Events


Upcoming Performances

We’re jamming around the campfire during the latest lockdown. Join us in the fresh air!

Cantala is thrilled to be invited to participate in the 23rd Annual FREE Noon Hour Choir & Organ Concerts and to perform with the esteemed organist David Simon at Roy Thompson Hall: https://www.roythomsonhall.com/tickets/cantala-womens-choir/  

The Infinite Beauty of Sound

Kaipaava,Trad. Finnish folk song, arranged by Essie Wurorela and Jussi Chydenius
Missa Brevis in D by Benjamin Britten, David Simon, Organ
Las Amarillas by Canadian composer Stephen Hatfield
Five Shakespearen Songs by Toronto composer Beverly Lewis
Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Faure, David Simon, organ
Songbird by Ontario composer Sarah Quartel
Prière by Cèsar Franck played by David Simon
Fête by Jean Langlais played by David Simon

Cantala Women’s Choir: Saturday, May 2, 7:00 pm
Forest Hill United Church, 2 Wembley Road (at Bathurst, just north of Eglinton)

www.cantalawomenschoir.com
Join Nancy Singla and the Cantala Women’s Choir, along with guest performers, for our spring 2020 concert. It will be a celebration of wonderful music from Canada, America, Australia and Brazil. It will feature Toronto’s percussionist, David Schotzko on marimba in a piece by Toronto composer James Rolfe.

Tickets are $20 from me personally, at the door, or online at www.cantalawomenschoir.com. A reception will follow the concert. Please stay and say hello.
Parking: free, very small parking lot on site; extremely limited free street parking, plus a small Green P parking lot one block away off of Eglinton.

Repertoire:

 

Here’s a quick recording that guitarist Mike Allen and I did last year.  “How Deep is the Ocean” by Irving Berlin  Please drop me an email to rebecca@rebeccaenkin.com if you want to be added to my mailing list.

      how deep is the ocean

Partial Past Performances

Can’t wait to hear our talented students perform on piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, banjo, harmonica and more!

Shangri-la Hotel, Toronto: Feb 10, 2020, 6-9 pm

Jazz Trio with Mike Cado, guitar, and Russ Boswell (bass).

Lobby Bar Champagne Jazz Series

Hildegard Program Oct 6 2019

Hildegard of Bingen: Her Life, Art and Music

TriCordium Voces (Voices from the Heart): Sunday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m.
$15 advance tickets at Eventbrite online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hildegard-of-bingen-her-music-tickets-72464921531?aff=erelexpmlt.

Hildegard of Bingen embarked on one of the most creative outpourings in history after a mystical experience in her early forties.
Back Lane Studios, 9 Neepawa Ave., Toronto
$20 at the door, or $40 for three lectures, in advance, on Eventbrite

Lectures and Events


info@backlanestudios.ca or call 647-313-1654

This concert/program will feature a number of melodic chant compositions from Hildegard’s 70-song cycle known as the “Celestial Harmonies”. Additionally, to celebrate Hildegard’s diversity as a highly accomplished poet, writer and visionary, readings will be presented based on her mystical poetry, medical writings from “Physica”, and the use of Hildegard’s music within the monastic setting. Themes of the ‘living light’ illuminating all, the ‘fiery essence’ of the holy spirit cleansing all, ‘viriditas’ or greening power, divine wisdom, and ‘healing through wholeness’ are an integral part of Hildegard’s opus. Trio Cordium Voces has created special arrangements of these songs, featuring solos, trios and instrumental music to highlight the relationship of text and music.

Medieval musicians Krystina Lewicki (voice, bandura plucked strings), Linda Falvy (voice, bells, bowed strings) and Rebecca Enkin (voice, recorder) first met while singing with Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir. They share a love of sacred chant, especially the mystical compositions of Hildegard von Bingen. Trio Cordium Voces bring a mix of historically informed medieval performance practices and vibrant sounds of recreated medieval instruments to revitalize the spirit of Hildegard’s music.

After more than 800 years in obscurity, Hildegard of Bingen has in recent years caught the modern imagination. Back Lane Studios has featured the 12thcentury abbess in our Extraordinary Women Series at the Revue Cinema, and on each occasion,  audience members expressed the wish to learn more about this remarkable polymath and her work.  She composed music, poetry and the first known morality play; she wrote theological books and was the only medieval woman to preach openly to a mixed audience; she also explored the sciences – medicine, botany and cosmology.

In a series of three Sunday afternoon lectures at our studio at 9 Neepawa Ave., we will look more closely at her life, the art in her manuscripts and her music. Space is limited. Tickets for all three lectures: $40 In advance on Eventbrite.  Buy tickets to the first lecture only: $15 on Eventbrite. Tickets at the door, if available: $20 each lecture. Coffee or tea are included.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MINUTES

Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 pm – Heliconian Hall
$30 at the door or online in advance https://www.heliconianclub.org/concert-series, https://bemusednetwork.com/events/detail/715

​Travel far and wide with Heliconian musicians, and let us take you on a musical journey around the world. From the Gamelan orchestras of Indonesia to the pop music of England, we will take you on an Eighty Minute Musical Tour that you will long remember. Cantala will be singing R. Murray Schafer’s exciting Gamelan choral work.


