Raising Her Voice

Celebrating Women in the Choral Art

DD is delighted to  partner with Orpheus Choir of Toronto and Orpheus Chamber Ensemble on a ground-breaking celebration of Canadian artistry and International Women’s Day, featuring an array of choral works by female composers, and the premiere of four commissioned Canadian works by Christine Donkin, Anika-France Forget, Katerina Gimon, and Tawnie Olson, based on poems by DD writers.

Join us for a unique mentoring of acclaimed female composers and poets with emerging female artists to highlight the very best of established and undiscovered Canadian talent. This evening honours the woman’s expressive and singular perspective in song!


Friday March 8, 2019 | 7:30PM
Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd
Adult $45 | Senior $35 | Under 30 $20 | Family $100


A bit about the artists and the pieces:


The lyrics of this piece are from Toronto native Yaya Yao’s book Flesh, Tongue. She is paired with Vancouver-based Katerina Gimon who is an award-winning composer, improvisor, and experimental vocalist.

“careful careful”

This beautiful piece was created through the blending of work by two highly accomplished artists and mentors – poet Priscila Uppal and composer Christine Donkin. Priscila tragically passed away in September at the age of 43. We will honour her work and her memory at this concert.

“A Prayer for Return” 

Shadi Eskandani, an Iranian-born Toronto-based poet pairs with University of Toronto student Anika-France Forget, a three-time winner of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations National Student Composition Competition.

“Two Tea Bowls”

Award-winning poet and author Phoebe Wang’s poem is set to music by in-demand composer and educator Tawnie Olson, who is also currently an adjunct professor of composition at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford.


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.