Christmas With Patricia O’Callaghan & Friends

Christmas With Patricia O’Callaghan & Friends2017-12-13T20:27:56+00:00

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
7:30pm       Tickets: $35  (includes HST)
New Life Church, 28 Tracey Lane, Collingwood

STARRING Patricia O’Callaghan
And Including the very talented:
Kevin Fox – cello
Lori Gemmell – harp
Katherine Hill – Nyckelharpa & vocals


Christmas with Patricia O’Callaghan and Friends is an enchanting evening of songs that Patricia carefully selected and recorded with her friends in 2015 in celebration of the holiday season.  From Northern Sky by Nick Drake to favourite standards like The First Noel and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, as well as a few surprising originals, the concert features a wide selection of seasonal songs for the entire audience to enjoy.    For Tickets of more Information call 705-445-2200 or visit

Patricia O’Callaghan is something of a wandering minstrel. Her fifteen-year career has taken her across genres, continents, and a range of disciplines. Her career spans five solo albums and many guest appearances on other artists’ CDs.  A speaker of French, Spanish, and German, her early recordings focused on European cabaret, and she is considered a specialist, most significantly, in the music of Kurt Weill. Patricia has performed his Threepenny Opera, Seven Deadly Sins, and Kleine Mahagonny with Soulpepper Theatre Company, Edmonton Opera, and Vancouver Opera, to name a few. She has sung with some of the world’s great ensembles and artists (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Don Byron Quartet, Bryn Terfel), and has performed in venues that range from London’s Royal Opera House to New York’s cabaret Le Poisson Rouge. Patricia’s film credits include her own Bravo! special, The CBC produced Ken Finkleman series Foolish Heart, and the semi autobiographical Rhombus / Westwind film Youkali Hotel, for which she won a Golden Sheaf Award for best female performance.

If you have come in contact with Canadian music at all over the last number of years, chances are you have either seen or heard the work of Halifax native Kevin Fox. Kevin’s abilities as an instrumentalist, composer/arranger and recording artist have offered him the opportunity to record and tour with countless artists, from Justin Bieber and Olivia Newton John to Steven Page and Chantal Kreviazuk.  However, it is Kevin’s talents as a singer/songwriter in his own right that has been causing his fan base to grow like wildfire since the release of his first album, Come Alive to the critically acclaimed Songs for Cello & Voice and now with his much-anticipated third release, Set Right. Kevin has been captivating audiences across Canada with his unique musical tapestry of cello-driven pop songs

Craig Ashton is no stranger to the limelight of the stage. Craig was raised in Fergus, Ontario. His professional operatic career started when he was twenty-four years of age. A finalist in the Canadian Opera Company’s (COC) Young Mozart Singers’ Competition, he was accepted into the prestigious COC Ensemble Studio under the direction and guidance of Richard Bradshaw. Craig has performed leading roles in eminent productions by the COC, Toronto Opera in Concert, Toronto Operetta Theatre, The Banff Festival, Edmonton Opera and Vancouver Opera, to name a few. In musical theatre his greatest triumphs are The Gondoliers at the Stratford Festival, and Hal Prince’s The Phantom of the Opera and Show Boat. Craig has also charmed audiences all over the world performing for such cruise lines as Celebrity, Cunard and Costa but his favorite destination, and the thing that brings him such immense pride, is performing at home in Canada. We are thrilled that Craig now calls Collingwood his home and welcome him to our local stage.

Lori Gemmell has been a musician all her life. Growing up in Montreal, as the child of a Presbyterian minister and a musically passionate mother, singing and playing music were her natural state of being. She taught herself the flute in high school, played trumpet in the band, and spent her weekend mornings at harp lessons at L’ecole Vincent D’Indy. Between an undergraduate and Masters’ degree from the University of Toronto, Lori played summers with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, studying with the octogenarian Alice Chalifoux, and a year in Paris, studying with Catherine Michel.  Busking in Toronto and Montreal, Lori gradually began building a career that took her to harp positions with Orchestra London, The Calgary Philharmonic, a chamber music residency at the Banff International Festival, on the frontlines of new music at the Darmstadt Festival in Germany and touring Europe and Japan with Montreal’s Nouvelle Ensemble Moderne.  In 1999, Lori won the position of Principal Harpist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, where she still plays today. One year later she was a prize-winner at the Canadian Concerto Competition. She also has been a teacher for many years, both with a private studio and a faculty position at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Lori has earned a strong reputation among Canadian Composers for her passion and dedication to their music. Over the years she has worked closely with R. Murray Schafer, Srul Irving Glick, John Weinzweig, Alexina Louie, Glenn Buhr, Marjan Mozetich, Jeff Ryan and many others. In addition to all of that, Lori also makes time for playing and creating with others in small groups. In recent years she has made chamber music with Yo-Yo Ma, Joseph Silverstein, Sara Sant’Ambrogio, Jamie Parker, Joe Macerollo, Oliver Schroer, Mark Fewer, Robert Cram, Etsuko Kimura, Camille Watts, with singers Patricia O’Callaghan, Monica Wicher and Julie Nesrallah and Feist. She also plays in the Four Seasons Harp Quartet, and in her duo with Jennifer Swartz.

Singer Katherine Hill first developed a love for old European text and music here in her native Toronto. With support from the Canada Council for the Arts she moved to the Netherlands in 2000, studying, appearing in concerts, radio broadcasts and at festivals throughout Europe over many years. Her particular interest in music from medieval women’s communities has led to her developing and directing her own projects in Amsterdam, Toronto and Calgary, and she currently directs a women’s group, Vinea (The Vineyard). In 2010, she completed an M.A. in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto’s world-renowned Centre for Medieval Studies, and in 2012, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Katherine received a diploma from the Eric Sahlström Institute in Sweden, where she studied the nyckelharpa (a Swedish keyed fiddle with origins in the middle ages). Katherine is the Director of Music at St Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, an Anglo-Catholic parish in Regent Park, Toronto. She performs and records frequently with early, traditional and new music groups here in Toronto and abroad.

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