The Isabel Announces Live & Streamed FALL LIVE PERFORMANCE SEASON

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Kingston ON – The Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts (“the Isabel”) at Queen’s University announces its fall concert line-up and its IMAGINE Online Arts Festival.  Performance information, ticketing, and streaming information is available on



Fall performances include those by indie band Kasador, country singer Abby Stewart and band in a concert called Break Your Heart, Gryphon Trio with soprano Patricia O’Callaghan in their Broken Hearts & Madmen cabaret program on Bader Day (November 15, 2021), Iranian-Canadian virtuoso santur player Sadaf Amini and friends, TSO concertmaster Jonathan Crow with “CBC Who’s Hot Under 30” violinist David Baik in A Celebration of the Violin, a Chopin and Ravel concert with pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, book launch and performance excerpts of Minerva by Suzanne Pasternak, and a Preludes for Piano concert (Chopin, Debussy,  and John Burge preludes) with pianist Philip Chiu.  These follow the August performances of Yolanda Bruno and Bryan and Silvie Cheng and that of Tiny Horse and Oakridge Ave (co-presented with KPP Concerts, part of the Kinaxis InConcert series supported by the Canadian Live Music Association). These will be live performances for limited live audiences as well as being streamed on the Isabel Digital Concert Hall and Isabel Facebook page.

There will also be the live workshop performance of ECHO: MEMORIES OF THE WORLD on October 7, 2021 at 7:30 PM with the Gryphon Trio and collaborators, following their creation-based residency at the Isabel. This work will use music, narration, images, and film to explore models of knowledge sharing and processes of truth and reconciliation in four areas of the world, asking the question: “HOW DO WE SPEAK TO THE FUTURE?”

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The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts asked itself, “What CAN we do that would amplify the voices and creativity of artists, students, creators, and educators in a rapidly-evolving multi-platform world?”

Supported through the Ballytobin Foundation, the Isabel created its new IMAGINE Project Creation @ the Isabel program that supported Kingston artists and beyond in their creation-based artist and creator residencies, online arts education initiatives, film creation, audio recording creation, and high-fidelity streaming.

“Being an arts incubator at the Isabel is vitally important right now as the arts face three huge disruptive forces:  the digital revolution and distribution, EDII (equity, diversity, inclusion, Indigenization), and COVID-19,” states Isabel Director, Tricia Baldwin.  “At the Isabel, we are delving into all three forces as this is a period of unprecedented societal and cultural transformation to support artists in their creative explorations and to ensure vitality for the arts far into the future. Investing in artistic creation is crucial right now.”

IMAGINE Artists @ the Isabel

The following diverse artists and artistic groups of many genres were supported in their creative IMAGINE projects at the Isabel in 2021.


Sadaf Amini (Iranian-Canadian santur player and composer) with Kingston Chamber Choir in a new work by John Burge


Bridge & Wolak (Michael Bridge, accordions and piano and Kornel Wolak, clarinet & piano)


Sheng Cai (piano)


Michael Capon (composer) and Gord Love (playwright)


Moira Demorest (pianist/singer/songwriter)


DUOver (mezzo soprano Jennifer Routhier, an E-Gré National Music Competition winner and pianist Natasha Fransblow)


Jeremy Dutcher (performer, composer, activist, musicologist, and Wolastoqiyik member of Tobique First Nation) and choir


Emilie Steele and the Deal (indie band)


Ted Evans / Shook Planet (electronic composer/performer/producer)


Gryphon Trio and performers and co-creators


Inner Harbour Collective (a multi-medium arts collective)


Isabel String Quartet


Kasador (indie band)


Chloe Kim (violin) and Bryn Lutek (percussion)


Melos Ensemble (period performance ensemble) with Sadaf Amini (santur player)


Movement Market Collective (Kay Kenney with filmmaker Josh Lyons)


Alex Mundy (singer/songwriter/pianist with John Abrams)


Leonid Nediak (piano)


Palenai Duo (Joy Innis and Adrienne Shannon, piano)


Suzanne Pasternak (historically-based, multidisciplinary creator and musician)


The Gertrudes (experimental folkestra)

Chantal Thompson (jazz music vocalist and multidisciplinary artist) and band


Room Tone (Helena Hannibal on alto and tenor sax and Eric Liu on guitar)


Kelli Trottier (fiddler/singer/step dancer/composer) and band


Julia Wedman (baroque violin), Brian Solomon (Anishinaabe/Irish choreographer/dancer), and Mariana Medellin (Mexican-Canadian dancer)



“The Isabel’s IMAGINE project is a great example of the Isabel inspiring our artistic community, growing the Isabel team’s expertise and practice in the multi-platform world, and doing so with alacrity, passion, critical reflection … and of course, joy!” states Joan Tobin, founder of the Ballytobin Foundation that is dedicated to the philanthropic support of visual and performing arts in Kingston.


Arts Incubation


Isabel resident ensemble Gryphon Trio and co-creators will perform the first workshop performance of their new work ECHO: MEMORIES OF THE WORLD on October 7th at 7:30 PM, at the end of their artist creation-based residency at the Isabel. This international multi-media project exploring the questions: “HOW DO WE SPEAK TO THE FUTURE? How are memories of enduring cultural importance passed on from generation to generation? How can we confront heavy truths to equip the next generations for the building of better societies?”

