SINGERS’ BOOTCAMP at Alcorn Music Studios

SINGERS' BOOTCAMP
Hello singers! I am very excited to announce that I will be taking part in Alcorn Music Studios’ Singers’ Bootcamp as an instructor! Hooray! Under the direction of Elise Letourneau and alongside my fellow instructor Nicole Ratté we will lead singers (ages high school through adult) through the most fundamental and universal aspects of singing including technique, theory and musicianship. The bootcamp runs from July  7 – 12. Here is a typical day at Singers’ Bootcamp:

9a – warm-ups and voice-building/technique
9:30a – sight reading
10a – repertoire
11a – break
11:15a-12:15p – harmony singing
12:15-12:45p – genre discussion – (topics change daily)
12:45-1:45p – lunch
1:45-2:30p – theory & ear training
2:30-3:15p – elective
3:15-4p – break
4-4:30p – voice-building/technique
4:30-5:30p – repertoire
5:30-7p – dinner/break
7-9p – performances, working with a rhythm section

Sounds exciting, right? If you are in the Ottawa area and you are interested in enrolling please click here for more details. The bootcamp has limited enrolment and admission is on a first come, first served basis, so act fast! Registration deadline is Friday, June 21, 2013.

If you know some who may be interested in this camp you can send them a link to this post or invite them to our facebook event here.

My Week In Pictures: first week of 2013

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2013 is underway and the year has started off with a bang. After a New Year’s day brunch with the fam I jumped back into work. I started writing some grant applications that are due next week and set up the last of the Indiegogo perks to be sent out. I had a nice coffee date with Nicholas Maclean, a great pianist from Ottawa who currently lives and studies in Toronto. And I had a lovely breakfast date with fellow singer, Nicole Ratté.

On Friday night I played at the Ottawa Swing Dance Society’s live band night so we spent the afternoon on Thursday rehearsing for that.

I have a tendency to overwork myself so I tried to make time for songwriting, working out, and a little bit of photography, just for fun. I actually really like that self-portrait in the middle photo. It was taken by shooting with my iPhone through the view finder of a Fujica Camera. Click here to see the higher res version of that photo.

There is so much going on in the next few months so I’m trying to prepare myself and get ahead on work. Is that even possible?!

Anyway, I’m looking forward to getting back to regular performance. Live Jazz Monday is back tonight at 9pm at Mercury Lounge so please stop on by for a cocktail and a relaxing evening of jazz standards preformed by myself and François Gravel. There’s no cover!

My Holiday In Pictures: Happy New Year! Happy Birthday! Happy Everything!

2012_12_21-31 Happy new year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a happy new year! I definitely had a great holiday and as you can see from the silence around here, I took some time off from blogging. It was supposed to be just one week but I came down with a pretty bad flu the week before and ended up taking a little more time off than expected. Now I’m back and I’m excited to share some updates with you.

Before the break even started, I had the great pleasure of participating in a charity concert called Jazzin’ The Holidays. This was a triple bill with Nicole Ratté, Elise Letourneau and myself at GigSpace. All of the proceeds went to support the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa. I’m happy to report that not only did we sell out, but there was a handful of people who waited for a full 45 minutes to see if they could get in and we had to turn people away! Next year we will definitely have to hold the concert at a bigger venue. It was so much fun! We raised over $1000 for SASC.

This winter break was a really relaxing and productive one for me. When I don’t have a million things to do, one of my favourite hobbies is crafting. I made sure to get a bunch of crafting in this break. I made hand-stamped wrapping paper for the presents I gave to my family and I learned how to bind a book using these tutorials. My book turned out so much better than I expected.

I spent Christmas with my family here in Ottawa. We mostly ate and drank and ate and watched Muppet movies. We also had a sing-along which was a family first for us. I was so grateful to be able to spend the holidays surrounded by the people I care about.

Another fun thing about the holidays is that I have a birthday! I turned 25 on December 28 and a bunch of my friends came over to celebrate. I don’t usually have a party since everyone is partied out between Christmas and New Year’s, so this party was really special. We had home-made poutine with miso gravy, and I got a sweet performance cane from my BFF.

I spent New Year’s Eve at Rare restaurant in Kanata. I had a great time playing with Cuban pianist Miguel De Armas. An incredibly versatile and gifted piano player. I have a feeling that won’t be my last performance with him.

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That’s it for the holiday update. I’ve got some exciting things planned for the blog for 2013 (hint: giveaways!) so be sure to sign up for my mailing list or RSS feed so that you don’t miss anything.

 

Jazzin’ the Holidays in support of SASC

Jazzin' the Holidays e-cardHappy holidays! On Sunday, December 23rd, I’m going to be teaming up with Elise Letourneau and Nicole Ratté to bring you an afternoon of seasonal classics, beautiful harmonies, and swinging grooves. We will be joined by trumpeter Craig Pedersen, guitarist Tim Bedner, bassist Mark Alcorn, and drummer Marilee Townsend.

100% of the proceeds from this concert will be donated to the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa, so come on out and support a worthy cause! Here are the deets:

What: Jazzin’ the Holidays – a holiday charity concert in support of SASC
When: Sunday, December 23rd, 2012, 2pm
Where: GigSpace, 953 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Tickets: $20, available at the door or by phone at 613-729-0693