Meet our 2021 lineup and join our community for an evening of online entertainment from artists across our Diocese.
Georgina Bird, Laverne Malcolm, and Rev. Leigh Kern
To honour all those who never returned home from Residential School, Georgina Bird, Laverne Malcolm and Rev. Leigh Kern sing the Strong Women’s Song, Men’s Healing Song, and AnishnawbeKwe. Laverne Malcolm and Georgina Bird are traditional singers who provide cultural care to our community members, especially in times of grief and loss.
The pianist Valentin Bogolubov was born in Latvia, where he studied piano, violin, voice and choral conducting. He was awarded First Prize at the Latvian Piano Competition and the at the Panbaltic Piano Competition. After completed his studies at the Moscow Conservatory, he returned to Riga at Latvian Conservatory to teach piano.
In this time he was invited as opera conductor at Latvian States Opera Theater, where he directed several opera productions. Following this, he became assistant conductor in Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. As pianist he collaborated with the greatest Russian singers. He also played piano and conducted at the Kremlin. Returning to Latvia Valentin Bogolubov took up the duties of Artistic Director at the Riga Chamber Opera and the Riga Salon for Music and the Arts. He was the soloist with orchestras from Moscow, Latvia and Lithuania, played piano-recitals in Russia, France, Germany, several of these performances being recorded and broadcast.
Since arriving in Canada Valentin Bogolubov has given several piano recitals in Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Monkton, New York, for CBC etc., and recorded several CD’s. He’s teaching piano-playing, vocal art and gives master classes throughout Canada. From 2015 until now Valentin is working as organist and choir director in Christ Church(Stouffville, Anglican).
A TTC busker and musician about town, Isaak plays in many of Toronto’s bona fide folk clubs.
The Choir of Holy Family, Heart Lake, Brampton
The Choir of Holy Family church consists of 17 people from 11 countries of origin. Led by our versatile director, Sergei Zhukowsky, who received his musical training in St. Petersburg, the choir meets, in normal times, on Thursdays for practice and, of course, on Sundays to lead the congregation in singing and to perform anthems once or twice a month.
Our contribution: Holy Family will be presenting “My Prayer”, an original composition by our Choir Director, Sergei Zhukowsky, for choir, soloists and keyboard. The presentation at The Bishop’s Cabaret will be its premiere performance.
Rachel Colman, BMus, PBac Perf
Rachel has been playing music and fostering participation in singing in Anglican congregations in Winnipeg and Toronto for more than a decade. She brings pieces of liturgy and scripture to life in meditative song. Prayer, reflection, and slowing down our souls can be difficult in anxious and fearful days, and her music is an apt response.
John is happily married to Debbie, a father of 3, and a grandfather to 3. A semi-retired employee benefits advisor, he is also the author of Marnie’s Place – see https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/marnies-place/9780595011131-item.html. A long-time volunteer at All Saints Community Centre (Dundas and Sherbourne) and Regent Park Community Ministry, you can read about his experiences on his blog, A Visitor’s Guide to street people, many living without a home. https://www.homelessguide.com
Rev. Stephanie Douglas-Bowman
Rev. Stephanie Douglas-Bowman is the Incumbent at St. Paul on-the-Hill, Pickering. She will be performing on the violin.
Tenor Chris Fischer has earned a reputation as an intelligent, flexible and sensitive performer on the concert stage. The holder of BMus and MMus degrees in vocal performance and education from Wilfrid Laurier University and Arizona State University, respectively, they have performed as a soloist in Handel’s annual holiday favourite, Messiah, more than one hundred times, and have featured in major works for choir and orchestra, including the title roles in Bernstein’s Candide and Britten’s Saint Nicolas, Haydn’s Creation (Uriel), Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Obadiah), and Orff’s Carmina Burana (the Swan), throughout Southwestern Ontario over the past twenty years.
Chris has been honoured to participate in several Canadian and North American premiere performances: Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Missa Omnia Sanctorum, with the Menno Singers and Nota Bene Baroque Orchestra; Andrew T. Miller’s The Birth of Christ (Gabriel), broadcast on the Salt and Light cable television network, with Masterworks of Oakville; Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard, with the Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers and the University of Waterloo Chamber Choir; and Reena Esmail’s This Love Between Us (recorded in 2019) with the Elora Singers, the Grammy- and Juno-nominated professional choir with whom they have sung since 2012.
Roger Gibbs is a singer, guitarist and recording artist who composes, arranges and performs Caribbean Acoustic and Calypso with his band Shak Shak. Roger was a performing member of COBA (Collective of Black Artists) from 1995 to 2013. He was the Musical Director for Theatre Archipelago’s productions of I, Marcus Garvey (2010 and 2011). He has worked as an Artistic Director for the Toronto Caribbean Carnival and been a guest producer at Harbourfront Centre. In 2013 Roger received a special Toronto Caribbean Carnival award for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Calypso in Canada.
Gord has studied flute pedagogy privately with Virginia Markson (retired flutist with the Toronto Symphony), and Anthony Antonacci (retired flutist with the Toronto Symphony). He has also attended Master Classes with Nora Shulman (retired principal flutist with the Toronto Symphony), Jeanne Baxtresser (former principal flutist with the Toronto Symphony). He has been the principal flutist with the Oakville Symphony and the Sheridan Symphony. Currently is the Second Flute for the Durham Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with the Young Singers a Children’s choir based in the Durham Region of Ontario. In March of 2015 he performed the world premiere of Mass for the Caribbean written by Canadian composer Donald Patriquin. He currently also performs frequently at St. Dunstan of Canterbury Anglican Church (Scarborough) both with the choir and in small chamber ensembles. In October 2018, he performed with Flute Street Toronto’s professional Flute Choir. In June 2019, he performed with Resound Choir, Durham regions newest choir.
Thomas Trinity Band
The Thomas Trinity Band is an ensemble of musicians from respective Anglican Churches in the Barrie area. Together they provide a blend of traditional and contemporary music with spiritual, Celtic, folk and jazz influences. Past performances include jazz vespers, concerts, and worship services. Their popular Star So Bright musical story, about a journey of faith taken place during biblical times, has been presented at countless locations throughout Central Ontario over the past 10 years.
Members of the band include Jackie Bennett, songwriter and lead singer. She is part of the music teams at St. Thomas, Shanty Bay, and St. Luke’s, Price’s Corners where she has been providing recordings and videos of hymns to use during covid restrictions. Bass guitar and back up vocals are provided by Brad Daniels, who also plays professionally in rock, blues, and country bands. Bob Garrett, a leader of the music team at Trinity Anglican Church where he coordinates contemporary music for Sunday services, provides rhythm guitar and vocals. He is also a very active member of the
Trinity Choir. And keeping the group in time is Raymond Martinelli on percussion, also an integral part of music at Trinity. Raymond has performed professionally since the 70’s playing Classic Rock, Jazz, Country and the Blues.
The Thomas Trinity Band delivers an abundance of experience, talent and passion to their performances, bringing joy, peace and inspiration to all who come to listen.
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Water Guns N’ Daisies
Water Guns N’ Daisies (in no way related to Guns N’ Roses) is a band comprised of 10 youth, ages 12-17, from Markham and Durham, who are passionate about music production and live music. Ever since their first jam session, the band has loved to play a wide variety of music together including Rock, Jazz, Instrumental, and Pop.