Canadian soprano Hélène Brunet is hailed by the critics as "a singer of tremendous quality" with "a voice of perfect beauty" and "sincere expression". Recognized for her interpretations of the works of Bach, Handel and Mozart, her repertoire extends from Baroque to the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Prestigious distinctions include the Johannes Somary Award at the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition at Carnegie Hall in New York, an Opus Prize for the baroque Concert of The Year with ensemble Caprice and her performance as Abra in Vivaldi's Juditha Triumphans, and a Juno Award for the Classical Vocal Album of the Year (2016) with the album Las Ciudades de Oro.
With six albums under her belt, Juno Award winner Kellylee Evans has tackled everything from jazz to R&B and pop. Praised by the Latin Jazz Network for a "gorgeous voice (that) rises to the heavens in rapturous wonder as if in consanguinity with a chorus of angels" and by the Yukon Arts Centre for "a stunning crystalline voice, both powerful and emotive," Evans was the runner-up of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Competition and won a Juno for Nina — her tribute to the legendary Nina Simone. On her most recent album, Come On, she offers views on love and loss in an alluringly rhythmic approach that has touches of psychedelic pop, resonating soul groove and a je ne sais quoi that is strictly Kellylee and forged by her jazz discipline. It only gets better when you experience her live, in her element.
It is not uncommon to find jazz musicians performing and recording with indie-rock bands like Broken Social Scene or Bros or Bahamas, but jazz musician/vocalist Felicity Williams stands alone in many ways as a true anomaly. Not only has she performed with Bahamas and BSS, but she has been a key part of two of the most important Canadian jazz albums of the last five years: the Words project from Amanda Tosoff, and the Border Crossing album from Alex Goodman. Both Juno nominees, Tosoff and Goodman's music has actually been inspired by Williams’s unique sound. To call Williams a jazz singer alone would be a disservice to her deep originality. She is frequently a wordless singer who uses her voice as a section instrument much like a saxophone, and as a lead improviser she discovers melodies over the form and harmony of the song in a way that 99 per cent of singers in the world simply cannot.
— Scott Morin, CBC’s 35 Under 35 Canadian Jazz Artists
Gary Dahl, baritone, born in Yarrow, B.C., a small town an hour east of Vancouver. Serious vocal studies with maestro Luigi Wood, Vancouver, commencing 1977. Member of Vancouver Chamber Choir. Concerts and collaborations with Vancouver Early Music, and Vancouver New Music.
New opera projects in this period include: Return of the Native, Jean Coulthard; No No Miya, Rudolf Komorous; The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, Michael Nyman; Copernicus, Claude Vivier. 1991 - 1995 Canadian touring company of Phantom of the Opera. A resident of Chelsea, Quebec since 1995, Gary is active in the concert scene; a frequent soloist with Ottawa choirs. He is a member of the Ottawa Cathedral choir of Men and Boys. He loves Schubert lieder and teaching voice.