Contemporary A Cappella League @ SING! Toronto on May 7, 2016. 10am

Contemporary A Cappella League @ SING! Toronto on May 7, 10 a.m. to 8 Dancemakers Studio, Distillery District


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SING! has created a special day for university a cappella singers and grads who continue to sing in a cappella groups, in partnership with the Contemporary A Cappella League The mission of CAL is to spread harmony through harmony by helping people form, join, and maintain contemporary a cappella singing groups, and to provide performing opportunities, education, motivation, and accolades, while helping grow the adult a cappella community across the globe.

The mission of CAL is to spread harmony through harmony by helping people form, join, and maintain contemporary a cappella singing groups, and to provide performing opportunities, education, motivation, and accolades, while helping grow the adult a cappella community across the globe.

Schedule for the day

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Saturday, May 7

Workshops @ Dancemakers Studio, 9 Trinity Street, 3rd floor, Distillery Historic District;  concerts on the Trinity Square outdoor stage in the Distillery Historic District

10 a.m. – registration and vocal warmups

10:30 –Best Practices for Vocal Health by VoxCura, Canada’s leader vocal health clinic, including how to avoid bad vocal habits and how to keep your voice healthy and working well.

11:30 –  Let’s Get This Show on the Road – economics and strategies for touring with artist manager Paul Ryan

Noon to 12:25 –Empire A Cappella performance in Trinity Square

12:30 – Music Education: Finding best resources for music and recording education

1 p.m. – outside in Trinity Square area – lunch for purchase in nearby restaurants, including Brickworks Bakery, Balzacs café, The Sweet Escape, or a sit-down lunch with special SING! offer from The Beer Hall

1 p.m. –O’Pears performance in Trinity Square

1:30 –  Managing Group Dynamics with Elle Brigida from Women’s A Cappella Association (WACA).

2:00 –  Concrete A Cappella performance in Trinity Square

2:30  – Crowdfunding: how to engage with your audience and community in a whole new way with Timothy Booth from

3:00 – Retrocity performance in Trinity Square

3:30 –Choreo for Non-dancers wtih TeKay (Thomas King) from DeltaCappella

4:00 – Capital Blend A Cappella performance in Trinity Square

4:30 – Making Instrument Sounds with Your Voice with Aaron Jensen, SING! Artistic Director

5:00 –Cadence performance in Trinity Square

5:30 – Social Media Marketing with Sue Edworthy

6:30 –Networking session in Dancemakers Studio

7:30 – dinner at Gabby’s Eatery and Taps, 189 King Street East, Toronto – 15% off your food orders for the group. Each person is responsible for his/her own bill.

10 pm. – 120 Diner at 120 Church Street– Afterglow Party where everyone is welcome to take the stage (each attendee is responsible for their own food and drink cost)



Meet some of your clinicians:

Sue Edworthy has worked in the non-profit performing arts for over fifteen years and is a self-described city enthusiast. Her passion for the arts has led her to stints as a director, event coordinator and arts administrator in arts organizations in and around Toronto, and she is now respected and sought after as a marketing and communications specialist.

VoxCura is a group of voice care specialists led by Dr. Brian Hands with specialist Melanie Moore Tapson, a long-time a cappella singer and speech language pathologist.  The clinical focus of activity at VOX CURA encompasses all disorders of the larynx and voice. As techniques for voice care have become more sophisticated, so has the need for a multi-disciplinary approach. Vox Cura offers a variety of services – medical, diagnostic, therapeutic and coaching resources

Paul Ryan is President of Limelight Management Inc, Manager of The Nylons, an international legend in the world of a cappella music with seven gold and platinum records. A creative entertainment industry executive with over thirty years of experience in artist management, record company operations and concert production, Paul has coordinated hundreds of concerts and dozens of tours worldwide including shows in Japan, Korea, Australia, Europe, USA and Canada, overseeing concert production and tour logistics.

Timothy Booth: Crowdfunding expert and consultant with several years in the field, he has been on the Canadian music scene for over 30 years, performing with a wide-array of orchestras and musicals, plus with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Pavarotti, Yes, John Pizzarelli, George Burns, Chris De Burgh to name just a few.. is passionate about the importance of the Arts and their value to the economy and society.

Aaron Jensen is an internationally-published composer, arranger. His creative offerings have been performed across North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia by artists such as Imilonji KaNtu Choral Society (South Africa), Young Adelaide Voices (Australia), Zvonky-Praha (Czech Republic), Voices of Namibia (Namibia), Bobby McFerrin (US), The Elmer Iseler Singers (Canada) and the Elora Festival Singers (Canada). Recent works include commissions for the world-renowned Swingle Singers,Vox Humana, Windago, and Serenade! Choral Festival Washington DC as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Works Program. In 2011, Jensen was awarded the grand prize by the International John Lennon Songwriting Competition in the jazz category. He co-founded the vocal ensemble Countermeasure in 2010 – a group he continues to lead as musical director and conductor. He is the Artistic Director of SING! Toronto, Ruach Singers, and performs with a cappella groups Retrocity, The Watch, and Countermeasure.

Thomas “TeKay” King was one of the first ambassadors for Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA)  in the early 1990s and has been the Director of CASA’s International Program for 6 years. He is the performance director for the Contemporary A Cappella League group DeltaCappella, and now serves on CAL’s Board of Directors.. He served on the Board of Directors for the Alliance of A Cappella Initiatives and the Executive Producer of the Sing series of recordings. He was the Associate Editor of the Contemporary A Cappella News magazine for more than a decade and was the South Regional Producer of the ICCA from 1998-2004. TeKay has also worked with the A Cappella Education Association, and serves as an instructor in Public Speaking at Southwest Tennessee Community College and former adjunct at Christian Brothers University and the University of Memphis. Dancing and singing are his passion and he’s done both on Broadway in professional concerts and shows.

Elle Brigida has been singing and arranging for all-female a cappella groups since 2008. She has a passion for unleashing the unlimited potential in new and growing groups. As the Music Director of two all-female a cappella groups, Elle has brought Vocal Synergy and Cape Harmony to the next level. During Elle’s time with Vocal Synergy,  the all-female a cappella group at Wagner College, the group completed their first professional EP, featuring two of Elle’s arrangements, played on WERS All A Cappella Radio and will be featured on the compilation album SheSings 2015. Elle currently serves as the Social Media Manager for the Women’s A Cappella Association (WACA).