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    “No matter the genre, there is magic in Ensemble Vivant’s music-making.”
    Canadian music icon Rick Wilkins, O.C

    Performing some of the world’s most beloved seasonal music, the internationally acclaimed group Ensemble Vivant announce tickets are on sale for their December Ontario tour – Christmas Tidings: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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    A local youth choir from each community will be joining the program as a part of this fun-filled family concert of beautiful music.  Performances take place between November 27 and December 23 in Orillia, Guelph, Brantford, North York, St. Catharines, Mississauga, London, Richmond Hill, Kingston and Ottawa.

    Come and experience beautiful music that will warm your heart and soul in a celebration of love, caring and sharing with family and friends at the most wonderful time of the year.

    For further information and to purchase tickets, please visit:

    November 27, 2:30 p.m. Orillia – St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church


    Special guests: Choir TBA

    December 1, 7:30 p.m. – River Run Centre, Guelph


    Special guests: Guelph Youth Singers directed by Markus Howard

    December 3, 7:30 p.m – Sanderson Centre, Brantford


    Special guests: Choir TBA

    December 9, 7:30 p.m. – Toronto Centre for the Arts, George Weston Recital Hall, North York


    Special guests: Upper Canada Chorus with Natalie Robinson, conductor

    December 11, 7:30 p.m. – FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Partridge Hall, St. Catharines


    Special guests: Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir with Amanda Nelli, Artistic Director

    December 16, 7:30 p.m. – Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, Mississauga


    Special guests: Upper Canada Chorus with Natalie Robinson, conductor

    December 18, 2 p.m. – Dundas Centre United Church, 482 Dundas Street, London


    Special guests: Junior Amabile Singers directed by Wendy Landon

    December 21, 7:30 p.m. – Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts


    Special guests: Upper Canada Chorus with Natalie Robinson, conductor

    December 22, 7:30 p.m. – Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts, Performance Hall, Kingston


    Special guests: Kingston Youth Choir with Emily McPherson, Director

    December 23, 7:30 p.m. – Centrepointe Theatres, Ottawa


    Special guests: Cross Town Youth Chorus with Kurt Ala-Kantti, Director

    Rejoice in the heavenly sounds of piano and strings and the spirited joyful voices of young choral singers.  It will surely lift your spirits and warm your hearts and souls. You will delight in fresh, original renditions of traditional Christmas carols and other seasonal gems, including selections from Ensemble Vivant’s timeless recording Christmas Tidings.

    Ensemble Vivant’s members include Catherine Wilson, piano/artistic director; Corey Gemmell, violin; Sybil Shanahan, cello; Jim Vivian, bass and Norman Hathaway, viola.

    Enjoy a sampling!

    Ensemble Vivant is known for its depth of artistry, passionate, virtuosic interpretations and
    engaging stage presence.

    “Beautiful, poised performances reveal the deep musicianship and light interpretive touch of these Toronto-based musicians.” – John Terauds, Toronto Star

    “…thoroughly enjoyable…” – Boston Herald, USA

    Ensemble Vivant is dedicated to fostering a love of great music among our youth.  One of the ways the group does this is through its association with the not-for-profit charitable musical organization EUTERPE. As part of its commitment to community outreach, Euterpe will provide an honorarium for each community choir and a number of free tickets to children and others who would otherwise not be able to attend these concerts. www.euterpemusicarts.com

    Please add this information to your listings and we are presently confirming interviews. Thank you!

    For more information:

    Joanne Smale

    Planet3 Communications Ltd.






    Ensemble Vivant – left to right: Catherine Wilson, piano/artistic director; Corey Gemmell, violin; Sybil Shanahan, cello; Jim Vivian, bass; Norman Hathaway, viola

    Catherine Wilson, piano/artistic director Concert pianist Catherine Wilson’s passionate, consummate artistry enchants diverse audiences of all ages. “…the pride of Canada…” (Burlington Standard Press, U.S.), she is the pianist and artistic director of Ensemble Vivant, “Canada’s Chamber Music Treasure” (Toronto Star), which came onto the international concert and recording scene nearly three decades ago. Ms. Wilson is an innovator presenting genrediverse repertoire, segueing effortlessly throughout her enduring career from classical works to various jazz and related popular styles. She as a soloist, and Ensemble Vivant have also debuted newly written works in these diverse genres, and featured important but unknown compositions her research has unearthed. Catherine is featured as a soloist on several Ensemble Vivant recordings. She was the invited soloist on the Main Stage concert series at Carnegie Hall, and has performed for Heads of State, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Catherine is also the founder and artistic director of the not-for-profit charitable organization EUTERPE, which is dedicated to “awakening young minds to the joy of music”, providing, free of charge, live, interactive performance programs by artists of the highest caliber to children and others who would not otherwise have the opportunity. Her work with Euterpe garnered an invitation to pursue graduate research at York University, where she received her PhD, and where she teaches. www.euterpemusicarts.com

    Corey Gemmell, violinist is concertmaster of the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra Toronto. He performs frequently with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. Corey is also a consummate chamber musician and soloist. He has been a Faculty Member of the Royal Conservatory of Music since 1999. He has been Ensemble Vivant’s violinist since 2014.

    Sybil Shanahan, cellist has been described as “a rare cellist who so obviously loves both the instrument and the music” (Stephen Rieckhoff, OSR). Much sought after as a chamber musician, Sybil has performed in festivals around the world, including much of Canada, Europe and South Africa. She has performed and recorded with cellist Coenraad Bloemendaal. She is the principal cellist of the NYCO Symphony Orchestra and also performs with several other orchestras. Sybil has been a member of Ensemble Vivant for over six seasons.

    Jim Vivian, bass has been at the forefront of music making in Canada for 30 years, and has performed and/or recorded with most of the well known jazz artists working in the country today. Jim has long-standing associations with many musicians in Toronto and across the country such as Mike Murley, Jeff Johnston, Don Thompson, Brian Dickinson, and John MacLeod, to name a few. He appears on numerous recordings, 30 of which have been nominated for Juno awards in as many years. He has also performed and recorded with many internationally esteemed artists such as John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mick Goodrick, David Leibman, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, and Norma Winstone. An experienced teacher, Jim is on faculty at the University of Toronto and York University. Jim has been Ensemble Vivant’s bass player since 2014.

    Norman Hathaway, violinist/violist has been a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Stratford Festival Orchestra, the popular string ensemble Quintessence, the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, and most recently, the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra. He was co-concertmaster of the Toronto productions of ‘The Phantom of The Opera’ and ‘Miss Saigon’. He performs regularly in Toronto and has been a member of Ensemble Vivant since the group’s inception. Also, Norman is the President of the not-for-profit charitable organization EUTERPE, whose mission includes providing, free of charge, live, interactive, educational performance programs, by artists of the highest caliber, to children and others who would not otherwise have the opportunity. Ensemble Vivant is Euterpe’s flagship ensemble, and Euterpe’s work has been endorsed by neuroscientist Dr. Laurel Trainor, founder and director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM) at McMaster University: “The wonderful interactive high-caliber performances of classical and jazz music that Euterpe artists (Ensemble Vivant) bring to our children and youth are of vital importance for planting the seeds of music in our lives and putting people on a path to be enriched by the benefits of music.” At every Ensemble Vivant concert though out the nation, there are Euterpe initiatives. www.euterpemusicarts.com