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2017 Music Monday Showcase Concert
Let's Sing It Together on May 1, 2017!
Music Monday celebrations engage thousands of music makers In Canada’s largest simultaneous sing-along.
- Cole Forrest
Ojibwe Artist and Poet
Cole Forrest is an Ojibwe artist and spoken word poet based out of Nipissing First Nation in North Bay, Ontario. He strives to bring his understanding and compassion for arts to a level that is perpetual. By always seeking new horizons and pushing to be the best he can be, Cole is forever learning new techniques to hone his craft. A high school student of Chippewa Secondary School, he is involved with most art extra curricular activities, namely with both orchestral bands and theatrics.
Cole has worked with Aanmitaagzi for several years on projects such as “Dances of Resistance”, “Ice Follies”, “Beneath Us”, and “Aanmitaagzi Summer Arts Program”. Cole has appeared in the short film “O-Getche Tahk”, and a stage performance of “Designer Genes”. Cole is the current Artistic co-coordinator of the Black Water Art Collective based out of the White Water Gallery in downtown North Bay. Cole is the current “Overall Artist of the Year” at his high school, and is proficient in dance, acting, music, and most notably, writing.
- Métis Fiddler Quartet
Born in Winnipeg with proud Métis roots, siblings Alyssa, Conlin, Nicholas, and Danton perform Métis fiddle music passed down by their elders, while drawing on their diverse backgrounds in classical music, jazz and beyond.
Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk, violin and viola
Alyssa is the eldest of the siblings. She started violin in the Suzuki method at the age of three. Growing up in Toronto, Alyssa attended the Royal Conservatory. She pursued her studies abroad, earning a bachelor and a master’s degree in viola performance from the Conservatoire de Lausanne, in Switzerland. Inspired by her Métis heritage, Alyssa collaborated with Métis-Ojibwa elders Teddy Boy Houle and James Flett to produce Oméigwessi: A Tribute to Walter Flett, which won an award for ‘Best Fiddle Album’ at the 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Viola performance at the Université de Montreal.
Nicholas Delbaere-Sawchuk, violin
Nicholas began his musical studies from a very young age and has grown to show an incredible gift for playing the fiddle. As the lead fiddler for the Métis Fiddler Quartet, Nicholas has been instrumental in generating musical ideas, guiding the group’s arrangements, and delighting audiences with his dynamic enthusiasm.
Conlin Delbaere-Sawchuk, guitar, vocals
The eldest of the three brothers, he cultivated his love of music from an early age. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa, majoring in classical singing performance. Conlin’s university experience included playing electric bass in the U of O Jazz orchestra, audio recording and multimedia projects, a performance of Schubert’s song cycle: Die Schöne Müllerin, as well as lead roles in Mozart operas. He has always been deeply passionate about Métis culture and history, and is currently working on a series of music adapting traditional Métis Folk songs.
- Mimi O’Bonsawin
Mimi has been performing music since the young age of 7 years old when she performed the national anthem at the parliament of Canada for Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. From there, she began establishing her own events as well as participating in local telethons and talent shows. Inspired by her roots as an indigenous and French-Canadian woman, she began writing at the age of 14 and performing in more areas around Ontario, Canada. By the time she turned 17 she started crafting her debut album with a Canadian music producer which was officially launched in 2014. She received airplay on radio, sold out CD release concerts and over the last few years she has been establishing her roots as a songwriter and performing at festivals such as MIDEM (in Cannes, France), Beaches Jazz Festival, and Northern Lights Festival. On top of her quick success, she also received award nominations from NOMFA.
Mimi has been crafting her new album, ‘Connected’ over the past two years and she has teamed up with established musicians and renowned producer Thomas McKay. She plans on continuing her Rhythm and Rhyme Songwriting workshops where she teaches students ages 8 to 18 how to delve into the creation of music in brilliant ways. She aims to make a name for herself on the international scale by crafting tours in countries like India, Australia and the UK. Be sure to keep up with Mimi on her near-future endeavours.
