Performer Bios

Copy of 2-2013-ABAndre Belozeroff was born in the Soviet Union and has lived in Canada since the 2000s. He is married with two kids and works in the mining industry. He started taking singing lessons htree years ago and has discovered an immense passion for singing, moreso than anything else he has ever done.

 

 

 

ID17_Artiss_Anonio Giorgi_PicAntonio Giorgi was born and raised in the beautiful Italian region of Umbria. He has more than 10 years of experience as a TV host and Commentator both in Italy and Canada. He moved to Canada in 2007, started working at TLN in 2009 where he became the main on camera personality for the new and very popular Italian channel Mediaset Italia. In 2010, 2012 and 2016 he covered the play by play in Italian for the UEFA World Cup and European Championships.

 

ESC03246_mr_ftAntonio Larosa is a singer-songwriter and musician from Burnaby, British Columbia. He developed a love for music at a young age as he began to take guitar lessons at nine years old. In 2010 Antonio won first place at the Burnaby’s Got Talent show. Antonio began to establish an interest in musical theatre, as it was an opportunity for him to showcase his voice and experiment in acting. He acquired leading roles such as ‘Curly McLain’ of Oklahoma! and ‘Link Larkin’ of Hairspray. After graduating high school, Antonio went on to further his knowledge in musical theatre and method acting while attending Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film institute in Manhattan, New York.
Antonio’s original music deeply channels his love of music from the past. Drawing from Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, and The Allman Brothers Band. Antonio’s love for classic music and blues guitar assemble a hybrid of old and new age rock and blues.

ID17_BonnieBirch_Pic_Bonnie&NickBonnie Birch Duo and Fortissimo! This dynamic group of virtuoso musicians has been performing together for 20 years. Bonnie Birch (accordion) is a highly respected accordionist in the Northwest with years of training and performing experience. Bonnie along with guitarist/vocalist Nick Heiting creates a very popular duo performing for parties, festivals, restaurants with a highly varied repertoire. They have teamed-up with Stephen Wall (tenor) and Chai Ahrenius (baritone) to create Fortissimo! with its lively repertoire of Italian tunes. They are a featured act at Seattle’s Festa Italiana each year. Steve is a long-time member of the Seattle Opera and Chai has sung independently for many years in the Seattle area.

ID17_Artists_Carmelina_Pic3Carmelina Cupo is an International singer/songwriter, who has received national press and airplay across Canada, the US, Europe & Asia. She has won the Canadian National Song-writing Contest and was recognized by Billboard Magazine for her songwriting. Her debut album was nominated for Best Album at the West Coast Music Awards. She has toured Europe with International Acts: Sean Paul, Craig David, Natalie Imbruglia, Kool & The Gang and Le Chic …And with some of the Italy’s biggest artists, including: Biagio Antonacci, Elisa, Irene Grandi, Francesco Renga, Antonello Venditti, Alex Britti, Max Pezzali, Luca Dirisio, Paola e Chiara, Tiromancino, Syria, Gemelli Diversi and Paolo Meneguzzi. Having performed for crowds of over 80,000 people, Carmelina is no stranger to the big stage!

10847794_10204898281531273_6368911776986731283_nCassandra D’amato, a 20-year-old singer from Burnaby, has deep Italian Roots. Her Mom’s family is originally from Rome and immigrated to Canada over 50 years ago. Her Father immigrated from Napoli to Canada 20 years ago after meeting her mother. Cassandra has been singing for over 10 years, participating in a number of competitions and performing at events such as weddings and anniversaries. She has also been a part of numerous theatre productions such as Grease, playing Rizzo, and The Wiz, playing Glinda the good witch. She began her post secondary studies in Music at Capilano University and recently transferred over to complete them at Humber College, in Toronto, Ontario.

ID17_Artists_City Opera_Pic_Michelle KoebkeCity Opera Vancouver
Michelle Koebke, Soprano. Opera Canada Magazine has noted Michelle as possessing a “coloratura of crystalline water” and great “sensitivity to line”. After finishing her degrees at VCC and UBC, Michelle was chosen for Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist program. She has performed various leading roles and recitals in North America and Europe. Currently, Michelle is focused on building an online resource for training classical singers. She lives locally with her five daughters, and also works as a professional photographer.

