Canada’s “First Lady of the Guitar”, Liona Boyd will perform a unique concert paying tribute to the folk music scene of Yorkville in the Sixties. She will be accompanied by guitarist and singer Andrew Dolson and her special guests, four-time Juno award winner Jack Grunsky and the Voices Rock Canada choir conducted by Cheryl Bower. Between Liona and Jack they have garnered nine Juno awards and are thrilled to be making music together. The program will feature a selection of Liona's original songs, including her tribute to Gordon Lightfoot, simply titled, Lightfoot as well as some songs from the rich musical decade in which she grew up in Toronto, the Sixties.
Liona Boyd, known as "The First Lady of the Guitar" has introduced millions around the world to the art of classical guitar through her concerts, television specials, music videos and twenty-eight recordings, many of which have gone Gold and Platinum. She has given concerts all around the globe and has played for dozens of world leaders including the British Royal Family and the US President.
Liona has been a special guest on numerous television shows including The Tonight Show, Today Show, the Boston Pops, and her YouTube views now total over four million. She has been given five Juno awards, five honorary degrees, The Order of Canada, Order of Ontario, and was inducted into the Guitar Player “Gallery of Greats” for classical guitar. Alongside her passionate dedication to music Liona has been involved with many charitable causes. A few years ago Liona added singing and songwriting to her guitar playing and returned to live in Toronto after twenty years of living in the USA. She now tours with her accompanist Andrew Dolson, a talented young guitarist and singer from Waterloo, Ontario. In September 2017 her former autobiography. “In My Own Key” as well as her latest autobiography, “No Remedy For Love” was published by Dundurn Press, and a new CD of the same title released by Universal Music.
Liona believes “Music contributes profoundly to the richness and beauty of life. I’m so fortunate to share this wonderful international language with people around the world.”
Jack has presented his children's performances and workshops for over 30 years. TV and radio appearances; major concert tours and international children's festivals plus a number of symphony shows for family audiences. To date Jack released 16 CD's for children garnering a number of awards including 3 JUNO's .Jack continues to broaden his musical horizon with a variety of musical recording and performance projects, which include a brand new school show together with his younger daughter, Cosima, 'Like Father, Like Daughter'. Recently he finished two CD recordings; one for adults titled 'Stirring Up The Dust', and another CD of songs for children titled 'Theatro Muppiloo'. Due to his keen song production and mixing skills, he has been invited to mix various jazz recordings such as the 'Nehring, Koller, Braid trio’ and 'The Heillig Manouevre' . Recently he was invited to sing harmony on two tracks on Liona Boyd's new album 'No Remedy For Love'. This past summer he mixed another jazz project by the Heillig Manoeuvre, 'Thoughtful Fun' and one of his paintings was used for the CD cover. The spring of 2018 is unfolding with a busy touring schedule both in Southern Ontario and two visits abroad to Austria.
Twenty-six-year-old Andrew Dolson is a singer and guitarist from Waterloo, Ontario. He discovered his passion for guitar and music in high school and graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a music degree in both classical guitar and vocals. In 2016 Andrew began singing and playing with Liona who invited him to be her new musical partner. They launched their duo by performing at a fundraising gala for the Toronto Wildlife Center, followed by a Christmas tour and have been performing across Canada ever since. Earlier this year Liona and Andrew performed at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. The story of how Liona discovered Andrew by messaging him when he was who was halfway up a cliff in Milton is yet another fascinating anecdote from Liona's autobiography.
Voices Rock Canada™ is an opportunity for young people to discover, explore, and express their inner rock star through contemporary music. Their goal is to foster a community environment that prioritizes teamwork, expression, and excitement while singing together. Through their program’s musical education, kids learn to balance individuality and collaboration, personal creativity and group dynamics, high energy and discipline, letting loose and proper techniques, plus so much more!
Cheryl is the fiercely passionate creator of Voices Rock Canada and VRC Ensemble. Her drive, energy and positive attitude have made VRC a success from the initial pilot project in April, 2016.