She Can Carry A Tune — With Chutzpah

When York Mills singer and actor Gabi Epstein was asked by an elderly woman in Pender Island, British Columbia how she has the moxie to get on stage and belt out tunes without a single inhibition, her answer was simple. “I told her I grew up with chutzpah,” Epstein says with a snicker. For those not familiar with the term, ‘chutzpah’ is the … [Read more...]

…And All That Jazz

He’s performed in three continents in one year, visiting countries such as Japan, Colombia and the Bahamas. But for jazz musician Steve Koven, there’s nowhere quite like home sweet home. The pianist and composer has proudly lived in East Toronto most of his life, formerly in Leaside and now residing in East York near Donlands Avenue and … [Read more...]

Amadeus Choir Makes Sweet Music

Put 12-year-old award-winning composer Allison Winn alongside the Amadeus or Bach Children’s Choir and she’ll sing her heart out. If she’s in the recording booth with broadcaster Andy Barrie in the CBC’s studio at 5 a.m., the scene might be a little bit different. “They said here, sing your song for us a capella, to this tiny little kid, and … [Read more...]

Performing In Digital Space

After 23 years of making music, sound editor and electronic musician Karl Mohr decided to get serious. That is, as serious as one would expect from someone whose spectrum of musical output ranges from "epic, ballad, goth, electro-type stuff" to "video game music". Mohr stopped recording under his name and now juggles three vastly different … [Read more...]