Kitchener-Waterloo Jazz Vocalist, Voice Teacher, Educator

March Gigs!

3 March 2015

March 6, 2015

Southampton Care Centre, Southampton

-Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

-With John McLelland on keys, Mike Grace on bass

March 6, 2015

Tramonto Restaurant, Kincardine

-Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm

-With John McLelland on keys, Mike Grace on bass

March 7, 2015

Jazz in the Schools: Cameron Heights Swing Dance Fundraiser, Kitchener

-Time: 6:00pm

March 14, 2015

Easy Pour Wine Bar, Cambridge

-Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm

-With Mike Grace on bass

February Gigs!

3 February 2015

February 8, 2015

South Stables Coffee Shop, Southampton

-With Mike Grace on bass

February 14, 2015

Easy Pour Wine Bar, Cambridge

-Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm

-With Mike Grace on bass

February 25, 2015

Noon Hour Concert, Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo

-Time: 12:30pm -1:20pm

-With Mike Grace on bass

Jazz in the Schools: Building Community Through Performance

13 January 2015

I have been lucky enough to be part of the K-W Music community for almost my entire life. As a vocal teacher, jazz educator, and singer, I have been surrounded by amazing musicians and people who have dedicated themselves to building meaningful music communities: school teachers, conductors, professors, bandmates. There are so many musical individuals that I have looked up to over the years that have changed me as a person and a musician. Many of them still play large roles in my life: as ardent supporters, lifelong educators, confidantes, and friends.

The first time I remember truly feeling the impact of a community built through and by music was at Bluevale Collegiate, my high school. For the first time in my school-going life, I felt a sense of belonging. I found my home away from home, and my second family. Thanks to our life-changing, tireless, passionate music teachers (Nancy Kidd, John McLelland, Cam McBain), the students who went through our music program are now forever linked. No matter how far apart we now might be, we will forever be linked, as part of that community that made music together.

When I talk to fellow graduates of our program (some of whom are my very closest friends, and some of whom I am reunited with each week with Nancy’s community choir, Age of Majority Singers), we reminisce and say: “Remember that time we got to sing in Carnegie Hall?” “Remember Friday music trivia day in Instrumental class?” “Remember the lunchtime hangouts in the vocal room which often turned into bonus choir practice?”

There’s something that all those reminiscences have in common: we remember the time we spent together, not alone. We remember the times with each other: singing together in the stairwells, crying together, laughing together, travelling together. We remember the community, maybe even more than the specific music we actually made together. I remember those days so fondly, and they shaped who I became and who I am: a professional musician and music educator.

Now, 8 years later, with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Education under my belt, I feel like it’s my turn to step into the role as “community leader”: to shape and build my own musical communities, and give back to this wonderful region of musicians that has given so much to me. Who better to start giving back to than to high school students? If my life journey changed course because of my Bluevale music community, why not pay it forward to current high schoolers? So, I have started a Jazz in the Schools program. Thanks to the support of Josh Hill and Megan Brenneman at Cameron Heights Collegiate, I recently started up the Jazz program to supplement and further shape the community that is already being built in the wonderful Cameron Heights music program. While teaching the fundamentals of jazz performance, we are also teaching the fundamentals of community interaction: teamwork, collaboration, listening to each other, creating a meaningful artistic experience together.

It is my hope that this program (which I hope will expand to even more schools and communities!) will create lasting memories like the ones I have from my high school years. Hopefully, they will have fond memories of their first public jazz gig, or their first school concert. Hopefully, they will come together as a supportive community of singers and instrumentalists to create a beautiful finished product, learn how to collaborate with and listen to each other. Hopefully, they will be proud of themselves and the accomplishments of their peers. It is my hope they remember their time together just as much as the music they make together.

Maybe, 8 years from now, the Jazz in the Schools students will be having coffee together, and say, “Remember…?”

 

 

 

New Year, New Gigs!

2 January 2015

January 17, 2015

Easy Pour Wine Bar, Cambridge

-Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm

-With Mike Grace on bass

February 14, 2015

Easy Pour Wine Bar, Cambridge

-Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm

-With Mike Grace on bass

February 25, 2015

Noon Hour Concert, Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo

-Time: 12:30pm -1:20pm

-With Mike Grace on bass

Upcoming Holiday Performances

8 December 2014

December 21, 2014

Longest Night Service, Knox Presbyterian Church, Waterloo

December 24, 2014

Jazz Carol Sing, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Linwood

-Time: 7:30-9:00pm

-With Paul Stouffer on piano

Jazz in the Schools Fundraiser: Sunday Dec. 7, 2014!

7 December 2014

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The Jazz Room for the Holidays!

12 November 2014

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TICKETS AVAILABLE ON TICKETSCENE!

Upcoming gigs!

5 October 2014

November 12, 2014

Trinity United Church, Kitchener

-Time: 6-7:30pm

-With Alison Clark on piano, Mike Grace on bass

November 13, 2014

Jazz in the Schools: Cameron Heights Collegiate, Kitchener

-Time: 2:45pm-4:15pm

-With Mike Grace on bass

November 20, 2014

Jazz in the Schools: Cameron Heights Collegiate, Kitchener

-Time: 2:45pm-4:15pm

-With Mike Grace on bass

November 21, 2014

DH Food and Lodging, St. Jacobs

-Time: 6-9pm

-With Mike Grace on bass

December 5, 2014

The Jazz, Room, Waterloo

-Time: Jazz in the Schools Opening Act: 6:30 pm

Mary-Catherine Quartet: 8:30 pm

-With Don Buchanan on piano, Mike Grace on bass, Steve James on drums

-BUY TICKETS HERE ON TICKETSCENE

DH Food and Lodging, Oct. 3!

27 September 2014

Come to St. Jacobs this Friday, Oct. 3 from 6:00-9:00 pm! Great food and great music from the MC/Mike duo!

Here’s a sneak peek of the bass/voice goodness you will hear this Friday!

Jazz in the Schools!

23 September 2014
I’m speaking at McCabe’s (Downtown Kitchener) tonight to try to get funding through the K-W Awesome Foundation for the Jazz in the Schools program! Wish me luck! Event starts at 7pm if anyone wants to come out to support the program!
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