Jazz Quartet with uber talented musicians: Ron Davis on piano, Artie Roth on bass, and Chris Wallace on drums.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Music in the Atrium – Free and open to the public
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
610 University Avenue, 7th floor, just outside the main elevators
Toronto, Canada

There are little tables and chairs and you can bring something to eat and drink.

Leave a little extra time to find the performance space.

Parking: indoor lot behind hospital on Murray Street ($20); street parking may be available in the surrounding area.
TTC: a short walk south of Queen’s Park Station, on the west side of University Avenue.

Cantala and Friends present Benefit Concert for Eritrean Refugee Support
November 9, 2019, 7:00-8:30 pm, Forest Hill United Church
Admission is a $20 cash donation. Reception follows.
2 Wembley Road, Toronto, Ontario M6C 2E9 Canada + Google Map
416-783-0879
www.foresthilluc.org

 

This benefit concert featuring members of the Cantala Women’s Choir (singing Alleluia, Gamelan, and Coventry Carol), The Forest Hill United Church Choir, Skull Engineering Choir (UofT), Canadian Men’s Chorus, and Pax Christi, the choir the Rev. Stephen Fetter sings with. While there will be a few choral numbers, many of the choristers are also performers in their own right, and are looking forward to sharing some of the other kinds of music they like to make in their spare time. There will be singers and instrumentalists, and small groups.
Forest Hill United has been sponsoring Asmat and Million as refugees to Canada, There are still some medical expenses they need help with and we want to see them off to the best start possible. Please bring your friends to this gala performance.

Mike Allen (guitar) and Rebecca Enkin Jazz Duo
Saturday, November 23, 2019
2:00 to 5:00 pm
Fireside concert at the home of Mike and Erika Allen.
39 Seaton Drive, Aurora, Ontario.
$30 ticket. A fundraiser in support of the Toronto Humane Society.
Reservations at 905-726-9043

Thank you: we raised $350 for the Toronto Humane Society.

Cantala recorded “Dancing Day” by John Rutter with Erica Goodman on harp; and “Gamelan” by R. Murray Schafer, and “Alleluia” by David McIntyre.

Summer Corn Roast, Campbellville: Sat, August 10, 2019, 2:00 to 7:00 pm
Private party.
Special guest, singer Adam Enkin.

 

Special guest: renowned Canadian harpist Erica Goodman

Sat, Dec. 7, 2019, 7:00 pm – $20 at the door, or in advance at this link: Tickets
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church, 151 Glenlake Road, Toronto
Reception follows

East of Keele, north of Bloor; near Keele subway and street parking

www.cantalawomenschoir.com.
Repertoire
Dancing Day, John Rutter
Hodie Christus Natus Est, Kelly Marie Murphy
Les anges dans nos campagnes, Bernat Vivancos
Angel’s Carol, John Rutter
Alleluia, David L. MacIntyre
Ave Verum Corpus, Francis Poulenc
Coventry Carol, a world premier by Beverly Lewis, with oboist Donald Boere

Mezzetta Annual Holiday Show
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Featuring Rebecca Enkin Trio with Rob Thaller on keys and Pat Collins on bass, plus special guests Marc Enkin on harmonica and banjo; Joanna Reynolds on horn; and Arnold Winterhoff on snare!
Arrive at 8 pm for a delicious tapas dinner. Sets at 9:00 and 10:15 pm. Quiet listening policy during the show. $12 cover charge

Mezzetta Restaurant and Tapas Bar
681 St. Clair Ave. West, at Christie, Toronto
Reservations required for first set: 416-658-5687.
Click here for Mezzetta menu

Holiday gifts! Order “In Times like These” jazz quintet CD and Cantala CDs with a $20 email transfer to renkin@sympatico.ca, in time for seasonal shopping! We can mail them to you, deliver them to you, or you can pick them up.

https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/choral-art-choirs/20190215

Banff Center for Arts and Creativity workshop intensive where we get to work with award-winning, international composition and conductor faculty, and work with ensemble-in-residence Pro Coro Canada. The weekend aims to create exchanges between a circle of creators, leaders, and performers active in the choral music milieu. The workshop also aims to support and bring visibility to the Canadian choral community, and encourage collaboration within the Canadian network. Choirs will explore new approaches to the performance of choral music, work on pre-existing repertoire, explore new works, and further refine their craft through coaching and lectures. We are very excited to have been offered this opportunity.
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Rolston Hall, at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Cantala is off to Banff Alberta this February 14-17th, 2020 to attend a choral Art weekend at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. We will be working with Michael Zaugg (Montreal, Canada) and Pro Coro Canada (Edmonton, Canada), Lone Larsen (Sweden), Sven Helbig (Germany) in a weekend of exploration and camaraderie.

The choral art weekend is an intensive workshop that will explore the creation and presentation of choral music in the 21st Century. Choirs will explore movement and improvisation as well as refine their sound as an ensemble through workshops and masterclasses.

