Dalhousie theatre students

 

Meet the performing artists supporting the expansion of the Dal Arts Centre for the Fountain School of Performing Arts.

Honourary Chair

Sarah Mclachlan

Grammy and Juno Award Winning Artist
Singer-Songwriter, Founder of the Sarah McLachlan School of Music
Vancouver, BC

Sarah McLachlan is one of the most celebrated singer songwriters in entertainment with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. She is an 11-time Juno Award winner and a three-time Grammy Award winner. McLachlan’s landmark fifth album, the 10x-platinum Surfacing, contained two Grammy Award-winning tracks, “Building a Mystery” and “Last Dance.”In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour, which showcased female musicians and raised over $7 million for local and national charities. In 2002 McLachlan founded her non-profit organization, the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides top quality music instruction at no cost, in a safe and nurturing environment, for at-risk and underserved children and youth. From an early age, music provided McLachlan with the tools she needed to navigate the challenges she faced in her life, so she recognizes how important it is for every child to have those same opportunities.In 2014 McLachlan released her seventh studio album, Shine On, for which she received a Juno Award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year. Shine On explores her personal journey over the previous few years of navigating love, loss and change.McLachlan’s latest release is her new 2016 Christmas album Wonderland. Wonderland contains fresh and inspired interpretations of 13 traditional and contemporary holiday classics.

In 2017 McLachlan was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

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Jane Archibald

Juno Award Winning Artist
Operatic Soprano
Halifax, NS

Jane Archibald’s career trajectory has taken her from Canada to San Francisco to the Vienna State Opera and major opera houses on both continents.Her artistry has generated excitement across Europe and North America with recent engagements including Lucia and Konstanze, Adele and Ophélie at the Met, Olympia, Zerbinetta and Cleopatra at the Opéra National de Paris, Sophie at La Scala Milan and in Berlin, Zerbinetta at Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and in Munich, as well as Semele at the Canadian Opera Company.

After beginning her professional opera career in her native Canada, Jane was an Adler Fellow and Merola participant with the San Francisco Opera. She then moved to the Vienna State Opera as a member of the ensemble, debuting many of the coloratura roles she continues to sing today. Jane Archibald stunned the world public with her extraordinary technical ability and breath control in the role of Handel’s Semele in 2012, which was highly praised by Opera News, describing Archibald’s performance as “outstanding” and “simply spectacular” (Opera News, August 2012).

The 2016/17 season will find Ms. Archibald debuting the role of Ginevra in Ariodante with Canadian Opera company, and revisiting Donna Anna for Theater an der Wien, Konstanze at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Zerbinetta with the Bayerische Staatsoper, Angelica (Haydn’s Orlando Paladino) at the Zurich Opera House, and, finally, Adele in a new production of Strauss’s Die Fledermaus with Santa Fe Opera.

Jane lives in Halifax, NS, with her husband, tenor Kurt Streit, and their two children.

Holly Arsenault

ECMA Nominated Artist
Jazz Pianist
Halifax, NS

Jazz pianist Holly Arsenault is an East Coast Music Awards (ECMA)-nominated artist based in Halifax, NS.

Jeri Brown

ECMA Winning Artist
Soprano, Producer, Entrepreneur
Montreal, QC

Soprano, Jeri Brown was born in St. Louis and studied, performed and taught in Ohio before settling in Canada in the late 80s. A Justin Time Records and Jongleur Records recording artist, Brown’s commitment to the legacy of vocal jazz with performances and award-winning recordings fills the historical spectrum of classic American songbook themes, original jazz compositions, and contemporary world themes with intense vocal improvisations and includes collaborations with diverse, legendary jazz artists.

Brown’s stunning career of accomplishments includes reviewed Grammy-submitted and Canada’s JUNO-nominated albums in best jazz vocal and best jazz categories. Brown’s dedication to vocal jazz spans a host of albums, operas, ballets, musical productions and research papers presented worldwide.

Beyond the realm of music, Brown holds degrees in journalism, counseling, education and English. Such diversity of subjects, along with a growing performance record, has led Brown into many different teaching and research opportunities at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Cleveland State University, University of Akron and University of Massachusetts. Brown has held several university teaching positions in Canada and currently serves as full-time professor of music at Concordia University.

Canadian awards include the Concordia Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of superior performance in teaching, Martin Luther King, Jr. Achievement Award, Who’s Who in Black Canada, and Vernissage of Black Muses award in recognition as a black female artist who has greatly impacted Canadian Arts. In 1994 Brown founded Jongleur Vocal Arts Performance School with locations in Montreal and Halifax to produce and provide support through scholarship, mentorship and training.

Linda Carvery

ECMA Winning Artist
Jazz and Gospel Vocalist
Halifax, NS

Founding President of the award-winning Nova Scotia Mass Choir, Linda Carvery embarked on a solo career in 2000. Working with Bill Stevenson and the crew at CBC Halifax, Linda recorded her first solo CD Yesterday/Today featuring selections of her personal jazz, blues, R & B and gospel favorites. That year, she also received the East Coast Music Award for Best Jazz Artist.

Linda has since expanded her musical horizons by performing in the Neptune Theatre productions of the musicals, Gospel at Colonus and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. She also performed in Eastern Front Theatre’s production of Shylah Falls, which staged a series of performances at the National Arts Centre. She also performed at the Halifax for Haiti fundraising concert and recently was part of the East Coast Blues Summit on CBC.

Linda’s musical diversity and powerful presence combine to deliver an entertainment experience that has attracted a large and loyal following. This year, she received the African Nova Scotian Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award.

Aside from her musical endeavors, Linda recently served as the Citizenship Judge for the Atlantic Region.

Tim Chaisson

ECMA Winning Artist
Singer-Songwriter / Musician
Souris, PEI

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Tim Chaisson has released the most accomplished record of his career – the many-sided country/folk/pop opus Lost in Light, produced by Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses).

