In honour of Canada Day, Viva Trio have assembled an incredible all-Canadian cast of talent to perform their rendition of O Canada virtually on June 25 and July 1.
The multi-date performance will feature Viva Trio — sopranos Anna Bateman and Katya Tchoubar and mezzo-soprano Erin Fisher — joined by Juno nominee Gavin Hope (The Nylons), Juno winner and Grammy-nominated MET Opera regular and Officer of the Order of Canada Russell Braun, Juno-nominated tenor Mark Masri, North of Nashville Star-winning singer and actor Graham Scott Fleming, and vocalist and Stargate: Atlantis star Rachel Luttrell. Instrumentalists for the piece include pianist Mark Camilleri — who has shared the stage with Il Divo, Celine Dion, Sting, Andrea Bocelli, Paul Anka, Sarah McLachlan, David Foster, Sheryl Crow, Eric Clapton, to name a few — and violinist Vasil Popadiuk.
The collaboration is set to honour the spirit of Canada Day and create a sense of community — most especially whilst the COVID-19 pandemic keeps Canadians at home. “This Canada Day will be one that we all remember forever, for numerous reasons,” Viva Trio’s Erin Fisher says. “We hope our version of the anthem will lift people’s spirits, and overflow with Canadian pride.”
“We are connected to each of these wonderful performers, and hope that this anthem creates the feeling of community that we have within this group of artists,” Anna Bateman agrees. Katya Tchoubar, who edited and produced the video and sound files as well, adds: “Regardless of the situation, we want to kick off this Canada Day with a bang! Incredible Canadian talents all coming together!”
Viva Trio’s arrangement — featuring both English and French — will air on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram on Thursday, June 25 at 8 p.m. EST. A followup showing will air July 1 at 8 p.m. EST. For more on Viva Trio, visit their website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.