announce that we’ve got two more end-of-summer performances planned for the undone cabaret. Mark your calendars for Aug 27 and 28 in Leslieville–east end Toronto. Come and see the show that has been described as “a hedonistically divine evening capable of stoking a lustful fire, and healing a broken heart.” I’m so excited to work with Jen again–such an incredibly bright, warm, intoxicating voice. Yes, I could easily drink a case of her. And accompanied by Tania Gill on piano and Chris Banks on bass? As if that isn’t total awesomeness right there. We’ll… Read More »undone cabaret: new performance dates!