Released in February 2015 on MDM Recordings, Lost in Light debuted at #1 on iTunes Country Chart, #5 on Canadian Country Sales Chart, and peaked at #5 on Canadian College “Earshot” Chart. Tim has recently been nominated at the 2016 East Coast Music Awards for Country Recording of the Year and was a Roots Artist of the Year nominee at the 2015 Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Additionally, he was a Singer/Songwriter Discovery of the Year on SiriusXM’s US The Coffee House and he won Touring Artist of the Year at the 2014 Music PEI Awards.

Rose Cousins

Juno Award Winning Artist
Dalhousie Alumni Award Recipient
Performing Songwriter
Halifax, NS & Sea View, PEI

Performing songwriter Rose Cousins is a Juno Award-winning artist based in Halifax, NS and Sea View, PEI. She is a Dalhousie alumna, having acquired her BSc(Kinesiology) in 1999. She was also the recipient of the 2009 Christopher J. Coulter Award granted by the Dalhousie Alumni Association.
Philippe Djokic

Laureate: Paganini
International Violin Competition
Concert Violinist
Halifax, NS

Philippe Djokic’s career as violinist and pedagogue has brought him recognition throughout Canada and abroad. Having completed his studies at the Juilliard School, he subsequently won several prizes at major international competitions, most notably, the Nicolo Paganini and Jacques Thibauld international violin competitions. This led to many recital tours and appearances with orchestra. His performances have been heard on CBC Radio and in recordings for the CBC and Naxos labels. He has an active career as chamber music performer, and has performed at important international festivals in Dubrovnik, Munich, Ottawa, Colorado and Alaska.Philippe has been invited to give masterclasses at several prestigious institutions, among them, Northwestern University, the Glenn Gould School and the Domaine Forget Academy. Several of his former students currently hold positions in Canada’s major orchestras and leading music schools.

Philippe has been on the music faculty of the Fountain School of Performing Arts since 1975.

Chalmers Doane

Music Educator
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts
Truro, NS

Chalmers Doane, CM, ONS, a native of Truro, N.S., and graduate of Boston University, was Director of Music Education for the Halifax schools from 1967 to 1984. He established an innovative music education program that taught thousands of children to play an instrument and fostered a lifelong appreciation and love of music. His unique approach, using the ukulele as an entry level instrument, resulted in a significant increase in students’ interest in choral and instrumental music. He is a talented multi-instrumentalist, and has founded many orchestras and bands, including the Chalmers Doane Trio. Dr. Doane has served on the boards of Symphony Nova Scotia and Neptune Theatre. His passion for music and his ability to generate enthusiasm in students and teachers has had a lasting influence on generations of Nova Scotians.

Melanie Doane

Founder, Doane Uschool
Juno Award Winner
Former Dal Music Student
Singer & Musician
Toronto, ON & Colchester Co, NS

Melanie Doane is a songwriter, a Juno award winning recording artist and a former voice major in Dalhousie’s Department of Music.

Her career has taken her from Broadway to Inuvik; her songs have been heard from Baywatch to Buffy (the Vampire Slayer) and she has now founded Doane Uschool, a charitable organization providing subsidized music education to children in city schools.

Melanie follows in her father’s education-focused footsteps to bring music to all students and she makes her home in Toronto. Her music-teacher sister Suzanne Doane, a Percussion/BMus Education’85 graduate of Dalhousie is her inspiration.a

Ferne Downey

Actor
Toronto, ON

Ferne Downey, BA (Theatre)’78, is an actor and serves as the National President of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), representing over 23,000 professional performers in the English-language recorded media in Canada. A proud Dal grad, she has spent the past 38 years working extensively as an actor in theatre, radio, television and film, as well as producing plays with partner and playwright, Paul Ledoux. She was nominated for a DORA Award for producing the hit musical, Dream A Little Dream: the nearly true story of The Mamas & The Papas.In September 2012, Ferne was honored to be the first North American elected as President of FIA, the International Federation of Actors, which represents performers in over 60 countries around the world. Since 2010 she has served as a vice-president on the Executive of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and is working to promote the importance of the broader labour movement both nationally and globally. She is also a proud graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Leadership Program (2012) and prouder yet to play a leading role advocating for Canada’s creative community.

Juno Award Nominated Artist
Musician, Great Big Sea
St. John’s, NL

Alan Doyle, actor, producer, best-selling author, and best-known as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved Great Big Sea these past 20+ years, released his second solo album, So Let’s Go, in January 2015. Title-track lead single So Let’s Go, is a rousing rallying cry that’s only further proof of Doyle’s ability to draw the listener under his banner. Equally adept at drawing a crowd, Doyle & the Beautiful Gypsies are taking their energetic show across North America and to Europe in 2017.

Alan hails from Petty Harbour, NL, and formed Great Big Sea in 1993 with Sean McCann, Bob Hallett, and Darrell Power, in which they fused traditional Newfoundland music with their own pop sensibilities. Their nine albums, double-disc hits retrospective, and two DVD releases have been declared Gold or Platinum and have sold a combined 1.2 million copies in Canada. So Let’s Go continues to cement Alan Doyle’s reputation as one of our country’s most treasured musicians and storytellers. “I always want people to have the greatest night of their life when the house lights go down.”
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Damhnait Doyle

Juno Award Nominee
Singer-Songwriter
St. John’s, NL

Damhnait Doyle was born in Newfoundland and Labrador and throughout her career has released eight full length recordings as both a solo artist and a part of award-winning groups Shaye and The Heartbroken. Damhnait has toured Canada extensively, opening for legends like Willie Nelson and Steve Earle, and she has travelled to both Kabul and Kandahar to perform for Canadian Forces personnel. She journeyed to Kenya to contribute her talents to the documentary The Song for Africa, a project aimed at raising awareness among Canada’s youth about the AIDS pandemic in Africa and returned to Rwanda to continue the initiative. In 2010, Damhnait forged another collaboration with musicians Stuart Cameron, Blake Manning and Peter Fusco and The Heartbroken was born. Last fall, they released “Storm Clouds,” the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut album and they will tour summer and fall 2017 to support it.

