A nine-piece string ensemble, collectif9 presents classical music as you’ve never seen it before. Taking the stage with rock-style charisma, collectif9 combines boldness and the highest of musical standards with amplification and lighting for an immersive experience. Bringing classical music to pop-culture audiences in diverse spaces, the group encourages interaction, facilitating dialogue with their listeners.
The repertoire of collectif9 is a creative selection of short and energetic pieces, often folk-inspired, from Gagnon to Golijov, passing though Brahms and Schnittke. In 2012, collectif9 introduced an innovative project of short videos, called LIVEshorts, broadcast over the internet at www.collectif9.ca – each live, unedited performance is produced in a unique setting.
Founded in Montréal in 2011, collectif9 has been in residence at the Théâtre Rialto since summer 2013.
The buzz on Mo Kenney started before the release of her self-titled debut, fuelled by her quirky songs, unique voice and the admiration and support of industry veterans such as Joel Plaskett, Ron Sexsmith, and Gordie Sampson. Having influences and inspirations drawn from classic and alt-rock artists rather than the traditional singer/songwriter pantheon, combined with her soaring vocals, unique finger-picking, and steady stage presence helps account for the bracing freshness of Mo Kenney’s style. Fitting her sound into a neat box is an exercise in futility, though, if pressed, Mo can settle for “pop music with a folky twist.”
A powerful artist with an irresistible voice that exudes both tenderness and strength as it molds itself exquisitely to the South American style and rhythms of her songs, Patricia Cano is quite literally inhabited by the music and lyrics she performs. Born in Sudbury (ON) to Peruvian parents, this singer-songwriter and performer is also an actor. Co-creator of a “Cree Cabaret”, a highly successful concert cabaret composed by Canada’s premier Cree playwright, Tomson Highway. Presented at the Luminato Festival 2013, Patricia shares her rich cultural heritage with exceptional generosity. Her first CD is made up almost of original works, with a few traditional pieces, in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Now in its 93rd season, The Weston Silver Band (WSB) traces its continuous history back to 1921 when it was created as the Weston Boys’ Band. Under the baton of Music Director Larry Shields, the band presents a concert series during the fall and winter season in Toronto at CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio, and maintains a busy performance schedule in venues throughout the GTA and southern Ontario in the summer.
Weston Silver Band has gained international recognition, recently (April 2014) winning their first National Title at the North American Brass Band Championships. The group actively promotes life long learning through the arts and has developed a reputation for innovative programming and dynamic concerts.
Our newly created Duo Rendezvous was formed partially in response to great demand from presenters who have heard us as soloists and wanted to hear a new musical fusion. As soon as we started playing together, the Duo felt like the most natural outlet for our musical personalities. Our aim is to continue discovering the great potential of the violin and guitar as a versatile ensemble, in the company of Canada’s warmest audiences. We’d like to create an atmosphere of virtuosic intimacy. We are both passionate performers and enthusiastic travellers; we love to get to know the places and people where we perform. It would be very exciting for us to tour Ontario. We hope to one day look at Debut Atlantic as a defining moment in our development.