Pop-Up Choir Bios
Wing Sheung Chan is passionate about performing arts. She received her training from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Chan has sung with the Hart House Singers for a number of years, and she is excited to sing with Fujiwara Dance Inventions.
Ruth Danziger is a storyteller and multidisciplinary artist. Most recently she participated in the Toronto Storytelling festival at the Gladstone Hotel and the Mosaic storytelling festival. She has participated in several multidisciplinary events including Love Stories from the Mahabarata and as actor/narrator in two electroacoustic pieces composed by Wende Bartley and with the Bill Gilliam Art Ensemble’s What is Freedom? She is a founding member of the improvisational voice collective Hathorah which performed at Nuit Blanche for several years. Ruth has edited two collections of stories and regularly hosts Saturday storytelling circles at Whychwood Barns.
Colleen Didur is a music therapist and early childhood music educator on faculty at The Royal Conservatory of Music. Colleen sings regularly with the City Choir in Toronto and has participated in pop up choirs for Incandescent with Dusk Dances in 2014 and Apocalypsis with Luminato in 2015.
Solange Fermin. To all who made this wondrous performance possible "domo arigatou gozaimasu."
Julia Grant is an artist, writer, researcher, storyteller and patron of the arts. She follows her nose down the alley and will cross the road to pursue her curiousity. She is Chair of the Board of Fujiwara Dance Inventions.
Debbi Leth’s fondest singing memory is in a triple trio on her elementary school stage in London, Ontario where she grew up. Later she had the opportunity to perform in Murray Schafer's soundscape. Her University of Waterloo masters degree in recreation and leisure studies allowed her to focus on the value and rewards of people’s free time choices such as participation in the arts. More recently she has sung with Toronto based Shout Sisters and Choir!Choir!Choir! She is also program coordinator at Management Advisory Service, instructor in Centennial College's distance learning faculty and full-time mom to 6-year old Sacha and 8-year old Samuel.
Johanna Milic is an adult educator and yoga teacher in a local community agency. Her creative pursuits include studying Butoh dance and collaborative projects involving music, movement and poetry.
Holly Nimmons recently returned to her association management business Opis to help non-profit/social profit groups manifest their vision. Her expertise includes leadership support, strategic planning, community engagement and program development for the Arts, children and youth and health sectors. For the past six years, Holly was Executive Director for Music Makes Us - a national association that advocates for music education for all children and youth in Canada.
Johanne Pulker, a grandmother, living in an aspiring communal family, is always listening for the harmony.
Holly Small is an award-winning choreographer, performer and educator with a longstanding passion for interdisciplinary collaboration. Her choreography, described as “a flawless integration of music and dance” (Globe & Mail, Toronto), has been presented in Dance, Music and Theatre Festivals throughout Canada, the US, UK, Europe and Asia. She is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Dance, York University, where she taught for 28 years, directed the York Dance Ensemble through 15 seasons and co-founded the MFA program in Choreography and Dance Dramaturgy.
Jennifer Wakefield, a native Albertan, has pursued vocal studies extensively and has taught private vocal coaching for over 15 years. Her recent projects include a vocal installation, “Have you seen my sister?” at Toronto Nuit Blanche 2017, vocalist in The Christmas Story pageant acappella quartet, vocalist for a jazz duo and arranger/ vocalist and flautist in a Celtic music duo. She is thrilled to be part of Danceworks 40th Anniversary event.
Cheryl Zinyk is the Artistic Coordinator of L'Arche Toronto Sol Express. She studies voice with Katherine Duncanson and has enjoyed being a part of this collaboration.