Neil Edwards

President, Honens Festival & Piano Competition
Calgary, AB

Neil Edwards is the President of Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, AB. The former CEO of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (St. John’s) and past Executive Director of Debut Atlantic (Halifax), he is an accomplished musician and a nationally recognized
innovative cultural executive. Mr. Edwards consistently delivers among the best and most creative expertise to the arts organizations he leads. A staunch proponent of live orchestral music, music education, and the support and development of the careers of emerging artists, his commitment to the arts is evident in the many long-standing corporate, government, and private partnerships he has created on local, provincial, regional, and national levels. Mr. Edwards is a Past Chair of the Board of Governors of the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts (Halifax), past Board Member of Debut Atlantic (Halifax), and a current member of the Circle of Advisors of The Singing Network (St. John’s), a provincial-national-international network of individuals and organizations interested in singing and song. He is also the Project Consultant for Canadian singer Eleanor McCain’s mammoth recording project True North: The Canadian Songbook.

Andrea England

Singer-Songwriter, Four Chords & The Truth
Sand Point, NS & Toronto, ON

Nova Scotia born, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Andrea England has a unique ability to work successfully in two different music worlds, placing pop co-writes such as “Casualty” on Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger’s solo debut album, Killer Love, (for which she earned a U.K. Gold Record), while recording and performing as an Americana/folk solo artist herself.

Working with emerging artists as well as with an international who’s who of songwriters, recent highlights for Andrea include cuts on albums by Canadian Country Music Award nominees Meghan Patrick and Twin Kennedy and co-written singles released by international pop artists Zameer, Roveena, and Hairspray/Jersey Boys star, Tara Macri.

A proud alumnus of both Dalhousie (Gender & Women’s Studies’16) and St. Francis Xavier (English Literature) universities, Andrea believes in the power of education and the importance of giving back: she’s led song writing workshops for Guitar WorkshopPlus, the Honey Jam, the Singing Competition, and Elaine Overholt’s Big Voice Studios and is the founder and host of Four Chords & the Truth, Toronto’s newest and hottest ‘in the round’ top songwriters showcase, in support of the Unison Benevolent Fund.

Randy Glynn

Clifford E. Lee Award winner
Artistic Director, Live Art Dance Productions
Halifax, Toronto & Granville Ferry, NS

Director, choreographer, dancer and teacher, Randy Glynn has been a well-known figure in Canadian contemporary dance for almost 40 years. He started his professional career in Halifax in the mid-seventies when he helped co-found the Halifax Dance Co-op Dance Company. He moved to Toronto in 1977 and quickly joined the Danny Grossman Company. In 1987 he formed his own company the Randy Glynn Dance Project.

Glynn’s choreography has been staged by companies in Canada, the US and Ireland. A Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee, Glynn is also a recipient of the prestigious Clifford E. Lee Award for choreography. In 2015 his Dancing in the Third Act was shortlisted for the Nova Scotia Masterworks award, the first dance ever to receive such an honour.

He spent two years as an artistic coach and choreographer for the Canadian National Freestyle Ski team and, in 2008, directed the Circus Cabaret Show, My Life, which ran for a year in Berlin’s Chamaeleon Theatre and was seen by over 100,000 people.

Randy is currently artistic director of Live Art Dance Productions in Halifax. Randy and his dancer-director wife, Pamela Grundy, have maintained a home in Granville Ferry in the Annapolis Valley for the past 27 years where they grow grapes and make passable wine.

John Gracie

Folk Music Artist
Glace Bay, NS

John Gracie is a multiple award-wining singer/songwriter who has toured the globe with his music. Gracie was the first ever Male Vocalist of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards, and went on to win several other awards along with being a Juno nominee. He has performed in concert and at major events from Tokyo to Doha, London to Manhattan. He has a 15-album catalogue that include albums in the genres of jazz, folk, country and adult contemporary. He is set to release his latest album in April of this year. His Christmas albums have sold over 60,000 units and his Tribute to Gene MacLellan album was listed as a Canadian Best Seller.

Jerry Granelli

Portia White Prize
Jazz Musician
Halifax, NS

Jerry Granelli is one of the most widely recognized and highly regarded musicians in Nova Scotia. He is a supportive community leader and mentor for musicians and artists of all ages and backgrounds. Jerry was instrumental in the establishment of the Halifax Jazz Festival (formally the Atlantic Jazz Festival), which over the past 30 years has evolved to become a signature event in Halifax and the largest music festival in the Maritimes.

Jerry is also a founder and long-standing creative director of the Creative Music Workshop, an intensive summer program that has been a flagship education program of the Halifax Jazz Festival for the past 21 years. With a career that spans 60 years, Jerry has had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Charlie Heyden, Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Sly Stone, Ornette Coleman and Vince Guaraldi.

Jerry has recorded over 30 albums. His prolific and genre-crossing music has been recognized by institutions such as the Junos, The Grammy Awards, the National Library of Congress Sound Archives, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He continues to have a profound influence in the cultural community in Nova Scotia and beyond.

Bernhard Gueller

ECMA Winner in collaboration with Symphony NS
Music Director and Principal Conductor, Symphony NS
Halifax, NS

Music director of Symphony Nova Scotia in Canada and principal guest conductor of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra this year, Bernhard Gueller continues to be well-known to audiences internationally for the passion, mastery and drama he brings to the concert hall podium. He is acclaimed by musicians, critics and audience for his musical purity and continually garners praise for the fresh approach he applies under his “amazingly suggestive baton”.

