SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival is marking its milestone 10th anniversary with a virtual festival taking place May 27 to June 6, 2021. The full schedule, tickets, and festival passes are available now at Singtoronto.com.
Launched in 2012, Canada’s premier a cappella festival includes more than 20 hours of content, featuring a stellar lineup that crosses cultural, demographic and musical styles from around the globe. In addition to world-class concert performances, the festival offers live, interactive educational workshops facilitated by the world’s best a cappella professionals.
Ticket prices range from $10-$15, with all-access festival passes available for $50-$75. Half-price tickets and passes are available for students, arts workers and the underemployed.
The festival’s “SING! in Concert” shows include:
• Global Voices: M-Pact (US) and O-Kai Singers (Taiwan): M-Pact combines smooth soul, percussive power and sophisticated harmonies, while O-Kai Singers give a new face to the indigenous music of Taiwan.
• Global Voices II: Rajaton (Finland) and Vocal Sampling (Cuba): With record sales of more than 400,000 worldwide, Rajaton is a bona fide pop phenomenon, while Vocal Sampling’s “a cappella big band” sounds of salsa and son will have you grabbing your dancing shoes. The show kicks off with the newly chosen Grand Prize winner of the SING! Collegiate Competition.
• Freeplay Friday & Friends: Freeplay (SING! Artistic Directors Dylan Bell and Suba Sankaran) performs their world-renowned a cappella live looping, and present guest artists singer / vocal looper Jordana Talsky, and Ori Shalva & Co., family specialists of the traditional polyphonic singing from the Republic of Georgia.
• FreePlay Friday & Friends II: Freeplay (SING! Artistic Directors Dylan Bell and Suba Sankaran) performs their world-renowned a cappella live looping, and present guest artists solo live looper Alissa Vox Raw and jazz/contemporary singers The Ault Sisters.
• Aca Night in Canada: Showcasing the diversity of Canada’s a cappella scene from coast to coast, featuring Seaside A Cappella (NS), Island A Cappella (PEI), QW4RTZ (QC), Retrocity (ON), Hamilton Children’s Choir (ON), Nukariik (ON), ‘Nuf Sed (AB), Quayside Voices (BC) and Phoenix Chamber Choir (BC).
• Aca Night in Canada II: Showcasing the diversity of Canada’s a cappella scene from coast to coast, featuring Lady Cove Women’s Choir and Eastern Owl (NL), ScotianAires Chorus (NS), Octava Vocal Ensemble (ON), GCVI Chamber Choir (ON), Yonge Guns and Ripple Effect (ON), Those Guys (MB), 6 Minute Warning (AB), Fifth Street (BC) and Myriad Ensemble, plus Elektra Women’s Choir (BC) and Friends.
• Slaight Music SING! Toronto Collegiate A Cappella Competition—Semifinals: Collegiate groups from across the country vie for the Grand Prize — and national bragging rights — as a team of celebrity judges narrows the field from six groups to three.
• Slaight Music SING! Toronto Collegiate A Cappella Competition—Finals: Collegiate groups from across the country vie for the Grand Prize — and national bragging rights — as a team of celebrity judges pick the winner.
• SING! 10-Year Anniversary Special: Interviews and concert footage relive a decade of SING!, which saw the festival welcome the world’s greatest vocal groups and showcase Toronto’s talent to the world.
• In Conversation with Cadence: Members of Cadence’s 22-year run will swap stories, share laughs, and take audience questions in this interactive live event hosted by JazzFM’s Heather Bambrick. The show also features the presentation of the Slaight Music SING! Toronto Legacy Award to Cadence, and two brand-new (virtual) performances featuring all 11 members.
SING! Artistic Directors Dylan Bell and Suba Sankaran said the festival’s 10th year is a milestone that’s cause for celebration, despite the ongoing pandemic restrictions.
“As SING! celebrates a decade of entertaining audiences, we’re proud to have brought attention to countless new artists as well as presented best-selling international acts,” said Bell. “We’ve also launched several SING! partner festivals in Texas, as well as SING! Edinburgh at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.”
The festival’s online format also offers unique opportunities for audiences and performers alike in this time of uncertainty.
“While the performers miss the energy and camaraderie of live audiences, we’re pleased to be able to showcase a cappella talent virtually, from across Canada and around the world,” said Sankaran. “The online format allows audiences near and far to experience it from the comfort and safety of their homes.”
“We’re also focused on supporting both our audience and performers, many of whom have been hard hit by the pandemic,” she said. “Our ticket pricing accommodates buyers of all budgets, while still fairly compensating artists.”
SING! 2021 is being presented with a new leadership team that brings years of experience in the industry and close connections with the a cappella community and art form. Joining the SING! team are Daniel Broome in the role of Strategic Consultant, David Lane as Operations Director, and Bremely Karthigesu as Project and Development Lead.
More information, schedules, tickets, and festival passes are available at www.singtoronto.com.