May 8th, 2019
Soo Sings For Kids

Work Places Coming Together

2017 Judges

Great Team Building for a Great Cause

All for the Kids!

Mentors

TEAM MENTORS

SINGING STRONG | YMCA / Gateway Casino

VOCAL MENTOR: Shauna Major

Shauna is so thrilled to be back working with the YMCA/Gateway Casino team, Singing Strong!  Spreading joy through singing is fairly selfish, as it gives me to joy to help people find their voice.  She spent her youth in the brat pack of Sault Ste. Marie’s community theatre community in the late 80’s, then traipsing around Canada in crappy vans touring as a solo singer-songwriter, with 3 indie releases of original songs. A love of Bjork saw her delve into electronica briefly, before returning to Algoma University to study Classical and Jazz under Angus McCarthy and Elizabeth Kinghorn.  So many genres, so little time!  Here’s to the YMCA/Gateway Casino Team and their continued growth and success!!!

DANCE MENTOR: Alex Boston

Alex’s dance training began at the age of 4 until she graduated from the Soo Dance Unlimited competitive team in 2010. Following graduation, Alex returned each spring to take on the role as Backstage Manager for Soo Dance Unlimited’s year-end performances from 2011 to 2018. Her passion for dance continued while she was living in southern Ontario for her post-secondary studies. She has participated in countless performances and competitions in Canada and the United States. Alex possesses a Bachelor of Education, a Master’s in Library and Information Science and is currently working on her thesis in a Master of Health Information. Since returning to Soo last summer, Alex has been substitute teaching at Soo Dance Unlimited and helping to plan Soo Dance Unlimited’s 25 th Anniversary celebrations. This is Alex’s first year as a dance mentor and she is very proud of the Singing Strong team. Alex would like to take this opportunity to thank the Soo Sings Planning and Production Committee, volunteers, judges, mentors and participants for their time and dedication.

 

 

COLLECTIVE VOICES | City SSM / Social Services / Village Media

VOCAL MENTOR: Christina Johnson

Christina Foster has been singing forever. She is an English and Drama teacher at Central Algoma Secondary School and is directing the comedy It’s Not Me, It’s You which is showing at CASS on May 14th at 7:00.  She can be found around town on stage with her band The Crossroad Magdalenes. This is her second year mentoring Collective Voices and she is very proud of all of their hard work!

DANCE MENTOR: Angela Boudreau

Angela’s dance career started when she was 8 years old. She began teaching when she began high school. She knew dance was her passion during her first year of recreational jazz. The following 13 years were filled with learning new disciplines, going to dance competitions and workshops in places like New York and Hawaii, and choreographing many competitive and recreational groups and solos. Her favourite classes are Hip Hop and Lyrical. She has been part of Soo Sings for Kids for many years in different capacities and was excited to Mentor for Collective Voices.

 

 

TEAM ENCORE | Algoma Public Health

VOCAL MENTOR: Elizabeth Alloi

Elizabeth’s musical training started early when, at age 5, she began taking private lessons at the Algoma Conservatory of Music. She was selected as a member of the Ontario Youth Choir in 2008 to 2009, and competed at Ontario Music Festivals Association provincial competition for Grades 7-10 Voice. She studied Classical Voice under the direction of Agnes McCarthy at Algoma University. She has been involved in several musical theatre productions by the Musical Comedy Guild including the roles of Miss Stacy in Anne of Green Gables, Florence in Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Betty Jean in The Marvellous Wonderettes, and is currently involved in the production of Shrek the Musical. She has been a private and group music instructor at Case’s Music for 4 years. This is her third year mentoring Algoma Public Health’s Team Encore.

 

 

#1DERS | Sault College

VOCAL MENTOR: Louise Stephens

Louise has been involved in music and musical theatre for more years than she cares to think about. She has appeared onstage in numerous productions including personal favourites such as The King and I, Kiss Me, Kate, Anne of Green Gables, Brigadoon, Cabaret, Nunsense I,II and III, and too many more to count. She has also played in the pit orchestra for dozens of shows and has worked in many backstage capacities and has also taught flute and singing to many students.
Louise is very grateful that Sharon Vanderburg recruited her as a mentor 4 years ago. It has been a wonderful experience. She loves watching her team members step out of their comfort zones, try something new, and grow and shine as performers. It is a delight to see and hear. She also loves the incredibly supportive environment among the teams. After all, it’s all for the kids! Congratulations to all the participants and the organizers.

