Soloists

Joanna Burt :

Joanna Burt

Joanna Burt is a Saugeen Ojibwe artist from Lindsay Ontario. She is both a Métis jigger and opera singer, she studied at the Glenn Gould School of Music (Glenn Gould) of The Royal Conservatory. She completed her studies in the four-year Performance Diploma Program and recently finished her final year in the two year Artist Diploma Program at Glenn Gould. Joanna has been involved in operas such as The Cunning Little Vixen by Janacek and in 2015 played the role of Oberto in Handel’s Alcina performed in Toronto’s Koerner Hall at the Telus Centre. Joanna performed at the 2015 Pan Am Games Opening Ceremonies with Cirque du Soleil and the 2015 ParaPan-Am Games Opening Ceremonies with production company B5C. Joanna sang the lead role of Sara Riel in the Canadian Opera Company's production of Louis Riel in 2017.

Joanna is actively involved in her Aboriginal community throughout Ontario. She is a very proud indigenous woman and she takes great honour in representing her culture through every performance.

David Lane :

David Lane

Hailing from Red Deer, Alberta, David’s musical life began with piano lessons from his mother, as well as being part of an elementary school choir.  Once in middle school, he took a hiatus from piano and voice to explore saxophone and drums.  Oddly enough, his drumming led to him joining the high school choirs, at which point his love of piano and voice was reignited.  After high school, David left Western Canada to attend the School for Music Vocations in Iowa.  It was here that David developed a love for jazz piano and voice, as well as small ensemble vocal jazz singing.

David went on to complete a Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) in Jazz performance at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish,Nova Scotia, majoring in voice and studying piano as a secondary instrument. While at St. FX he also sang and played shows in a variety of student-led projects, ranging from beatboxing in a hip-hop group, to playing keys and singing in a Funk band.  He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Mus. Ed. from Memorial University, and has now settled as a performer and teacher in the Greater Toronto Area.  David sings in the juno nominated acappella group Cadence, as well as the New York City-based group Duwende.

Mara Nesrallah :

Mara Nesrallah

Best known as bandleader of alternative folk group Mara & The Marigold, Mara Nesrallah is an active member of Canada's creative music community. She can be found performing with and composing for numerous new music ensembles including We Are All large ensemble, decoration day, The Band Named Crow, Sonuskapos Jazz Orchestra, and Christine Duncan's The Element Choir. Recently, she has made her foray in to conducting as co-conductor of the Concord Vocal Ensemble and children's choir conductor of David Occhipinti's Cookie Choir. She is thrilled to continue her work with the Harmony Collaboration.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Mara Nesrallah initially focused on RCM classical piano, but her love of composition and singing led her to Humber College’s Bachelor of Contemporary Music program. She was awarded The President’s Medal upon graduation in 2014. Within the following year, she participated in the Banff International Workshop in Creative and Jazz Music and was Vocal Faculty for a semester at the Global Music Institute in New Delhi, India.

Aside from performance, Mara can be found sharing her love of music with her 40 piano and voice students at the Michael Johnston Music Studio and her own private studio.

 

Jeremy Tozer :

Jeremy Tozer

Jeremy is a singer-songwriter, recording artist, private lesson teacher and music director in the Greater Toronto Area. As a performer, you can catch him regularly captivating audiences at venues across the GTA showcasing everything from his own singer-songwriter material to the greatest party hits this side of the 70’s.

Jeremy has spent most of his life refining the craft of performance, having most recently received a Bachelor of Music from the highly acclaimed Humber College in Toronto.

Jeremy is of First Nations descent and is proud to be a partner on this incredible project.