Saturday, February 29, 2020, 2 p.m.
Calvary Church, 1421 Lansdowne St W, Peterborough
Over the decades, they have been honoured at the Junos, celebrated at the Grammys, and recognized with Polaris prizes. They have been played by radio stations, in concert halls and pubs, and on music devices across the country. Most importantly, they have been adored by music lovers from Canada and around the world. These bands, chanteuses and chanteurs, poets, and songwriters have made us proud to be Canadian. And in whatever way you describe it, they are Canadian Legends. We can’t help it! We are a country that sings.
Join the Peterborough Singers as we feature Kate Suhr, who thrilled audiences a few years ago at Canadian Women of Song, and Aadin Church, who made them dance in the aisles at Soul II. It will all be woven together by host Megan Murphy. Your heart will swell with pride. You might even sing along, dance a bit, play air guitar and learn about a Canadian Legend you weren’t aware of!
Born the last of six children in Toronto, Canada, Aadin is a singer, actor, director, producer, and writer who has been blessed to have performed with some of the world’s best, including Patti Labelle, Mariah Carey, and Deborah Cox.
Aadin has appeared in Broadway productions such as Disney’s The Lion King and The Little Mermaid, Miss Saigon, Dreamgirls, The Buddy Holly Story, Ragtime, Guys & Dolls, and Sister Act. Recently, he performed the role of Lord Aster in the Arts Club presentation of Peter and the Starcatcher.
Not content with being on the stage, Aadin has stepped behind the scenes, writing, directing, and producing. He has worked on Caroline, or Change, which won three Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards and four Dora Awards, and on Ruined fo the Obsidian Theatre Company.
The future is bright for this multitalented individual, as he continues to achieve excellence in everything and anything that he decides to do. “Glory to God for the great things he has done!” Can you tell that Aadin also sings Gospel?
Kate Suhr studied opera at the University of Western Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Applied Music from Humber College. Recent theatre includes the following: Good Ol’ Country Gospel (Drayton Entertainment); Tess Wilson in Bloom: A Rock n Roll Fable (4th Line Theatre); Nancy in A New Brain (New Stages); Harper in Angels in America (New Stages); Our Lady of the Spa in Nine (Podium Concert Productions); Glinda in The Wizard of Oz (Diversified Theatre); Rose/Mrs Winthrope/Claire in Secret Garden (Podium Concert Productions); Ariel in The Little Mermaid (LOT); Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins (LOT); and Ensemble in Assassins (Steve Ross).
Kate is also a singer-songwriter who has been featured at many festivals all over Ontario. She released her debut album Selkie Bride in 2018 (available on iTunes and Spotify). Instagram: @katesuhr
Peterborough-born and raised Megan Murphy is an actor, writer, documentary film maker, radio host, and public speaker. She was recently the M/C at the Peterborough Singer’s Soul II concert, and she served as chair of Peterborough’s United Way fundraising campaign in 2018/19. After graduating from St. Peter Catholic Secondary School, she went on to study at York University, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance. She is also a graduate of the Documentary Filmmaking Institute at Seneca College and the Second City Conservatory Program. Her short film, Shelf Life, won an audience choice award at the Peterborough ReFrame Film Festival. Her short doc, Towns End, won the audience choice award at the VOX Popular Film Festival in 2018. Murphy’s Law is her first feature film and was honoured with the award for best documentary at the Fingal Film Festival in Ireland in 2016.
She has worked as an actor in both the Peterborough and Toronto film, television, and theatre scenes. For more than a decade, she was a morning show co-host on two Peterborough radio stations, 93.3 MyFM and 107.9 Classic Rock and an afternoon drive co-host on Oldies 96.7. Megan received the TD Canada Trust Scholarship for Outstanding Community Leadership in 1998. A passionate storyteller, she strives to push to the forefront the humanity in all people and share stories which help others get through the dark times in their lives. She is on a constant journey, always seeking the opportunity to try something new.
