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Pour répondre à la question : "Est-ce que vous chantez toujours ?"

J'ai appris qu'il y a une différence entre ma voix physique et ma voix au sens large. J'ai maîtrisé ma voix physique - toutes les nuances, les points de rupture ; j'ai appris comment ma voix aime bouger et s'épanouir. Il y a une liberté et une joie dans la pratique de l'utilisation de ma voix de cette manière sur scène. Mais j'avais besoin de quelque chose de plus.

La magie de la vulnérabilité : Un an de sobriété

Inspirée par une petite puce en plastique argentée qui se trouvait dans ma poche et qui portait l'inscription "Women in Recovery" d'un côté et la prière de la sérénité de l'autre (et par mon téléphone rempli de nouveaux numéros), j'ai découvert un désir en moi que je ne savais même pas que je voulais avant d'entrer dans cette réunion. Je voulais me retrouver.

Utiliser à nouveau votre voix : Un plan d'action

Laissez-vous aller à la rage contre toutes les raisons pour lesquelles vous avez cessé d'utiliser votre voix. Ragez contre l'argent, le capitalisme, le mensonge de la méritocratie, l'optimisme de la jeunesse, les institutions qui vous ont bercé dans la passivité, les avertissements dont vous n'avez pas tenu compte, la misogynie. Honte, abus émotionnel, traumatisme, micro-agressions. Les maux de gorge, les mensonges. Versez vos larmes pour tous ces moments de connexion que vous avez perdus parce que vous ne chantiez pas. 

Fini le silence

I know I am not the first person to speak, and that the reason I am able to find the courage to do so is because I am adding my voice to the chorus of many who have come before me. I honour those who said the first word, then the second and third.

Opportunity vs. Money

As I draw closer to graduation, I find myself turning down opportunities. I use all kinds of excuses – I ...

Peace

After my angst-ey previous post, I bet you are wondering, dear reader, how things went in Berlin! Things went ...

The Berlin Series: Art

If there was one word to describe Berlin, it would be 'angst'. The tumultuous history of the city still feels ...

The Berlin Series: Flights

I am going to try something new to blog about this trip. I will publish a series of posts focussing on my ...

Throw me a bone…

How much control do we really have over our future?  In my life so far, and especially in the past few years, I ...

2011 and 25!

So here we are - a new year, a new semester, a new decade, and I just turned 25. I don't really feel like ...

Candel’s in The getto

I woke up at 4:45am to catch the public transit to the airport. The goal: arrive in Manhattan in time to sing my ...

What singing is all about for me

I want to share with you something that re-awoke in me the very essence of singing and what it means to be a good ...

Please support the CBC

CBC Radio is the reason why I love classical music, and why I initially came to love Canada, my country. Our ...

Snow, Silence, and Success

Do they come together?  They did this week! Snow: For weeks, we endured the dry-ish, rainy cold.  No ...

How can I make a difference?

There is so much suffering, poverty, and injustice in this world. Some of us see it more often than others. I ...

Apologizing

A colleague of mine recently initiated a wonderful peer-evaluating performance group. We meet every week and sing ...

Apologizing

A colleague of mine recently initiated a wonderful peer-evaluating performance group.  We meet every week and ...

Beauty

I am trying to stay focussed on the reason why I decided to make music for a living. Beyond all of the judgement ...

Biking in Montreal

I am one of those crazy people. You know, those people who decide that they would like to transport themselves ...

The best I’ve ever sung in NYC

I am convinced: the best way to travel is by train. It is the greenest, safest, most scenic and most relaxing ...

Balance

Balancing school and a slowly growing singing career is very difficult.  There is external pressure to invest in ...

Making Music

Something special happened today.Mid-afternoon, I had my voice lesson. While singing the Presentation of the Rose ...

Nostalgia

Wherever I am in fall, it always makes me nostalgic – either nostalgic in advance of the time when I will actually ...

End of the Beginning

I was five years old when I started Kindergarten. I remember my main goal in kindergarten was to be allowed to go ...

An Actor’s Vow

By Elia Kazan I will take my rightful place on the stage And I will be myself. I am not a cosmic orphan, I have no ...

Tracy

What a summer this has been! Of course, I started the summer with the intention of learning Figaro, as well as ...

Funding

As you may or may not know, the ability to travel to sing for various conductors and directors is essential in the ...

Discipline

It is hard to live a balanced life when you are a singer, and even more so as a student. First of all, you have ...

Challenge

People want to work with people who are interesting and who stroke their own egos. People don't want to work with ...

Well-roundedness

I have alot of different interests. Someday, I would love to open a restaurant, a café, a bookstore. I always ...

Beautiful text from Corinne

Love yourself.MAKE PEACE with who you areand where you at this moment in time.Listen to your heart.If you can’t ...

Tough Questions

I recently posted a list of questions from Wolf Trap Opera's blog about pursuing a career in the performing arts. ...

The question

The question always is:What is that intangible thing that distinguishes a good performer from a great ...

Getting things done

Today I started following the blog of someone I don't know, but which was recommended to me by a friend. It is ...

Vocal discoveries

After making my recording last week, I needed a few epiphanies to help me start to really love my voice again, and ...

Recording

Making a recording is always interesting. In fact, I believe I began a blog post with that exact sentence about a ...

Things I need to learn…

...or am in the process of learning.-Even though embellishments and ornamentation are sometimes expected, the ...

On Marking

Kay, Elster. Bel Canto and the Sixth Sense: A discursive and technical essay on the traditional Italian physical ...

Happy Coincidences

My day spent in New York was, for the most part, one of those days where nothing goes wrong. We woke up to a ...

New York

I haven't been to New York since two years ago when I was here with my mom. At that time, I was about to make the ...

A night at the opera

It is 2 am and I am not supposed to blog, but that is when these things come to me. Inopportune times. In fact, ...

A new dance

The past few days I have been sick. This is normally a bad thing, but this time it has enabled me to finish alot ...

Getting Settled

Things have been clicking and clicking and clicking into place in the past few weeks. Finally, I am beginning to ...

Focus

I think most people know me as a fairly hard worker. I hate to admit it, but whenever someone has said that to ...

Highlights in Montreal

-Going into the practise rooms at 9:00pm on a Saturday night and having to WAIT for a practise room. It is so ...

Beginnings at McGill

Ever since before I began my undergrad, I wanted to attend McGill. Montreal seemed so far away and culturally ...