Gospel Classics & Rocking Spirituals
Celebrate Mardi Gras and Black History Month with us! Mardi Gras 2017 - O Happy Day! will feature some of Toronto’s biggest names in Gospel music and musical theatre: Jivaro Smith (Kinky Boots, The Lion King) Alana Bridgewater (Nathaniel Dett Chorale, We Will Rock You) and Gospel-singing sisters Amoy and Ciceal Levy. Backing these fine singers will be the Jordan Klapman Trio. The program will feature Gospel classics and rocking Spirituals such as Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, This Little Light, Oh Happy Day and Just a Closer Walk with Thee.
The fun continues after the concert at our Mardi Gras-themed reception. Enjoy New Orleans-style sweet treats, a photo booth with colourful masks, hats and picture frames, and more.
Bring your friends and family!
Group discounts (four or more tickets) are available for Eventbrite ticket purchases. See above.
FREE Gospel Dance Party during the concert for children (ages 5-12) of ticketholders.
REV. JIVARO SMITH
Born and raised in North Preston, Nova Scotia, Jivaro Smith started singing at the early age of four, and honed his skills in the church as a member of the BYF Choir and The Young Boys Choir and The Hallelujah Praise Choir (as an adult) at St. Thomas United Baptist Church.
He left Nova Scotia in 2002 to pursue his singing and acting career in the theatre production, Disney's The Lion King in Toronto. In 2005, his musical talents led him to Quebec City as a cast member of Generation Motown. In 2007, he was a member of the original North American cast of Dirty Dancing in Toronto. In 2012 he was in Ragtime and His Girl Friday at the Shaw Festival and Motown Gold (2010 Stage West Calgary and Mississauga) and Love Train at Stage West Mississauga 2012-13. In 2013-14 he was in Acting Upstage's production of Once on this Island. In May of 2016, he finished a one-year run of Mirvish Productions’ hit musical Kinky Boots. In 2004, he answered the call of God on his life, entering into the Preaching Ministry and was ordained a Local Deacon in 2007 and then Local Elder in 2011 in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Currently Rev. Smith is an Associate Pastor at Grant AME Church in Toronto.
Toronto's Alana Bridgewater is a singer/songwriter who discovered her love of performing at a very early age. As a member of the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus she performed in Dr. Canon's Cure, The Golden Vanity and Pirates of Penzance. She also performed with the National Ballet in the chorus of The Dream before joining Robert Cooper in the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir and developing as a soloist.
After attending the University of Windsor, Alana returned to Toronto and performed in Women's Blues Revue (1998). She has toured the east coast with jazz great Joe Sealy and his quartet as a member of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. Alana has performed for Quincy Jones and Peter Gabriel tributes in the World Leaders Festival. She was the voice for the 2008 Olympic Bid Song. Recent credits include: Smokey Joe's Café at StageWest Mississauga and Calgary; In A Jam - CBC Television; Women's Blues Revue, Toronto; CBC Gospel Christmas Special - CBC Television, National Arts Centre; Menopause Out Loud, Toronto.
Amoy Levy's music career started at the age of six, with a family group called Zion's Youth. She then went on to become Choir Director for the Youth Outreach Mass Choir and recorded their first album which was nominated for both Juno and Urban Music Awards.
Amoy has toured Canada, the United States and Europe performing in The Canadian Country Music Awards, YTV Awards with '98 Degrees', The Rita MacNeil Show, Canadian Idol, and many more.She has performed with renowned artists such as Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey and Tom Cochrane. Amoy's vocal range consists of three octaves and her vocal ability includes styles such as traditional and contemporary gospel, pop, jazz, R&B and rock.
Amoy's debut CD was released in May 2014 and she served as the Music in Resident at Centennial College (2013-2014). Be sure to look out for this new voice of the millennium.
Ciceal is the youngest of four girls mentored in a family that thrived on music. Growing up in the Gospel community, she became a part of the The Youth Outreach Mass Choir, which was Juno Award nominated and toured internationally throughout the United States and Canada.
Teamed with her sister Amoy, The Levy Sisters have become one of Toronto’s most requested vocal duos and have recorded background vocals for more than a hundred recording projects. They have performed with numerous acclaimed artists including Celine Dion, Michael Bolton, Tom Cochrane, Ken Whiteley, and Carvin Winans. The Sisters' performance style covers many genres of music including gospel, jazz, rock, country and folk.
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