(lr): Victor Cal y Mayor, Luisa Güiza, Tom Gammons and Mariko Osa Nicholson

Voices for the Season

Advancing Event Company launches its first event

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Newcomer-owned Advancing Event Company in Summerside will launch its first event, Voices for the Season, at the College of Piping Celtic Performing Arts Centre in Summerside on December 11.

“We are very pleased to have opened our event business in Summerside,” says Advancing Event Company owner Gary Man. “We wanted to host an event to celebrate the holiday season, which is our first one in Canada, and to welcome our Summerside neighbours. We have already learned that there is great talent in PEI.”

In Voices for the Season, local and international artists who live on PEI will perform songs, arias, duets and harmonies in celebration of the holiday season. The performing artists are Mariko Osa Nicholson, Jennifer Collins, Victor Cal y Mayor, Luisa Güiza, Tom Gammons, Sara Campbell, Jennifer Cullen, Marlee Saulnier, and Shannon Scales.

(clockwise from top-left): Jennifer Cullen, Sara Campbell, Shannon Scales and Marlee Saulnier

(clockwise from top-left): Jennifer Cullen, Sara Campbell, Shannon Scales and Marlee Saulnier

Originally from Japan, Mariko Osa Nicholson graduated from the Theatre Performance Program at Holland College’s School of Performing Arts (SoPA) in 2017. She has eight years of training in piano and several years of voice. Her education also includes The Royal Conservatory of Music and training in musical theatre and opera as a soprano singer. Mariko sings with Luminos Ensemble, the Confederation Centre Choir, the Trinity United Choir, and as a soloist. She has performed at DiverseCity Festival and Indian River Festival. Jennifer Collins will accompany Mariko on piano.

Born in Chiapas, Mexico, Victor Cal y Mayor’s early musical formation was in traditional Mexican and Spanish music. He developed a deep fondness for orchestral music and opera works after hearing them at home and church. In 2016, he joined SoPA at Holland College. In 2017, he was hired to perform recitals in Belgium, Netherlands and France). His voice has been heard in the Notre Dame Cathedral and Le Palais Garnier.

From her hometown Villavicencio in Colombia, to the chaotic capital city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Luisa Güiza experienced a unique cross-section of South American life and found guidance in listening intently to the people she befriended along the way. In this way, Luisa found herself travelling to PEI to study music at SoPA.

Accompanying Luisa will be Tom Gammons, whose similar passion brought him to PEI from the peaks of Montana. After studying together at SoPA, Luisa and Tom began exploring the songs that speak to them in the many languages of life.

Sara Campbell, Jennifer Cullen, Marlee Saulnier, and Shannon Scales—all members PEI women’s choral ensemble Sirens—have put together a special quartet for this performance. These singers have studied and performed across Canada and internationally.

Doors open at 6 pm. Tickets are available through the College of Piping. Ten dollars from every ticket sold will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Summerside.