Hooray! I’m happy to announce three amazing concert dates in three amazing cities. I’ll be playing with Chad Linsley in Montreal on September 26th, Ottawa on October 4th, and Toronto on October 11th. Full details can be found on my concerts page.
For the last few months Chad and I have been working on music that reflects on childhood. We collected tunes from film adaptations of children’s stories and songs about magic, dreaming, and the urge to run away. The music is imaginative, intimate, vulnerable, carefree, questioning, and melancholy. I’m so excited to share this project with you.
Here is a recording of Chad and I playing Little Prince, the title theme from the musical adaptation of the book Let Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
All three venues have limited seating so please reserve your seat early. If you have any questions about any of these dates please leave them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you right away.
Hello singers! If you’re thinking about signing up for voice lessons now that exams are over and the warmer months are here then you are in luck because I am offering 20% off packages of five lessons to new students until June 1st.
Here’s what some of my students have to say about their lessons with me:
Renée Yoxon’s enthusiasm for music shows clearly through her teaching. She takes a lot of care to instill good habits, both in singing and in how I practice, so I can grow as a musician. I always look forward to my lessons and would highly recommend Renée to anyone who enjoys singing.
Adam K, age 28
Since I’ve been taking lesson from Renée I’ve found myself excited about everything I’ve been learning. It’s as if I’m finding a completely different singer within myself. I’m so happy that I don’t have to just memorize a piece and get tested on it anymore, Renée actually helps me comprehend all the different elements of what I’m singing.
Judette B, age 15
Renée Yoxon is an excellent voice teacher who is willing to cater her lessons to the particular needs of each student. As an untrained singer who has been singing for years, my needs have been a little scattered but Renée has helped me to understand fundamentals regarding how the voice works and how that fits into a greater understanding of music. She is happy to participate in the student’s development and to allow the student to explore his or her own creative path. She makes herself available and is eager to satisfy her various students. She is a pleasure to work with and a reliable resource.
David S, age 39
Lessons are taught on Sundays in Ottawa for $50/hour and Tuesdays through Saturdays in Montreal and on Skype for $40/hour. Les cours sont aussi disponibles en français. For more information visit my teaching page or contact me. Happy singing!
Thanks so much to Austin for capturing these videos from The Artistic Showcase at Pressed on Tuesday. And thanks to Brandon Wint for being an incredible host and to everyone who came out to support the artists!
Brandon Wint hosts a monthly artistic showcase at Pressed in Ottawa. I’m honoured to have been asked to participate and will be performing a solo set alongside a collection of diverse, warm-hearted, powerful and expressive human beings. Brandon has this to say:
In March, The Artistic Showcase reached magical, transcendent heights. In April, we will stretch ourselves to embrace love, warmth, community and artistry yet again. We will embrace the magic and beauty of the human condition and celebrate it through art and unity. :). It will be the first time we’ll invite jazz, revolutionary folk music, spoken word poetry, contemporary dance and film into the warm space of Pressed (750 Gladstone ave) on the same night.
On April 22nd, The Artistic Showcase will welcome featured performances by:
RENEE YOXON (http://www.reneeyoxon.com/)
TITO MEDINA (http://www.reverbnation.com/titomedina)
and special guest performances by:
SONIA AWAD (Son Jamma)
CRAIG ALLEN CONOLEY (http://partusfilms.com/)
As always, The Artistic Showcase will be hosted by Brandon Wint (www.brandonwint.ca)
Click here to RSVP on facebook.
The Artistic Showcase hosted by Brandon Wint
Pressed, 750 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival mini-reviews (of the Renée Yoxon, Grace Kelly and Sicilian Jazz Project shows) by Peter Hum:
The young, Montreal-based, Ottawa-raised singer is progressing nicely. She meshed well with two veteran Montreal accompanists, pianist Jeff Johnston and bassist Fraser Hollins, and impressed me with the spin she put on some well-chosen standards. They included Billy Strayhorn’s A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing, the standard Where Or When and the Jobim tune If You Never Come To Me.
Music, Embracing: Renée Yoxon Opens Winter Jazzfest 2014 on Strong Note by Curtis Perry:
The songs were diverse, a pick from Sweeney Todd comfortably rubbing shoulders with her original material. The arrangements made the classics come alive, and the contemporary timeless.
Jazzy little number by Julie Cruikshank:
“I’ve been really putting a lot of myself into [this performance],” she says. “It’s a little bit of a departure from what I think I’m known for in Ottawa. I’ve done a lot of jazz standards and it’s still that in a way, but I’ve taken inspiration from old musical-theatre songs as sung by some contemporary jazz singers.”
Five questions for a Montreal-based Renée Yoxon by Peter Hum:
“On Friday I’ll be playing with Jeff Johnston on piano and Fraser Hollins on bass. The set we’ll be playing will be completely new to my regular listeners. It was inspired by Norma Winstone, Abbey Lincoln, Irene Kral, and Mark Murphy. It will be dramatic, dark, and introspective. It’s a mix of uncommon standards, old musical theatre numbers, new jazz originals by modern composers, and a few of my own originals.”
