Vocal HERspective: Pat Silver

When there is a lack of representation, the brave step up to correct it. A decade ago, a small group of enthusiasts recognized that Canada needed its own world class festival and Sing! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival was born and has gone on to become one of the most unique festivals found anywhere. This week on Vocal HERspective, Amanda and Kris chat with Pat Silver, the heartbeat of this incredible movement.

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The Pulse: Fifth Street

Fifth Street is a vocal quintet based in Victoria, BC. Its five members – Natasha Penfield, Jilaine Orton, Ryan Narciso, Kenji Lee and Taylor Caswell – met at the University of Victoria’s School of Music and formed the group out of a desire to make music together and continue growing as artists. Inspired by a capella powerhouses such as Pentatonix, The Real Group and M-Pact, Fifth Street combines the worlds of pop, jazz and R&B in five-part harmony.

Rachael sat down with three of the members to talk about some of their newest music, what the group has been doing during lockdown, and what’s coming up for the band over the summer!

Check out all the music featured in this episode on the group’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs8BFqzNAaxKK5LQJV8iBJQ.

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The Pulse: WIBI A Cappella

WIBI A Cappella is an innovative contemporary a cappella ensemble founded in 1988 at York University. WIBI is the longest-running collegiate a cappella group in Canada, and in 2018, the group celebrated their 30th anniversary! Rachael sits down with the group to talk about their upcoming full length EP.

You can listen to Greedy for Your Treasure here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdWQ938aO84

You can listen to Coffee/I Miss Her here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrg0TN9OkY4

You can learn more about the group here: https://www.wibiacappella.com.

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Talkappella: SING! Toronto

It’s almost time for Sing! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival 2021! Learn more about the festival and the people behind it today as Talkappella sits down with Dylan Bell, Suba Sankaran, and David Lane from the SING! team.

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The Pulse: Quayside Voices & 6 Minute Warning

What do you get when two Canadian groups join forces to record? An epic 11 part arrangement of the Leonard Cohen classic, “Hallelujah”! Rachael sits down with Quayside Voices and 6 Minute Warning to talk about this incredible first ever collaboration between the groups, and how it has inspired them to work together on more projects in the future.

Check out the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u71Ng2BXk6Q

Learn more about Quayside Voices here: https://quaysidevoices.com

Learn more about 6 Minute Warning here: https://www.6minutewarning.com

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The Pulse: Aaron Jensen & Countermeasure

Aaron Jensen joins us for The Pulse to talk about Countermeasure’s latest project – one with *gasp* instruments! Countermeasure joined forces with some of the most talented and award-winning instrumentalists to join their sound as a solo “voice” with songs nearly all composed by Jensen. We get to dig into album concept, inspiration, process, and more.

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