Press Release April 2014
SING! THE TORONTO VOCAL ARTS FESTIVAL
COMING TO THE DISTILLERY HISTORIC DISTRICT MAY 30 TO JUNE 1, 2014
Canada’s premier a cappella music festival features
more than 100 performances, workshops, and interactive events
Toronto, ON, April 16, 2014 – Torontonians will celebrate a cappella music at SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, taking place May 30 to June 1 at the festival’s new location of The Distillery Historic District. More than 100 performances, workshops and interactive events will showcase the best of Canadian and international talent. Tickets and wristbands are on sale now at www.singtoronto.com.
Concerts will include a one-time reunion from Canadian a cappella pioneers The Nylons, UK-based classical crossover artists Cantabile – The London Quartet and “Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet” The Kinsey Sicks. Iconic Canadian singer/songwriters Alan Frew, Dan Hill, and Lorraine Segato will showcase their national pride in O Canada! Our Nation’s Greatest Hits A Cappella, performing their classics accompanied by celebrated Toronto vocal groups Cadence, Countermeasure, and Retrocity.
Other highlights are Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Cole Porter, Shall I Compare Thee? A Celebration of Shakespeare in Song and When Words Sing, a choral concert honouring SING! Legacy Award recipient R. Murray Schafer.
Launched in 2012, SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival features world-class concert performances spanning a wide range of genres and cultural influences, including pop and jazz groups; classical, barbershop, and gospel choirs; and world music ensembles. Toronto’s only a cappella festival educates as well as entertains, with industry veterans leading vocal workshops for singers of all ages and levels of experience.
SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival will also offer a school workshop program featuring Finnish a cappella stars Rajaton, a series of exciting curated concerts, a public sing-along, and presentation of the SING! Legacy Award to Canadian composer, writer, music educator and environmentalist R. Murray Schafer.
“SING! is delighted to be working hand-in-hand with The Distillery Historic District – widely regarded as Canada’s premier arts, culture and entertainment destination – along with Toronto’s visionary artistic collective, Soulpepper Theatre Company, to present the very best in vocal music,” says Artistic Director Aaron Jensen.
“We invite vocal music fans to experience the wide range of programming SING! has to offer,” Jensen adds, “from Harlem gospel to ‘Dragappella’, Renaissance to barbershop, beatbox to throat singing, Turkish world to collegiate, and much more.”
Scheduled events to date include the following:
Headliner concert performances will feature genre-spanning talent from across the globe. Iconic Canadian a cappella pioneers The Nylons will perform a one-time reunion as current members take the stage with former members multi-JUNO Award-winner Billy Newton Davis, singer/songwriter Micah Barnes and Broadway star Mark Cassius. UK-based classical crossover artists Cantabile – The London Quartet will showcase an array of talents from comedy to the classics as they perform their “From Monteverdi to Monty Python” show, with music ranging from a cappella favourites to the sacred music of the last millennium. The festival will also feature two unforgettable late night cabaret performances by The Kinsey Sicks, a “Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet” complete with award-winning a cappella singing, sharp satire and over-the-top drag.
Iconic Canadian singer/songwriters Alan Frew, Dan Hill, and Lorraine Segato will show their national pride in O Canada! Our Nation’s Greatest Hits A Cappella, performing their classics as never heard before, accompanied by celebrated Toronto vocal groups Cadence, Countermeasure, and Retrocity.
A Legacy of Song will feature The Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble performing an uplifting concert of gospel, spiritual, jazz, and classical music.
Other highlights are performer collaborations Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Cole Porter and Shall I Compare Thee? A Celebration of Shakespeare in Song and When Words Sing, a choral concert honouring R. Murray Shafer.
Interactive workshops for participants of all levels of experience will be led by prominent international musical directors, conductors and clinicians. Workshop topics include
Keys for Effective Songwriting with Alan Frew, Dan Hill, and Lorraine Segato, Presented by Songwriters Association of Canada; Crossing the Line (The Kinsey Sicks); Breaking Musical Boundaries with Humour and Harmony (Cantabile – The London Quartet); Instruments are for Surgeons (Cadence); Singing with The Boys and Girls Choir of Harlem Alumni Ensemble; A Desperate Road to Freedom (David Sereda); Sit-In Rehearsal with The Northern Lights; Protect Your Product: Copyright and Trademarks; and This Business of Music.
SING! LEGACY AWARD PRESENTATION TO R. MURRAY SCHAFER
Part of “When Words Sing”, a choral concert featuring selections from Schafer’s repertoire
Saturday, May 31 – 1:30 p.m.
Little Trinity Church (425 King Street East)
The SING! Legacy Award, presented each year to an artist who has made a significant contribution to vocal music, will be presented to Sarnia native R. Murray Schafer. Schafer is a highly prolific composer, writer, music educator, visual artist and environmentalist. He has produced works in every musical genre, including opera, musical theatre, chamber music and orchestral works, including some of the most prized contemporary compositions for voice and choir.
Schafer’s celebrated book, The Tuning of the World, documents the results of the World Soundscape Project – research into the social, scientific and artistic aspects of sound that introduced the notion of sonic ecology. A number of Schafer’s compositions and writings have become reference points for the evolution of music and musical thought over the last century. In 2013, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada for his contributions as an internationally renowned composer of contemporary music and for his groundbreaking work in acoustic ecology.
Saturday, May 31 – 6 to 7 p.m.
Young Centre for the Performing Arts, The Distillery Historic District
Festival performers, attendees, volunteers and members of the public will join together in the unique and inspirational annual SING! Sing-Along.
FREE PERFORMANCE SHOWCASES
Free performances will take place around The Distillery District throughout the weekend, featuring vocal artists with a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures and styles.
SING! SCHOOL WORKSHOP PROGRAM
Thursday, May 22 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Little Trinity Church (425 King Street East)
Geared towards students from grades 7 to 12, the SING! school workshop program will challenge and engage more than 400 students from throughout Ontario and the northeastern US. Students will have the rare opportunity to work with famed Finnish vocal ensemble Rajaton as well as working hands-on with JUNO Award winning vocal clinician Suba Sankaran and Canada’s hippest new a cappella quartet, The Watch.
SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival tickets and wristbands are on sale now at www.singtoronto.com. Headliner concert tickets range from $32.50 to $40.00. Festival wristbands, valid for all concerts and workshops prior to 7 p.m., are $40 for one-day or $65 for two days ($30 / $45 for students).
Ontario Yours to Discover; The Distillery Historic District; Soulpepper; Department of Canadian Heritage through Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage; Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport; FACTOR; The Printing House; Booster Juice; Long & McQuade Musical Instruments; Audio Technica; Centauri Summer Arts Camp; MetalWorks Studios and MetalWorks Institute; David Steingart C.A.; Canadian Music Week; Sanderson Entertainment Law; Liz Smith, Sales Representative for ReMax Hallmark; Songwriters Association of Canada; Musicfolder.com and Wenstage. Media sponsors: Toronto On Demand.ca; Rogers TV; JAZZ.FM91; CKDO 100.7; The Wave Radio; Canadian Musician Magazine; and Acaville Radio. SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund); and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.
More information and updated schedules for SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival is available at www.singtoronto.com.
For more information or to arrange interviews with performers, clinicians, or organizers, please contact: