PERFORMERS: STARRY NIGHT


alcornCoco Love Alcorn

The Vancouver Province calls her voice extraordinary. The Star Phoenix calls it stunning. As a songwriter, she creates a fresh sound by mixing the known elements of jazz, soul and folk into a unique blend while allowing her lyrics to draw on an equally diverse range of topics. As a performer, she is playful and witty, joyful and genuine, soulful and compelling. Her latest release "Sugar" won her this praise from the Ottawa Xpress, "A bright burst of colour amidst the many shades of indie grey.” Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, raised in Vancouver and living in Toronto, Coco Love Alcorn is a Canadian through and through. The long list of artists she's toured or recorded with include 54 40, Ani DiFranco, Burton Cummings, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jesse Cooke & Loudon Wainwright III. The past two years have been the busiest to date, with over 200 concerts and festival appearances. Keep an eye out for Coco's winter '09 release "Joyful" that features new fan favorites, "Revolution", "Intellectual Boys", and "I Got A Bicycle”.

www.cocolovealcorn.com


alcornJayme Armstrong

A Top 3 Finalist on CBC’s How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? Jayme has had the opportunity to perform across North America, Austria, and at the beautiful London Palladium Stage. At just sixteen years old, Jayme was chosen to star in the Arts Club Theatre's production of Hotel Porter, catapulting her to notoriety in Vancouver's professional theatre scene. Jayme had the opportunity to star in the critically acclaimed Hollywood production of Ruthless! The Musical, and received the LA Weekly Award for Outstanding Comedy Performance. In 2006, she had the good fortune to spend the season at the esteemed Stratford Festival, appearing in Oliver! and South Pacific. After a challenging and inspiring year, Jayme was thrilled to be recognized among her peers as the recipient of the Tyrone Guthrie Award for her work. A two-time provincial champion for voice at the BC Festival of the Arts, Jayme's favourite credits include Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Viva Musica), Sally in Cabaret (URP), Laurey in Oklahoma! and Lois in Kiss Me, Kate! (Theatre Under the Stars), Ellen in Miss Saigon (Arts Club), Val in A Chorus Line (Ophidian Entertainment), Carrie in Carousel (Royal City Musical Theatre), Mabel in Pirates of Penzance and Grace in Annie (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Nancy in Oliver! and Glinda in The Wizard of Oz (Gateway Theatre), and the US National tour of Forever Swing.  Last winter, Jayme was honoured to work with Tony Award winning director, Walter Bobbie, on his celebrated production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Sony Centre).  Recently, Jayme organized a series of Cancer benefits in BC and Ontario, including the popular JAM Show with fellow Maria Finalist and friend, Marisa McIntyre. Jayme is excited to be on the West Coast for the winter, enjoying time with her family and dogs. In January, she will star as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors for URP at Centennial Theatre.

www.jaymearmstrong.com


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Peter Boulanger (Underground Circus)

Peter Boulanger began his circus career at Montreal's L'Ecole National du Cirque.  He went on to perform with Cirque du Soleil around North America, and on their first European tour.   He returned to his native BC with his wife and acrobatic partner Ninon Parent, and the two went on to create the Underground Circus.   Peter has performed his circus skills with Symphony Orchestras, busking across North America, in Europe and Asia,  and at several hundred corporate and special events.  He's also written and directed his own circus productions, including The Necklace, a story of Love,          Betrayal, Greed...and Circus.      www.undergroundcircus.ca


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Joani Bye

Joani has been wowing audiences as a singer, musician and entertainer for many years, performing on T.V., radio, concert and theatre stages, and in nightclubs. As one of Vancouver's top studio singers, Joani's powerful voice has been heard on albums by some of the music industry's most popular artists such as Cher, David Bowie, INXS and Jon Bon Jovi, to name a few, as well as on countless commercial jingles. She has performed on stage with Sheena Easton, Del Shannon and Mellissa Manchester. Her current projects range from theatre to a jazz duo to fronting her R&B   band theHomewreckers.

www.euphorics.com

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Singer, actor, playwright Dalannah Gail Bowen recently released her first blues recording "Mamma's Got The Blues" to critical & public acclaim & domestic and international airplay. A musical activist, Dalannah's energy is currently focused on leading an initiative to create the Downtown Eastside Centre For The Arts.

www.dalannahgailbowen.com


 

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Candus Churchill was born into a musical family in Louisville Kentucky. Heavily influenced by her grandfather who taught music, her father’s jazz collection, and WLOU Radio Station where she listened to all the R&B artists of the day. During the 70’s Candus moved to L.A. and worked in the A&R dept. at Motown. “It was amazing to be seeing Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson around the office!” She arrived in Vancouver in 1980 with rock funk group Dragon Fly. She has performed across Canada, the U.S. and parts of Japan with groups as opening act for The Temptations, B.B. King, Lou Rawls, Michael Bolton, Bobby Bland, Candi Staton, Graham Central Station, and more. Candus has been featured in countless TV, Film and Theatre productions too numerous to list. She is also a founding member of The Gospel Experience, which she has helped maintain for almost 20 years

 

Michael Creber

Michael Creber is one of the West Coast’s most sought-after musicians, both onstage and in the recording studio. He pursues a wide-ranging career as a keyboardist, composer and producer. After recording and touring internationally with the Irish Rovers from 1981 to 1986, Michael went on to become one of k.d. lang's “Reclines.” During the next four years he toured extensively and appeared with kd. on the Johnny Carson Show, Arsenio Hall, Saturday Night Live, the Grammy Awards, Vicki Gabereau, Super Dave, The Smothers Brothers and Austin City Limits. From 1992 to 1995 Michael toured, recorded and produced with world-renowned family entertainer Raffi. Highlights included a performance for US President Bill Clinton's first inauguration, a week of sold-out concerts at the Gershwin Theater in New York City and a special performance at a Washington luncheon for Mikhail Gorbachev. Michael has also performed and recorded with many other great Canadian and international artists including: The Rankin Sisters, David Foster, Shirley Bassey, Powder Blues, John Sebastian, Charo, Cyndi Lauper, B.J. Thomas, Roger Miller, Charlotte Diamond, Jim Byrnes, Dee Daniels, Valdy and many more. He is a regular on the Vancouver jazz scene in his own Michael Creber Trio and also as pianist for Fantazea.

www.crebermusic.com


vaughan Destino

Destino is fast becoming Canada's classical crossover sensation, following the recent release of their critically acclaimed CD FORTE, returning from an exclusive performance engagement at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, and performing at some of Canada's renowned summer music festivals.  In 2006, classically trained, award-winning, professional tenors Leon Leontaridis, Paul Ouellette and Joey Niceforo formed Destino after meeting and working together on a musical project, realizing they had a strong chemistry, both on- and off-stage. Before collaborating as a trio, the three Canadian vocalists were in established solo careers, performing pop, opera, gospel, soul, R&B, jazz and musical theatre. Destino has received critical acclaim, selling out concert halls in Canada and the U.S. Their music is best described as "popera" or "pop with an opera flair," that is sweeping musical charts thanks to internationally renowned recording artists Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Mario Frangoulis, Russell Watson, and many others. In July 2008, Destino released its debut commercial CD FORTE, a collection of classical and contemporary music, including Show Me the Way Back to Your Heart composed and recommended for Destino by Grammy award-winning songwriter Diane Warren. In the fall of 2007, the group released Christmas with Destino, featuring a collection of the members' best-loved Christmas repertoire. Destino will be touring across Canada and the U.S. this fall and throughout 2009.

destinotenors.com

 

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The Euphorics

 

The Euphorics (U4X) are a joyous, energetic a cappella quartet, who, since 1983, have been delighting audiences internationally on radio, television, and concert stages, at schools, festivals, and special events of all kinds. Individually, members of the Euphories are powerful lead singers. Joani Bye (alto), fronts her own band, the Homewreckers, and her voice has graced countless albums (including those of Bon Jovi, David Bowie, INXS, and Cher). Helen Davis (soprano) leads her own jazz quartet and has backed up Doug and The Slugs, and Kathi Hof Donald. Bing Jensen, bass, long-time Vancouver performer, winner of the 1993 CARAS award for best children's album and the West Coast Music Award for Best Children's album in 1998. David Steele, tenor, is a singer songwriter who has worked with numerous internationally recognized artists. Together, they create a rich and soulful blend with a repertoire of top-notch originals and innovative arrangements of covers in a wide variety of styles. The Euphorics celebrate their passion for music with plenty of humor and dynamic audience interaction.

www.euphorics.com


 

kilroe Babe Gurr

Canada AM said “Babe’s voice is as appealing as her name is unique”.  One of the best-selling Indie recording artists around, her music has been described as honest, rootsy and real, fitting powerful stories to thoughtful music with craftswoman like precision. Babe's new Spring/2008 release Chocolate Lilly has a fresh, yet familiar sound and will take the listener to many places.  Babe's warm but powerful voice is beautifully showcased with the stripped down sounds on this album, which is a unique blend of roots, pop and blues.   Experiencing her engaging personality in concert is a treat, and discovering her playful and keen sense of humour is always a delight. The Vancouver based singer, songwriter and guitarist has drawn comparisons to such diverse talents as Bonnie Raitt, Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow and John Hiatt but this is one diamond who shines with her own kind of light.  Babe has opened for Amanda Marshall, J. Gaines & The Soul Attorneys, Cowboy Junkies, Colin Hay (Men at Work), Barney Bentall and the Grapes of Wrath and a recent 5 star review said; “A Gem - Babe’s melodies are captivating and one of "those" voices... another Canadian winner!!  (James Williams, New Zealand).  Babe Gurr's name is becoming familiar to many more fans each day; people who appreciate finely crafted songs performed with sincerity. www.babegurr.com


 

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Riley Inge

A consummate entertainer, Riley Inge has mesmerized audiences worldwide.  He has worked with the industry’s best and opened shows for artists such as Smokey Robinson, Keith Washington, Stephanie Mills and many others.  After performing on stage with the legendary “Temptations”, Riley is now a solo artist.  He is the founder of The S.T.O.P. Society (Steps To Overcoming Problems) focusing on the problems and solutions associated with bullying.  Riley has recently completed a video (Don’t Be A Bully) with the  assistance of the Community Mobilization Program (Safe Schools Initiative).   Being a true humanitarian, Riley supports many community events and all types of programs for children and youth.

www.rileyandtheryzeband.com

 

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Susan Jacks

Susan Jacks was one-half of the duo The Poppy Family, which had a number of hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s. "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" sold close to 3 million copies worldwide, hitting No. 1 in Canada and No. 2 in the U.S. (#1 on the Cash Box chart, which was as respected at the time.) In 1973, Jacks parted ways with her husband Terry Jacks ("Seasons in the Sun") and set off on a solo career. When her album Dreams came out in 1975, one of her solo singles charted in the U.S., "You're A Part Of Me" in 1975 (the song was a bigger hit the following year for the duo of Kim Carnes and Gene Cotton). She continued to have hits in Canada with songs including the Juno nominated "Anna Marie," "You Don't Know What Love Is," "I Thought Of You Again," and "Love Has No Pride". Her 1980 Canadian hit "All The Tea In China" was nominated for Canada's Juno Awards that year, and was from the album Ghosts. In 1982 her album Forever was released. In 1977, Jacks met former Saskatchewan Roughriders football player Ted Dushinski. They married by 1980 and had a son, Thad. The couple moved to Nashville in 1983 where she recorded the Juno nominated song "Tall Dark Stranger". She became a staff songwriter for a Nashville Publishing company and has had several songs recorded, including one recorded on a Grammy nominated children's album. She then went on to manage a publishing company before becoming Executive V.P. and part owner of a telecommunications company in Nashville. Susan and her family returned to the Vancouver area in 2004 and she has resumed her performing career. She is also a consultant for INS Entertainment and works with artists in the studio as a performance consultant.

www.susanjacks.com


 

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Bing Jensen

Bing's first professional gig was making the girls in his kindergarten laugh in exchange for cookies. That was all he needed to commit to a lifetime of showbiz! Bing was one of the founders of the Euphorics in 1983 and is also an outstanding solo children’s entertainer and the tongue-biting lead guitar player for the band “Brain Child”. He has won two West Coast Music Awards for his children’s recordings. Bing is the principal  songwriter for the Euphorics, writing great material for adults and children alike. His hobbies include golf, basketball, tennis and making everyone laugh. In the words of Otis Davis (4 years old), “You a funny guy, Bing!”

www.bingjensen.com


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Linda Kidder

From a long lineage of performers, Linda Kidder carries on the family tradition. Both a bass player and a performer, Linda has toured with kd lang, Gary Fjellgaard, Michelle Wright, and Norman Foote to name a few; plus an extensive list of studio work including Bon Jovi and Rita MacNeil.  Linda has two CDs, 'Mom and Me,' singing jazz standards with her mom Betty on grand piano; and her recent 'Close to Bliss' featuring her originals.  and Canada. Linda has sung hundreds of jingles for television, radio and  on countless album projects. Some of her highlights include "Letterman", "Leno" andthe "Grammy Awards.” She is also a proud  member of the musical group August.

www.lindakidder.com

 

 

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Cecile Larochelle

Cecile Larochelle is delighted to be back in Vancouver after a long 12-year absence.  Besides singing her way across the U.S., she earned her degree in vocal music and became passionately committed to sharing vocal technique and stylistic interpretations with other singers.  She started her vocal studio in Orlando, Florida and opened "LaRochelle Vocal Studios" at The Beaumont Studio in Vancouver with great success.  Cecile continues with her own studies in the Seth Riggs Speech Level Singing Technique in Los Angeles. She has appeared on television and stage as both an actress and singer in Canada and the United States.  She has worked with Jon Bon Jovi, John Denver, Sheena Easton, Long John Baldry and has penned and produced numerous albums including her own gospel and children's albums.

www.cecilelarochelle.com


 

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Favourite credits include Wizard of Oz (Chemainus), Emily (Gateway), SUDS and Company (Arts Club), Little Women and Seussical (Carousel). Most recently, she co-produced and performed in Another Musical Co-op's production of The World Goes 'Round. This Christmas she will be back playing Gertrude McFuzz in the Jessie Award winning production of Seussical and next spring she can be seen in Les Miserables right here on the Stanley stage


 

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Billy Mendoza

Billy Mendoza is from Oahu Hawaii and has lived in Canada since 1992. A singing bass player, Billy adds powerful lead vocals and a silky texture to background harmonies. He has over thirty years experience in the music business playing clubs, concerts and theatre productions. Billy has produced and recorded a number of independent artists and has performed extensively throughout the mid-Western United States, Europe and coast to coast in Canada.

 


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Allan Morgan

Allan is very pleased to be back helping out with this fabulous event. Well known to Vancouver theatre audiences he has spent the summer creating magic as Prospero in Bard on the Beach's sold out production of The Tempest. He has appeared across Canada, and toured internationally with CanStage's dazzling production of The Overcoat. Some of his favourite credits include:  Dirty Blonde, Glorious, and Lilies for the Arts Club Theatre, An Ideal Husband, No Great Mischief, Romeo and Juliet for the  Vancouver Playhouse, Coronation Voyage for the National Arts Centre, Unless for CanStage, Toronto, and The Drawer Boy, The Weir, and I Am MY Own Wife for the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, for which he was awarded the Victoria critics award for performance of the year. Allan has been nominated for 9 Jessie Awards, and is the recipient of 4, his last for his work in How I learned to Drive. He is a member of The Theatre Cares Committee, for which he has produced the successful Restoration Project, and the ever popular and exhausting Theatre Cares Umbrella Twirling Corps for 2 Pride Parades. He lives in East Van with his partner Chris, and Oskar the wonder dog.


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Jennifer Neumann

Jennifer, a graduate of the Capilano College Musical Theater Program, was most recently seen in the surprise summer hit The World Goes Round with Another Musical Co-op. Some of her other favourite credits include; Jesus Christ Superstar (TUTS), West Side Story (RCMT), Seussical (Carousel), and Gypsy (Arts Club). Look for her as The Sour Kangaroo in Carousel's award winning Seussical, Maggie in RCMT's A Chorus Line and in The Arts Club production of Les Miserables.

 

sprinklingMark Pepe

Mark Pepe is a Lyric Tenor in his 4th year of a Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance at the University of British Columbia. With the UBC Opera Ensemble he has performed the operatic roles of Dr.Blind, in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Alcindoro and Parpignol in Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, Child Eating Man, in the world premiere of The Dreamhealer, by the Canadian composer, and Vancouver resident, Lloyd Burritt. With DragonDiva Operatic Theatre, he performed the role of Frederick, in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. With Opera Pro Cantanti he performed the role of Arturo in Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and he is currently performing the role of Alfredo in Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. He is also currently preparing a full length recital for Spring 2009 at the UBC School of Music’s Recital Hall, which will feature music by Franz Schubert, Benjamin Britten and Giuseppe Verdi.

 

 


sprinkling Tom Neville

Tom's playing offers up a wide variety of musical tastes: Folk, blues, pop, jazz, country and ethnic styles performed in many varied settings. He has played on numerous recording sessions for film, commercials and on many album projects. In 2001 he released his first solo CD, "Highly Strung", a collection of original and traditional material featuring many of the finest musicians and singers in British Columbia. Some of his Career highlights include a Command performance for the Duke and Duchess of Kent at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa (backing Joelle Rabu), performing with Danny Kaye and the Peking Pops Orchestra at Expo 86, and recording and performing with Juno Award winner James Kellaghan. Tom can often be found performing around B.C. with: Joelle Rabu, Joe Stanton, Babe Gurr, The Wheat in the Barley and The Hot Club of Mars.   

 


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Sheryl Rae

Sheryl’s first appearance in “Starry Night” was18 years ago and she is excited to be a part of this wonderful benefit show again!  She has been performing since the age of four.  Past performance highlights include being a special guest artist with the Dal Richards’ Orchestra, “Phantom and Les Mis” Concert Tour, headlining her own sold-out concert at The Arts Club Revue Theatre, singing the Canadian and US national anthems at the Kingdome in Seattle, and numerous theatre shows.  Sheryl has appeared throughout the years in various musical theatre productions, headlined concerts, and performed with her female trio “Hot Ice” (with Lisa Vernon).  Currently, Sheryl is recording her new CD release which includes favourite jazz and swing standards performed with her own unique style. In addition to performing, Sheryl is a photographer and Sign Language Interpreter. She has had a number of photo exhibits and has appeared in various TV shows and newspaper articles.  She recently published two books of her photographs entitled “Patterns of Life” and “Perspective”.  Sheryl thanks Gypsy for making her heart sing!  www.sherylrsmith.com

 

 

alcornMary Saxton

Mary Saxton is a Lady of many musical talents all of which she employs with a high degree of professionalism. Her thorough musical experience and exceptional vocal versatility have made her a much in-demand singer in Western Canada. She has several solo recording releases to her credit including cuts from her Quality album “Sad Eyes”. From her Mustard Album “Mary Saxton”, she released “Georgia Eyes” and “Jimmy Lee” both of which reached top ten on the charts. Mary has also released the singles “Man For All Seasons”, “Let The Sunshine In” and Take a Look But Don’t Touch “and is included as a feature solo artist on the C.B.C. compilation album, “The Ladies“. Her on-air experience, together with polished performance ability, makes her the first choice of top name Canadian artists seeking solid vocal support. That’s why her name has been associated with leading acts on-stage and in recording sessions accompanying Susan Jacks, Denise McCann, The Wade Brothers, Doug and the Slugs, Bachman Turner Overdrive and others. Mary Saxton is always in demand and brings her own special sparkle to each musical encounter.

 

 

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Jennifer Scott

Jennifer is considered one of the most important jazz artists working and recording in Canada and the United States today. Her vibrant voice and solid piano playing have been featured on many CBC shows, including JazzBeat and her own recordings have garnered critical acclaim and sold thousands of copies. Jennifer sings and plays piano in Novo Tempo, a Brazilian group based in the San Francisco area. Her latest recording, "Emotional Girl" is with her Quintet and she recently signed with Neil Sapper at the New World & Jazz Promotions; Record Promotions for “Emotional Girl” & upcoming releases. Favourite 2006 engagements saw Jennifer performing at a Benefit for the Jazz Museum in Harlem, New York City, appearing at the San Jose Jazz Festival and opening for Mose Allison at the Temecula, California Jazz Festival.  www.jenniferscott.ca

 

 

alcornKendra Sprinkling

Kendra has been involved in music for 35 years, working with B.B. King, Martha Reeves, Taj Mahal, the Doobie Brothers and Slade, as well as countless recording sessions, commercials and musical theatre performances. In 1986, Kendra first performed in Starry Night, an AIDS fund–raising variety show, developed by the Art’s Club’s David Harrison (who succumbed to the disease in 1995). Kendra has produced and directed the show since 1995 and year 2008 marks the “23rd" Anniversary Performance. She is the Founding Executive Director of the Shooting Stars Foundation, a special events organization, which is dedicated to raising funds for direct service AIDS organizations. She is the producer of all the Shooting Stars events which include, Raymond James Starry Night (a musical variety event), Fit For A Queen presented by RBC, (a fantastic “Drag” Extravaganza), Gambado! (Dinner and Auction), Motown Meltdown (HUGE soul revue),  Raymond James Undercover (a unique, blind wine tasting) and Coast Capital Jazzilla (a Monster Jazz event).

www.shootingstarfoundation.org

 

 

alcornDon Stewart

Vancouver Jazz singer Don Stewart sings beautiful songs with a unique style, and a rich voice capable of great emotional power and also delicate sensitivity. He tells stories of love, hurt and joy in a memorable and beautiful way that leaves his audiences transfixed. Don has built up a loyal fan base who follow him from club to lounge to concert hall, grateful for every chance to hear this unique artist enchant yet another audience. Along the way he has developed a sophisticated, elegant style that is 'unforgettable', as Nat King Cole once sang. Don studied acting with William Davis, and has done theatre, film and television work, from X-Files, to The Nat King Cole story ever since. Meanwhile he has put out two CDS of his own unique cover stylings, and played many concerts and clubs, building a reputation for great shows, and developing a coterie of great musicians who love to play with him.

www.donstewart.ca

 

 

alcornDavid Sinclair

As a guitarist in Sarah McLachlan's band from 1993-2003, and with k.d. lang from 92-95, David has toured extensively in North America, Europe, and Japan and appeared on Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Arsenio Hall, Saturday Night Live, Larry Sanders, Good Morning America, Rosie O’Donnell, MTV Unplugged, VH1 Storytellers, The Grammy Awards Show (93, 98), Juno Awards. In the 80s, his bands Straight Lines and Body Electric had a series of radio hits including Juno-nominated Letting Go . As a studio guitarist, he has worked with many Canadian artists including Sarah McLachlan, Amy Sky, Rita MacNeil, Paul Janz, Valdy, Susan Jacks, Terry Jacks, Prism, Irish Rovers, Matthew Lien and Gary Fjellgaard. He has played on and/or written for TV series including North of 60, Reboot, Beast Wars, Fly By Night, Tom Stone, Edgemont, The Beachcombers, Max Glick and Weird-Ohs.www.davidsinclairmusic.com

