After a hiatus from live shows, members of Cantabile Choirs, along with guest performers SWN, are excited to bring a special in-person performance to The Spire on Saturday, Mar. 12, 2022, at 7:30 p.m. “Voices of Unity: Songs of the African Diaspora” was originally scheduled for February, in observation of Black History Month, but was postponed until it could be best enjoyed in person as COVID-19 restrictions ease.
Audience members can expect to hear a range of styles that represent a vast repertoire of Black musicians and composers from around the world. A mixture of traditional and contemporary genres such as West African folks songs, Spirituals, Ragtime, Calypso, SOCA, R&B, Rock and Roll, Reggae, and Hip Hop make up this performance’s exciting and diverse setlist. Cantabile describes the concert as a “celebration of Black History Month and the influence that black artists have had on the evolution of music.”
Voices of Unity proudly features guest artists, Toronto-based R&B duo, SWN. The duo is made up of multi-talented, classically-trained vocalists Justine Owen and Tracey Soman, who offer accompaniment for the duo on piano. SWN’s song selections are carefully curated to showcase and express “both the joys and the traumas of the African diaspora.”
Cantabile will continue to restrict in-person attendance of their concerts to 50 per cent capacity and will be requiring proof of vaccination as they feel this is the safest and most comfortable option for both audiences and performers at this time. In light of the continued restrictions, Cantabile is offering “Voices of Unity” in a hybrid of both in-person and virtual venues. While the in-person performance will be taking place on Saturday, Mar. 12, a virtual offering of the recorded live performance will be made available from Mar. 18 through 20, 2022.
Tickets for the in-person concert can be purchased online through the Cantabile Choirs website, here.