- Ashley Boychuk and Sarah Veber
Harp and operatic soprano duo
A performer, educator, developer and administrator, Ashley Boychuk has a passion for the arts community. A classical trained soprano with a positive attitude and enthusiastic approach, Ashley has several years of experience singing throughout Europe and North America as a young artist, as well as having received numerous scholarships and awards from prestigious organizations. Ashley holds firm the advocacy of music education and promotion of creative learning, which she has developed over the years in both her vocal and piano teaching studio, as well as in choral settings.
Bringing years of arts development and administration experience to the Coalition, Ashley looks forward to continuing to support the growth of the musical community in Toronto and across the nation. Her initiative and determination have lead her to successfully organize and see through past workshop, conference, and performance projects, focused on helping other develop through music. Anchored by past experiences with inner city youth and outreach projects, Ashley holds close the understanding of how music can indeed change lives and create a world of possibilities for anyone and everyone.
Currently a Loran scholar at the University of Ottawa, Sarah is pursuing a BMus in Harp performance paired with science studies. She believes in the potential to empower individuals through music and influence youth development. As a harpist, Sarah enjoys collaborating with other musicians and has performed with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Memorial University Chamber Orchestra among other groups. She recently completed a piano performance diploma with the royal conservatory of music and has taken her studies internationally with acclaimed artists including Judy Loman.
Sarah’s passion for music extends beyond performance. She has explored an interest in music education as an instructor with the Ottawa Symphony Youth Orchestra and has had a taste of neuroscience research focused on pitch perception. With a range of various experiences, Sarah carries a desire to advocate for the value of music education and the opportunities that music involvement can lead to.
- Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra
The Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra (OJYO) provides advanced string, wind, brass and percussion students with a full orchestral experience, including sectional coaching, and a number of performance opportunities. The OJYO is led by Angus Armstrong, who has been conducting this orchestra for more than 20 years. The Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra is part of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy (OYOA),a registered non-profit, charitable organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors, committed parents and talented coaches and conductors. The Academy comprises two full orchestras – including the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra, who will be performing today, and the Ottawa Youth Orchestra,. as well as instrumental ensembles for strings, winds, brass, harp, a beginner’s and pre-school program, and instruction in music theory and history with enrolment of over 300 students. Many members of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra regularly qualify for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada
- The Hamlet Complex
The Hamlet Complex is a group of indecisive, but serious jazz musicians from John McCrae Secondary School in Barrhaven. They have decided however, that they enjoy playing jazz and improvising! The group has enjoyed a great deal of success performing in a variety of contexts, and they have been invited to perform at Musicfest Canada this year.
- Lisgar Collegiate Institute String Ensemble
The Lisgar Orchestra was formed 100 years ago during World War I when a group of students requested permission to perform in the daily assembly. The musicians hoped to raise the spirits of those who were deeply saddened by the casualty lists that arrived daily from Europe. At the end of the war the ensemble became an official school orchestra, the first ever Canadian Secondary School Orchestra. This initiative led to the addition of music to the school curriculum. Lisgar is recognized across Canada for its exceptional music program. Approximately one-third of the school population participates in one or more of the 9 performing ensembles. The String Ensemble consists of students chosen from the Symphony Orchestra who are enthusiastic to learn more string repertoire. Under co-directors Laura Mennill & Richard Arrigo, the group continues to enjoy success at local and provincial music festivals, and performs many concerts in the community; in churches, at chamber concerts, embassies, museums and art galleries. Music performing tours have taken the Lisgar ensembles across Canada, the United States, England, The Netherlands, Austria, China, Italy, Germany and Franc
- Marc Jordan
singer, songwriter, producer, actor
Marc was born in Brooklyn NY, son of singer Charles Jordan and grew up in Toronto Canada. In 1978, he was signed to Warner Music in Burbank California by Steely Dan Producer Gary Katz, and signed as a staff writer for Irving Almo Publishing, Geffen Publishing and Warner Chappell Music in Hollywood.
