Artists & Facilitators

Shakura S'Aida

Harry Gerardo Castillo Manuz

Leah Cogan

Campbell Woods

Rev. Chris Levan

Jane Clapp

Gillian Nicola

Dr. James McGowan

Dr. Tom Reynolds

EvenSong

Rev. Peter Woods

Shakura S'Aida is a Brooklyn-born, Swiss-raised, and Canadian-based singer, known for her scorching vocal style, uncanny ability to deliver powerful original songs and get deep into the guts of the most venerable jazz standard. You may know her from her time fronting the band Kaleefah, from her acting appearance on Flashpoint, or from her soothing hosting contributions on CBC Radio 2's Weekend Morning program. Shakura brings a deep connection and passion for storytelling from the roots of Canada's multicultural pride.

shakurasaida.com

Showcase Time:

Saturday 8pm - Evening Concert with EvenSong

 

Workshop Time:

Saturday 2pm - Musician Break-Out

Jane Clapp is a feminist embodied resilience and trauma recovery specialist. As a practitioner in the health industry for two decades, her approach combines holistic strength and movement coaching with nervous system regulation interventions, believing that a gain in strength, mobility and energy leads to a greater sense of resilience and freedom. Jane is an experienced and illuminating speaker, widely consultant media expert, internationally recognized author, and engaged leader, trainer, community developer, and advocate for trauma recovery & mental health.

janeclapp.com

Keynote Time:

Saturday 9am - The Body and Brain benefits of Music, Movement and Faith

Dr. Tom Reynolds is the Vice-Principal and Associate Professor of Theology at Emmanuel College, where he is committed in his teaching, research and writing to an interdisciplinary and relational vision of theology and faith tradition. He is currently working on a monograph entitled, Remembering Ourselves Differently: Theology in a Pluralist and Global Era. Tom carries in his work his love of jazz piano, family and nature. Music runs deep in his life, having worked as a professional jazz pianist in Nashville.

 

Keynote Time:

Saturday 11:30am - Music & Meditation

Workshop Time:

Friday 4:15pm - Learning Lab Pt.1

Saturday 10:30am - Learning Lab Pt.2

Saturday 2pm - Musician Break-Out

Harry Gerardo Castillo Manuz is an award-winning Cuban hymn and song-writer. He learned guitar from his father and plays double bass in the band, Agua Viva, which has played throughout Cuba and toured across Canada. Harry is the band leader and for a number of years was the spiritual/musical director of the Kairos Centre in Matanzas, Cuba.

Showcase Time:

Thursday 7:30pm - Kick-off Concert

Workshop Time:

Saturday 2pm - Musician Break-Out

Campbell Woods pays attention.

He sings soft songs about hard luck in the bars, festivals and halls of Eastern Ontario...plus sitting in, jamming with and opening for musician friends across Canada (most recently at the Banff Centre's Musician Residency program). His songs are about stories revealed. They are his stories and his songs, but time with his music is an invitation to recall your stories, our stories and how they echo around the room when truth is told.

campbellwoodsmusic.com

Showcase Times:

Friday 9pm - Toronto Showcase

Saturday 4pm - Songwriters Circle

Workshop Time:

Saturday 2pm - Musician Break-Out

EvenSong is the brain, heart and guts behind the creation of Faith Like Jazz. They are a jazz-folk ensemble from Ottawa with a passion for storytelling and the improvisational spirit, attentive always to the intersection of music, spirit and healthy community. Their repertoire has spanned from early Jazz standards to current indie folk, always maintaining its unique blend of jazzy spontaneity, gospel spirit,  bluesy stability, and story-driven folklore. The group features saxophone (Peter Woods aka The Minister), keys (James McGowan aka The Professor), voice (Leah Cogan aka The Actor), percussion and bass (Jamie Holmes & JP Lapensee aka The Chocolate Hot Pockets).

evensongensemble.ca

Showcase Time:

Saturday 8pm - Evening Concert with Shakura

Workshop Times:

Friday 3pm - How 'Like Jazz'?

Saturday 11:30 - Music & Meditation

Gillian Nicola is a Hamilton-based singer-songwriter whose sound ranges from acoustic folk to textured and electric Americana. Her music is inspired by authentic and honest storytelling, both autobiographical and cultural. She recently spent time at the Banff Centre working on her first full- length album. Gillian is often found hosting Open Mics, Songwriter Circles and lending her voice to non-profits, like Girls Rock Camp Toronto.

gilliannicola.com

Showcase Time:

Saturday 4pm - Songwriters Circle

Workshop Time:

Saturday 2pm - Musician Break-Out

Leah Cogan is a professional actor, performance coach, musician, facilitator, community developer and mother. The connective tissue between these is a deep passion and respect for the importance of community, creativity/play, collaboration and embodied knowledge. Through her music with EvenSong and Willow and the Deep, and her involvement in Ottawa's spiritual/social innovation scene, Leah pastors to diverse groups by empowering people to use their bodies and voices for good.

leahcogan.com

Workshop Times:

Friday 4:15pm - Learning Labs Pt.1

Saturday 10:30am - Learning Labs Pt.2

 

Dr. James McGowan is an award-winning faculty member at Carleton University where he teaches his students the value of improvisation and collaboration. He is an active pianist, composer and intrepid music theorist. Ottawa is home, where he serves as the director of music at Trinity United Church and member of too many bands/collaborations to name!

jamesmcgowan.ca

Workshop Times:

Friday 4:15pm - Learning Labs Pt.1

Saturday 10:30am - Learning Labs Pt.2

 

Rev. Peter Woods is a minister and saxophonist known for his unique ability to preach through music. He has collaborated with world-renowned jazz pianist Brian Browne for over a decade. Peter is one of Ottawa’s strongest advocates for live music and community, having spent years building creative bridges between pubs, concert halls and churches. Ottawa is home, where he serves as the coolest minister in town at MacKay United Church.

petewoods.ca

Workshop Times:

Friday 4:15pm - Learning Labs Pt.1

Saturday 10:30am - Learning Labs Pt.2

Saturday 2pm - Musician Break-Out

Willow and the Deep, a folk husband and wife duo (Leah Cogan and Chris Jackson), has been studying the intersection of music, spirit and community for over 10 years; as church music leaders in Boston, Toronto and Ottawa, as songwriters, as community developers, and as pioneers of the ‘new parish’ movement. They host a regular evening gathering in Ottawa for spiritually curious millenials wanting a creative expression of ‘church community’. They have been invited to share their music and vision in churches, markets, pubs and homes throughout North America.

Workshop Times:

Sunday 9am - Songs in the Park (alternate service)

Rev. Chris Levan is the intrepid producer, founder and visionary of Faith Like Jazz. A writer and a teacher, Chris has also been a minister in the United Church for 40 years...He began singing in a junior choir in his father's church and has been singing ever since. Among his books, there are several on church administration and development in which he says often that the United Church of Canada sings its spirituality.

Workshop Times:

 

Saturday 2pm - Musician Break-Out

Sunday 10:30am - Sunday Service