RBC SENIORS’ JUBILEE
SHOWS "NEW FACE OF AGING"
Monday, August 14 to Friday, August 18, 2006
A different line-up of entertainers each day
▪ 11 a.m. - Lobby Entertainment
▪ 1 p.m. – Theatre Stage Show
Toronto – With different expectations about their world and
a view of aging as a period of opportunity, not limitations, Baby
Boomers—who now make up the younger senior population –are redefining aging.
Seniors who have often been "invisible" in society, now have the vitality,
time and opportunity to follow their passions. The "superbly entertaining!"
(Toronto Star) RBC Seniors’ Jubilee is an example of how today’s
seniors are celebrating their vitality by exploring their creative sides.
"As Boomers are getting older, their lifestyles are not
necessarily those of the grandparents with whom many of us grew up," says
Pat Spadafora, Director of the Sheridan Elder Research
Centre (SERC), Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
Spadafora has experienced the Jubilee firsthand and
recognizes its inherent value to society.
Spadafora indicated that, when one examines the lives of
centenarians and super centenarians (110+), there are common threads to
their longevity. In addition to healthy eating and regular exercise, they
routinely report strong social supports from family and community. Baby
Boomers, in large numbers, have embraced these practices to ensure their own
"The camaraderie of the RBC SENIORS’ JUBILEE is an example
of this type of support network," says Spadafora. "The Jubilee family
fosters creative growth, which ultimately enhances the overall quality of
life, and offers positive role models for healthy aging."
During the RBC SENIORS’ JUBILEE, an exceptional cast of
1,300 entertainers in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond will take centre
stage, promising an extraordinary entertainment experience. From Italian
arias to reggae rhythms, Middle Eastern belly dance to traditional Chinese
dance, the 18th Annual RBC Seniors’ Jubilee performers celebrate
musical variety as well as cultural diversity on the Roy Thomson Hall stage.
- Filipino singer Ramon Saraza was born in Urdaneta, Philippines in
1943. The 7th child in a poor family of 12 children, he
discovered his voice by singing in the local church. As a young man, he
abandoned studying commerce at university in order to study singing at the
local music conservatory. His singing brought him to the attention of a
local congressman who encouraged his passion for music. After many
international moves that required Ramon to give up pursuing a professional
career as a singer, Ramon settled in Canada where his family now
encourages him to continue his dream. Ramon Saraza appears Friday, August
18, 2006, on the Roy Thomson Hall stage.
- The Lian Hua (Lotus) Arts Group has become one of the most active
non-profit dance groups in Toronto under the direction of founder Tia
Zhang, a dancer/choreographer/instructor with an amazing list of credits.
Lian Hua (Lotus) Arts Group has brought the beauty and virtue of
traditional Chinese cultural art to life in prestigious venues like the
Toronto Centre for the Arts and New York’s Madison Square Gardens. In
2005, Lotus Art Group was the main performer in NTDTV Global New Year
Spectacular Show, touring 12 metropolitan cities in North America and
performing in many world-renowned venues including Radio City Music Hall.
Tia Zhang and the Lotus Arts Group appear Thursday, August 17 and Friday,
August 18, 2006, on the Roy Thomson Hall stage.
- Jamaican born singer/songwriter Jay Douglas has a long list of credits
including hit recordings and appearances on network television. Performing
his diverse repertoire of jazz/blues/reggae music he has entertained at
resorts, nightclubs and on cruises and has shared the stage with legends
Fats Domino and Joe Tex. This talented performer is still very much in
demand with his new CD release and many upcoming performance dates. Jay
Douglas appears Tuesday, August 15, 2006, on the Roy Thomson Hall stage.
- The Indigos are a dynamic group of women who embrace the art of belly
dancing as a means to keep the connection between body and soul and face
life with a renewed sense of joy and self-acceptance. Under the direction
of instructor and choreographer Noura, of the Nouranoura Belly Dance
Studio, they perform for audiences of all ages. The Indigos appear
Thursday, August 17 and Friday, August 18, 2006, on the Roy Thomson Hall
- The Ukrainian Troubadours have been performing together for 10 years
at the Ukrainian Canadian Care Seniors Centre in Toronto. Anne Jafelice,
their leader, is a retired piano teacher who encouraged other musicians to
join the group. Now, with 20 members, the troupe perform old Ukrainian
folk songs and are currently compiling a collection of songs for a soon to
be published book. The Ukrainian Troubadours appear on Monday, August 14,
in the Roy Thomson Hall lobby.