Marc spent 16 years in LA writing songs for, and with Diana Ross, Chicago, Kansas, Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Loggins, Amanda Marshall, Amy Sky, Bette Midler, Natalie Cole, Roch Voisin, Canadian Tenors, Shawn Colvin, Olivia Newton John, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Groban, Cher, Joe Cocker and Rod Stewart (including the #1 hit “Rhythm Of My Heart”).
Marc has won numerous ASCAP, JUNO, SOCAN and Smooth Jazz awards over the years. He made his acting debut in “Hockey the Musical” with Olivia Newton John.
His songs have been on 35 million CDs and he has recorded 14 CDs of his own material on various labels, including Warner Bros., Atlantic, RCA, and Blue Note.
Marc has numerous film credits. He is on the Board of Humber College. He is Songwriter Chair at the Slaight Family Music Lab, Canadian Film Centre.
Currently, Marc is writing with Rod Stewart for Stewart’s upcoming CD.
Marc spends his time between Toronto, Nashville and LA.
- Vanessa Lachance
Venessa Lachance hails from a small French community in Northern Ontario and launched her musical career in Ottawa. Since her arrival in the capital, the young composer worked as the music director for several theatre productions.
Among these are Turcaret, the financier (Odyssey Theatre, 2014), Prosodie in Le promenoir (NAC’s Théâtre français, 2014), La fille d’argile and Le long de la principale (Théâtre la Catapulte, 2014 & 2016), and On verra (Théâtre du Trillium, 2016). Venessa is currently completing her sixth year’s residency in composing for Théâtre Tremplin with 72 mirroirs cassés. She was nominated for a Rideau Award in 2015 in the Emerging artist of the year category.
In 2014, she released her first album consisting of solo piano compositions. Venessa’s classical background and her interest in using music as a story-telling device can be heard throughout the narrative-like short pieces on the album. It’s to this recording that Venessa owes her Trille Or Award nomination in the Discovery of the year category (2015).
Venessa had the opportunity to share her skills starting at a very young age and is passionate about music pedagogy. She’s walking in her mother’s footsteps, having taught piano tutorials start at age 12. Bringing change in the world through music is Venessa’s passion. This is what brought her to OrKidstra where she now occupies the KiddlyWinks Director’s position. Venessa is also proud to be a Youth4Music ambassador.
- Youth4Music Musicians
George Murga is an active Musician, Traveler & Speaker. Through performances, recording sessions and speaking engagements, George is active in the industry throughout North America & abroad.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1995, George, a first generation Canadian, had a natural passion for music. Originally starting on the tuba, he switched to the trumpet and naturally developed his unique sound. His music teachers Michael Popek, Ian Matthews and Ted Bohn helped contribute to shaping him into the player he is today.
Murga is currently a member of the sensational international pop band, 7Sould. Better known as “Triple Sí” on stage, he is also an original cast member of 7Sould’s “Underneath” program. Other bands he has performed with include:
– The Empire Statesman
– The Colts
– The Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble
– Humber’s Groove Merchants
– The Mark Promane Big Band
– The Jazz Connection Big Band
– Sonuskapos Jazz Orchestra
– Victory International
– Faith International
– Sheldon Neil and The Way
– The Billy Love Band
– Closed Circuit
– Sol Azteca Mariachi
Over the years George has shared the stage with names such as: John Scofield, Jackie Richardson, Joey Pero, Israel Houghton, Alvin Slaughter, DJ Lil Jazz, Alex Dean, Daniel Jamieson, Collin Barrett, Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo, Jason Logue, Will Carn, Mark Promane, Mike Malone, Colvin Chambers, Otis Williams amongst others.
In 2015, George joined the Canadian Coalition for Music Education. He is currently a Youth Ambassador with the “Youth4Music” program. In partnership with the program, Murga is spreading the importance of music education not only locally but also on a national scope. He is a passionate advocate for the performing arts, offering guidance to youths through clinics and educational events world wide.
Throughout his career, George has been fortunate to have many notable mentors and instructors such as Willie Murillo, Jason Logue, Dave Dunlop, Steve Crowe, Joey Pero, Jason Buckingham, Chuck Naffier and Jimmy Steele.