ID17_Artists_City Opera_Pic_Sunny ShamsSunny Shams, Tenor. Sunny has performed leading roles in opera in the Czech Republic and in Vancouver. He sang with Burnaby Lyric Opera, and Don José in Carmen with Festival Opera de St. Eustache in Montreal. Sunny was a district winner in 2012 in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and recently sang in the final concert at the Montserrat Caballé Masterclasses in Zaragoza, Spain. Sunny received accolades for his recent creation of the leading role in Vancouver Opera’s Stickboy.

 

ID17_Artists_City Opera_Pic_Roger PartonRoger Parton, Pianist. Roger Parton studied composition under Dr. Theo Goldberg for seven years, then continued his studies at UBC and with Wolfgang Bottenberg at Concordia University in Montreal. He works regularly as an accompanist and pianist in opera, having participated in over eighty productions to date. In every spare moment, he composes.

 

ID17_Artists_Trevigiano Choir_Pic2Gruppo Folcloristico Trevigiano-Veneto di Vancouver In 1998, Tarcisio & Lina Boffo’s dream came true. Finally, here in Vancouver, in their adoptive land, a Folkloristic Group is born. This group has definitely been a positive step in keeping alive the culture and tradition of the native land Trevigiano-Veneto and to help others less fortunate.
This realization was possible thanks to the large group of choir singers and dancers taking part in this new initiative. Over the years there have been various different directors leading the Gruppo. Currently it is Silvano Gastaldo. With approximately 35 adults and 13 children, the Gruppo performs at many cultural events around the Lower Mainland and at several different care and retirement homes. The childrens’ group is fortunate to be under the direction of Simon Isherwood. The children enjoy singing traditional songs and performing for different audiences as well.
The ultimate commitment of this group is to please others through song and for the members of the group to enjoy themselves while sharing their culture.

ID17_Artists_Danily&ItalyAMO_pic_2_NEWDanilo Ciaccia and his ItalyAMO band, sponsored by Air France. Put together especially for Italian Day 2017, Danilo and his band will be performing Amore themed covers and original songs. He was recognized by GREATER TORONTO Abruzzo Federation with an award for a song he wrote and dedicated to his hometown in Italy and to the people who emigrated abroad. In 2016, he also released a song and video titled “SIGNORINA” (love you forever), which was shot in Vancouver and Italy, representing a serenade and story of love in an era when many left their homeland of Italy for opportunities abroad. The video was dedicated to the many Italians who emigrated to Canada, and their children and families who today continue to recognize their cultural roots and sacrifices made by their parents. A true story of love.

ID17_Artists_Denis Mayer Jr._PicDenis Mayer Jr. Over the past few years, this performer has entertained many thousands of people with a God-given voice that falls somewhere between Baritone and Tenor Tessitura. He is passionate about his work and always does his best to project the emotions that he himself feels when singing operas of the great composers. We hope you will welcome and applaud this great Canadian artist, Denis Mayer Junior.

IMG_20170529_215920 DJ Luigi,known as “Gege” to his friends, is a DJ from a little town in Abbruzzo called Alba Adriatica. He discovered his passion for DJing when he was 16, and one year later, started to play in private parties and then small clubs, to in huge clubs by the year 2000. He placed 4th at the “TROFEO NAZIONALE DJ TRIP” around the same time period.
DJ Luigi arrived in Vancouver in 2014 like many Italians looking for luck and came to Italian Day as a spectator for the first time in 2015. Amazed by the spectacle, DJ Luigi has been proud to DJ at Italian Day for the second year in a row.

ID17_Artists_FameeFurlane_picThe Famee Furlane Italian Folk Dancers are a group of young performers who represent the Region of Friuli in northeastern Italy. Their name means “Furlan Family” in their regional language. The group was originally formed in the late 70s and has continued from that time. Currently the group consists of dancers from 3 to 16 years of age. Dressed in traditional clothing and accompanied by music from this region, they perform rustic dances that have a charming and festive feel.

DSC_7143-5-2Instant Theatre Company is the the home of theatrical improvisation in Vancouver. Our community of talented improv performers produces more than 200 shows locally every year in addition to guesting worldwide from Bellingham to Berlin. We’re feisty, flexible, and kill at pinball. Catch us every week at Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive). Tickets, classes, and more can be found at instanttheatre.com.

