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Zoe Chilco Presents: Songs to Inspire
May 5 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Sunday, May 5, 2019 | 8:30pm
Zoe Chilco Presents: Songs to Inspire
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00
Please note that tickets to this show are available EXCLUSIVELY through our box office, either by phone or in person. To guarantee your seats, please call the box office at (416) 533-5483 and lay your claim. ***
I had the idea for a benefit concert back in January, 2018, hoping to fulfill two goals. First, I wanted to help a women’s organization in the ongoing work of bringing dignity, housing, clothing, or any necessary aid to women here in Toronto. I chose to partner with “Sistering.” It’s a group that has been operating since the seventies, and has provided invaluable counselling and concrete and critical help to countless women.
Secondly, I wanted to hear songs of mine that have messages of equality, social justice, self-esteem, or environmental responsibility interpreted by different vocalists. I wanted it to be informed by the power of the music, and allow for interpretations of how the words might resonate with people. The night will feature the following artists as they pay tribute to the music of Zoe Chilco.
Dawn DuVall started singing professionally in 1975, playing small Toronto venues; toured Ontario and the east coast for two years with a show band, and after that, with a second band for another year, before finally returning to Toronto where she joined a pop/rock band, again touring.
Later in Toronto, with pianist Lorraine Ingle, she formed a blues-based band, “The Hi-Lites”, and from that group she and Lorraine created the well-known blues and boogie duo “Blue Willow”, which, over fourteen years, performed and produced two cd’s, one of them award- winning.
Dawn is currently working with her partner/piano player Tom Melville, recording a new cd of eclectic styles of music with her band “Dawnsville”.
My ninth studio album “Into The Blue” is the sum of a 43 year artistic journey. (It) dropped April 8, 2017, charting on Stingray Music, The Blues Radio Network, CBC, Toronto Blues Society Charts, Blues and Routes Radio, and Folk Routes to name a few.
“My….songs are reflective, and meant to create hope and optimism through strength, perseverance, trust, and spirit…. heavily influenced by blues, roots, gospel, folk, and kitchen parties courtesy of my Nova Scotian childhood.”
Taborah Johnson is a Canadian singer and actress who began her career in the Toronto production of Hair as a teenager. She was subsequently a backing vocalist for Rick James from 1979 to 1982, including on James’ most famous single, “Super Freak”. She returned to Toronto, where she sang as a jazz performer and as a backing vocalist for her sister Molly’s band Infidels, and acted in occasional film and television roles. She appeared as the FLOTUS Chief of Staff, assistant to the First Lady, in her brother Clark’s feature film The Sentinel, and the 1984 HBO TV movie The Guardian with Lou Gossett and Martin Sheen. She has also been creating voices in animation.
Cue Kirk is the Tobagonian Canadian Poetic Empress, Dub Poet, Author, and Community Mobilizer from Toronto Canada. In 2001, Cue made her poetic debut as the feature poet at Down One Lounge in Toronto Canada, and then took the nation by storm as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) 2005/2007 Poetry Face-off All Star winner in Ottawa. On stage this passionate performance poet is well known for combining her Tobago talk, jazzy vocals and movement to create a sensual and captivating poetic style.
These wonderful performers will be joined by a very lively and talented band of musicians.Jason Agouris – piano
Paul McKeracher – guitar
Rachel Melas – bass
Cathy Salvatori – drums
Julian Yarrow – piano
Proceeds from this show will be going toward Sistering. Sistering is a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed. They provide many services, facilities, skill training courses and legal counselling and support, plus much more. For more information or to donate, please visit their website at www.sistering.org