For more information on George you can visit his website (www.georgemurga.ca) or follow him on his social media platforms (@triplesimusic).
A motivated and engaging leader from Toronto, Sasha attended Oakwood Collegiate music program where he played acoustic bass and clarinet. Sasha followed the hockey dream, playing his younger years through elite hockey levels to Junior A and Junior teams. All along, he achieved his advanced skill level on the guitar through self-study and dedicated hard work. Sasha is lead guitarist in Return for Refund, an active Toronto-based hard rock trio. They release their 2nd CD, titled “Lift You Up” in Spring 2017 and then head out on tour.
In 2016, Sasha performed in the Youth4Music Toronto music ensemble to close the National Music Monday Showcase Concert. During the Showcase concert, he was one of the ambassadors who announced the Youth4Music Manifesto for “learning, creating, making and valuing music in Canada.” Many will recognize Sasha from performing in Music Monday Anthem – We Are One (Official Video).
Sasha has supported many Youth4Music activities, specifically the popular Creative Jam Space at the 2015 and 2016 Youth4Music Leadership Symposiums. He was a Group Facilitator at the 2016 Symposium, helping to develop action plans for the Manifesto. Sasha is working on the “Hockey and Music” project. He recently represented Youth4Music at “Resonate 2016”, annual OMEA conference. He is a member of Youth4Music Toronto hub.
Julian Troiano has followed his passion for music from a very early age. Inspired by his uncle, Hall-of-Famer Domenic Troiano, he taught himself piano and has been performing and singing professionally for more than a decade. Julian is an honours graduate of the Metalworks Institute of Music, works as producer and recording engineer and is a founding member of the vocal duo Scott & Julian. (www.scottandjulian.com) Julian is a representative for Roland Canada and is an active Youth4Music Ambassador for the Coalition for Music Education.
Motivated and hungry for new experiences, Ms. Brueggergosman’s highlights on the opera stage include Giulietta and Antonia Les contes d’Hoffmann, Elettra Idomeneo, Madame Lidoine Dialogues des Carmélites, Jenny in Weill’s Mahagonny, Emilia Marty Věc Makropulos, Hannah in Miroslav Srnka’s Make No Noise, and Sister Rose in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. On the concert platform her appearances include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland and the New World Orchestras, San Francisco and London Symphony Orchestras with conductors such as Barenboim, Sir Andrew Davis, Dudamel, Harding, David Robertson, Tilson Thomas and Welser-Möst. Measha began her career predominantly committed to the art of the song recital and has presented innovative programs at Carnegie Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, London’s Wigmore Hall, both the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, Madrid’s Teatro Real, as well as at the Schwarzenberg, Edinburgh, Verbier and Bergen Festivals with celebrated collaborative pianists Justus Zeyen, Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, and Simon Lepper. Her first recording for Deutsche Grammophone, Surprise, includes works by Schoenberg, Satie and Bolcom and is one of the most highly regarded debut albums of recent years. Her subsequent disc Night and Dreams, which features songs by Mozart, Brahms, Strauss, Schubert, Debussy, Duparc and Fauré won several awards and her recording of the Wesendonk Lieder with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra earned her a Grammy nomination. Measha Brueggergosman champions the education and involvement of new audiences and holds several honorary doctorates and ambassadorial titles with international charities.
Seamus O’Regan, MP
Seamus O’Regan is the Member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl. He is perhaps best known to Canadians for his ten years as co-host of CTV’s Canada AM and correspondent for CTV National News and W5.
Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Seamus was raised in Goose Bay, Labrador. He studied politics at St. Francis Xavier University and University College Dublin, as well as marketing strategies in Paris. He also received his Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, England.
In the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, he was Executive Assistant to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and, later, the Senior Policy Advisor to the Premier. Currently, he is a member of the federal Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.
In 2013, Seamus was named Distinguished Media Innovator at Ryerson University. He has also served as Executive Vice President, Communications, at The Stronach Group of Companies and was on the boards of the World Wildlife Fund and Katimavik, Canada’s leading youth service-learning programme .
For two years, Seamus was proud to serve as Ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk, working to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness.