Sing! Toronto Artistic Directors
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.
Welcome from the Artistic Directors
As the new Artistic Directors of SING! the Toronto Vocal Arts Festival, we invite each of you to join us as we celebrate the limitless possibilities of the human voice. Now in its sixth year, SING! continues to be the only festival in Canada dedicated solely to the a cappella vocal arts.
As a cappella artists ourselves, we have performed at vocal festivals around the world from Stockholm, to London, to Taipei. What makes our festival stand out is the sheer array of vocal artistry we offer in our various programs. The “SING! In Concert” series offers world-class groups from New York, and from our own backyard. “SING! In The Clubs” offers a more intimate, immediate vocal experience. “SING! Free,” in the Distillery District, offers a weekend of multicultural and multi-stylistic acts, representing Canada’s unique cultural diversity, all free to the public. “SING! and Learn” offers educational outreach to schools, as well as public masterclasses where you can learn to be a better singer and performer, and work face-to-face with some of the greatest vocal ensembles in the world.
Get jazzed at the Bistro. Break a world record at the Distillery. Indulge your senses in a classical concert, or get charged up at an a cappella Art Battle. Come watch, listen, learn… and come SING!