Beginning his career as a cellist, Gueller won the United German Radios Conducting Competition in 1979 and for nearly 20 years ran tandem careers, deputing for the legendary conductor Sergiu Celibidache who regarded Gueller as his best “pupil”.

He has been music director in Nuremberg and principal guest conductor of the Victoria Symphony in British Columbia and Johannesburg Philharmonic. His career has taken him to many top concert halls from America and Australia to Canada, Russia, Japan, China, Korea, South Africa, and Brazil, as well as countries in Europe.

With a reputation for his mastery of contemporary works, Gueller has commissioned several concerti for Symphony Nova Scotia. These include a concerto for accordion, for oboe and one for piano. He has premiered for the Concerto for Tabla and Orchestra by Canadian composer Dinuk Wijeratne and works by other foremost Canadian composers such as Derek Charke and Tim Brady.

Gueller has also made many recordings for national and international broadcast. He was awarded a doctorate by Dalhousie University in Halifax for his services to music in the province.

Dave Gunning

ECMA Winning Artist
Singer-Songwriter
Pictou, NS

With a career spanning 20 years and 11 albums, folk-roots based singer-songwriter Dave Gunning has earned multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, a Juno nomination and eight East Coast Music Awards for his well-crafted work. His album, Lift, offers an honest acoustic sound that proves to be the perfect vehicle for his neatly-crafted and poetic material and gently expressive vocals. A genuinely engaging performer and world-class songwriter, Dave has the magnetic gift of captivating audiences by painting pictures through his heartfelt stories, humorous lyrics and stunning musical arrangements.

Dave is known for distilling the essence of a nation into iconic and anthemic folk songs, traversing territory as diverse as hockey, hardships, love, the pulp mill and grass roots activism with the kind of personal touch that has put him in the company of such lauded Canadian luminaries as David Francey, James Keelaghan, Stan Rogers and Gordon Lightfoot.

Dave is set to release a new recording project with good friend J.P. Cormier, fittingly titled “two” and will be touring across Canada in 2017.

Barbara Hannigan

Operatic Soprano & Conductor
Amsterdam, NL

Soprano Barbara Hannigan divides her time between singing on the world’s major stages and conducting leading orchestras. The Berlin Philharmonic, Münchner Philharmoniker, Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony are among the orchestras with whom she holds close relationships. Barbara has worked with the most prominent conductors, including Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kirill Petrenko, David Zinman, Vladimir Jurowski, Antonio Pappano, Alan Gilbert and Reinbert de Leeuw. Her commitment to the music of our time has led to an extensive collaboration with composers including Boulez, Dutilleux, Ligeti, Stockhausen, Sciarrino, Barry, Dusapin and Abrahamsen.

Barbara’s recordings have garnered awards from Gramophone, Edison, America’s Grammy Awards, Victoires de la Musique and the Royal Philharmonic Society. Other awards include Singer of the Year (Opernwelt, 2013) and Musical Personality of the Year (Syndicat de la Presse Francaise, 2012).

Recently appointed as a member to the Order of Canada, Barbara Hannigan’s life as an artist has been the subject of two documentaries: Accentus Music’s acclaimed documentary I’m a creative animal, produced at Lucerne Festival 2014 where she was Artiste Etoile, Dutch television’s Canadees Podiumdier (NTR 2014), as well as Mathieu Amalric’s short film, C’est presque au bout du monde.

Karen Kain

Cartier Lifetime Achievement Award
Artistic Director, The National Ballet of Canada
Toronto, ON

Artistic Director Karen Kain, C.C., L.L.D., D.Litt., O.Ont., has led the National Ballet of Canada with great success for the past 10 years. Her many accomplishments include returning the company to the international stage, commissioning exciting new work and forming partnerships with leading ballet companies such as The Royal Ballet.

Long recognized as one of the most gifted classical dancers of her era, noted for her compelling characterizations and versatility as a performer, she is one of Canada’s most renowned and committed advocates for the arts. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Ms. Kain received her training at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto, joining the National Ballet in 1969.

In 1973, Ms. Kain was awarded the Silver Medal in the Women’s Category at the prestigious International Ballet Competition in Moscow and, along with Frank Augustyn, received a special prize for Best Pas de Deux. Subsequently, she embarked on a remarkable international career performing with such companies as Paris Opera Ballet, Roland Petit’s Le Ballet de Marseilles, the Bolshoi Ballet, London Festival Ballet and Vienna State Opera Ballet. Throughout her career she developed a close creative partnership with Rudolf Nureyev and often performed with him.

Ms. Kain retired from dancing following a farewell tour in 1997 and took up the position of Artist-in-Residence with the company (later expanded to that of Artistic Associate). She became Artistic Director in 2005.

Richard King

Grammy Award Winner
Audio Engineer
Montreal, QC

Richard King is an Associate Professor in the Music Research Department at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal. He is an educator, researcher, and a multiple Grammy award-winning recording engineer Richard is also a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media, and Technology (CIRMMT). His research interests include small environment acoustics, the process of music mixing, and multichannel recording and reproduction in three dimensions. His book entitled, Recording Orchestra and other classical music ensembles, is now available as part of the Focal Press “AES presents” series.

Suzanne Lemieux

Oboist
Halifax, NS

Suzanne Lemieux is the Principal Oboe of Symphony Nova Scotia. She has performed as guest soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia in more than 20 different programs and delighted audiences with repertoire from all eras of classical music, from Baroque to contemporary.

She recorded Telluric Dances, an oboe concerto by Christos Hatzis, and gave the American premiere of this piece at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall with maestro Alexandros Myrat. She also gave the premiere of Marjan Mozetich’s Oboe Concerto with Ottawa’s Thirteen Strings and has been a soloist with the Atlantic Sinfonia and the Victoria Symphony.

An active chamber musician, Suzanne has been a guest of the Penderecki String Quartet and the Quatuor Arthur Leblanc and was invited to the Prince Edward County Chamber Music festival in Picton, Ontario. She has played recitals at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage and Salon. She is a returning guest artist at the Scotia Festival of Music and has participated in the Indian River Festival and New Brunswick Summer Music Festival on several occasions. She has toured with soprano Wendy Nielsen and pianist Robert Kortgaard for Debut Atlantic. She is a member of Halifax’s woodwind quintet, Fifth Wind.

Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa where she studied with Rowland Floyd, and a Master of Music from the University of Michigan where her teacher was Harry Sargous. Other influential teachers include Maurice Bourgue and Richard Killmer.

Suzanne is guest Principal Oboe of the Edmonton Symphony this season and will return to Symphony Nova Scotia for the 2017/18 season.

Daniel MacIvor

Governor General Award for Drama
Writer / Director / Actor
Halifax, NS

Daniel MacIvor is a writer, director and actor based in Halifax, NS. He holds the Governor General Award for Drama.

Lindsay G. Merrithew

Actor, Producer, Entrepreneur
Toronto, ON

Lindsay Merrithew’s lifelong passion for the theatre has manifested in a number of pursuits. In addition to acting and producing, he is also a patron and a member of the Shaw Theatre Festival Governors Council. His acting career has spanned stage, film and television in both Canada and the U.S., and includes a number of choice roles. In 2015, Lindsay co-founded Hidden Cove Productions, uniting his love of the stage with his passion for business.

A successful entrepreneur, Lindsay is the driving force behind the growth of the health and fitness company, Merrithew™, and is responsible for the vision and strategy behind directing the fully-integrated business, including its premier Pilates brand, STOTT PILATES®. His entrepreneurial endeavors have earned him two nominations for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and he is a five-time recipient of Profit Magazine’s Fastest-growing Companies Award.

A graduate of The Juilliard Theater Center in NYC, Lindsay also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University.

Anne Murray

Grammy Award Winning Artist
Entertainer
Thornhill, ON & Pugwash, NS

Canadian singer Anne Murray, CC, ONS is one of the best-known entertainers in the world. In the course of her career, she has sold over 55 million recordings, has had more than 30 charted pop hits on Billboard, over 50 country chart entries, and over 40 adult contemporary listings.

The recipient of four Grammy Awards, 24 Juno Awards, three American Music Awards and three Country Music Association Awards, Anne has recorded 32 studio albums and 15 compilations albums, and been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. She also has stars on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame.

As well, Anne is a Companion of the Order of Canada and the recipient of the Order of Nova Scotia.

In 1989, Anne fulfilled a personal goal when she opened the Anne Murray Centre, a registered Canadian charity, in her hometown of Springhill, Nova Scotia. In November of 2009, Anne’s memoir All of Me was published (Random House/Knoff) and went on to become a national best seller.

As timeless as the music she has shared with the world for four decades – Anne Murray is, and will always be, Canada’s national treasure.

Ross Petty

Actor and Producer
Toronto, ON

Over the past 22 years, Ross Petty has created an eagerly anticipated holiday family tradition with his “fractured fairy tale” musical versions of well-known children’s stories at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre. Ross has starred as the evil presence with some of Canada’s most-loved performers, including Kurt Browning, Bruno Gerussi, Karen Kain, “Mr. Dressup” Ernie Coombs, and Fred Penner. In the U.S., he made his Broadway debut in Arthur Kopit’s Wings, created the role of Eddie Dorrance on ABC-TV’s All My Children, and starred in the title role of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, directed by Hal Prince. He shot Aladdin for a CBC-TV special which aired nationally, joining four previous CTV specials of his productions.” @therosspetty

