After several years developing her skills in popular music, CHANTALE TROTTIER has discovered
the richness, vitality, and flexibility of jazz with Nicole Ratté’s Les Ateliers de Jazz Vocal
(http://ateliersjazzvocal.com/index.html) and through other opportunities. Her voice has been
described as rich and powerful and her presence on stage energetic and sensitive. Chantale
continues to explore music with passion and determination, and is even composing some of
her own songs. She is always up for a musical challenge – she was among the four finalists in
the 2018 Star WOW Contest. You will enjoy the wonderful musical variety she brings to
Chantale’s accompanist for this performance is to be announced.
PATRICIA BALFOUR’s voice has been described as “jazzy/bluesy with a touch of folk, all wrapped
up in a low and sultry tone.” Her rich musical experiences have combined to inspire her
performance of vocal jazz. These experiences include classical and jazz piano, West African
drumming, and vocal harmonizing with the Ottawa Celtic Choir, Capital Vox, and Vox Eclectica.
Patricia’s accompanist for this performance is to be announced.
Well known for his warm velvety voice, creative phrasing, and charismatic presence, PETER LIU
has emerged as one of Ottawa’s leading jazz vocalists. He has established a reputation for his
ability to sing with clarity and authenticity in a variety of jazz styles, grooves, and tempos. Peter
performs regularly with some of Ottawa’s finest musicians at a wide variety of public and
private events in the region. Recent highlights include appearances at the Ottawa Jazz Festival,
Merrickville’s Jazz Festival, the National Arts Centre, and Rideau Hall. Peter Liu has released two
albums to date – Bamboo Groove (2014) and Count On Lindy (2017).
Accompanying Peter for this performance will be pianist YVES LAROCHE.
The Mixed Blessings Trio consists of MARY MOORE on ukulele and vocals, ALLAN TEMPLE on
lead acoustic guitar, and BARRY COOPER on mandolin. The three musicians have explored many
musical genres over the years in separate ventures. On coming together through other musical
connections, they have discovered a unique sound combining their love of all that is musical,
and their unique skills. The name refers to the variety of music that they perform, from celtic
and folk through bluegrass and jazz. Mary provides her brand of warm vocals and ukulele,
punctuated by the quick-fingered mandolin artistry of Barry, and the solid rhythmic and lyrical
expressions of Allan on guitar.
BETTY ANN BRYANTON has been singing since she was a child. For the past 10 years, she has
been a successful bandleader in the Ottawa area, having several sold-out jazz shows, and
having been invited to both the Merrickville and Buckingham jazz festivals. Her deeply emotive
voice and meaningful interpretations of the stories told through jazz standards easily win the
hearts of her audience. Join Betty Ann to enjoy both the beauty of familiar songs and the joy of
Betty Ann’s accompanist for this performance is to be announced.
Zolas’ featured performer on May 23rd, 2020, is DOMINIQUE FOREST
(www.dominiqueforest.ca/). Dominique is recognized for the smooth interpretations she brings
to jazz’s most memorable songs. She has performed extensively in Ottawa-Gatineau, having
graced the stages of the region’s most beautiful performance rooms and for sold-out crowds.
Dominique is a storyteller in every way; from her classic profile and easy yet commanding stage
presence to her singular interpretive delivery of French and English songs. Jacques Emond
called her « one of the best performers to take the stage, Ottawa Life Magazine says “It’s that
voice!”, and Peter Hum notes her singing as “full-bodied, bang-on pitch-wise, and blessed with
all kinds of expressiveness”.
Accompanying Dominique for this performance will be guitarist PIERRE MONFILS and bassist
FLOYD HUTCHISON is a local jazz singer who started pursuing his love for singing in his
mid-forties. Floyd is known for his rich, melodic voice and his stage presence. His warmth, great
sensitivity and vocal power allow him to interpret all nuances and subtleties of the songs he
sings. His vocal style reflects his admiration for great jazz standard singers of past and present.
Floyd performs regularly at various venues in the Ottawa-Gatineau area as well as at many
corporate and private functions.
Accompanying Floyd for this performance will be talented pianist and composer-pianist DAVID
Folk, pop, rock, jazz, PAULINE PROULX has performed all types of music, in English and French,
for many years. Her varied experience locally and abroad, on land and sea, for heads of state
and even children, has allowed her to ‘fuel’ her music craft to the max. Audience members have
noted that the raspiness in her voice brings out some of the sultry nuances in a song, yet the
element of sweetness remains. “Entertaining folks of all ages continues to provide me with the
joy that music brings.”
Pauline’s accompanist for this performance is to be announced.
The Sherk Street Trio consists of MICHELE CASTONGUAY (vocals), DOUG SLONE (piano and
accordian), and CHARLES SHADEED (bass). Sherk Street is an Ottawa-based jazz band which
formed several years ago from a chance collision between members of the piano bar circuit and
the Ottawa JazzWorks Program. Sherk Street enjoys serving up vocal and instrumental
standards with an interpretive twist, as well as lesser-known gems with a great hook.
PETER FELDMAN has been singing all kinds of music virtually all his life, but he is a relative
newcomer to singing jazz, although, as a concert promoter, he presented numerous jazz artists
including Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter and Dave Brubeck. He is part of the a
cappella jazz quartet Cuppa Joe and the rock band Undercover. He feels that his experience as
an actor helps him to tell the stories of the eclectic sorts of songs he selects. You’ll hear
everything from Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell to Thelonius Monk, Harold Arlen, and George
Gershwin during one of his performances.
The other members of the Peter Feldman Trio for this performance will be pianist J.P. ALLAIN
and bassist MARK ALCORN.