Guitar player par excellence, Barry Haggarty has played with the best in the business. Barry played guitar for the legendary Ronnie Hawkins before forming his own touring band and releasing the single “Come To Me” with Ixtland Records. Barry later joined Bentwood Rocker, releasing an album with Quality Records entitled Take Me to Heaven. Barry released another single with Capital Records “Second Wind.” Barry has co-written a number of songs with fellow Peterborough native Cyril Rawson and has played sessions in Nashville for Lucille Starr and for a then up-and-coming young singer, Shania Twain. After releasing an independent single, “Doesn’t Mean A Thing,” Barry toured with The Family Brown and was the guitar player on the television
series Ronnie and the Brown’s, starring Ronnie Prophet and The Family Brown.
Barry was nominated for three years running from 1990 to 1992 as Guitar Player Of The Year with the Canadian Country Music Association. In 1991, Barry opened his own recording studio, Haggarty Sound Studio, in Peterborough, Ontario.
He has since produced independent artists such as Montana Sky, Mark Ekins, and Danny Bronson. Over one hundred CDs and cassettes have been released by independent artists, companies, and organizations from Haggarty Sound Studio.
The year 1999 marked a milestone for Barry as a singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and studio owner with the release of his premiere independent CD, Old Days. “Give Me A Break,” the first single release from this CD has been nationally charted by RPM. Barry has had the pleasure of working with Valdy and Natalie McMaster in the studio.
Recently, Barry has been working very hard on new projects of his own! Haggarty Sound Studios has been given a fresh new look to enhance artists’ recording experience. In September 2013, he was honoured to be inducted into the Peterborough Pathway of Fame!
Bassist Andrew Affleck has worked for Juno award-winning musicians Susan Aglukark and George Fox and has toured with bands such as the Good Brothers and Lace. He has performed with comedian and actor Bob Newhart and performed for the Queen, two Canadian prime ministers, and the Prime Minister of France. Andrew has been nominated four times for Canadian Country Bass Player of the Year.
Steve McCracken has called Peterborough his home for the past twenty-five years. As owner of the local music shop, B Flat Music , he has continued to develop his musical interests by performing, writing, and arranging. As band leader of the Channel Cats, he performs regularly at the Lakefield Jazz Festival alongside Bridget and the Gospel Girls as well as with other local jazz musicians. In 2000, Steve founded the Peterborough Jazz & Blues Workshop, a high school aged jazz-blues combo, which emphasizes improvisation. Many of Steve’s students have developed successful careers in the music world. Steve has written many of the band charts for Beatles III. He is pleased to be performing once again with the Peterborough Singers.
Rob Phillips has been performing on the piano in the Peterborough area for the past thirty years. At age six, he began classical piano studies and soon, with the encouragement of his piano teacher, fell in love with boogie woogie piano. In high school, he started up his first pop/rock/soul groups and also began jazz piano studies with the great Brian Bowne. After studies at Trent University, Phillips was awarded a scholarship to the University of Alabama to study jazz and classical piano. After formal studies, Phillips began teaching, performing, and recording with many local musicians. A six-year stint as one of the musical directors for The Second City theatre company, as well as being musical director for many local groups, has Phillips performing with a variety of well-known musicians. Over the years, he has performed with The Rick Fines Trio, the Chelsey Bennett Band, Beau Dixon, Ada Lee, Bridget Foley, Ronnie Hawkins, The Lemon Sisters, The Weber Brothers, and The Three Martinis comedy improv group. Every Thursday, The Rob Phillips Jazz and Blues Trio plays the The Blackhorse pub.
Curtis Cronkwright is a professional drummer and teacher working in the Peterborough area. Curtis received a diploma of music from Mohawk College, majoring in jazz drumming. Throughout his career, Curtis has been lucky enough to have played, and continues to play, with some of the area’s top musicians including, Slips ‘n’ the High Fives, The Lemmon Sisters, Chelsey Bennett, Mike Graham, Beau Dixon, Bridget Foley, The Channel Cats, The Kawartha Jazz Ensemble, the Peterborough Pop Ensemble, Michael Bell, and Rob Phillips. In addition to playing with these great artists, Curtis also teaches drums privately in his home and at Lakefield College School.
Doug Sutherland is a pharmacist who played trumpet throughout high school and continued in university with the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra. He then packed his trumpet away for 25 years, only bringing it out to serenade his kids during their (suddenly shortened) baths. He now plays regularly to be ready to meet the high musical standards required of Syd Birrell and others.