ECHO: MEMORIES OF THE WORLD will use music, narration, images, and film to explore models of knowledge sharing and processes of truth and reconciliation in four areas of the world. These include Canada (Pimachiowin Aki, the first ever UNESCO designated heritage site in Canada intended to protect the complex interrelationship between Indigenous people, the land, healing, and knowledge), Norway (the visionary Deichman Public Library of Oslo and its curation of Katie Paterson’s installation on the theme of environmental protection and knowledge preservation called “The Future Library” in addition to Sàmi cultural performances), Austria (Austrian National Library where Mozart studied), and Mali (Manuscript Collections of Timbuktu).

Project partners include: Gryphon Trio (violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys, and pianist Jamie Parker), Alison Mackay (creator of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra’s Galileo Project and House of Dreams, project co-creator and concert designer of ECHO), Marion Newman (mezzo soprano of Kwakiutl and Stó:lo First Nations, English, Irish, and Scottish heritages), Nordic Voices (the six-member Norwegian vocal ensemble),  Diely Mori Tounkara (Malian kora player), Reneltta Arluk (project co-creator and Director of Indigenous Arts at the Banff Centre), Ry Moran (project co-creator and Founding Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and currently Associate University Librarian – Reconciliation at UVic Libraries), Andrew Balfour (composer and Senate of Canada Gold Medal recipient for his contribution to Canada’s Indigenous and music communities), Rawdna Carita Eira (Sàmi poet and playwright), Anne Beate Hovind, curator of Norway’s Future Library, and Caroline Hollway (project manager).

Fall Season and IMAGINE Online Festival performance schedule

Workshop Performance Excerpts of New Work


Gryphon Trio and Friends

Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at 7:30 PM (FREE)                                                                                                         


Wed, Oct. 20, 2021, at 7:30 PM    (General Public: $39/Faculty & Staff: $35/ Students: $10)                                                                                                                                                                                                       


Abby Stewart and band

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at 7:30 PM            (General Public: $39/Faculty & Staff: $35/ Students: $10)                                                                                                                                


Gryphon Trio with soprano Patricia O’Callaghan     

Mon, Nov. 15, 2021, at 7:30 PM    (General Public: $39/Faculty & Staff: $35/ Students: $10)                                                                                                                


Jonathan Crow and David Baik, violin, Philip Chiu, piano    

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at 7:30 PM (General Public: $39/Faculty & Staff: $35/ Students: $10)                                                                                      

SADAF AMINI and Friends

Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 at 2:30 PM (General Public: $39/Faculty & Staff: $35/ Students: $10)


Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano   

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, at 7:30 PM (General Public: $39/Faculty & Staff: $35/ Students: $10)

MINERVA by Suzanne Pasternak

Book Launch/Performance Excerpts                                        Sat. Dec. 11, 2021 at 7:30 PM (FREE)

With Tom Leighton, keyboard, Jenica Hammett, singer and Sandra Lean-Leighton, reader


Philip Chiu, Piano                                                                                    

Preludes by John Burge and Frédéric Chopin

Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at 7:30 PM (General Public: $39/Faculty & Staff: $35/ Students: $10)


IMAGINE Online Arts Festival Listings

FREE Online Access:                                                                                     

Day 1

Gryphon Trio+                Echo: Memories of the World                      Thurs. Oct. 7, 2021 at 7:30 PM                                                         First Workshop Performance


Day 2

Kingston Indie                                                                            Thurs. Oct. 14, 2021 at 7 PM

  •   Moira Demorest
  •   Emilie Steele and the Deal
  •   Ted Evans / Shook Planet
  •   Kasador
  •   Kelli Trottier
  •   The Gertrudes

Day 3

Theatre, Dance, and More                                                            Thurs. Nov. 18, 2021 at 7 PM

Michael Capon and Gord Love         The Witch and the Glitch Excerpt

Movement Market Collective

Inner Harbour Collective

Bridge & Wolak


Day 4

East Meets West                                                                          Thurs. Dec. 2, 2021 at 7 PM

Sadaf Amini + Kingston Chamber Choir        Flight 752 Elegies by John Burge – Excerpt

Melos Ensemble with Sadaf Amini                Iberian Triptych – Excerpt  

Day 5

Kingston JAZZ                                                                           Thurs. Dec. 9, 2021 at 7 PM

Room Tone

Chantal Thompson and band


Day 6

Book Launch/Performance Excerpts: Minerva by Suzanne Pasternak     Sat. Dec. 11, 2021 at 7:30 PM

With Tom Leighton, keyboard, Jenica Hammett, singer and Sandra Lean-Leighton, reader


Day 7   

Classical and Beyond                                                                   Thurs Dec 16, 2021 at 7 PM

Sheng Cai, piano

Leonid Nediak, piano

Palenai Duo, piano

Chloe Kim, violin

Bryn Lutek, percussion

DUOver, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Routhier and pianist Natasha Fransblow

Baroque violinist Julia Wedman, choreographer/dancer Brian Solomon, dancer Mariana Medellin –

Excerpts Bach on Turtle’s Back      


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