Laura Crema mic w-Paul RLaura Crema has a rare interpretive gift that allows her to inhabit a song and dive deeply into the lyrics of an old standard to suggest new meanings, shades and inferences that have lain dormant until they were lit up by the resonance and warmth of her voice. Born and raised in North Burnaby BC, Italian-Croatian Canadian Laura Crema has performed and recorded with some of the finest musicians in Canadian jazz, roots and new music. She has toured and performed across Canada and Europe and has had the great honor to play many of Canada’s prestigious music venues and festivals, including The National Art Centre in Ottawa. Her recordings have received airplay worldwide and positive notices in ‘Downbeat’, ‘Coda’, ‘No Depression’ and other taste making journals. Her most recent CD, Blue Shadows On The Trail, was co-produced with multi-instrumentalist Scott Smith and recorded by acclaimed engineer John Raham. Laura’s music has been featured and recorded on CBC radio’s Studio One Jazz Series during The Vancouver Jazz Festival as well as appearing on ‘Hot Air’, ‘North by Northwest’, ‘The Sunday Edition’ and several other influential radio programs.. Her 2005 recording Almost Blue, 2007’s Spring Is Here and 2014’s fotografia, produced by the celebrated trumpeter and bandleader Brad Turner. Spring is Here was named Vocal Jazz Recording of 2007 by Jazz Journalist James Hale (Downbeat, Coda) in the Village Voice Annual Jazz Poll Ballots. Opportunities to experience such deep and pure musical expression don’t come around everyday, so if you ever have the chance to take in Laura Crema and her incredible live band, don’t even dream of passing it up!

cdbabyLisa Petrucci was born into an Italian Canadian family with a huge love for music. She wrote the album La Regina throughout her 5 year journey in Italy and recorded in Italy’s Oscar Award Winning Studio Emme Tuscany. La Regina is about self love and love of the powerful feminine divine creative will of the Queen within all of us. It is the homage to all Italian women who, like Lisa’s Nonna, created a better more fulfilling life for themselves. Lisa has also written a book to empower women called “The Queen’s Way”.

ID17_Artists_Luna Rossa_Pic1Patrizia Coletta has been performing with her band “LUNA ROSSA” as a lead singer and band leader for many years. She has performed as a single act as well with her band in numerous events in the lower mainland as in the interior B.C. and Edmonton, Alberta. She has performed in a variety of events such as banquets, weddings, corporate events, private parties, ballroom dancing events, restaurants, and in the day she also performs in churches for funerals, and also provides entertainment for nursing homes. She also caters to a wide variety of ethnic groups; her repertoire consists of music in many languages like Italian, Spanish, French, Brazilian, Greek, and English. LUNA ROSSA provides a fun and engaging ambience for everyone, young and old.

In Grandview Park, people from the Madskillz festival will be teaching juggling, hula hooping and poi skills to anyone interested in trying something new!
The Madskillz Vancouver festival features four days of workshops in flow, juggle, spin and ground level circus arts, open stage nights, prop/dance battles, and more! Celebrating our eighth year, the 2017 Gala Show will highlight performers who have been crowned audience favourites at Fringe and Busking Festivals across the country and others who are often found touring with circus companies around the globe. Tickets and details at madskillzvancouver.com.

imageMariah Crudo is a 19 year old performer from Vancouver, BC. Being immersed in the performing arts since a very young age, Mariah has had extensive training and experience in Singing and acting, and has had the privilege to perform on various stages and venues both locally and internationally. Fully committed to her passion, Mariah can be recognized for her frequent entertainment for the Italian association, her vocalizing of the national anthem for the BC lions game against Hamilton, and various other performances and competitions in places such as Seattle, New York and Los Angeles. Mariah feels honoured and blessed to be so frequently chosen to perform in a way which allows her to flourish through her Italian heritage.

PinnochioGeppetto & Pinocchio: A carpenter and his “marionnette” are about to begin an extraordinary journey as “father and son”. Through various adventures, their relationship will get stronger and unconditional love will bind our two characters. “A wooden heart might beat forever but a real heart loves a lifetime” says Pinocchio. Come and meet Pinocchio (Danielle Girard) and Geppetto (Michèle Christen) as they stroll the Drive happy to have found each other! That’s AMORE!

 

 

 

ID17_Artists_Day&Night_Stilters_Pic1Night & Day Dance has been animating festivals and events with their larger than life stilt characters since 2005. Their background in dance lends a magical grace and vibrance to their characters that is infectious.

