Canadian Art Song Project is excited to be offering two performances in the next few weeks.

On Wednesday, February 28th CASP will be celebrating Black History Month by presenting a program of art song by Black Canadian composers at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre of the Performing arts in Toronto as part of the Free Concert Series at noon.

The repertoire includes the live performance premiere of The Colour of Joy by Maria Thompson Corley with commissioned texts by Corley, Kanika Ambrose and Christene Browne. These songs will be performed by soprano Jonelle Sills and CASP Co-Artistic Director / pianist Steven Philcox. These songs appear on our forthcoming recorded album Known to Dreamers: Black Voices in Canadian art Song.

The program also includes a group of songs by R. Nathaniel Dett which have been out of publication for several decades. Steven Philcox will join baritone Jorell Williams in “My Day”, “The Voice of the Sea”, “Were Thou the Moon”, and “The Winding Road”.

This is a very special program and we hope you will join us at the FSCPA to celebrate some of the contributions of Black composers to Canadian art song.

Baritone Jorell Williams and soprano Jonelle Sills
offer a program with pianist Steven Philcox
of Canadian art song by Black composers
The live performance premiere of The Colour of Joy
will take place on February 28, 2024.

On Monday, March 4th CASP joins Against the Grain Theatre’s Opera Pub at the Drake in Toronto. Baritone Nathan Keoughan and pianist / composer Peter Tiefenbach offer a performance of Tiefenbach’s dramatic (and funny) narrative song cycle The Long Walk Home.

James Ostime’s hilarious and often poignant text presents the story of one man’s one-night journey. In a technology-driven, chaotic world he experiences the trials and tribulations of finding love, and himself…

CASP is looking forward to experiencing this performance in the perfect setting and with a great crowd at the Drake. The performance begins at 7:30pm. Reserve your seats here!

Baritone Nathan Keoughan and pianist / composer Peter Tiefenbach perform The Long Walk Home at the Drake on March 4th.