Originally from Montréal, Québec, Mark began as a folk-pop singer/songwriter, and was “discovered” by well-known producer Ben Kaye (Celine Dion, Michel Pagliaro). Guided to follow society’s “safe & practical” path, Mark opened his own sport bag design/marketing business., and while enjoying some success, that’s not where Mark’s heart was. He stayed true to his musical dream and continued on his journey, was blessed to have worked with members of April Wine, Luba, Chilliwack, performed lead musical and oratorio roles and sang chorus/comprimario with Vancouver Opera for 10 years. Highlight performances include bass soloist for the Mozart Requiem, Dvorak Stabat Mater, Verdi Requiem, Handel Semele, and lead roles in HMS Pinafore (Cap’n Corcoran), & Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik). His original theatre scores have led to Outstanding Production Jessie Awards, and his songs have been published for television, film & choirs globally. Following the release of his 2010 meditative album Cantoria, the musical project for peace, Mark was called to an Ashram in India to become a meditation leader. As composer, songwriter and producer, current projects are devoted to helping us believe in ourselves, love who we naturally are and create the peace and harmony we were destined to live. When not in studio, Mark can be found watching over the slopes in the Greater Vancouver Zone as a proud member of the Canadian Ski Patrol.
A self taught 18 year old musician who’s been deeply influenced by Jazz, R&B and unique artists like Tracy Chapman, Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, Bukola was a recent grand prize winner of the Nimbus Battle of the Bands competition, and has been led to many new wonderful experiences and opportunities. Bukola has performed at the JUNO pre-show Let's Hear it! Live, was interviewed by CBC, Metro Vancouver, and has become a very much sought-after young artist by music professionals and fans alike. Her music blends uniquely rich jazz chords & soulful vocals with lyrics about her life and the world around her. Metro News describes her as “the confident up-beat, young woman plays guitar and sings with a simultaneous mastery and innocence”. We are thrilled to be working on Bukola’s artist development and are so very thrilled to share with you her upcoming Debut Album “Chronicles of a Teenage Mind”!
Still in her teens, Zoe Alexa has already shared a lifetime of creative and performance successes as lead vocalist/collaborator on 4 globally released LPs & 3 singles, 4 principle roles in musical theatre, 2 television features and 2 awards in writing and public speaking. She is currently attending the new Creative Industries Program at Ryerson University in order to learn and gain access to the grand scenes of creative industries globally, with the ultimate goals of giving back and helping create a flourishing creative industry for all those who wish to play a part.
Growing up in South Africa in the late 70's, Howard spent his days hanging out in his missionary Dad's recording studio listening to the sounds of African village choirs being mixed for the radio. He went on to play bass with Canadian indie band, Veal, but almost immediately began making his real mark as a producer, mixer, and engineer. Best known for his production and mix work with Tegan and Sara, and The New Pornographers, Howard is also known for helping to shape the sound of artists such as Mother Mother, Hannah Georgas, and The Zolas.
While continuing to be a part of Canadian recording projects, Howard also works with established acts outside of Canada . Having recently completed an album with well known Mexico City based band La Gusana Ciega, and completing mixes for Timothy Jaromir, a Zurich based singer-songwriter.
Howard has been at the helm of Grammy nominated records (Tegan and Sara, Margaret Cho) as well as Juno award winners (Nathan). He has also had the privilege of contributing significantly to albums that have ranked in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “top 50 albums of the year” - in 2003 (New Pornographers’ Electric Version), 2004 (Tegan and Sara’s So Jeaolous), and 2005 (New Pornographers’ Twin Cinema), as well as 2009’s “100 Best Albums of the Decade” (New Pornographers’ Electric Version).
Finn is a versatile and passionate musician with a Music degree from UBC and a penchant for playing anything and everything, whether on guitar or cello. He plays Swing and New Music, Bach to Bacharach, Surf and other worldly sounds. He can be heard playing live and on CD with: the Armadillo String Quartet, the Yaletown String Quartet, VanDjango, Steven Page, Denzel Sinclair, 54/40, and Murray McLauglin.
Finn’s calm yet energized approach to music is a joy to behold, and a pleasure to work with. The depth of sound & spirit in Finn’s playing and composing is as comforting and it is dynamic. A talent that is both unique and familiar in its warmth and emotion. One of the finest and most daring musicians I know.