 Gordon Pinsent

Canadian actor, screenwriter, director and playwright
Toronto, ON

It is impossible to imagine a Canada without Gordon Pinsent. The indelible characters that Gordon Pinsent has created in popular culture have woven themselves into the fabric of our nation’s consciousness. For television – the title role of Quentin Durgens, MP, the stuffed-shirt Member of Parliament; Edgar Sturgess, the scarletcoated militiaman in the TV series, A Gift to Last, written by Pinsent; Sgt. Bob Fraser Sr. in Due South; and his GEMINI award winning performance as Duff in Powerplay. Most recently, he has been seen as Corky Dillems in Corner Gas and the recurring character of Maurice Becker in Republic of Doyle. Gordon also played the long running character of Hap Shaughnessey in The Red Green Show; and Warren Wentworth in the television film Fallen Angel (CBS). In 2006 Gordon embarked on one of his most memorable projects to date. He wrote, directed and acted in the made-for-television film Heyday, (a period piece set during the end of World War II), in co-ordination with Triptych Media Inc./Pope Productions. Recently, Gordon conquered the internet thanks to his appearances on “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” with hilarious segments reading the memoirs of Justin Bieber that instantly went viral, as well as paying homage to his Newfoundlander roots with a memorable turn as “The Codfather”. Other notable TV appearances over the years include Banacek, Young Prosecutors, Harold Vickers in Street Legal and It Takes A Thief.
Selected credits for feature films include Jamie in The Thomas Crown Affair; The President of the United States in the cult movie: Colossus: The Forbin Project; Will Cole in The Rowdyman, a sort of Tom Jones let loose in Newfoundland; John in John and the Missus; Swiftwater, the Card shark in Klondike Fever; John Fredrickson in Silence of the North; charming Dame Judi Dench as Billy Pretty in the feature film, The Shipping News; Father Fitzpatrick in Saint Ralph for Alliance Atlantis, and a critically lauded performance as Grant Andersen in Sarah Polley’s Away From Her (2008 Gemini Award – Best Actor). 2013 saw the release of The Grand Seduction starring Gordon, Peter Keleghan and Brendan Gleeson.
Born in Newfoundland, Gordon began his career at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, which led to roles at the Stratford Festival. This was followed by Prospero in the The Tempest at the Vancouver Playhouse, and the title role of Cyrano at the Stephenville Theatre Festival. He returned to the Stratford Festival to star in Trumpets and Drums.
Gordon Pinsent is revered internationally not only as an actor, but also a writer. His novels, The Rowdyman and John and the Missus were both turned into feature films, with Gordon directing the latter. The Rowdyman was made into a musical and presented at the Charlottetown Festival in 1976. He co-starred with his wife, Charmion King, in two of his plays – Easy Down Easy and Brass Rubbings, and in Love Letters. Gordon wrote and starred in the CBC Movie of the Week, Win Again, for which he won a GEMINI for his script. His memoirs, By the Way, were published in 1994.
In 2012, a new side of Gordon emerged to the public – that of a lyricist and poet. Along with Greg Keelor (Blue Rodeo), and Travis Good (The Sadies), he released a double album Down and Out in Upalong.
Gordon has received two ACTRA awards for his television work; four GENIE awards for achievements in Canadian film; five GEMINI awards, a DORA award for the stage, as well as honorary doctorates at Queen’s University; the University of Prince Edward Island; Memorial University of Newfoundland; Lakehead University; the University of Windsor and an honorary degree from Humber College. He was made Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979, and promoted to Companion within the Order in 1998. In 2012, Gordon received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
As the CBC’s George Strombolopolous wrote “If you had to pick on person to symbolize acting in this country, Gordon Pinsent might be it.”
Laura Regan, Dalhousie performing arts cabinet

Actor
Los Angeles, CA

No stranger to the big and small screens, Laura Regan recently starred as a LEAD in the FOX series Minority Report and in 2018 she will feature in the new Paramount Network’s marquis series American Woman. Previous television highlights include a recurring role on AMC’s award winning series Mad Men and the title role in the NBC television movie Saving Jessica Lynch. On the film front, Regan had her feature film debut in M Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable with Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, and went on to star in leading roles in Wes Craven Presents: They for Dimension Films, My Little Eye (Focus Features), Dead Silence (Universal Pictures), and Hollow Man 2 (Sony Pictures). She most recently starred as the lead role of Dagny Taggart in the feature film Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt. Additional TV guest roles include hit shows such as Code Black, Longmire, The Closer, NCIS: Los Angeles, Castle, Bones, Burn Notice, Murder in the First, and Without a Trace.

Laura is also a passionate supporter of the environment, and an active member of the Sierra Club’s Arts and Entertainment Council.

Rhapsody Quintet

Music Nova Scotia Award
Halifax, NS

For more than 20 years Nova Scotia’s Rhapsody Quintet has thrilled and delighted audiences with its sparkling renditions of a wide range of music, including light classical, salon, musical theatre, jazz, tango, klezmer, movie music and more. Through their performances and recordings they have reached out across Canada and the world, performed for royalty, worked with school children and helped to raise funds for many deserving causes.

Rhapsody Quintet has appeared twice as guest artists with Symphony Nova Scotia in their Traditional Pops Series, receiving rave reviews and standing ovations. They performed in Ottawa as part of the National Arts Centre’s Atlantic Scene Festival, and were featured artists on Toronto’s Music Alive series. The Quintet performed for the re-opening of both the historic Public Gardens and Point Pleasant Park in Halifax following the devastation of Hurricane Juan, and were proud to provide the music for the Premier’s Dinner in honour of the first recipients of the Order of Nova Scotia.

The Quintet has performed on the Dartmouth Community Concert Series, the St. Bernard Concert Series, at PEI’s Indian River Festival, and on the Mahone Bay Concert Series. They’ve presented The Melody Lingers On show at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium and the Imperial Theatre in Saint John, and performed in the Bishop’s Landing Series. Rhapsody’s recordings have been used in professional theatre and ballet productions, including the Atlantic Theatre Festival and Neptune Theatre, and Chester Playhouse’s 2006 A Pitiful Ambition, a comedy by Lorne Elliott.

Musician
Toronto, ON

Denis Ryan is an Irish-Canadian folk musician, best known as a member of the popular Irish-Newfoundland band trio Ryan’s Fancy, and as a singer and tin whistle player.
Born in Newport, County Tipperary, Ireland, Ryan immigrated to Toronto in 1969. He formed the Irish- Canadian folk group Ryan’s Fancy in 1970 with Fergus O’Byrne and late Dermot O’Reilly and moved to St. John’s Newfoundland in 1971 to attend Memorial University where he graduated with a degree in Folklore. Ryan and his family moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1980 and have been residing there ever since.
Ryan’s career has spanned more than 40 years. He has performed all over the world, appearing in over two hundred television shows in both Ireland, USA, and Canada, including 78 TV shows with the Ryan’s Fancy Tommy Makem syndicated series. The group also had a national TV series on CBC in 1976. Other TV shows included Ryan’s Fancy on Campus in the late 70’s and early 80’s, also on the CBC. They recorded 13 albums. In early 2011, Ryan’s Fancy released their 40th Anniversary Collection.
Songs that Ryan made popular in Ireland and Canada in the 70s and 80’s include “Newport Town”, “Mulchair River”, “Logy Bay”, “Sweet Forget Me Not”, and “Now I’m Sixty Four”. Ryan’s versions of “Dark Island” and “Let me Fish off Cape St. Mary’s” were to many the group’s most popular songs, and became Ryan’s signature pieces. As a singer, he has performed for former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, US president Ronald Reagan, Queen Elizabeth, and has sung with former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
In 1983, Ryan’s Fancy disbanded and Ryan has since been working in the Investment Management business. He is involved with numerous community projects including serving as the national chairman of the fundraising committee of the Darcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies at St. Mary’s University, and was also on the Board of Governors for St. FX University. In 1994 he received an honorary degree, Doctor of Letters from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ryan was the founder of Nova Scotian Crystal, Canada’s only hand cut mouth-blown crystal manufacturer. Ryan recorded various solo CD projects, including Mist Covered Mountains, Newport Town, Here and There, and Cape St. Marys.
In the mid 1990’s, Ryan hosted the CBC TV Series “Up on the Roof”. He played the role of a Judge in the Trailer Park Boys movie “Live in Ireland” In October 2015, he hosted a TV documentary about the Canadian painter Tom Forrestall.
Ron Sexsmith

Juno Award Winning Artist
Singer-Songwriter
Toronto, ON

Singer-Songwriter Ron Sexsmith is a Juno Award-winning artist based in Toronto, ON.

Lynn Stodola

CFMTA’s Hugheen Ferguson Teacher of the Year Award
Pianist
Halifax, NS

Pianist Lynn Stodola is an active soloist, chamber musician and collaborative pianist, who has performed throughout Canada, the United States and Europe to critical acclaim. She appears regularly in many international music festivals, including Juneau Jazz and Classics (Alaska), and Music and Beyond (Ottawa). She is also a regular guest artist in the Ateneum Series (Venice, Italy), Scotia Festival Music Room Chamber Music Society and the Cecilia Concert Series. Her work as collaborative pianist has assisted in the careers of many performing artists and her guidance as teacher and mentor has helped many young artists achieve successful musical careers in the United States, Canada and abroad. In 2009 she was recipient of the first Hugheen Ferguson Distinguished Teacher Award presented by the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association. She is a sought-after festival adjudicator and juror for the Canada Council for the Arts and the Juno Awards. Ms. Stodola is currently Professor of Piano at the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University.

Kurt Streit

Grammy Award Nominee
Operatic Tenor
Halifax, NS

Tenor Kurt Streit’s renown as a Mozart specialist has in recent years led him to further success in his broadening repertoire, encompassing works from composers such as Berg, Britten, Pfitzner, Wagner, Bizet, and more.

Considered one of the world’s best Mozart interpreters throughout his career, Kurt Streit has Performed Die Zauberflöte in 23 different productions around the world (over 150 performances) and Idomeneo in eight different productions—in the opera houses of Naples,Vienna, Madrid, London, San Francisco and others. Performing in numerous productions of Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Streit has also featured in these and earlier works of Mozart in opera houses such as The Metropolitan Opera in New York, The Vienna State Opera, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, La Scala in Milan, both the Bastille and the Grand Opera in Paris, Teatro Real and the Zarzuela in Madrid, and on the prestigious stages of San Francisco, Tokyo, Aix-en-Provence, Chicago, Munich, Berlin, Rome and Salzburg.

A two-time Grammy nominee (Brahms Liebeslieder-Walzer with EMI and Bach: Cantatas with Harmonia Mundi), Kurt Streit can be seen and heard on Warner Music’s DVD of Rodelinda from Glyndebourne and Dynamic’s DVD of Idomeneo from Naples. His discography includes two complete recordings of Così fan tutte with Daniel Barenboim(Erato) and with Sir Simon Rattle (EMI), Die Zauberflöte (L’Oiseau-Lyre), Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Sony Classical), as well as Cherubini’s Mass in D-minor with Riccardo Muti (EMI) and Franz Schmidt’s Das Buch mit Sieben Siegeln with Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting the Vienna Philharmonic (Teldec). More recently he recorded Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Sir Simon Rattle and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (EMI) and the Mozart Requiem with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus (BMG).

Thom Swift (Image: Scott Blackburn)

Multiple ECMA Winner
Singer-Songwriter
Halifax, NS
Image: Scott Blackburn

Singer-songwriter and multiple ECMA-winner Thom Swift is based in Halifax, NS.

Alan Syliboy

Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal
ECMA Winner – Lonecloud
Multimedia Artist
Truro, Nova Scotia

Alan Syliboy grew up believing that native art was generic. “As a youth, I found painting difficult and painful, because I was unsure of my identity.” But his confidence grew in 1972 when he studied privately with Shirley Bear. He then attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where 25 years later, he was invited to sit on the Board of Governors. Syliboy looked to the indigenous Mi’kmaq petroglyph tradition for inspiration and developed his own artistic vocabulary out of those forms. His popularization of these symbolic icons has conferred on them a mainstream legitimacy that restores community pride in its Mi’kmaq heritage.

He has shown his work in numerous group and solo exhibits all over the world, from Europe to Japan, as well as in Canada and the United States. In 1999, he was commissioned to design a 22kt gold coin for the Royal Canadian Mint. In 2009, he was selected to participate in the Vancouver 2010 Venues Aboriginal Art Program at the 2010 Winter Olympics in BC, Canada, for which he produced several unique projects including a 96-foot foot mural. Alan’s band Lone Cloud won the 2013 ECMA award for “Best Aboriginal Album,” the same year he completed his mural installation at the Halifax International Airport. In 2016 Alan was named Coady Chair in Social Justice at St. FX University.

Alan still lives and works in Millbrook, NS, where he was born and raised. He creates his art in his studio in Truro, NS.

Barra MacNeils

ECMA Winning Artist
International Recording and Touring Group
Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, NS

The Barra MacNeils are: Kyle (vocals, guitar, violin, mandolin), Lucy (vocals, bodhran, Celtic harp, fiddle, step dancing), Sheumas (keyboards, piano, bodhran, fiddle, bouzouki, vocals), Stewart (vocals, accordion, tin whistle, flute, bouzouki, guitar, step dancing), Boyd (mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo, percussion, step dancing), and Jamie Gatti (bass).

The Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island-based family group has enjoyed an outstanding recording and touring career that spans more than 30 years. The MacNeil siblings are widely regarded as one of the greatest live concert acts in the Celtic world. The group is deeply rooted in Celtic music, culture, dance, language and history. Their numerous critically acclaimed recordings have included their own original songs as well as tried and true standards, both instrumental and vocal.

Multi-award winners, the Barra MacNeils have released no less than 18 recordings to date and they continue to perform to sold out audiences throughout Canada , the United States, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and Europe. From headlining major festivals, concerts, special guest appearances, television specials, film and television placement, and their annual Christmas tour, they continue to do what they love to do best and that is playing their music for the fans.

Rich Terfry

Juno Award Winning Artist
Alternative Hip Hop Artist & Radio Host, CBC Drive
Halifax, NS & Toronto, ON

Rich Terfry is an alternative hip hop artist and Juno Award-winner. He is also the radio host of CBC Drive. Rich divides his time between Halifax, NS and Toronto, ON.

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Actor
Los Angeles, CA

Nova Scotia native James Tupper.
Rosemarie Umetsu

Couturier
Toronto, Ont.

Rosemarie’s personal belief that ‘individuality is the heart of style’ forms the foundation for the collection. Influenced by her couturier grandmother, her innate sense of style was officially translated into her own line in spring 2004

Classical music and Design played key roles in Rosemarie’s life. Driven to explore the full scope of her creative talent, Rosemarie completed studies in piano performance at Trinity College of Music (UK) and the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto). Later, she graduated from the International Academy of Fashion Design and Merchandising. In 1995 she joined Holt Renfrew as women’s contemporary Fashion Buyer, and then moved to Club Monaco, prior to opening her own fashion design consulting firm in 2000. She launched her own eponymous label in 2004. A label which has garnered a strong niche following of artists – musicians, writers, dancers, singers, actors all personally dressed by Rosemarie Umetsu.

In 2008 Rosemarie founded “Iconic Beauty” an ongoing project to celebrate the individual style and art of the Canadian Female Artist through the medium of Fashion Photography. Each year a select number of Female Artists are chosen from across Canada, styled and dressed by Rosemarie Umetsu, and then fashion photographed, by known Canadian Female Photographers. The photographs are exhibited in association with various Art organizations annually in Toronto.

The Atelier and first free standing boutique opened May 2005, Toronto,Canada in the trendy Yorkville area. In addition to providing each individual client an unique exclusive shopping experience, it affords the luxury of bespoke tailoring to each customer’s style and needs, within the ambience of its chic white modern interior.

As a brand Rosemarie Umetsu believes in promoting the arts in Canada and a visibility in the arts is part of its brand culture. The atelier regularly presents salon evenings and is a meeting and connecting ground for many artists in the city.

Shimon Walt

Assistant Principal Cellist, Symphony Nova Scotia
Halifax, NS

Shimon Walt is the Assistant Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia (SNS). Since arriving in Nova Scotia in 1976, he’s been an integral part of this province’s musical life. A founding member of SNS,Shimon was appointed by the provincial government to a steering committee entrusted with rebuilding symphonic life in Nova Scotia after the demise of the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. He was SNS’ first Personnel Manager, a position he held for six years.

Shimon was educated in Tel Aviv and Boston, where his teachers were Uzi Wiezel and George Neikrug. He has performed with major orchestras under noted conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta and Pablo Casals. Today, he shares his time between Symphony Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University, Rhapsody Quintet and Walt Music. A dedicated teacher, many of his students have gone on to professional musical careers.

As a musician and contractor, Shimon has provided musical services to many artists including Michael Bublé, Kanye West, Anne Murray, Sarah Brightman and John Denver. He has made six recordings with Rhapsody Quintet and organized music for royal visits, the Prime Minister of Canada and other visiting heads of state. He was Artist in Residence for the Saint Cecilia Concert Series in 2012-13 and received an Established Artist Award from the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council in 2012. Shimon enjoys giving lectures on music to university students and library patrons, and master classes to music students at Ottawa University.

Dinuk Wijeratne

Juno Award Winning Artist
Composer in Residence, Symphony Nova Scotia
Halifax, NS

Dinuk Wijeratne is a Juno Award-winning artist and Composer in Residence, Symphony Nova Scotia. He is based in Halifax, NS.

Chris Wilcox

Managing and Artistic Director, Scotia Festival of Music
Halifax, NS

Christopher (Chris) Wilcox has been the magic behind the Scotia Festival of Music and the Music Room for more than 37 years now. His passion for the music and the people involved is now legend in Halifax and beyond. Chris is the Managing and Artistic Director of the organization and he is a natural leader for chamber music in Halifax.

Chris studied clarinet with Robert Marcellus, Principal Clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra in 1962 and this began a life-long friendship. He played clarinet with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra before eventually moving into management and leadership roles starting the Scotia Festival of Music in 1980 with Robert Marcellus as Artistic Director. From 1989-1992 Chris was the Artistic and Managing Director of Music Toronto, which was Canada’s largest presenter of chamber music at that time.

Chris has sat on many Boards including: The Canadian Association of Youth Orchestras, the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, Upstream and the Symphony Musicians trust fund – a three-man Board, that, after the collapse of the Atlantic Symphony, kept orchestra music alive and helped give birth to Symphony Nova Scotia. Chris sat on Canada Council juries eleven times and has been awarded an honorary Doctoral Degree in Civil Laws from the University of King’s College.

His passion for chamber music, his giving personality, along with his considerable administrative and leadership skills have enabled the people of Halifax to enjoy some of the finest chamber music available anywhere.