Beyond Steeles (Singers, Musicians, Photographers Executive Producers):
I have known this group of gentlemen for years. I love their raw vocal talent, and the innovative ways the come up with arrangements that transforms songs into something even more unique. Wayne, Moses, Oliver, and Michael Dave really are not only amazing vocalists, and also wonderful people that I would recommend to anyone. Feel free to check out their work with the University of Toronto Gospel Choir, as well as Michael Dave’s Photography business. Thanks again to Beyond Steeles for helping me out with the Soul Jam Session project, and to my sister Robin for making this all possible.
mddphotography takes a photojournalistic approach to its photos. Whether it would be weddings (and engagement shoots), portraiture (individual, groups, family or maternity) or other events (sports, travel, galas), the aim of the photograph is to bring the viewer into that place and time the photograph was shot and give insight into the subject matter. Traveling lightly (equipment-wise), mddphotography lets the natural light reveal the beauty and character of each image.
Founded in February 1995, the University of Toronto Gospel Choir [UTGC] was formed in celebration of Black History month. The Choir was initially created to unite students with a shared interest in praising the Lord through song. Soon, however, the weekly choir rehearsals became not only a meeting place, but also a refuge for those looking for a non-threatening and empowering environment. Over the years, the Choir has grown to include members of all races and Christian denominations, and celebrates not only the diversity of its members, but also that of its audiences.
Lorraine Scott has been a performer since relocating from Columbus, Ohio to Toronto. Her credits include the release of two original CDs garnering her four Juno (Canadian Grammy) nominations. She has traveled extensively, not only promoting her own material but also singing background vocals for artists as diverse as Jeff Healey and reggae great Beres Hammond. Her first acting gig landed her on Broadway in Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story.
That Swing! is a Toronto-based dance troupe specializing in partnered dances from the 1920s to the 1950s, including the Charleston, Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, Rock and Roll, Boogie Woogie, and modern day Electro-swing.
Boasting decades of combined training and experience, the core members of this energetic and accomplished team have graced both stage and screen showcasing jazz-era dance styles within live stage productions, music videos, television commercials, corporate events and community festivals.
Her voice is as warm and expressive as the soprano that she wraps around her fierce lyrics. 2003 and 2005 JUNO Award winning Reggae Artist, Sonia Collymore, combines reggae riddims with R&B vocals to create a sound that’s second to none.
Ben Foran: Guitarist, Producer
Ben Foran is a Canadian born guitarist, cellist, composer, producer who has studied music at the Etobicoke School of the Arts and Humber College music program. Ben has performed and written alongside artists such as Slakah the Beatchild & The Slakadeliqs, The Nozuka brothers, Andreena Mill, BADBADNOTGOOD, Pharoah Monche, Melanie Machinko, Notes to Self, Relic, Zaki Ibrahim, NGFL, Sean Leon, J.P. Saxe, Juvon Taylor, Down by Riverside, River Tiber, The Thundermonks and more. Ben has written a breadth of material and performs his compostions with the group 3HD. Ben has performed all over Toronto, across Canada and the US and is now studying audio engineering and music production.