In lieu of gathering for the Bishop’s Company Dinner we present an evening of entertainment online with artists from across our Diocese.
Here’s the talent we’ve lined up for the evening…
Gareth and Maggie Anderson –
Twins Gareth and Maggie Anderson (kids of Rev. Canon John Anderson of St. James’ Orillia) started performing in their parents’ living room from about the time they could walk. They both were heavily involved in community theatre and music as young people in the Uxbridge/Port Perry area. Maggie has gone on in the arts, having recently graduated from the acting program at The Juilliard School in NYC, where she even got the chance to sing on Broadway as part of a Juilliard ensemble. She’s embarking on her acting and musical theatre career (stage name Maggie Walters). Gareth recently graduated from Harvard University’s History and Literature program; he performed regularly at Harvard arts events and he headed up a campus recording studio. He’s just flown off to do a Master’s at the London School of Economics. They will have to Zoom with one another to carry on their musical duo! Gareth and Maggie are always grateful to their parents who are their best audience (sorry for mucking up that living room so much as kids, mom and dad) but their shout out for this performance goes particularly to their awe-inspiring Dad…. This one’s for you!!!
Cormac Joy – is a singer and song writer and is the Youth Ministry Co-Ordinator for Trent-Durham.
Nathan Hiltz – Nathan Hiltz is a jazz guitarist, composer, and arranger based in Toronto. He has toured and recorded with Melissa Lauren, Terra Hazelton, Jill Barber, Alex Pangman, Laura Hubert, Steven Taetz, Drew Jurecka, and many others. He plays traditional jazz with The Nathan Hiltz Trio and the Koffman Hiltz Quartet. He also leads experimental projects Robot Cops, the Griffith Hiltz Trio, and vocal group Samways which received a grant from the Toronto Arts Council in 2020. Nathan teaches guitar at Humber College. His piece ‘Mass for guitar and singers’ has been performed at Grace Church on The Hill, St Judes Oakville, and St Paul’s Westdale and can be streamed and downloaded for free here.
Kenneth Korsah(Rev Fr) and the Seraphic Voices of Toronto
Kenneth Korsah is an Anglican Priest originally from Ghana. He pastors the Ghana Anglican Church here in Toronto. He has been a priest since November of 2008 and has been at his current post since September of 2016.
He loves to sing and listening to many genres of music especially Ghanaian Hilife, Reggae, Jazz and R&B.
He is ministers with the Seraphic Voices of Toronto: a non-profit, non-denominational African Choral group based in the Greater Toronto Area with the purpose of using their musical talents to promote indigenous African and Western Classical Music in the diaspora with quality rendition.
Father Ken McClure – Ken has passed the threshold of being accurately described as ‘newly ordained’, but still has some of the new car smell left. Before entering into ‘collared’ life Ken was a perfessional performer, appearing across the country in the finest equity minimum regional houses the Canadian theatre industry had to offer in the early aughts. He is a graduate of Trinty College (UofT), York University, and the George Brown Theatre, all of which has aided him in the 2020 reality of becoming a COVID Webevangelist. Ken enjoys small scale mineral mining, collecting ancient texts, and writing in the third person.
The Bishop’s Company is more important now than ever, and Ken is incredibly honored to be taking part, and encourages everybody who enjoys the performances of the featured artists in this Cabaret to donate to the fund.
Rachel Mahon – Rachel Mahon is a Canadian organist and director of music. She has been the Assistant Director of Music at Coventry Cathedral since 2018 and, it was announced in February 2020, will become the new Director of Music in September, succeeding Kerry Beaumont. She is also a performing professional musician.
Before taking up her first post at Coventry, Mahon had been the first female organ scholar of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, England, assuming the post in September 2014, and then Assistant Organist at Chester Cathedral.
Sarah Misiaszek – Sarah Misiaszek is a professionally trained singer who writes her own music and plays piano and guitar. She is presently a grade 12 student at St. Charles Garnier Secondary School. Sarah has a passion for Broadway musicals and theatre. She is an active member of the Whitby Court House Theatre Youth Group.
Rev. Anish M. George Padickamannil and Aneasow Padickamannil – Rev. Anish M George Padickamannil, Priest-in-Charge, CSI Church Toronto and son Aneasow Padickamannil Anish, a grade 8 student, will play the harmonica.
Nathan Richards – Nathan Richards is a Barbadian vocalist, instrumentalist and producer currently undergoing his undergraduate studies at The University of Toronto St. George Campus’ Faculty Of Music – studying as a Classical Vocal major under the tutelage of the respected Krisztina Szabo.
Nathan has had the pleasure of coordinating with the Diocese via invitation to perform through contacts such as Bishop Fenty, Canon Stephen Fields and Organist/Director Jaime Barrow.
HIs most recent collaboration would have been at the Annual Black History Service at St. Paul’s Bloor Street on Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
St. Bede Gospel Band – The St. Bede’s Worship Band seeks to stir God’s people to a meaningful experience of His presence every Sunday. We’re a small group of volunteer singers, musicians, and multimedia technicians – folks who clock regular hours at school and office, then spend beautiful hours making music to the One who has gifted us. Our selections include contemporary praise and Christian gospel – we love singing ‘Amazing Grace’ to a swirling, solemn-paced church organ just as much as when it’s set to the bright beat of drums, guitars, and keyboards… Whatever the beat, whatever the tune, we sing and make melody to the Lord with all our heart (Eph 5:19) – not because God has given us a voice, but because He’s given every one of us a song.
The Toronto Urban Native Ministry Drummers – Our Indigenous Ministries department is held by Reverend Leigh Kern, who is cross appointed to Toronto Urban Native Ministry or TUNM. TUNM is a joint chaplaincy, outreach and advocacy organization supported by Faithworks, the Diocese of Toronto, and the United Church of Canada. Since 1996 the staff of TUNM have been working alongside Indigenous peoples, from hospitals to jails to the streets of the downtown core, serving and empowering others in their healing journey.
Wine Before Breakfast – Born out of a creative eucharistic community at the University of Toronto, the Wine Before Breakfast band is a “bandhood of all believers”, open to all who sing, play an instrument (or simply want to try!) and led by long-time members Deb Whalen-Blaize and Dave Krause. Each week they provide thoughtful live music, be it spirituals, traditional hymns, or a Bruce Springsteen tune, invigorating the liturgy and deepening the experience of God’s word.