The Canadian Tenors’ Extraordinary Performance In Timmins, Ontario, Canada On October 4th, 2008


The Canadian Tenors

The Canadian Tenors

By Rosanne Simunovic

About a year ago, I was surfing the internet in an effort to discover new, undiscovered Canadian talent. There was no rationale to my internet mission; I was just passing the time and felt the need to bond with my computer.:)

And so, I happened to click over to a Canadian agency, Live Tour Artists, the company who, at the time was the agency representative for one of my former voice students, Patricia O’Callaghan. However, as I was about to access Trish’s tour info., I noticed that a group called “The Canadian Tenors” was newly signed to Live Tour Artists.

My interest level peaked immensely – visually they represented a very enticing package. But could they sing? So, I clicked on a video of their performance of David Foster’s, “Because We Believe”, originally made famous by the great Andrea Bocelli, and was immediately overwhelmed by the combined nature of their vocal talent and charisma. To say that these young men are good would be an enormous understatement; they are extraordinary, a vocal phenomenon that is slowly, yet, successfully, garnering fans at an International level.

Therefore, my internet mission very quickly transformed into one that was based in reality. I felt a need to bring these talented young artists to Timmins, because I wanted our community to benefit from seeing and hearing the depth of their talent before it became impossible to do so. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that within the year, these performers would be huge, signed to a recording contract, and focusing their sights beyond Canada.

My granddaughter, Kyra, with Tenor Jamie McNight

My granddaughter, Kyra, with Tenor Jamie McKnight

Since the Canadian Tenors had participated in Kidfest, I knew that their hearts were bonded toward issues that had to deal with the welfare of children.

Therefore, I approached Child and Family Services, who, in turn, approached the Porcupine Children’s Foundation and the rest was the culmination of six months of organizational effort to make this concert a reality in Timmins – one that would benefit children of all ages from our community.

It was an extremely worthy cause and one that The Canadian Tenors and their management embraced from Day One. In fact, $28,000 was raised for the Porcupine Children’s Foundation via ticket sales and CD sales (The Canadian Tenors donated $5.00 from each sale of their promotional CD during the evening of the concert)

One of my voice students, Jeremy Cheff, with Fraser Walters and Victor Micallef

One of my voice students, Jeremy Cheff, with Fraser Walters and Victor Micallef

Without a doubt, The Canadian Tenors, comprised of Fraser Walters, Remigio Pereira, Victor Micallef and Jamie McKnight, displayed some of the finest singing I have ever heard – anywhere – during their Timmins Ontario performance on October 4th, 2008. They embraced a wide variety of music – opera, pop, celtic, folklore, theatre – and did so in a very effortless, yet, superior manner of performance. Their ability to adapt to a wide variety of styles, their combined efficiency of keyboard and guitar skills (in a addition to the superb talent of their piano accompanist) and their warm, friendly, engaging personalities, made this performing event a night to remember for eternity.

Remigio Pereira with two of my vocal students, Victoria and Alana Rafuse

Remigio Pereira with two of my vocal students, Victoria and Alana Rafuse

I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to hear and meet with them, before they become gigantic international stars. They are excellent role models for aspiring artists everwhere and possess a very rare combination of extraordinary vocal excellence, exquisite artistry and genuine, personable stage presence. A joy to behold! Thank you guys for an extremely memorable performance.

Final Note: The Canadian Tenors have recently signed with Universal Records and will be releasing their full-length CD in November 2008. For more information on these singers, please visit www.canadiantenors.com. Also, The Canadian Tenors are now fully managed by Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment.


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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

3 Responses to “The Canadian Tenors’ Extraordinary Performance In Timmins, Ontario, Canada On October 4th, 2008”

  1. I heared the canadian tenors last year on the oprah show and promised myself that i’d buy the cd. Am glaD i did eventualy(2 days ago).i regret procrastinating in doing so.their music and voices make one want to take a long..long drive to nowhere particular,with the windows open or the drrop top down and the wind blowing softly on the face.lettin tears ‘frollick” down one’s cheeks without wiping them off.

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  2. The tenors make one wish to take rhat long drive in company of a good lookin,beautiful soul…to nowhere particular ..with their music in the background. ‘Makes me wanna pack up n live South Africa immediately n take the first flight to Canada to stay there permanently :)

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