Skip to main content

The Beauty of Song: Festival de la Voix March 16-18 and March 23-25 2018 in Montreal

From a media release:

Festival de la Voix celebrates the beauty of the human voice
Vox Aeterna presents
Festival de la Voix, 5th edition
March 16-18 and March 23-25 2018

• Tickets to individual concerts available on Brown Paper Tickets
Register for Workshops- Half Price before March 1
Passports coming soon

MONTREAL - From March 16 to March 25 in the West Island (Lachine, Beaconsfield, Dorval, Pointe-Claire), Festival de la Voix brings communities and all ages together to sing, sing, sing!

This year’s 5th anniversary edition features six exciting, varied concerts, as well as five outstanding workshops. On offer will be an eclectic mix of styles including a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Dave Gossage; a Broadway revue with a tribute to Leonard Bernstein; the Festival’s anticipated Grand Concert—this year showcasing out of town guests and choirs; Golden Voices, a concert honouring seniors and featuring a youth choir and ladies barbershop; ‘La musique de chez nous’ reflecting the many Quebec cultures; and Choralissimo! with four exceptional choirs.

• For information: (514) 758-3641
• Check website for various venue locations:


Six exciting concerts will be presented at the fifth edition of the Festival de la Voix.

Acappella Sounds
Saint-Patrick's Day Concert
Friday, March 16th, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
L'Entrepôt Concert Hall, 2901 boul. St-Joseph, Lachine, H8S 4B7
The Festival de la Voix Celebrates Saint-Patrick's Day at the beautiful historical building L'Entrepôt Concert Hall on the banks of the Lachine Canal.  Featured in this concert are virtuoso Irish flutist Dave Gossage, Irish fiddler Kate Bevan-Baker and guitarist Patrick Lesyk; Irish dancers who have competed both at the national and international levels and the Irish-Canadian soprano Colleen Bartley.

Broadway in Beaconsfield!
Sunday, March 18th, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
Christ Church Beaurepaire, 455 Church Street, Beaconsfield, QC
Starring three fabulous singers: Laura Coulter-Low, Suzanne Rigden & Brandon Howard Roy, together with pianist Michael Woytiuk! This Broadway review will feature the best of Broadway solos, duets and sing-along with the audience including: The Sound of Music, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Starmania, Nelligan and Fiddler on the Roof with a special tribute to the music of Leonard Bernstein: Westside Story and Candide.

Grand Concert: “Music That's Out Of This World”
Friday, March 23rd, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Église de la Présentation, 665, rue de l’Église, Dorval, QC
Vivaldi’s Gloria excerpts interpreted by the world-renowned Ensemble Caprice with recorder virtuoso Matthias Maute, soprano Samantha-Louis Jean and the Choeur Vox Aeterna directed by Margo Keenan will be featured in the Festival de la Voix’s Grand concert "Music that’s out of this world". Ensemble vocal Neptune weave musical magic with their Swingle Singers renditions from Bach to the Beatles.

Ensemble Caprice:

Golden Voices
Saturday, March 24th, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Dorval Strathmore United Church, 310 Brookhaven Ave, Dorval, QC
Golden Voices honoring senior citizens and their families, will feature the sublime voices of the McGill Conservatory Youth Choir under the direction of Penni Clark, the golden voice of soprano Chantal Parent with Michael Woytiuk at the piano, accordionist virtuoso Daniel Benedetti and ladies barbershop at its best with the fabulous Acappella Sounds under the direction of Tracey Larder.

Zal Sissokho
La musique de chez nous
Saturday, March 24th, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Norwegian Cultural Assocation/Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Congregation,  5065 Sherbrooke, Lachine, QC
La musique de chez nous, a new concert at the Festival de la Voix, features music reflecting the many cultures of Quebec. Featured artists are blues and roots singer/songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire Rob Lutes; kora virtuoso Zal Sissokho and the rich and beautiful voice of Monique Fauteux (of the legendary Quebec group Harmonium) together with Kerry-Anne Kutz, Artistic Director of the Festival de la Voix.

​Sunday, March 25th, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
Église St-Joachim, 2 Sainte-Anne Street, Pointe-Claire, QC
Featuring four exceptional choirs, past and present finalists in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs (CBC Music, National Council for the Arts):

Choeur du Plateau conducted by Roseline Blain
Les Muses Chorale conducted by Xavier Brossard-Ménard
Adleisia, co-conducted by Virginie Pacheco et Amelia McMahon
The Sainte Anne Singers conducted by Margo Keenan

Les Muses Chorale conducted by Xavier Brossard-Ménard


What Else Is Hot This Week?

