artistic associates

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Andrew Downing is a Toronto based double bass player, cellist, composer and educator born in London, Ontario in 1973. He plays primarily in the creative jazz scene in Canada, but also performs classical chamber music, improvised music, folk and roots music, and world music. Andrew currently teaches double bass, composition and improvisation at the University of Toronto and has taught at Wilfred Laurier University, the Banff Centre’s Jazz Workshop and the Creative Music Workshop in Halifax.


Marion Newman, Kwagiulth and Stó:lō First Nations, English, Irish and Scottish mezzo-soprano, is firmly established as one of Canada’s most accomplished singers. Noted for her “sumptuous mezzo tone and impressive vocal agility,” on the concert stage, Marion has performed with the best ensembles, symphonies and choirs across Canada. Recent appearances include world premieres of several works, operas and concerts that speak to Marion’s First Nations identity. Recent highlights for Marion included the role of Dr. Wilson in the premiere of Missing with City Opera Vancouver/Pacific Opera Victoria, I Call Myself Princess by Jani Lauzon and the title role in Shawnadithit for Tapestry Opera.


Patricia O’Callaghan’s career has taken her across genres and continents. As a speaker of French, Spanish and German, her concert and operatic repertoire is diverse. She has sung with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Don Byron Quartet, and has performed in venues ranging from London’s Royal Opera House to New York’s Le Poisson Rouge. Patricia also writes songs and has had the honour of premiering many new compositions from both the classical and pop worlds. She has worked with R. Murray Schafer, Dennis Lee, Christos Hatzis, Steve Reich, David Braid and Steven Page. She has five solo CDs and has collaborated on many others. Her newest albums are Deepest December, Matador: The Songs of Leonard Cohen and the recently JUNO nominated Corona Divinae Misericordiae by David Braid.


Suba Sankaran is a DORA award-winning, JUNO-nominated world/fusion vocalist who effortlessly combines musical worlds, performing across North America, Europe, the UK, Asia, Australia and Africa with Autorickshaw, master drummer Trichy Sankaran, FreePlay and Retrocity. Highlights include performing for Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and performing with Jane Siberry, Lorraine Segato, Bobby McFerrin and the Swingles. Recently, Suba made her acting debut at Stratford Festival, where she has served for two seasons as vocal coach/arranger and sound designer. Suba is in demand as a private teacher, educator, choral director, arranger, adjudicator and composer, and has given numerous workshops to choirs around the world.