Welcome from our new Co-Artistic Directors
Dylan Bell and Suba Sankaran here, the Artistic Directors of the 2017 SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. We are delighted to become part of this talented and dedicated team of singers, administrators, and vocal enthusiasts. Since we started directing our university jazz choir together back in 1995 (and long before that as individuals), we have been passionate about vocal music in Toronto, singing in many of Toronto’s vocal and a cappella ensembles. We have been closely involved in SING! Toronto since its inception six years ago, and are delighted to take our involvement to the next level.
As performers and workshop leaders, we have been a part of many of the leading a cappella vocal festivals around the world. We look forward to bringing our experience and observations to SING! Toronto, to celebrate our vocal talent here at home, and to help give Canadian a cappella music a voice on the world stage. SING! 2017 promises to be the best yet, and we look forward to sharing it with you in May!
Multifaceted, Juno-nominated Dylan Bell is a vocalist, instrumentalist, composer/arranger, music director and producer/engineer. Dylan has worked with groups ranging from vocal jazz, (Cadence, Hampton Avenue, the Swingle Singers), to vocal pop (Retrocity, the Nylons) to eclectic jazz and world music (Autorickshaw, Ray Montford Group), to classical (Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Lara St John) to flat-out rock ‘n’ roll (Honeymoon Suite). He’s played stages across the world from his Toronto, to Stockholm, Sweden, to Calcutta, India, and his compositions and arrangements are performed across the world from Arnprior to Zurich.
DORA award-winning, twice JUNO-nominated world/fusion vocalist Suba Sankaran effortlessly combines musical worlds with Autorickshaw, master drummer Trichy Sankaran, FreePlay Duo (with Dylan Bell) and Retrocity (80s a cappella revue) and has performed across Canada, the US, UK, Europe, Africa, South Asia and the Far East. Performance highlights include performing for Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela and Bishop Tutu, and performing with Bobby McFerrin and the Swingle Singers. Suba is in demand as a performer, choral director, producer, arranger, educator and composer.