2018 LOWVILLE FESTIVAL ARTISTS:
Currently in the midst of recording a new album, the singer-songwriter will appear with other guest singers and authors for the Art of Time Ensemble's A Singer Must Die concert, a tribute to Leonard Cohen (Feb. 22 to 24, at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre )
Globe and Mail February 13 2018
The unassuming Harmer is a thoroughly likable performer. She might be the quintessentially Canadian entertainer, in that she embodies how Canadians, rightly or wrongly, like to think of themselves: earnest, wholesome, and eager to please without being too flashy or obnoxious about it. The two folk -art-style banners that hung at the back of the stage—one depicting a crescent moon in a starry sky and the other an empty canoe on the shore of a lake —reinforced the home-baked flavour of the evening.
The Georgia Straight January 18 2011
Canadian opera singer Ben Heppner performs with gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama for a sold-out show
t UBC’s Chan Centre on Sept 23, 2017.
For decades, he was considered the go-to for such signature parts as Tristan in Tristan and Isolde, or the title role in Lohengrin. A recipient of seven honorary degrees, he has also been promoted from the Order of Canada in 1998, to an Officer of Canada in 2002, and eventually to a Companion of Canada in 2008. His place in the nation’s cultural history is assured.
Vancouver Sun September 15, 2017
The Canadian tenor who made an international career out of wooing Isolde and hunting the great white whale has sung his last high C on a public stage. Ben Heppner announced his retirement from singing… ending a stellar run as the greatest Canadian Helden tenor since .
Jon Vickers. Globe and Mail April 24, 2014
June Cupido :Truth and Illusion.
For centuries we have relied on oral storytelling to influence our sense of self, to communicate and to entertain. It shapes our reality, thereby enabling us as individuals and a society to evolve. I have always been intrigued by the idea of personal stories and storytelling as a means of developing a script; to take the audience on a thought-provoking journey as we explore the stories we tell each other and how they connect us.
This monologue blew 175 of us away with its impact when we watched the inaugural performance at Sheridan College in January of this year. Directed and Produced by June Cupido this artistic expression is simply brilliant in its capacity to capture the pain and beauty of being alive in a human body with minds that betray us. Six actors shared their personal stories and June’s brilliance is to weave the stories together in a way that drew us in and we were living their lives. The standing ovation was spontaneous and immediate – we knew we had witnessed something raw, authentic, and healing.
Debra Pickfield (Board Chair Lowville Festival)
More comments from the enraptured audience……
Truth and Illusion was so true to you and really brought to life so much of your awareness about archetypes, story, and meaning. Your dedication and weaving ability were so obvious to me through it all!! Congratulations on such a wonderful achievement!
Thank you very much for putting the effort in producing it and wish that you would produce it again with other monologues. It has been a great evening yesterday for me attending the Truth and Illusion show and I tweeted about this excellent event.
Thanks to my colleagues who stood on the stage to tell us about how they discovered themselves and identified what is a Truth and what is Illusion
.June, I am blown away by that performance. It was fantastic. The acting, stories, music were coherent and compelling. I am so impressed with the heart and work that went into this. So great to see a full house too. Congratulations!!
I just happened to tag along last night to attend this powerful and captivating performance. It was extremely brave of all participants to bare their souls. I believe it truly touched the hearts of all who were in the audience.Bravo to all!!! Congrats!!
Opening for Sarah Harmer !!!!
Raised on a healthy dose of the country music narrative and the spiritual motivation of gospel hymns, Lydia Persaud is reconnecting with her roots with her debut EP “Low Light”. Winner of the 2013 Oscar Peterson Award, Lydia has had an active involvement in the Toronto music scene since her graduation from Humber College’s Jazz program. After performing internationally with The O’Pears and Dwayne Gretzky, and backing artists such as Lee Fields, Jill Barber, Royal Wood, Jadea Kelly and Karl Wolf, Lydia has emerged with her own voice in the world of folk-soul.
Spring of 2017 found Lydia touring solo through Spain, then returning to Canada to play shows in Canada’s East Coast. “Low Light” features some of Canada’s finest musicians such as Robbie Grunwald (Jill Barber, Good Lovelies), Joel Schwartz (Birds of Chicago), Josh Van Tassel (Great Lake Swimmers), and Drew Jurecka (Jill Barber). Lydia’s intimate songwriting paired with subtle instrumentation inspired by her process of writing with voice and baritone ukulele is a highlight of the EP. Influenced by songwriters Eva Cassidy, Michael Kiwanuka and Ray Lamontagne, Lydia combines folk story-telling with a soulful vocal delivery.