 

Randall Stoll

Randall Stoll is a drummer with over 150 CD recordings to his credit (including platinum and Grammy award winners with k.d.lang and Kevin Parent, and 4 Juno award winning albums). He performed with Tom Cochrane, Red Rider and Shania Twain at the Juno Awards, and has toured with Tom Cochrane and k.d.lang. He was twice nominated West Coast musician of the year. He is also leader of three bands, including the Vancouver 10 piece funk, soul group, Soulstream.


thrasherSibel Thrasher

Sibel Thrasher has performed in all 1,000-plus performances of the Arts Club theatre’s all-time longest running production, Ain’t Misbehavin’, both locally and nationally. She also had great success in the productions of Black and Gold Revue I and II, Blues In The Night, The Club, When The Rains Come, Tapestry, and Little Shop Of Horrors. Her extensive credits include recording in New York with legendary recording artist Roy Ayers, and in Canada with Long John Baldry and Linton Garner. She toured with the renowned Platters in the US, Japan and the Philippines. Sibel has traveled extensively as a highly sought after jazz, gospel and R & B singer in the cruise industry on Alaskan and Caribbean tours.  In 2004 she was in the movie “Fierce People”, starring Donald Sutherland and Diane Lane and enjoyed a 6-month engagement in Shanghai, China. She most recently returned from a tour of London, England and a concert in New York with a group she performed with many years ago (Ramp), which is enjoying an amazing resurgence, which includes an album release. www.sibelthrasher.net

 

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Rene Worst

Rene Worst, an internationally known and very well respected jazz bass player, has established himself as a leading bassist in North America for several decades. He was voted Bassist of the Year by the BC CARAS Tribute to West Coast Music for the 4 years that the awards were given. Rene has performed at many North American jazz festivals, primarily with a Jazz Fusion band called Skywalk, in Montreux-Detroit, Monterey and the Montreal International Festival of Jazz, to name a few.  He has toured Canada with jazz legends Chet Baker, Gene Bertoncini and Joe Pass and on the international scene, toured the former Soviet Union with Paul Horn. He is also the bassist with a Brazilian band called Novo Tempo, which has been touring throughout the US; he is a virtuoso with string bass, electric bass, fretless bass and piccolo bass. Rene has recorded and performed with numerous jazz greats, Buddy Greco, Jack Sheldon, Tommy Banks, Herb Ellis, Freddie Hubbard, Ernestine Anderson, John Faddis, to name a few and his latest album, titled  “ Emotional Girl“ was recorded with Jennifer Scott, one of the top jazz singers in Canada. Jennifer Love Hewitt, David Bowie, Aerosmith and Poison have also featured him on recordings. Rene recently released a duo album with pianist Miles Black called “Two” to much critical acclaim.

www.reneworst.com

 

apivor Lisa Vernon

Born and raised in Vancouver, Lisa started out as a dancer in the performing arts. She studied ballet in her youth with the late Kay Armstrong and Maria Lewis at Pacific Ballet Theatre. She also studied with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in the summer of 1978 and on scholarship with the Academy of Ballet in San Francisco in 1979. In her late teens she discovered jazz dance and over the years has participated in numerous local performances. In 1981, she spent a year at Studio 58, studying acting, voice and movement and participated both on stage and back stage in several plays. In 1982, Lisa performed in a local production of Jesus Christ Superstar. It was there that she rekindled a childhood friendship with Sheryl Rae. They formed a female singing group called "Hot Ice" which performed locally over the next few years. Since then, Lisa has done background vocals for Sheryl on recordings and in concert, most recently with the renowned Dal Richards' Orchestra. She is the proud mother of three beautiful children who continually inspire her in life.