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That’s a wrap for Sing! 2017

Posted on: June 4th, 2017 by SingToronto No Comments

Thank you to our generous sponsors, our talented artists, our tireless volunteers, our helpful venue managers, and our dedicated team for making the 6th Annual SING! festival the best ever!
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Posted on: May 31st, 2017 by SingToronto No Comments

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Posted on: May 17th, 2017 by SingToronto No Comments

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Breaking Records With Canadian Voices, Sat May 13th 2017

Posted on: March 20th, 2017 by SingToronto No Comments

Sat May 13th 2017/Samedi 13 mai 



We are attempting to break two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ singing records!

  • Most nationalities singing a national/regional anthem simultaneously
  • Most nationalities in a simultaneous popular music sing-along

We are all signed up with an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ adjudicator who will monitor and oversee the event.
Our goal is to become record holders of two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles!

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ attempt rules require  each registered official record breaker singer to hold a  current passport.  We are hoping to bring in singers who come from all over the world but live in Canada, so we are especially looking for singers with passports from countries outside of Canada. The two songs are our national anthem, O Canada and a popular Canadian pop song, Rise Up., led by recording artist and composer Lorraine Segato of Parachute Club. Bring a friend and share in the wonderful experience of becoming a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ record holder. We have support materials for our singers – sheet music, videos and music tracks.  Registration begins at 9 am, ceremonies at 1 pm, world’s record attempts from 1 to 3:30 pm.  Free concerts from 11 am to 5 pm.


Les voix canadiennes battent les records

Samedi 13 mai dans le Distillery District dans le cadre de SING! Le Toronto Vocal Arts Festival.

Nous essayons de briser deux Guinness Book of World Records™ dans la catégorie suivante de chanson:

* La plupart des nationalités chantant simultanément un hymne national et régional –  avec O Canada dirigé par SoundCrowd
* La plupart des nationalités dans une musique populaire simultanée chanter le long – avec “Rise Up” dirigé par Lorraine Segato et Retrocity

Nous avons des supports pour nos chanteurs – des partitions, des morceaux de musique .

Venez rejoindre le plaisir!


Music LogoMp3 – Alto

MP3 – Bass

MP3 – Choir

Mp3 – Soprano

Mp3 – Tenor


Welcome from our new Co-Artistic Directors

Posted on: February 4th, 2017 by SingToronto No Comments

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.

Crank It Counter-Krokwise

Posted on: January 2nd, 2017 by SingToronto No Comments

Countermeasure will b hosting  The Harvard Krokodiloes on January 8th! Come see us and this all-male group at 3030 Dundas W. for a fun-filled night of a cappella!

Tickets can be purchased at the link above. Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7pm.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year – for singing!

Posted on: November 26th, 2016 by SingToronto No Comments

A Cappella Filling Concert Halls!
Enjoy some of our SING! artists in their holiday events:

The O’Pears at the Toronto Christmas Market for SING!, November 27,  Distillery Historic District main stage, 6:30 pm and 7:15pm

Onoscatopoeia, The Hart House Jazz Choir – annual Winter Concert, December 2, 7 p.m.,Hart House, University of Toronto.

Countermeasure on CBC Radio’s Sounds of the Season, December 2, between 5:30 and 6:00 pm, 99.1 FM and live at Glenn Gould Studio, CBC, 250 Front Street West

The Elmer Iseler Singers and the Amadeus Choir sing Handel’s Messiah, December 2, 8 pm, Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East,

Tunes. Beats. Awesome winter concert: TBAactually. December 3,  7:30 p.m., Northrup Frye building, 73 Queen’s Park Crescent

Toronto Northern Lights Christmas at The Met, December 3, at 7:30 pm Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East

Soundcrowd, December 3, 6:30, 7:15 and 8 pm. Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery Historic District

4SKÖR , December 3, 8:30 pm, 120 Diner, 120 Church Street

Hamilton Children’s Choir, Making Spirits Bright, December 3, 7:30 pm, Ryerson United Church, Hamilton ON

Cantemus Singers Christmas Concert “In Dulci Jubilo”, December 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Church of the Holy Trinity in the Eaton Centre and December 4, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, 70 Silver Birch Ave. at Queen St. East.

The O’Pears, A Night of Seasonal Songs with The O’Pears & The Barrel Boys, TRANZAC club, December 4, Doors at 7:30 p.m., music at 8:00 p.m.

Micah Barnes, The Ault Sisters, and Countermeasure plus more! LOFT Community Services’ signature fundraising event 26th Annual Christmas Concert Home for the Holidays, December 5  at St. James Cathedral, 7:30 p.m.

Canadian Mens’ Chorus, Not Another Christmas Concert, December 9, 7:30 p.m., The Music Gallery, 197 John Street, Toronto

Scarborough Chorus Shine On! 60th Anniversary Concert and Craft/Bake Sale, December 10, 1 pm, Scarborough Bluffs United Church, 3739 Kingston Road, Scarborough

Cadence Holiday Concert, December 10, 7:30 p.m. Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave., Toronto

Elora Festival Singers sing Handel’s Messiah, St. Joseph Catholic Church , December 11, 3 pm, 780 St. David Street North , Fergus ON

East York Barbershoppers‘ Christmas party, December 13, 7:30 pm,  Harmony Hall, 2 Gower Street, East York

Duly Noted, Love  Lost, December 13, 7:30 pm., TELUS House, 25 York Street

Kith & Kin Holiday Wassail. December 17, Doors: 7 p.m., Concert: 8 p.m. The Music Gallery, 197 John St.

Darbazi, December 17, 2 p.m., Holiday Fair at Nathan Phillips Square (Toronto City Hall)

Download the Program for Sing! Toronto 2016!

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 by SingToronto No Comments

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Meet the SING! Artists

Posted on: April 25th, 2016 by SingToronto No Comments
Aaron Jensen, Artistic DirectorAaron Jensen is an internationally-published composer, arranger, clinician, and performer based out of Toronto, Canada. His creative offerings have been performed across North and South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia by artists such as ImilonjiKaNtu 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). Commissions include: world-renowned Swingle Singers, Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Vox Humana, Windago, and Serenade! Choral Festival Washington DC, and SING! for ‘From Sea to Sea’ (Centrediscs/NAXOS). Jensen was awarded the grand prize by the International John Lennon Songwriting Competition in the jazz category. His is co-founder, Musical Director and Conductor of Countermeasure; Artistic Director of SING! Toronto, and Artist-In-Residence at Beth Sholom Synagogue. He has performed, toured and recorded with award-winning ensembles including Cadence, Countermeasure, Retrocity, The Watch, Dina Ledi, WIBI, Ruach Singers, and VociStrane.
Alissa Vox RawIf a jazz diva from the 1920s was reincarnated into a looping indie songstress, you would have Alissa Vox Raw.Often with no more than a loop pedal and her voice, she creates rich tapestries of sound from a multitude of organically built harmonic parts, interwoven together to create full music beds. www,
Brett Lloyd AbbottBrett is a frequent keynote speaker and leader of workshops and seminars throughout North America.and Europe in the areas of marketing, web, and e-commerce. He is Chair of SING! The Austin Vocal Arts Festival.
Charlie AndrewsCharlie is the General Manager of the SOCAN Foundation, founded in 1992, dedicated to fostering Canadian music creation and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today's society.
Alex AndronacheIn his 35 plus years in the Music industry, Alex has pursued a diverse career path as an artist manager, talent agent, concert promoter, production manager, sound mixer, tour manager, tour accountant, record producer, and studio manager. He has worked with many international artists including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Supertramp, Paul McCartney and The Bee Gees, and was tour manager for Canadian rock icon Triumph. He is Education Counselor and spokesperson for Metalworks Institute.
Ault SistersExperience the joy of sweet sibling harmony from Amanda, Alicia and Alanna Ault, who have been producing music together for more than a decade. The trio are currently making a name for themselves in vocal jazz. They have performed with A-list Toronto musicians RobiBotos, George Koller, Ben Riley, Nathan Hiltz, Ethan Ardelli, Justin Gray, Ted Quinlan, Mark Kieswetter, and Dylan Bell.
Balaklava Blues BALAKLAVA BLUES presents traditional polyphony from left-bank Ukraine, age-old stories from the war-afflicted east sung by Marichka and Mark Marczyk (Counting Sheep, Lemon Bucket Orkestra) and their ensemble.
Heather BambrickHeather Bambrick, winner of the National Jazz Award for Vocalist of the Year and Broadcaster of the Year, is in demand as a performer, educator, and host. She has performed and/or recorded with numerous international artists, including Phil Nimmons, Kenny Wheeler, Gene DiNovi, Guido Basso, DarmonMeader, Peter Appleyard, John Lamb, Carol Welsman, Jackie Richardson, DenzalSinclaire, The Caliban Quartet, Rudy Webb, and the late Rob McConnell. She is busy touring with her Broadsway show.
BeatsyncThis new nine-piece a cappella combines eclectic repertoire with dynamic beats and sophisticated arrangements. From pop to electronic to classic soul, Beatsync draws upon diverse influences to craft their unique contemporary sound, spanning repertoire from Björk to Frankie Valli to Jessie J and even a detour into Chinese folksong.via the creative lens of co-directors Daniel Boyle and Nick Kotoulas, with one goal in mind: to get the party started, no instruments necessary.
Timothy BoothCrowdfunding expert and consultant with several years in the field, he has been on the Canadian music scene for more than 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. is passionate about the importance of the Arts and their value to the economy and society.
Elle BrigidaElle has been singing and arranging for all-female a cappella groups since 2008. As the Music Director of two all-female a cappella groups, Elle has brought Vocal Synergy and Cape Harmony to the next level. Elle currently serves as the Social Media Manager for the Women's A Cappella Association (WACA).
CadenceCombining the lyricism of Stan Getz, the sophisticated harmonies of the Count Basie Big Band and the devil-may-care attitude of Louis Prima, this fabulous foursome has been entertaining audiences worldwide for over a decade with their innovative jazz arrangements, genre-hopping covers and eclectic originals. With an infectious energy and a good measure of jovial stage antics, this cool cat rat pack of musical misfits is guaranteed to leave you shouting out for more.
Canadian Men's ChorusCanadian Men’s Chorus presents high calibre, professional performances of classical repertoire, traditional and contemporary, with a focus on music that reflects Canadian culture and on creating new Canadian music. Artistic Director Greg Rainville and Collaborative Pianist Christina Faye.
City ChoirCity Choir is a Toronto-based, non-auditioned choir directed by Gregory Oh, John Millard, Patricia O'Callaghan, Suba Sankaran and Waleed Abdulhamid. Open to all who love to sing, the choir performs music that is classic, contemporary and global in style. Repertoire includes original material created by the Directors as well as many different styles of music (jazz, pop, classical, folk, world, funk and more).
Capital BlendCapital Blend is an all-female a cappella group based in the Washington, D.C. area whose mission is to spread female empowerment through song. They cover pop, rock, R&B, country and oldies. The group has created a name for itself through bi-annual concerts, performances at corporate events, a cappella competitions, local music venues, and major sporting events. The group was invited to audition for NBC's The Sing-Off and is a proud member of CASA's Contemporary A Cappella League.
Concrete A Cappella A six person mixed a cappella group performing anything from pop hits and classic rock to holiday carols from New York, they are making their SING! debut. Concrete seeks to transcend traditional a cappella barriers to bring a cappella into the forefront of the music world.
Countermeasure. ***** (5 stars) East Coast FM, Edinburgh The new sound in vocal music, known for their upbeat blend, sophisticated harmonies, infectious energy and dramatic staging. Led by award-winning composer/arranger Aaron Jensen, and featuring fourteen of Toronto’s top young vocal talent, Countermeasure's genre-defying, contemporary sound has earned the group critical and public acclaim. They head for their second UK tour in August for shows in London and at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, plus Vocalmente Festival in Italy, supporting their second CD release, “Made to Measure”. Countermeasure has been featured at jazz festivals, concert series, and galas, on CBC Radio, Global TV, Rogers TV and City TV, and CP24 TV. They are a founding artist of SING! The group has shared stages with vocal giants The Swingle Singers, The Real Group, The Four Freshman, and The Nylons, as well as Canadian music mainstays Alan Frew, Lorraine Segato, David Warrack, Chantal Kreviazuk, Nikki Yanofsky, and Blue Rodeo.
Charles Cozens A true Renaissance Man of the Canadian music business, Charles is highly acclaimed as an arranger, composer and orchestrator for major Canadian artists, ensembles and orchestras, and a theatrical conductor, pianist, accordionist, and CD producer with more than100 CDs to his credit. He is best known for his compelling symphony shows, featuring his arrangements for full orchestra, performed by artists that include Sir Elton John, Randy Bachman, The Nylons, Mark Masri and more.
Kerry-Lee CrawfordKerry is a renowned on-air host at G987fm and co-founder of a unique movement called The LOVE Project. Kerry was founding member of the Multi-Juno Nominated Platinum and Gold selling Babyblue Sound Crew whose success aided in the launch of Sean Paul, Glenn Lewis, Jully Black and Kardinal Offisial. Kerry’s musical exploits carried him around the world working with the “who’s who” of the urban elite. Kerry moved into News Media as a producer, consultant & contributor appearing on various programs for broadcasters Discovery Channel, Sports Net & the Score while lending his voice to CBC Radio One, T.S.N and the Raptor Channel.
Duly NotedToronto’s all-women a cappella ensemble, delights audiences with over 500 years of music, singing everything from madrigals to Feist, with direction and arrangements by Jennifer Kirner. Duly Noted, formerly known as Vocal Minority, is an all-women's a cappella ensemble that; everything from madrigals to Jason Mraz!
East York BarbershoppersIn 1950, Art Moores, a barbershopper from Windsor, moved back to East York and decided to start up a chapter in his neighbourhood. Since then the Chapter has enjoyed one of the most storied histories in all of barbershop! . EYBS has won the right to represent Ontario at the International Chorus Championship 14 times, finishing in the Top 5 seven times! This 40-men strong chorus rehearses weekly at Harmony Hall and raises money for the Harmonize for Speech charity.
Sue EdworthySue 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.
Empire A Cappella These nine dynamic women from New York perform songs from a variety of genres, including pop, country, rock, Motown, and more. This is their SING! Debut appearance.
GrexLed by singer/pianist/teacher Alex Samaras, Grex is an 8-voice performing new and experimental vocal works
4Skor4SKÖR is a dynamic and sophisticated vocal quartet that incorporates tight harmonies and smooth arrangements in an energetic and infectious style all their own. Their unique sound is modern with hints of Jazz, Latin, R&B, Funk, Pop and Fusion. Aside from performing, arranging, rehearsing and recording, Sara, Pete, Kylie and Sean spend their days as a President/CEO, a Lawyer, a Personal Stylist and Golf Maintenance Technician, continuing to promote and advocate for the importance of Music Education.
FreePlay DuoMultifaceted musicians Suba Sankaran and Dylan Bell join forces to create the FreePlay Duo. Described as “inspired eclecticism”, they take you from the concert halls of Europe, to the jazz clubs of Manhattan, to the temples of India, and back to the cultural mosaic of their native Toronto… all without leaving your seat. From Bach to Bird to the Beatles, Dylan and Suba effortlessly cross musical boundaries, continually combining and recombining sounds to create a concert of endless variety, with the intimate delivery of two people.
Natalia Grañé & Luis ArredondoLuis and Natalia, Swing Duo, started dancing Lindy Hop some years ago in Barcelona and from the first moment they fell in love with it. They first started teaching at Swing Maniacs in Barcelona. In 2012, they opened a Toronto Studio. Local Lindy hoppers Luis and Natalia help their students become the best dancers they can be…while still making classes fun!
Hamilton Children's ChoirThe choir consistently dazzles audiences with its focused sound, brilliant repertoire, and captivating stage presence, going far beyond technical excellence. Guided by world-renowned Artistic Director Zimfira Poloz, they are one of the leading children’s choirs in the world. Zimfira and her talented artistic team serve not only as musical leaders, but also as wonderful role models for the choristers.
Hampton Avenue 4Hampton Avenue in all its metamorphoses, has been together since 1995 – singing and performing a cappella jazz arrangements of everything from Christmas songs and jazz standards to original compositions by group members, releasing two CDs. Come and join Suba Sankaran, Dylan Bell, Tom Lillington and Debbie Fleming, for sumptuous jazz harmony.
Hussein JanmohamedHussein is a sought after Toronto-based singer, composer and speaker/facilitator. His work aims to realize the pluralist spirit of Islam through choral music (choir), collaborative creation and composition. Hussein's choral programs and workshops help people in all communities to sound out their identities, bridge difference and work cooperatively towards a common musical and social goal.
Patti JannettaJuno-nominee, renowned singer and humanitarian. With three hit albums, two music videos and CTV special she’s toured Canada, the Caribbean Islands, the US, Europe and Asia and toured and co-wrote with Bo Diddley. Awards include a Diamond Record from Quality Records, the City of Toronto Award of Merit, the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal for Volunteerism, and the Laurie Pallet Patron of the Arts Award.
Thomas “TeKay” KingDancing and singing are his passion and he's done both on Broadway in professional concerts and shows. He is the performance director for the Contemporary A Cappella League group DeltaCappella, and now serves on Contemporary Acappella League Board of Directors. He has been the Director of Contemporary A Cappella Society (CASA) International Program for 6 years.
Jennifer KirnerJennifer is the Senior Manager, Community Affairs for TELUS, responsible for Community Investment and Employee Engagement initiatives in the GTA and Ontario. Jennifer has worked at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Sheena’s Place and the Toronto Children’s Chorus. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Queen’s and an MBA from the Schulich School of Busines. She is a board member of SING! and Sky’s the Limit Youth Organization, on the Corporate Cabinet for Make-A-Wish Canada. and is on the Program Advisory Committee for Centennial College.
kith & kinkith&kin are a family from Toronto’s Ward's Island. They sing music from the British Isles, Appalachian, Canadian and Shapenote traditions, plus original songs. The a capella trio is Martha Farquhar-McDonnell, Kathleen McDonnell and Ivy Mairi.
Travis KnightsA Montreal native, Travis caught the dancing bug at the age of 10. At 16, he was cast as a principal dancer in the motion picture biography of Bill 'Bojangles’ Robinson, featuring Gregory Hines and Savion Glover. In 2006, he was the principal tap dancer in the video game adaptation of Warner Brother's 'Happy Feet'. In '07- '08, was a Tap Dance consultant for Cirque du Soleil in Montreal. Travis was a featured tap dancer in the Opening Ceremonies to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, with the touring Australian Tap Dance show “Tap Dogs”, and with Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, Texas.
Rick LazarRick was voted Percussionist of the Year five times by Jazz Report magazine. He leads the Juno-nominated global jazz ensemble Montuno Police and has produced and released 4 CDs with this group. Rick has toured/recorded with such artists as Bruce Cockburn, Barry White, Paul Shaffer, Brian Hughes, Jesse Cook and Loreena McKennitt. Rick is also the creator and artistic director of Samba Squad and has written, produced and released 3 CDs with this group: Samba Squad, Batuque and Que Beleza.
Main Street QuartetMike McGee, Myron Whittlesey, Tony DeRosa and Roger Ross bring a combined 100+ years of barbershop experience to the stage. Notable past quartets include Keepsake, Max Q, Metropolis, Platinum and Rounders. All four members have performed at Walt Disney World with the Dapper Dans of Main St. USA and/or the Voices of Liberty, plus performances in film, television, radio and musical theater.
Amanda MartinezMartinez is a Toronto-based singer/songwriter whose music exultingly blends her unique Mexican and South African roots with flamenco soul. Her third and latest CD "Mañana" was helmed by Grammy-winning producer Javier Limón." ‘Mañana’ and her previous solo albums have earned her three Latin Jazz Artist of the Year nominations at Canada’s National Jazz Awards. Her songs have appeared on three Putumayo world music collections. Martinez has headlined at the legendary Blue Note jazz club in New York, at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Festivities in South Africa, and at the 2011 and 2015 PanAmerican Games.
Dave MathesonMulti-instrumentalist, performer and music producer. Dave Matheson is a founding member of platinum-selling Juno nominees Moxy Früvous, and has performed all over the world. Dave currently plays piano with singer songwriter RonSexsmith, John McDermott, and jazz vocalist Lori Cullen - all three of whom are Juno winners. He's also played with James Keeleghan, Royal Wood, Sarah Slean, Cindy Church and many others. David led the house band at tapings of The Royal Canadian Airfarce for its final 8 years. When not performing, he studies music with David Braid, teaches music, and produces cds.
Ambre McLeanA veteran of the Canadian music scene, with her genre defying style and indie approach, McLean has carved her own path along the way. After years of performing with bands Kyn, and Sharon Said. Ambre has released 3 studio albums, garnered numerous accolades and has appeared regularly on the Canadian music festival circuit. She is currently touring in support of her brand new album “Me”.
Caden MacKinnonAn active dancer for the past 13 years, he trained in several street styles such as breaking, house, hip hop, and specializes in popping. He is a member of Faction Crew and co-founded The Sauga City Slayers Crew. Caden is a well known competitor in the street dance battle scene in Toronto. He has won several freestyle battles such as the Unity 3v3 All Styles, Running To Vegas, and the TUDS Qualifier Round by Gadfly.
Mississauga Summer ChoraleThe Mississauga Summer Chorale unites Cawthra Park Secondary School alumni with a love for choral music in a summer choir experience, culminating in a concert. The Chorale was formed in 2015 by University of Toronto student Victor Cheng, to bring students with a passion for choral music together during their summer break. The Chorale strives to provide a place where young choristers can re-experience the joy of creating music as a cohesive unit, in the city where they first found their love of choir.
Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath Canada's most beloved comedic couple, Colin Mochrie(Whose Line is it Anyway?) and Deb McGrath(Little Mosque on the Prairie)met at Toronto’s Second City in the ‘80s, and married in 1989. Colin appears regularly in film and television and was a cast member of CBC's news spoofThis Hour Has 22 Minutes for two seasons. Debra McGrath and Colin Mochrie produced, wrote and starred in the CBC show Getting Along Famously.Together they have also played a husband and wife in Love Letters and Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town for CBC, and Living in My Car.
Daniel Keith MorrisonDaniel Keith Morrison is a street dancer, who specializes in two hip hop styles, breaking and party rock style. He is in demand teaching youth ranging from 6-18 years old.. He will often showcase his freestyle skills to other genres of music.
Chantelle MostachoIndependent Toronto-based dance artist. Since the early age of five, she received extensive training in contemporary, modern, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and partnering. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s BFA Theatre Performance Dance program. Chantelle extended her training to street style, locking and house in the Inter-X Program by Lady C.
Naturally 7 This seven-man crew has perfected an intriguing a cappella style they’ve branded as “Vocal Play”—singing as instruments. Naturally 7 not only sings but also creates every backing instrument heard on its songs. We’re talking drums, bass, guitars, horns, flutes … even down to turntables. Stepping beyond R&B and pop, Naturally 7 taps into various genres from traditional gospel and rock to 17th century baroque. With nightly standing ovations in Europe, the U.K. Canada, Australia, Asia and the U.S., shows include an opening stint with hitmakers Coldplay, a No. 1 single in Germany with Sarah Connor, “Music Is the Key,” a top 15 album in Australia, 2006’s Ready II Fly, and 20+ million aggregated spins on YouTube! For Naturally 7, the turning point came in the fall of 2007. From quiet success all over Europe they have been propelled onto the world stage, performing before millions of people. As the special guest of internationally acclaimed singer Michael Bublé, Naturally 7 have been met with standing ovations nightly in Europe, the U.K., Canada, Australia and the U.S. Naturally 7 are Roger Thomas (musical director, arranger, 1st Baritone, Rap), Warren Thomas (percussion, guitar, clarinet, 3rd tenor) Rod Eldridge (1st tenor, scratching, trumpet), Ricky Cort (4th Tenor, guitar), Dwight Stewart (2nd baritone, vocals, trumpet), Garfield Buckley (2nd Tenor, Harmonica) and “Kelz” Mitchell (Bass).
NukariikKathy Kettler and Kendra Tagoona are two talented Inuit women who perform contemporary and traditional Inuit music in the styles of throat singing, a ya ya singing and drumming. With roots in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec and Baker Lake, Nunavut, Kathy and Kendra have lived most of their lives in southern Canada, but maintain a strong connection to their culture through their Inuit friends, Elders and family. Kathy learned how to throat sing from her sister, Karin, and taught Kendra almost 15 years ago.
The O'PearsWith the homegrown musicality of The Wailin Jennys, the sibling-like blend of the Andrews Sisters, and the lyrical sensibility of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, The O’Pears, with their signature jaw-dropping harmonies, hold listeners captive with a sound and style that is both classic and contemporary. They have most notably performed at NXNE, the Sing! Toronto and SING! Austin, Texas, 2015 Lunenberg Folk Harbour Festival. After the success of their debut EP, “Our Own”, they released their first full-length CD this spring.
PeterpotFrom Calgary, he is known for his positive message and creative approach to making music. Having won the Stampede Talent Search in 2008, Canada's largest youth talent competition, he went on to become 1x Canadian Beatbox Champion and 2x vice Champion, performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and representing Canada multiple times at the World Beatbox Championships in Germany.
Pressgang MutinyCanada's youngest shantymen have been roaring out songs of the sea since 2012. Local favourites in their hometown and on the Canadian and American East Coasts, they are keeping alive a vital tradition of work songs that represents the world's first truly multicultural music.
Pretty SharpAcappella group of alumni singers living in Toronto, who get together, pour some wine, and sing some songs in unique arrangements.
The RainbowsHarmony Sweepstakes A Cappella winners, Rainbows from Quebec City form an explosive sound filled with rich harmonies. They get their inspiration from Jazz and Pop music and always find a way to surprise their public with original arrangements.
Heather ReppenPresident of Blue Sky Marketing Solutions, Heather is a results driven marketing professional with over 15 years of experience in creative, innovative development of high-impact marketing programs.
RetrocityThe bold, textured a cappella arrangements capture an astonishing range of instrumental imitation. Righteous guitar riffs, sensual sax solos, dope drum beats and sizzling synths… all performed with the human voice. From Sting to Salt ‘n Pepa, nobody delivers a blast of tubular tuneage like Retrocity. Retrocity’s high calibre musicianship and kinetic shows are popular with audiences of all kinds.
Ruach SingersCreating innovative liturgical and Hebrew vocal music, the ensemble offers a new take on the traditional Jewish choral sound, with style cues from contemporary jazz/pop a cappella and modern world music. Their new CD release “Crossroads” is available from CD Baby.
Paul RyanPresident of Limelight Management Inc, Manager of The Nylons, a creative entertainment industry executive with more than 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.
Shape Note SingingMore than a century of tradition of using Shape notes notation, designed to facilitate congregational and community singing.
Suba SankaranDORA award-winning, twice JUNO-nominated world/fusion vocalist, she has effortlessly combined musical worlds, performing across North America, Europe, the UK, Asia and Africa with Autorickshaw, master drummer Trichy Sankaran, FreePlay Duo and Retrocity (80s a cappella revue). Suba is in demand as a choral director, arranger, educator and composer. Performance highlights include performing for Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and performing with Jane Siberry, Lorraine Segato, Bobby McFerrin and the Swingle Singers.
Anjelica ScannuraShe has performed internationally and excelled in all kinds of dance: from contemporary to Irish step dance, from Middle Eastern dance to flamenco. She is a sought after teacher co-artistic director school “Ritmo Flamenco”, has performed for the Princess of Jaipur, the Prime Minister of Malta, Sting, Russel Crowe, Alex Lifeson of Rush, and has been a solo dance artist with the Canadian Opera Company.
SupertonicFeaturing four members of the 2013 Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Champion, Toronto Northern Lights, Supertonic has a high energy sound showcasing all kinds of music, ranging from the golden age of Broadway to the radio hits of today. Members are Chris Arnold (bass) Patrick Brown (lead) Chris Scappatura (baritone) Jordan Travis (tenor).
Toronto Northern Lights All-StarsSingers from the award-winning barbershop ensemble, Toronto Northern Lights, bring their special and unique style to SING! ‘s O Canada! concert.
VoxCuraCanada's leading vocal health clinic is led by Dr. Brian Hands and Melanie Moore Tapson. VoxCura looks at each person’s voice as a unique instrument and provides guidance and diagnosis for maintenance and restoration of the voice.
The WatchA cappella veterans Dylan Bell, Art Mullin, Daniel Galessiere, and Aaron Jensen celebrate a songbook that ranges from swinging bebop tunes, to R&B anthems – from contemporary choral originals to classic pop songs. Their innovative arrangements delight, their vocal-instrument sounds amaze, and their high-energy performance will find you singing your soul out in your seat. Collectively, the members have recorded numerous celebrated albums and toured world-wide.
Niki WozniakSince co-founding Desiraeda Dance Theatre in 2007, Niki Wozniak has been making her mark as a unique and dynamic force in Toronto’s contemporary dance scene. Her choreographic style is notable for its theatrical and almost cinematic approach to exploring the human condition. Her creations are motivated by her passion for music and psychology, a curiosity of people, and a vibrant, imaginative vision. She is the Dance Captain for SING!’s “Trip the Light Fantastic”.
Yonge GunsMuch lauded young barbershop quartet is the 2015 International Collegiate Bronze Medalist and 2015 Ontario District Champion. From humble beginnings at Earl Haig Secondary School, they have sung in venues across North America and around the world. They are proud members of the 2013 International Barbershop Chorus Champions, the Toronto Northern Lights.
Zari Shalva Makharashvili, Andrea Kuzmich and Reid Robins are Zari (meaning “bell” in GeorgianDeclared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001, Georgian polyphony, with its close harmonies and untempered scales, is often described as transformatively visceral. It features 3-part singing in a variety of styles, from the haunting melismatic beauty of the Eastern provinces to the wild and exploding counterpoint of the West.


