Vocals

Jenna Marie Pinard

At the vanguard of ‘The New Jazz Generation’ and freshly graduated from the University of Toronto’s prestigious jazz studies program, JENNA MARIE PINARD possesses a signature jazz and blues voice that hints at Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Aretha Franklin, but is distinctly her own. She is best known for her smooth-sounding jazz and rich R&B vocals, her wide vocal range, and passionate performances. She is quickly gaining reputation in Toronto as a uniquely warm spirit and engaging performer.

Wendy Lands

Juno nominated artist Wendy Lands, has earned prominence as a magnetic and generous performer, combining an intimate, vulnerable theatricality with a cool, spellbinding jazziness. Always making her audiences feel as though they’re not just sitting back and watching —but participating in something very special.

STORRY

STORRY writes and produces her music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to producing music videos. Her debut concept album CH III: The Come Up was released on February 20 2020.

Smokey Robinson

William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. is a legendary singer-songwriter, record producer, record executive and co-founder of Motown Records.

Robinson and his group, the Miracles met Berry Gordy after a failed audition for singer Jackie Wilson’s managers. Gordy was impressed with Robinson's vocals and ambitious songwriting. With his help they released, "Got a Job.” It was the beginning of a successful collaboration and the beginnings of Motown.

Concerts

Tue Nov 17 8:00pm

Smokey Robinson

$200, $150, $125, $100, $75 + service charge

Marc Jordan

Marc was born in Brooklyn, NY, son of singer Charles Jordan, and grew up in Toronto, Canada. Jordan’s music career really took off in 1978 when he was signed to Warner Music in Los Angeles and began writing songs with some of the best in the business. In his forty plus year career he has been a solo artist, a sought-after songwriter, a group member as part of the quartet "Lunch at Allens," and in the last decade, he took up a paintbrush and became a visual artist.

Ana Moura

Exquisite vocalist Ana Moura possesses a sound unlike any other in fado. Her voice strolls freely through the Portuguese tradition, flirting elegantly with pop and broadening the soul-bearing genre to stunning results.

What's so good about Alex Samaras?

Submitted by Josh Grossman on Mon Nov 25 2:05pm
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Alex Samaras

Okay so before I get too far along with this post I have to declare a fairly strong bias. Alex Samaras is one of my favourite singers. He's performed with my big band on numerous occasions. I've seen him perform in a variety of settings. And I've booked him for the Festival. As far as I'm concerned, from a fundamental quality of instrument standpoint, from a musical interpretation standpoint, from an emotional connection to the music standpoint...he's simply one of the best. All of which, in short, answers the title of this post.

David Crosby & Friends

Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is heading out on tour in May and June. Joining him will be five musical friends, collectively and affectionately known as the ‘Sky Trails Band’. James Raymond on keys, Mai Leisz on bass, Steve DiStanislao on drums, Jeff Pevar on guitar and Toronto's own Michelle Willis on keyboards and vocals. Crosby is in the midst of an incredibly creative and powerful period, showcasing his skills as the brilliant songwriter that he is.

Concerts

Fri Jun 18 8:00pm

David Crosby & Friends

$90, $75 + service charge

Louis Simao

Award winning Toronto-based musician Louis Simão has been composing, performing and recording as a multi-instrumentalist in a variety of genres for over twenty years. His repertoire is a collection of his own compositions and arrangements that take the listener on a journey through the sounds of the Portuguese-speaking world in a style and voice that is at once universal while remaining deeply personal.

Ahmed Moneka

During his formative years in Iraq, Ahmed Moneka learned traditional songs and drumming in an African family tradition that was brought to Iraq in the 12th century. Later he was accepted to the top high school for the performing arts in Baghdad, where he learned a variety of artistic disciplines from theatre to singing maqam (scales and nuances) of Middle Eastern music. Through these experiences, Ahmed acquired his perspectives on our world and his place within it, and continued attending the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad.

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