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 So, I clicked on a video of their performance of David Foster’s, “Because We Believe”, originally made famous by the great Andrea Bocelli, and was immediately overwhelmed by the combined nature of their vocal talent and charisma.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.
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)
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.
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.