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Spring 2013 Toronto Performances

From a media release:

The new season brings
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
to new heights and new audiences

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
April 25-28, 2013 - Annual Toronto Season - World Premiere of Portales

TORONTO : Following on the heels of Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company's (EESDC) 30th anniversary year where its production Aguas/Waters was named one of the top five dance shows of 2012 by NOW Magazine, the early months of 2013 are full of excitement and possibility for Esmeralda and the company, which brings the finest flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance to Toronto stages.

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
Company dancers Esmeralda Enrique and Paloma Cortés perform Spanish Classical dance with the celebrated Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for A Night in Madrid featuring the Iberian flavoured music of composer Luigi Boccherini who made his home in Spain. His work is infused with the sounds of Spanish and gypsy folk music.

March 20-24 …

Polina Semionova to Appear as Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre

From a media release:


New York - Polina Semionova, a principal dancer with Berlin State Opera Ballet, will debut as a Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre for the 2011 Metropolitan Opera House season, it was announced January 14, 2011 by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. With ABT, Semionova will perform Kitri in Don Quixote at the matinee on Saturday, May 21, opposite David Hallberg as Basilio, and the dual role of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake on Saturday evening, July 2, opposite Hallberg as Prince Siegfried.

Born in Moscow, Semionova studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School before joining the Berlin State Opera Ballet as the company’s youngest principal dancer. Her repertoire with Berlin State Opera Ballet includes Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Marie in The Nutcracker, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Swanilda in Coppélia, Kitri in Don Quixo…

So You Can't Go: Six Ways To Travel Virtually

So You Can't Go:
Six Ways To Travel VirtuallyTravel is limited for most of us in the world these days. For Canadians, it depends on the province you live in, but with the border to the US still closed, and other options limited at best, virtual travel from the couch can provide at least a view with a difference at a time when you may well need it most. Google Cardboard – VR On A BudgetYou don't need a lot of cash to get into travel via virtual reality. Google Cardboard is a line of VR viewers that are, well, made of cardboard, and are priced starting at $12CAD.If you check out this link, you'll find out how to download the software to your smartphone.At this link, you can get yourself an actual Google Cardboard for a hands-free VR experience. Google Cardboard apps offer a variety of ways to experience our beautiful planet, including Google Earth itself, which can take you anywhere, along with apps to view museums and cultural artifacts, and more.Ascape VRAscape has a huge l…

Harlem Stage Digital Event: A Drop Of Midnight October 13 & 15 2020

From a release:Harlem Stage Digital Event:
A Drop Of Midnight
October 13 & 15 2020A two-part conversation with Jason ‘Timbuktu’ Diakité and his creative team around the developmental process of creating his autobiographical theater project, A Drop of Midnight. In this conversation Jason will take us on his journey to becoming one of Sweden’s chart-topping hip-hop artists and a best-selling author. He’ll also share the story of how a mixtape from Brooklyn traveled across the waters to the tiny village of Lund, Sweden and altered the course of his life forever. We will examine the impact of hip hop music and culture on the globe. How has hip-hop united communities of color globally?  How do you translate a personal story into a universal truth? How do you build a creative team? How has the current climate of social justice informed your artistic practice? Jason will read excerpts from the play and share some of the music. October 13—Part IIn this conversation A Drop of Midnight author…

Music Organizations Across Southern Ontario Celebrate Successful Virtual Concert Partnership

From a media release:Music Organizations Across Southern Ontario
Celebrate Successful Virtual Concert PartnershipWorld-renowned Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki performs a virtually broadcasted program of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Chopin followed by a live on-stage interview from The Royal Conservatory’s Koerner HallProduced in association with Ottawa Chamberfest, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Festival of the Sound, and Stratford Summer Music, Toronto’s Koerner Hall hosted Canadian world-renowned pianist Jan Lisiecki in concert and conversation through a virtually broadcasted performance on Tuesday, July 28. The private event successfully welcomed more than 2,000 viewers online and was presented in place of five concerts that were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.The evening’s program featured works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Chopin. Following the broadcasted performance, Jan Lisiecki was joined by Executive Director of Performing Arts at The Royal Conservatory, Mervon Mehta, for …