Sunday 30 November 2014

Sienna Dahlen

Today was a big day, where we brought all the singers from all the groups together in one room for the first time, and special guest vocalist Sienna Dahlen came by, en route from Montreal to Toronto. What a joy to have all those voices together, and to have Sienna with us for this project.

Here's more about her:

Juno award-winning performer, Sienna Dahlen (Vocal Jazz Album of the Year 2014-" Notes on Montreal" with Mike Rud), makes her living as a professional vocalist, instrumentalist, educator and composer of jazz and other styles of creative music. She has had the immense pleasure of performing her music for audiences throughout most of Europe, parts of the US, Mexico, Argentina and across Canada. Her voice is also featured on the soundtrack of the Academy Award-winning film, "The Danish Poet". (Torill Kove/Kevin Dean)
Sienna's newest album entitled, "Verglas" (Justin Time Records) is dedicated to the late, great, Lhasa de Sela. The featured rhythm section on the album includes Karl Jannuska (drums FR), Pierre Perchaud (guitar FR), Andrew Downing (cello CA) and guest guitarist, Justin Haynes (CA).

"Sienna Dahlen has made a beautifully compelling record that is soulful and unique." Ron Sexsmith, International award-winning Canadian singer/ songwriter 

“Dahlen has an extremely alluring voice, one that could sell rainwater in a snowstorm.” Pascel-Denis Lussier, All About Jazz

"...Verglas goes from the good to the great with “Carrie,” the last of its seven cuts and a stunningly memorable, rage-filled anthem against an impending death." 
Peter Goddard (Toronto Star) 4/4 stars (Official website) (Album website)

Monday 24 November 2014

Requiem for Fourteen Roses Poster

The rose petal mandala was created by Bonnie Gold Bell and David Sun Todd.

And the poster was created by Marilee Townsend-Alcorn.


Friday 26 September 2014

Requiem tickets available at four locations in Ottawa

Tickets are available at the following locations:
• Alcorn Music Studios/GigSpace - 953 Gladstone, Ottawa ON
• The Leading Note - 370 Elgin Street, Ottawa ON
• Herb & Spice - 1310 Wellington Street W, Ottawa ON
• Compact Music - 785 1/2 Bank Street, Ottawa ON

Thank-you so much to our community ticket vendors! Please note that these ticket sales are cash only.
Tickets are also available from choir members, and online at Ticket sales are non-refundable.

Thursday 25 September 2014

CBC's Adrian Harewood will host Requiem for Fourteen Roses concert

Adrian Harewood is anchor of CBC’s local weekday television newscast, CBC News Ottawa at 5 and CBC News Ottawa at 11 p.m. 

Adrian grew up in Ottawa’s west end, and attended elementary and high school at Ottawa’s Ashbury College.  He studied Political Theory and History at McGill University, where he was also station manager of the campus radio station CKUT.

Before coming to television, Adrian was the host of the number-one rated All in a Day on CBC Radio One in Ottawa. He has been a guest host on national CBC programming including: As it Happens, Sounds Like Canada and The Current. 

Adrian has a keen interest in community involvement. He spends hundreds of hours every year at events in Ottawa and the surrounding area.

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Requiem concert tickets are now available online

Concert tickets to "Requiem for Fourteen Roses" on Saturday December 6, 2014, in Ottawa ON, are now available online.

• Online ticket sales have a $2 convenience fee added to cover handling and processing fees.
• You will receive an email confirmation that your order has been received and processed.
• Your ticket/s will be waiting for you in an envelope with your name on it in the "WILL CALL" box.
• As a courtesy, there will be a separate line for people picking up their pre-paid tickets.
• You do not need to sign up for a PayPal account to use the online ticket service.
• Ticket sales are non-refundable.
• For added peace-of-mind, please print your receipt and present it when you check in.

Click HERE to purchase tickets online.

Sunday 31 August 2014

Fundraising and Bronze Pass winner...

Hello Friends!
Been working hard on the scores. Can't believe rehearsals begin in 10 days. It's almost here!
Thanks so much to all of you for your generosity and support of this project. The IndieGogo crowd funding campaign raised $7820.
I'm still getting emails and requests to donate from people - thanks so much! If you missed the crowd funding campaign, but you'd still like to contribute towards Requiem for Fourteen Roses, you can make a cheque payable to Elise Letourneau, put "Requiem" in the memo, and mail it or drop it off to my attention at Alcorn Music Studios, 953 Gladstone Avenue, Ottawa ON, K1Y 3E5. I'd need to receive it by October 31 to be sure you are included in the concert programme as a supporter.
And congratulations to Nathan Corr, whose name was drawn for the 2 Bronze passes for the 2015 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival!

Thursday 14 August 2014

CKCU interview with David Yazbeck

Had a lovely chat this morning on CKCU 93.1FM on Thursday Morning Special Blend with David Yazbeck. We talked mostly about the concert and the IndieGogo fundraiser.

If you'd like to listen in, you'll find it HERE.

If you don't have time to listen to the entire program, the Requiem part starts at about 72:45.

Thanks so much David!