DANCE MENTOR: Lauren Running

Lauren has long been a part of the dance and theatre community in Sault Ste. Marie, coming out of "retirement" for her first time participating in Soo Sings. Starting with Trixie Hardy Dance studio at the age of 6, she had a love for performing, and began dancing competitively soon after. Her love for the theatre arts started at the age of 12 when she participated in her first production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Since that time, she has taught and choreographed dance, and had both chorus and principle roles in productions such as CATS, The Wizard of Oz, The Producers, and 42nd Street. After some time away, she recently returned to the Sault to work as a Registered Nurse, and finish her Masters of Science in Nursing and Nurse Practitioner Certificate. She is looking forward to rekindling her love for the arts in Sault Ste. Marie and has loved seeing the members of the Sault College team embrace their hidden dance talents! Congratulations to all participants of Soo Sings!

 

 

TWISTED SISTERS | Women in Crisis / Nogdawindamin

DANCE MENTOR: Hannah Homer

Hannah Horner danced for 7 years at central dance (desbarats on) and 1 year at femme fatale pole fitness (Thunder Bay, on) She brings knowledge from many different styles including hip hop, jazz, contemporary, tap, musical theatre and pole. Hannah has built on her knowledge and skills by attending different dance workshops as well as teaching dance as a student and young adult. She loves creating choreography that is full of energy so that even the audience wants to join in on the fun.

 

 

WICKED PITCHES | North Eastern Local Health Integration Network

VOCAL MENTOR: Kevin Collar

Kevin has been a singer all his life. Starting at the age of 6 in school choirs. He is also a 20+yr community theatre performer with his most recent shows being Jesus Christ Superstar and Mary Poppins. He also sings Tenor with The Northland Barbershop Chorus. He is extremely proud to be a part of Soo Sings For Kids!

DANCE MENTOR: Christina Bruno

Christina first discovered her love of dance in grade 1 after writing a speech about ballet.  Since then, she has competed within various disciplines, including tap, jazz, hip hop and of course, ballet. Throughout high school, Christina was a dance teaching assistant before heading to Western University to complete her Bachelor of Health Science.  For the last 6 years, she has been passing on her love of dance, teaching young children in various dance disciplines. This year will be the first time Christina has been involved in Soo Sings for Kids. 
 
 
 

MOLÉCULES | Écho-des-Rapides / Notre-Dame-du-Sault / Centre francophone / Centre Victoria

VOCAL MENTOR: Franceline Rochon-Burton

Franceline Rochon-Burton has been surrounded by music as long as she can remember: from bedtime lullabies to French Folk call songs at every family gathering to church choirs, the love of music continued on. With the help of her husband Ricci, also a musician, they raised their four children to be part of the music world and formed the Burton Clan Family Band: performing for the Francophone community, doing workshops in many Sault Ste. Marie French and English Schools and playing various concerts for the city and many Retirement homes. Franceline and Ricci performed for numerous years with, their friends Viv and Ron White, as the Moose’s house band. Nowadays, she continues to sing regularly at senior homes and at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. “God gave me a talent that can’t be kept in a box. If I’m having fun sharing it and I see the people enjoying it, then it’s like having a happy family gathering wherever I sing.” This is Franceline’s first Soo Sings, mentoring some of the “French-atom-voices” of our Francophone community, bonding together to form: “Molécules”.

DANCE MENTOR: Nicole Robinson

Nicole Robinson spent her teen years dancing competitively with Soo Dance 

Unlimited where she currently instructs recreational classes. Her love of dance continued through university when she spent a few summers coordinating the YMCA Dance Camps, and she stayed on to instruct classes during those years. She has participated in "The Soo Sings for Kids" for the past three shows, and this year is excited to join a fun francophone performance with Molécules.