My Journey – Toronto Markham Wedding Singer Crooner

Who am I?  I am a classical crossover singer who lives in Toronto, Ontario. I started singing at the age of 7 when my parents enrolled me in St. Michael’s Choir School in downtown Toronto. It is there that I was classically trained as a singer and for the next eleven years was regularly singing at St. Michael’s Cathedral, Massey hall, Roy Thomson Hall and was travelling and singing throughout Canada and the United States with the choir twice yearly.

Being part of the choir allowed me to start singing at both weddings and funerals from the age of 7. I continued singing throughout University in Ottawa  (with both The Carleton University Choir and as a cantor at churches). Upon returning to Toronto in 2000, I continued singing at parishes in the GTA and have had a permanent residency at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in Toronto since 2001. This experience as a cantor and singer has allowed me to help couples choose music for their weddings and help make their special day that much more memorable. As a cantor and either weddings or funerals, I’ve performed as a soloist, part of larger choir, with organists, string quartets, and even a harpist.

I started taking vocal lessons in 2004 in order to get better control of my instrument. During this time I started focusing on Classical Crossover  music with my vocal teacher and built up a nice repertoire of songs in Italian, Spanish, French and Latin. With songs in my arsenal such as Time to Say Goodbye, The Prayer and  Caruso, many performance opportunities starting presenting itself for me. I’ve been hired to sing at corporate business galas, Christmas parties house parties, baptisms, wedding receptions,  retirement parties and other functions. I’ve also performed for the Mayor of Toronto (John Tory) and Markham (Frank Scarpitti) and have even sung for the former Prime Minister of St. Lucia (Stephenson King) and the current Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.

Not wanting to be easily defined in one genre box, I began branching out and in 2011 started working with a different variety of musicians.  I first began working with an eclectic pianist and we dabbled in jazz, popular music and rhythm and blues. I then joined a Big Band Orchestra in 2013 and found myself learning many classic jazz tunes. Being part of this band also had its perks as I was also regularly taking part in summer concerts throughout the City of Toronto being backed by a 21 piece orchestra.

Shortly after this, I was contacted by the Jazz Forge and was asked to sing with their group. We’ve performed numerous times at different clubs in Toronto (i.e. Gate 403,) at weddings and private functions.

Not wanting to stray from my classical crossover beginnings, I recruited some of the members of the Jazz Forge to help me form The Jonathan Michael Group.  The group consists of Andris Krumins on Electric Bass, Ravi Danesh on Drums, Ian Chau on Violin, Neil Tatay/Steven Tam on Piano and me on Vocals.  We recorded our first album in 2015 called “The Compilation”. This album represents my favourite pieces that I have performed throughout my musical journey. As a band we also perform regularly and have hosted concerts at Musideum in downtown Toronto and at the Millennium Bandstand on Mainstreet Unionville in Markham, throughout the summer.

In 2017, The Jonathan Michael Group was asked to participate in the IMEC International Musical Arts Festival band competition which took place over 3 days in the Toronto area. We were able to perform at the City Playhouse Theater in Vaughan and at the Isabel Bader Theater at the University of Toronto in downtown Toronto. We placed 1st in the competition and this accolade confirmed my belief that The Jonathan Michael Group is a top tier band and that I am surrounded by a group of special and talented musicians.

Other accolades were also received in 2017 but this time as a solo artist. In order to commemorate Canada 150, The City of Markham launched their inaugural Star Search Markham Competition in which over 200 applicants of all different styles of art (music and  dance) provided video submissions in hopes of being one of fifteen finalists asked to perform at the live competition shows in June of 2017. Not only did I qualify for the live shows but I also placed second place overall in the competition.  Further, I was asked to sing at the Markham Expo 150 press conference at the Markham Civic Centre in September of 2017. In attendance was The Mayor of Markham, Frank Scarpitti and different members of council. I was  also asked to provide musical entertainment at the2-day,  Markham Expo 150 event and to be one of the opening acts for Tyler Shaw and The Barnaked Ladies.

Needless to say, 2017 has been a great year. I can only hope to build on these successes in 2018.

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