Toronto’s ViVA TRIO Releases Special Rendition of “O CANADA” with Multi-Award Winning Top Canadian Artists
photography by Asya Akhoundov
In honour of Canada Day 2020, internationally acclaimed vocalist trio ViVA Trio have assembled an incredible all-Canadian cast of talent to perform their rendition of “O Canada” virtually this June 25th and July 1st.
The multi-date performance will feature ViVA Trio’s sopranos Anna Bateman & Katya Tchoubar and mezzo-soprano Erin Fisher — a stunning set in their own right.
The trio is joined by multi-JUNO Award-nominee Gavin Hope (The Nylons), JUNO Award-winning and GRAMMY Award-nominated MET Opera regular and Officer of the Order of Canada Russell Braun, JUNO Award-nominated tenor Mark Masri, The North of Nashville Star winning singer and actor Graham Scott Fleming, and female vocalist and star of Stargate: Atlantis Rachel Luttrell.
Instrumentalists for the piece include pianist Mark Camilleri — who has shared the stage with Il Divo, Celine Dion, Sting, Andrea Bocelli, Paul Anka, Sarah McLachlan, David Foster, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, to name a few — and internationally recognized violinist Vasil Popadiuk.
The collaboration is set to honour the spirit of Canada Day and create a sense of community — most especially whilst the COVID-19 pandemic keeps Canadians at home. “This Canada Day will be one that we all remember forever, for numerous reasons,” ViVA Trio’s Erin Fisher says. “We hope our version of the anthem will lift people’s spirits, and overflow with Canadian pride.”
“We are connected to each of these wonderful performers, and hope that this anthem creates the feeling of community that we have within this group of artists,” Anna Bateman agrees.
“Regardless of the situation, we want to kick off this Canada Day with a bang!” Katya Tchoubar, who edited and produced the video and sound files as well, adds. “Incredible Canadian talents all coming together!”
ViVA Trio’s original arrangement — featuring both English and French — will first air on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram this Thursday, June 25th at 8pm EST. A follow-up showing will air Wednesday, July 1st at 8pm EST.
ABOUT ViVA TRIO
International vocal group ViVA TRIO earned multiple standing ovations from audiences in Europe, the USA, and Canada with the release of their debut album Nothing Else Matters.
Member soprano Anna Bateman has spent many summers singing in Europe as a solo opera singer, has numerous operatic and theatre roles to her credit, and performs regularly with symphonies as a soloist. Mezzo-soprano Erin Fisher graced Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre stage as a soloist at the age of 22, performed as a soloist in Europe, USA, and Canada, and sings opera, jazz, musical theatre, and pop.
Producer, songwriter, and vocal diction coach, and soprano Katya Tchoubar is also a member of the European touring group “Ukrainochka,” founded NARIA group and is the owner of NARIA music label.
ABOUT FEATURED MUSICIANS
Gavin Hope is a three-time JUNO Nominee, both as a solo vocalist and as a member of the iconic a cappella group, The Nylons. Hope recorded six studio albums with The Nylons, and two successful solo albums, which charted Top 40 nationally.
Russell Braun, MET Opera regular, this operatic baritone was recently appointed Officer of the Order of Canada. Braun has recorded JUNO Award winning & Nominated albums & GRAMMY nominated for Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.
Mark Masri, two-time JUNO Nominee, with seven albums to his credit, international tenor Mark Masri has toured the world singing, most notably for David Foster’s, Hitman Returns Television Special.
Graham Scott Fleming, international singer and actor, Fleming has headlined the New York Musical Theatre Festival, played Charlie Price in Kinky Boots internationally & won ‘The North of Nashville Star’ Competition.
Rachel Luttrell, accomplished singer & actress, Luttrell starred in the Sci-Fi series Stargate: Atlantis, and has graced broadway stages nationally and internationally, and has released her first CD, I Wish You Love.
Mark Camilleri, music director, pianist, arranger, producer and conductor. Camilleri has shared the stage with Il Divo, Celine Dion, Sting, Andrea Bocelli, Paul Anka, Sarah McLachlan, David Foster, Sheryl Crow & Eric Clapton.
Vasil Popadiuk, international violinist, Popadiuk has toured with many prestigious European troupes, performing for King Hussein of Jordan & Queen Sofia of Spain. He also performed at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
Thank you to Eric Alper for the media release, and Happy Canada Day.