 

 

Opera Vive is a newly formed opera trio bringing new life to opera in Vancouver. Focused on intimate performances of the operatic repertoire, they originated with an evening of opera and musical theatre at Federico’s Supper Club in May 2017. The group consists of Soprano Melanie Kruger, who maintains a thriving opera career from Canada to Europe, performing as a soloist with companies such as Vancouver Opera, Vancouver Symphony and Newfoundland Symphony. Melanie’s voice has been described as “bringing dimension as well as shivers” to the audience. Tenor Martin Sadd has been singing opera for over a decade working with opera companies and symphony orchestras across Canada. Most recently seen as Roderigo in Verdi’s Otello with Vancouver Opera, his singing has been reviewed as “smooth and rich, never faltering”. Rounding out the trio is Pianist Micheal Onwood who has earned himself an excellent reputation for his work with opera singers in Vancouver. Onwood, previously a UBC Opera coach and repetituer, brings his talent to the stage filling in for the entire orchestra skillfully and sensitively. Opera Vive brings a new dimension to a rich and fantastic art form.

IMG_2238Serena Lagona is 23 and born and raised in Bergamo, northern Italy. She is coming to us from Seattle where she is currently living for one year. Music has always been a big passion since her dad taught her how to play guitar when she was 8. Serena has performed with a number of bands back in Italy and she is excited to make her North-American debut and share my love for music and Italy with you!

 

 

ID17_Artists_Stephen Sciaccia_PicStephen Scaccia is a 25 year old singer/songwriter who was born in Vancouver but raised and currently living in Burnaby, British Columbia. Stephen has devoted much of his young life to music. He has participated in and won many local talent shows, as well as invited to perform at various charity and community events throughout the lower mainland, including performing the national anthem for the Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Giants, Vancouver Canadians and B.C. Lions. Currently Stephen is very excited to be collaborating with David Bouwman, singer/songwriter and Garry O’Francis, manager, both former members of Soul Decision, a popular local band active from 1993 to 2005. They are best known for their single “Faded”, which hit number-one in Canada in 2000. What they have assembled so far is sure to please Stephen’s fans, and all music lovers, who anxiously wait for his next release.

Nicola Lupo AKA Swaed is a 22 year old Hip-Hop based artist from East Vancouver with a strong Italian family history. Grandson of Antonio Lupo of Lupo’s Barber Shop. Swaed has been working on his craft for years trying to perfect it before coming out onto the scene. His debut release “Paradigm” came out October 2016 and has received nothing but good reviews. Show after show he has grown and is looking to gain more exposure by spreading his music to new audiences.

 

 

6.TheDrowsyChaperone_photobyTimMatheson_webFor more than 75 years, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) has brought soaring musical theatre works to Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl. This summer, TUTS will present the beloved Disney classic Mary Poppins and comedic ode to golden age glam, The Drowsy Chaperone, running alternating evenings July 7 – August 19, 2017.
On the Grandview Stage at Italian Days 2017, audiences are welcome to enjoy a preview with the musical number I Am Adolpho from The Drowsy Chaperone. This Canadian show – a five-time Tony Award-winner – revolves around a theatre fanatic and his treasured cast recording. As the record spins, the characters of a fictitious musical spring to life, whisking audiences away on a Jazz Age journey of love, laughter and libation. In I Am Aldolpho, the latin lothario Aldolpho attempts to seduce the soon-to- be- wed starlet Janet Van De Graaf to keep her from the alter, but mistakes this bride-to- be for her tipsy Chaperone and hilarity ensues.
Dimitrios Stephanoy (Aldolpho) is a dynamic performer whose experience on stage includes performances in circus, dance, martial arts, sword fighting, burlesque, stunts, and musicals. He joins TUTS for his fifth season.
Caitriona Murphy (The Drowsy Chaperone) is a Dora Award-winner and two-time Jessie Award nominee. In addition to acting, she performs regularly as a singer and violinist. See Caitriona in her TUTS debut this summer!
For info about The Drowsy Chaperone and Theatre Under The Stars, visit tuts.ca Tickets on sale now!

Mehlinda Heartt (Soprano) and Anna Victoria (Mezzo Soprano) are ‘The Venetian Water Opera Duo.’ They Love to dress in Venetian Carnival Costumes and Sing Classic Opera, Operettas and Popular Songs about Italy, Gondola’s, the Sea, Flowers, Love, and Dreams come true.

WAG is a four-piece a cappella group that has been singing together since the ‘80s. They have lived on and near the Drive and East Vancouver for decades and have performed at many venues here . Bass singer, Doug Austin, is the former owner of Spartacus Gym. You will be able to hear their love for East Van in their original song: “East Van Anthem”.