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Brett Polegato
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Brett Polegato

Baritone Brett Polegato’s artistic sensibility has earned him the highest praise from audiences and critics: “his is a serious and seductive voice” says The Globe and Mail, and The New York Times has praised him for his “burnished, well-focused voice” which he uses with “considerable intelligence and nuance.” He appears regularly on the world’s most distinguished stages including those...

Barbara Assiginaak
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Barbara Assiginaak

Composer Barbara Assiginaak says of her background: “Rooted in the Anishinaabe aural/oral traditions of singing, drumming and the pipigwan/bbigon (cedar flute) from a young age, I am also classically-trained in piano and other European instruments, Western music theory and composition technique. Over many years I have also worked closely and collaboratively with musicians of diverse...

Brainerd Blyden-Taylor
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Brainerd Blyden-Taylor

Brainerd Blyden-Taylor is the Founder, Artistic Director and conductor of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Canada’s first professional chamber choir dedicated to the creation and performance of Afrocentric music of all styles. Born in Trinidad & Tobago, Mr. Blyden-Taylor immigrated to Canada in 1973. He founded The Chorale in 1998, in response to a musical void...

Jonelle Sills
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Jonelle Sills

Soprano Jonelle Sills was named as is one of Canada’s 30 hot classical musicians under 30 for 2020 by CBC Music, and has been praised for her “… warm, full, elastic tone” (Schmopera, Greg Finney). Currently based in Toronto, Jonelle completed her studies in the the Artist Diploma Program (ADP) at The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory...

Irene Gregorio
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Irene Gregorio

Irene Gregorio enjoys a diverse and active musical life as a pianist, educator, and music director. As a pianist and chamber musician, she has collaborated in recital with members of the LA Phil and San Francisco Symphonies. She has served as pianist for the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles,...

Jean-Sébastien Vallée
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Jean-Sébastien Vallée

Canadian-American conductor Jean-Sébastien Vallée is an internationally recognized conductor, scholar, and pedagogue. In addition to his work as Artistic Director of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Jean-Sébastien is Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Studies, and Coordinator of the Ensembles & Conducting Area at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, and Director of...

Rick Phillips
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Rick Phillips

Rick is currently a busy music writer and reviewer, lecturer, panel moderator, consultant, musical tour guide, artistic director and concert host. He’s often a juror in the classical music categories for the Juno Awards, and is the author of “The Essential Classical Recordings – 101 CDs” published by McClelland & Stewart. He leads a variety...

Matthew Larkin
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Matthew Larkin

One of Canada’s foremost organists and church musicians, Matthew Larkin has forged a successful career in many musical forums, including as choral and orchestral conductor, composer and arranger, accompanist, and recording artist. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Caelis Academy Ensemble, Ottawa, Music Director of the Anglican Chorale of Ottawa, Principal Family Conductor of...

Laurence Lemieux
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Laurence Lemieux

Laurence Lemieux is a choreographer, performer, presenter, teacher and artistic director of Citadel + Compagnie. Born in Québec City, Laurence studied dance at L’École Supérieure de Danse du Québec, and at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Her performance career began when she joined Toronto Dance Theatre in 1986. A member of the company for...

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