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Denise Pelley


Denise Pelley has performed with orchestras as far afield as Portugal and Germany.  But it was her debut Jazz cd aTrust the Momenta?N, recorded in 1998 that brought her to the attention of jazz lovers across Canada.


Denise has performed with many great artists including acclaimed trombonist Ray Anderson, Gospel/Blues legend Jackie Richardson, Flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook, and long time collaborator, pianist John Noubarian.  In October 2003 she opened for Aretha Franklin at the John Labatt Centre.


Denise enjoys performing with symphony orchestras and is a regular with the London Jeans I^n Classics series.  On the festival circuit she has performed at the du Maurier Downtown Jazz Festival (Toronto), Ottawa Jazz Festival, The Royal Canadian Big Band Festival (London), Bluesfest (London), Waterloo Jazz Festival and Sunfest (London), among others. 


Denise also enjoys acting and has been part of The Grand Theatre seasons performing in the musicasl aAina^t Misbehavina^a?N and aWang Dang Doodle.a?N Denise premiered her new one-woman show aJazzabela?N at the McManus Studio to sold-out audiences. 

 In 2002 Denise was honoured with being the recipient of the Queena^s Golden Jubilee Medal.  In 2003 she was named a YM-YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Arts and Heritage category.  Denise won best jazz artist in London, Ontarioa^s Music Awards in 2002 and 2003.



Aimee Piche

Aimee Piche was the 2005 London Kiwanis Music Festival Rose Bowl winner. She is the youngest member of one of London's leading music families and recently won a scholarship in memory of Canadian guitarist Dom Troiano. She has formed a band with her brothers, called Appertain Display.

Piche, 18, has just returned from Zambia, where she volunteered with a Christian organization.

Gary Relyea

Renowned for the richness of his voice and his compelling musical insights, bass-baritone Gary Relyea is one of the most distinguished artists currently before public. He has thrilled audiences in Brittena^s War Requiem, Handela^s Messiah, Mahlera^s Symphony No. 8 and Verdia^s Requiem with prestigious orchestras including those in Cleveland, Montreal, Toronto, Baltimore, Detroit, San Francisco, Calgary, Vancouver and Ottawaa^s National Arts Centre Orchestra.

He debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Schoenberga^s Gurrelieder conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, with performances in both Philadelphia and at Carnegie Hall and later repeated the work with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Relyea's 2004/05 season included the Messiah with Trevor Pinnock for the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Elijah for the Kitchener Waterloo Philharmonic Choir, the Newfoundland Symphony and the Kingston Symphony, plus works such as Vaughan Williamsa^ Sea Symphony, Dvoraka^s Stabat Mater and Bacha^s Johannes Passion with choral groups across Ontario.

Mr. Relyea performs extensively in opera, singing roles such as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Commendatore in Mozarta^s Don Giovanni and Friar Laurence in Gounoda^s Rom?o et Juliette. His debut as Rocco in Beethovena^s Fidelio coincided with the release of a CBC disc featuring Mr. Relyea in scenes from Mussorgskya^s Boris Godunov and Donizettia^s Lucia di Lammermoor with the Vancouver Symphony conducted by Sergiu Gommissiona.



Leah Salomaa

The Toronto born Salomaa was born into an artistic, musical family. Growing up downtown meant exposure to the arts was well available. She has appeared in television commercials, t.v. episodes and theatre productions. Currently Salomaa is writing and performing her original music which echoes classical, Celtic and pop influences.

Her sound and stage presence is noticeably a derivative of her artistic and theatrical background. Salomaa is vocalizing and scoring for film, television and theatre as well as doing session vocal work for various local recording artists.


Lis Soderberg, vocalist

Lis Soderberg is one of the finest back-up/harmony vocalists on the scene today and is also a dynamic lead singer and songwriter.

Lis currently resides in Toronto but she began performing in her native Saskatchewan at the age of 19 in a host of projects and bands.

Since moving to Ontario, Lis has been featured in a variety of radio and television commercials as well as studio projects. You can recognize her singing and speaking voice on such projects as: Milk, Eatons, Kmart, Blacks, GM Company and many more.

For four years she was the lead vocalist for Star Search Champions; Mad About Plaid, who currently have three critically acclaimed albums to their credit.

Lis is currently hard at work on her own material and solo career. With her fabulous range and dramatic vocal prowess she has become an integral element of the Jeans 'n Classics series.

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