Posted on: April 19th, 2016 by SingToronto No Comments
We’re thrilled to announce our May 14 and 15 schedule of stimulating workshops and innovative curated concerts.  See the full schedule at
On Saturday we go Global, with interactive singing workshops by two of Canada’s top composer/conductors: Suba Sankaran and Hussein Janmohamed.  Then join in the Global Voices One, at 2 pm, to sing music from around the globe. Our award-winning guests, Main Street Quartet barbershoppers from Florida, will share their business tips and music talents throughout the day.
They join the final Global Voices Two Concert at 4 pm, also featuring Inuit cultural performers Nukariik, Ruach Singers (Hebrew traditional music re-envisioned), and the highly-lauded Hamilton Children’s Choir. Stick around after the show to meet these incredible artists.  In a group? Don’t miss our Funding Workshop with experts in the field.
Saturday, activities run from noon to 5:45 pm at little Trinity Anglican Church, 425 King Street, East, Toronto
Sunday, activities run from 11:45 am to 6:30 pm, at Dancemakers Studio, 9 Trinity Street, 3rd floor, Distillery Historic District, Toronto.
  On Sunday, hear a cappella groups The Ault Sisters, kith & kin, Peterpot (Beatbox Champion from Alberta), Zari, Pressgang Mutiny, Countermeasure, The Rainbows (Harmony Sweepstakes Winner from Quebec), and Balaklava Blues. We Trip The Light Fantastic, at 1pm, with dancers interpreting a cappella music.
Then it’s our popular NFB SINGs!, at 3:30 pm, where a cappella ensembles accompany National Film Board shorts, Workshops provide the opportunity to learn from experts about orchestral opportunities, web and social media marketing, or try your hand at the beatboxing master class and Shapenote Singing.
For your best value, buy a weekend pass for only $60 plus service charge,  or a one-day pass for just $40 plus service charge, and take in all of the great programming.  Individual workshops and concerts are just $15 plus service charge.