CHRIS ADRIAANSE plays upright and electric bass with jazz musicians and free improvisers in many performance contexts and with groups and ensembles, including Lullaby North (“Walk in Spirals” 2011, “Speak in Tongues” 2013, “Forget in Rhymes” 2015) Lila Ensemble, Tia Brazda, Shaky Knees (“7 Years” 2014) the Doug Tielli Band, The Ryan Carr Band, Crankbox, Astrosurf (“Live Off the Ocean Floor” 2016) the Adriaanse/Stanley Duo, Emily Raquel (“Self Titled” 2015).
ARUNA ANTONELLA HANDA is the songwriter and lead singer of the SIRENS. She’s performed at Mariposa, Taragon Spring Festival, and Nuit Blanche, as well as folk, blues and jazz clubs in Canada and beyond. Her songs draw on jazz, blues, folk, world musics in a genre she calls ‘Hogtown Chamber’. Current projects with the Sirens include Voyage to Anthropocene (with Future Food Salon Group), Addiction: a song cycle about quitting, as well as include Have You Seen My Sister? (with Artists of the Aurora). She studied music at McGill and in Master Classes with Sheila Jordan, Yehudi Menuhin, Casey Sokal. She learned much from private conversations with Odetta and Betty Carter.
CAITLIN HOLLAND has a voice full of warmth that beckons us to stop whatever we are doing and listen. She performs regularly in a variety of pop and classical ensembles in the city and as a solo act. She studied pop, classical, and jazz singing, earning an advanced diploma in musical theatre performance and ARCT designation in vocal pedagogy. In addition to maintaining a busy teaching studio, she also is the music director at Malvern Emmanuel United Church in Scarborough.
LINDSAY MCDONALD From eight-voice jazz choirs, to contemporary Canadian women's choirs, from musical theatre to rock bands, Lindsay loves to sing the tough parts. A composer and arranger, Lindsay’s music has been performed across Canada, the UK and Thailand. She has a BMus in composition, a double-major (piano and voice) in jazz and commercial music, and an ARCT in performance from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto.
Pianist and composer KRISTIAN PODLACHA has performed with Cirque du Soleil, Against the Grain Opera, at the Davos World Economic Forum, with Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw and at the Banff Centre for the Arts - all in 2018. Upcoming engagements include Luminato festival, Pride, Intersections at Yonge-Dundas Square, in New York and returning to the Banff Centre for the Arts for AtG's Orphee+. Kristian was Spectrum's 2017 Composer-in-Residence, and has written for ensembles as diverse as DJ and Metis Fiddling trio, solo piano and electronics.
RAPHAEL ROTER plays drumset in the 11-piece band, Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, whose first Canadian album was met with critical acclaim. The band has played the Toronto Jazz Festival, Guelph Jazz Festival and Afrofest and has played alongside Seun Kuti, and Antibalas & Zap Mama. Raphael has played and recorded with Doug Tielli, Adam Rudolf, Meliani Brulee, Trisha Foster, Patrick Hewan and Aline Morales. Raphael has also directed and conducted the street percussion group Samba Elegua and has toured in Europe and Canada with the performing dance group Lila Ensemble.
JENNIFER WAKEFIELD After her studies, Jennifer lived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where she worked for five years, immersing herself in local live music. Recent credits in Toronto include backup vocals for singer-songwriter Melanie Peterson, vocalist in a Fujiwara dance piece in the Danceworks 40th Anniversary, soloist in “Have You Seen My Sister?” a vocal installation at Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017, soprano in “The Christmas Story” pageant a cappella quartet, and arranger/vocalist and flautist in a Sprig of Rosemary, a Celtic music duo. Jennifer holds a degree in music performance and music education.