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The Elmer Iseler Singers, conducted by Artistic Director Lydia Adams, is a 20-voice professional chamber choir based in Toronto, Canada. Founded by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler in 1979, it is one of Canada’s most illustrious professional choral ensembles.The choir has built an enviable international reputation through its concerts, broadcasts and more than 50 recordings. Known for its unique beauty of sound, the Elmer Iseler Singers bring to life an […]

The story of the Underground Railroad in Canada is emotional and compelling. Diana Braithwaite’s personal history and connection to the Underground Railroad lead to the creation of a multimedia musical history workshop that Braithwaite and Whiteley have taken to primary and middle schools across North America. This Underground Railroad workshop has been performed over eight years to more than 80,000 students and community groups across the country. Diana Braithwaite is […]

STUART LAUGHTON’S RADIO DIAL
October 22, 2015

Stuart Laughton scours the radio waves for interesting music, and wanted to bring a similarly eclectic presentation to the stage (think Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café, with the speaking and musical proportions reversed). It helps that he sings and plays a dozen instruments, and that he injects his contagious enthusiasm into a kaleidoscopic amalgam of 1920’s Broadway, country blues and 60’s pop instrumental hits, B.B. King guitar, Boogie Woogie piano and […]

Two exciting Toronto groups come together in a celebration, a Gospel Jubilee to observe Black History month in Canada. Formed in 1998, the Toronto Jazz Orchestra is an 18-piece big band made up of graduates from Toronto’s top university and college jazz programs – some of the city’s best young jazz musicians. The Toronto Mass Choir brings their distinct gospel sound to the world stage, incorporating contemporary gospel, traditional gospel […]

Joe Sealy and Jackie Richardson offer an amazing reworking of Sealy’s JUNO-winning recording Africville Suite (1996). Africville, a small community located on the southern shore of Bedford Basin, Halifax, Nova Scotia, was populated almost entirely by Black Nova Scotians, many of whom were originally former slaves from the United States, Black Loyalists who were freed by the Crown during the American Revolutionary War and War of 1812. The city neglected […]

THE MEN OF THE DEEPS: LIGHTS IN THE DARK
October 22, 2015

Men of the Deeps is a choir of Cape Breton coal miners formed in 1966. It was founded at the instigation of Nina Cohen, whose enthusiasm for the preservation of mining culture had also led to the founding of the Miners’ Museum in Glace Bay, NS. The choir’s repertoire features the traditional music of Cape Breton and songs composed by Cape Bretoners such as Allister MacGillivray and Rita MacNeil. It […]

RICHARD & LAUREN MARGISON: BACK TO BACK
October 22, 2015

Hailed for his ringing top notes and spine-tingling power, Canadian tenor Richard Margison is one of the most critically acclaimed singers on the international stage today. He performs regularly in many of the world’s leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Sydney Opera. In a show called “Back-to-Back”. Richard and daughter Lauren turn their combined talents to classical arias, Neapolitan love songs, […]