Hey look it’s a picture of my face! Thanks to Monica Ferguson for snapping that one. On Friday Mark Ferguson and I participated in the National Arts Centre’s very first Casual Friday. It was a beautiful evening and everyone I talked to was having a great time. I’ll have to attend the next event in the series as an audience member and food eater instead of a performer.
You can’t tell in the photo but I was wearing my brand new silver spoon necklace that I got from The Paper Poppy Store on Etsy. You may remember from this post that the spoon is the symbol of chronic illness, based on The Spoon Theory of chronic illness by Christine Miserandino. Lately I’ve started to appreciate and accept my life with chronic illness so I thought I’d start wearing my spoonie pride around my neck.
I also got NW by Zadie Smith but I haven’t gotten very far yet.
Lastly, I spent time this week getting everything ready for The End of Live Jazz Monday which is happening tonight! Everything is place for a great big goodbye party. We can’t wait to see you there! Click here for details and click here to RSVP on facebook.
Thanks to our resident videographer, Austin Cooke, I have two more Live Jazz Monday videos to share with you. Thanks, Austin!
I also want to remind my Ottawa readers that our four-year residency at Mercury Lounge is coming to an end on November 4th and François Gravel and I would really love to have you there to say goodbye and celebrate the end of an era.
The event will take place on Monday, November 4th. There will be delicious treats, surprise guests, and of course – beautiful music. Entrance is free and the party will begin around 8:30pm with the performance starting at 9pm. See you there! Click here for more details and click here to RSVP on facebook.
I’d like to welcome my newest sponsor, The Shine Foundation!
The Shine Foundation is a charitable organization located in Ottawa. Since it’s inception in 2002, Shine has been dedicated to the promotion of music education, performance, and production. Shine operates a music academy (Shine Music Academy), a booking agency (Shine Concerts), and a recording studio (Shine Studios) as part of an overall mandate of developing the musical community in Ottawa and of making music accessible to everyone.
Shine bands participate in recording and performance, and Shine mentors help student bands transition into self-directed, independent, recording and performing bands. Shine works with other charities in the National Capital Region and around the country to raise money for worthy causes.
Shine has been working tirelessly for over ten years to bring musical resources to the national capital region and Ottawa is better for it. Go on over to their website and check them out!
The Shine Foundation is part of the sponsor program at reneeyoxon.com. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, check out the sponsor info page for rates and other information. If you have any questions please contact me.
Tonight: dave cooper’s Eddy Table and Other Misbehavers
An exhibition of drawings from gobs of looming blockbusters!
With a number of animated projects in the works, the timing is ripe for an Animation Festival-affiliated exhibition of drawings and prints that celebrate the imagination of Dave Cooper! This year Dave’s Nickelodeon short, PIGGOATBANANAMANTIS is in competition at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, his other kid’s tv project, The Bagel and Becky Show is being developed full throttle. And of course Dave’s strangest longtime protagonist Eddy Table is returning after a long hiatus to appear in an epic, CGI, Norwegian-funded short film and accompanying graphic novella. Music for the evening will be provided by Renée Yoxon, François Gravel, and Matt Ouimet.
Thursday, September 19th, 7 – 10pm
La Petite Mort Gallery, 306 Cumberland Street, Ottawa
Click here for more details.
Tomorrow: Jazz on the Lake with Renée Yoxon
Exquisite music for an important local cause!
The Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton invites you to join us for our 2nd annual “Jazz on the Lake” cocktail featuring Renée Yoxon, on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Lago Bar and Grill.
The Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting increased awareness and respect for persons with learning disabilities (LDs). As an association, we engage the community and professional groups to assist in their understanding of LDs. Our vital programs provide support and resources for families and individuals dealing with LDs so that they can be successful in their day-to-day lives.
Click here for more details.
I don’t know why I’m even bothering to say goodbye to Ottawa. Between returning more than weekly for teaching, gigs, and family stuff, Ottawa probably won’t even notice that I’m gone. But you know how it is when you don’t live in a place, somehow you never manage to revisit your favourite spots on trips that are hurried and activity-packed already.
With only a few months as the exception, I’ve lived in Ottawa my whole life. I grew up here, went to school here, and built my career here. Needless to say I’ve amassed a pretty long list of favourite things to do. I’m trying to take special care to do some of my favourite things before I’m in Montreal accumulating a new favourite things list.
This week, after a very successful garage sale (thank you to those who came out), Craig and I went downtown to visit the Byward Market. We walked through the huddled masses of tourists to visit the market stalls selling fruits and vegetables, textiles, jewellery, and sundries. Then we stopped at Lois ‘n’ Frima’s for ice cream. Delicious, delicious ice cream.
I’m still trying to decide what favourite things I have time for this week between packing the house and teaching. Do you have any suggestions? What are your favourite things to do in Ottawa?