Other headline acts include:
- Ragtime pianist Jack Hutton has been performing internationally for
more than 20 years. He and his wife Linda own Bala’s Museum with Memories
of Lucy Maud Montgomery where Jack is frequently coaxed into playing.
Still in demand as a performer and music historian, this multi-talented
musician/writer continues to make recordings and entertain at festivals
- Masi studied voice and piano at the Budapest Conservatory of Music in
her native Hungary before moving to Canada to further her studies and
launch her singing and modeling career. This unique talent who began
singing with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir now has an impressive list of
credits that includes performances with renowned artists, culminating in
her recent work with the Norman Amadio Trio.
- Ray LaMarche began his musical training at age 10 studying classical
violin. After a 38-year hiatus, spent as an OPP officer, Ray decided to
resume his musical journey and is now enjoying performing in a variety of
venues. Ray is a versatile fiddler and two-time winner of the Huronia
District Senior Championship. He enjoys playing many styles and has won
other fiddle contests in including the Ontario and USA National Northeast
Regional Senior Championships.
- The members of the Ontario Central Reservist Band of the Salvation
Army number about 45 men with well over 2000 years of collective brass
band experience. These talented musicians have been a mainstay of the
Jubilee since 1991 also perform in a wide variety of events. Bandmaster,
Geoffrey E. Norton has been a bandsman for over 50 years and brings
impeccable credentials to the leadership of the band. The Reservist Band
was the 2005 recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Life Achievement in the
Arts Award. In September, they will perform for Queen Elizabeth II at
- The popular Victoria County singer/songwriters Rick Hughes & Belinda
Wilson have been performing and recording together for fifteen years.
Their sixth CD Thank God for Poppies, an 11-song compilation that
honours our veterans and pays tribute to their memory is distributed
through the Ontario Command of the Royal Canadian Legion.
- This year’s RBC Seniors’ Jubilee will honour two very special
performers with the presentation of the Pauline McGibbon Life Achievement
in the Arts Award to Linda Fletcher and the Forever Young Award of
Distinction to Mary Duquesnay.
- Linda Fletcher is a teacher, singer, accompanist, composer and choral
director who was featured in the 2002 Canadian Composer Calendar. Linda’s
first published composition, A Song of Sharing, has international
sales of over 10,000 copies and has been selected for music festival
lists. Linda is also co-writer and arranger, with director Tom Oliver, for
Voices in the Night, a non-profit fund-raising vehicle. She has been
organist and choir director at Walton Memorial United Church for over 20
years, where as well as Sunday worship services, she directs many concerts
and music presentations.
- Winner of the 2006 Mayor’s Award for service to the community, soprano
Mary DuQuesnay sings regularly with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra and the
Guelph Concert Band as well as giving recitals with music ranging from
Elizabethan to Puccini. She particularly enjoys finding and performing
lesser-known works from well-known composers.
The 18th Annual RBC Seniors Jubilee providea an
extraordinary experience for more than 1,300 older performers from across
Ontario, not to mention thousands of audience members from across Canada,
the U.S., and abroad. Audiences will dance to live bands, sing along with
choirs and enjoy continuous performances, wandering minstrels, buskers and a
little magic too during the five different daily Jubilee shows that
kick off at 11 a.m. each morning in the Roy Thomson Hall Lobby. At 1 p.m.
the spectacular variety show gets underway on the theatre stage.
1,300 Incredible Performers:
Singers … solos, duets, trios, quartets and choirs
Dancers … beautiful ballroom, exotic folk,
chorus line tap & down home clogging
Musicians … classical, country, pop, and gospel
Bands … dance, fiddle, polka and concert
Comedians … lots of laughs!
PLUS a little "magic" and always a few surprises.
11 a.m. Lobby Entertainment
Dance to the music of live bands, sing along with the choirs, enjoy the
clowns and buskers, have a souvenir photo taken AND… Win a
fabulous trip for two, courtesy of Senior Tours Canada: an eleven day
deluxe Caribbean Cruise aboard the Grand Class Sun Princess to some of the
most exciting ports of call in the Caribbean (including flights with Air
Canada, meals, activities, entertainment and all tour options).
1 p.m. On the Theatre Stage
A kaleidoscope of extraordinary singers, dancers, musicians and cabaret
Ticket includes admission to the Lobby Entertainment and
Theatre Stage Show:
For single tickets $39.50 - $18.50 call 416-872-4255
Special group rates for 20 or more call 416-593-4822 ext.
Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office
60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
#550 – 212 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5H 1K5
Marketing fax: 416 593 8660 www.tso.ca