Renowned Throat Singer and Sound Healing Artist, Matthew is known for his incredible vocal harmonics and soul awakening music. His vision of world peace and uniting humanity can be felt through his sound. Matthew has the power to transport you beyond ordinary levels of consciousness. His ability to integrate with the mystical realms in a safe and grounded way enables listeners to connect with the Great Mystery via direct perception, bypassing the typical cognitive method of experiencing reality. He makes use of sound and vibrations with his voice and instruments applied with intuitive guidance, musical skill and spiritual gifts to help people transmute stress in the body/mind/spirit that could not be reached through other modalities. The harmonic overtones of his voice - two, three, or more notes at the same time - vibrate the core of your being with extraordinary sensations, awakening your own innate wisdom, compassion and personal power that is your birthright as a human being.
Throughout Europe and North America, Francis’ guitar and voice have graced concert halls, coffee houses, auditoriums, beaches and city streets in more than a dozen countries. His most cherished music moments, however, have been in the intimate settings of life experiences; singing a new child into the world at birth, playing music at baptisms, confirmations, weddings, anniversaries, funerals and even singing a few people out of this world on their death beds. His is a life that begins and ends with music and the special silences between the sounds, the quiet in which music resonates. Francis’ music is most likely heard in places where live music is not usually expected. No money exchanged, no names in neon lights, just a gift of music in an unexpected place. This has been both the nature and unique beauty of Xavier’s music.
His travels and love of music and cultures from around the world led Francis to becoming the founder and artistic director of the Mission Folk Music Festival in 1988. He led the festival for 29 years with a vision “to find the best, the rarest, the unheard that should be heard; to nurture artists, to encourage audiences to discover new musical forms, and to bring it all together in a world class festival”. Francis is a treasure, as a musician but also as a gentleman.
A graduate of Yale University, Mark is the Concertmaster of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and spent 17 years with the acclaimed CBC Radio Orchestra. He has played on or been featured on dozens of successful recordings, including 2 Juno Award winning albums by the CBC Radio Orchestra and Phil Dwyer. He is a founding member of the acclaimed Yaletown String Quartet. His choral and orchestral arrangements have been featured in a decade of Spirit Alive concerts at the Chan Centre.
Mark was the first to join the Collective, and has been a guiding light of support and inspiration throughout its development and growth. Mark’s visions and open heart has invited new members, new opportunities and ideas, and has given virtuosic dimension to our projects. We are so pleased to be working with Mark.
“Music brings Heaven to Earth.” ~ Holly Burke. Holly’s music studies began at age four and her first performance was at age eight at the CBC in Paris. Holly's credits include an International Broadcast Award from the Hollywood Radio and Television Society. She has performed on CBC TV and radio, NPR, CITR and at the San Diego and Vancouver Jazz Festivals. Holly’s most recent offering "Nature Girl" was conceived during a six-month sojourn in the Costa Rican rainforest where she gained a new appreciation for nature and all its wonders. On this album, Holly and her band “The Naturals” combine elements of world beat, fusion jazz, avant-pop, ambient, and enigmatic forms that defy description. The compositions include some moving lyric content, exciting and thoughtful improvised instrumental soloing and some infectious grooves combined with fresh harmonic content, thoughtful arrangements and brilliant performances by some of Canada’s best musicians. A sense of magic and mystery.
Nick received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria in 1986, studying with Sal Ferreras. In the Classical/New Music World he has played with the Victoria Symphony, Vancouver Island Symphony, The Drosera Ensemble, and recorded with Grammy nominated composer, Paul Dolden. As a Jazz Vibraphonist, he has performed with the N.O.W. Orchestra, Out of the Woods, Mimosa and many other groups. Nick has played in over 35 music Theatre Productions, including The Vancouver Playhouse’s 2008 production of The Drowsy Chaperone and their successful 2009 Canadian Tour of this show which ran at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. For the past 15 years, Nick has immersed himself in a variety of Latin Musical Styles, performing and recording with Juno-Nominated Rumba Calzada, Ache Brazil, The World Jive Big Band, John Gilliat Group, & many others. He has also performed with the Canadian Tenors, Kenny G., Legendary Singer Petula Clark, Comedian Don Rickles and the Great Persian Vocalist, Dariush.