It will also be a weekend where we will be immersed in the world of choral art and also have the opportunity to collaborate with award-winning, international composition and conductor faculty, and work with ensemble-in-residence Pro Coro Canada.

The weekend aims to create exchange between a circle of creators, leaders, and performers active in the choral music milieu. The workshop also aims to support and bring visibility to the Canadian choral community, and encourage collaboration within the Canadian network.

Since moving to Montreal, Swiss-native Michael Zaugg has distinguished himself as an innovative and versatile conductor on the Canadian choral scene. Active as Artistic Director, Guest Conductor, pedagogue and clinician, Michael Zaugg brings a wealth of experience and creativity to his work. He is constantly exploring new ways of integrating art forms with choral music, featuring live paintings, poetry and light /multi-media to name a few. Concepts feature traditional orchestras as well as rarely heard instruments such as the alphorn, accordion or the gamelan.

A passionate pedagogue, Michael Zaugg is strongly committed to his work not only with choirs but also with other conductors. He teaches privately and has given numerous Master Classes on conducting and rehearsal technique. Michael’s students, coming from diverse choral backgrounds, appreciate a hands-on approach when working with his ensembles.

Lone Larsen, one of Sweden’s most distinguished conductors, is an innovative choral leader with a strong musical integrity. As a teacher of conducting she is a role model for young conductors and singers.

She continues to challenge existing concert forms with the aim of creating surprise and engaging the audience. Lone Larsen invites all singers to a creative, playful platform of making music. She is highly sought-after as an inspiring leader of workshops and concert projects in different countries.

Sven Helbig is a composer for orchestra and choir music. Beside this, he is active in the field of electronic music (Dark AmbientNoiseField Recordings), mostly combining it with classical instruments.

In 1996, Sven Helbig and hornist Markus Rindt founded the Dresden Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra is specialized in new, symphonic music in unusual productions and was the first European symphony orchestra to exclusively perform contemporary music.

Sven Helbig has worked as a producer, composer and arranger with Rammstein, Pet Shop Boys, Snoop DoggPolarkreis 18, the Fauré Quartett, opera singer René Pape, pianist Olga Scheps and more.

Mardi Gras Fundraiser for Kingsley School: Feb. 22, 1 pm
Adam Enkin (voice), Marc Enkin (guitar, piano, etc.), Paul Klein (guitar), and Jeff McNabney (drums). Family friendly fun! Bingo, games, snacks!

Cantala Women’s Choir: Saturday, May 4, 7:00 pm
Forest Hill United Church, 2 Wembley Road (at Bathurst, just north of Eglinton)

www.cantalawomenschoir.com
Join Nancy Singla and the Cantala Women’s Choir, along with guest performers Asal Iranmehr, Michael Schuck and David Schotzko, for our spring 2019 concert, featuring works by great French masters, including Francis Poulenc, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Duruflé, and more!

Tickets are $20 at the door or online at www.cantalawomenschoir.com. A reception will follow the concert.

Repertoire:
B. Britten: Missa Brevis
F. Poulenc: Petite Voix, Ave Maria (from Dialogues of the Carmelites), Ave Verum Corpus
M. Duruflé: Tota Pulchra Es
D. MacIntyre: Alleluia
G. Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
S. Hatfield: S. Uberlebensgross

With special guest bassist and singer, Bruce Griffin
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 7:00 pm
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
House Concert featuring Jazz duo of singer Rebecca and pianist Marc Enkin to raise funds for a family of six Syrian siblings to come to Canada.

Corporate Christmas Party with Rob Thaller and Paul Novotny
Thursday, December 13, 7 – 10 pm
North York, Toronto
Featuring Rob Thaller on piano, Paul Novotny on bass, and Rebecca Enkin on voice

Holiday Shopping Ideas:
CDs and Gift Certificates for Lessons!

We have CDs in stock: In Times Like These CDs available for $20 each or two for $35. Special promotion. Free TorontoIn Times Like These shipping by Christmas. Offer expires December 28, 2018.

Music lesson gift certificates: $124 for four thirty-minute lessons or $248 for four sixty-minute lessons with Marc Enkin on voice, piano, guitar, bass, songwriting, ukulele, banjo, theory. Lessons to be booked before June 1, 2019. Order before December 28 and receive a free CD or textbook with every gift certificate.

Order now at rebecca@rebeccaenkin.com.


Cantala Women’s Choir: Sat, Dec. 8, 2018, 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 5, 2018
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church
151 Glenlake (just east of Keele and north of Bloor). Street parking.
www.cantalawomenschoir.com
$20 tickets at the door. Reception follows.


Mezzetta, Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Featuring Mike Allen, Guitar and Artie Roth, upright bass
Arrive at 8 pm for a delicious tapas dinner. Sets at 9:00 and 10:15 pm.
Quiet listening policy during the show. $12 cover charge

Mezzetta Restaurant and Tapas Bar
681 St. Clair Ave. West, at Christie, Toronto
Reserve now at 416-658-5687. Reservations required for first set.
Click here for Mezzetta menu

Sunshine, great food, and so much music!
Bruce Griffin, bass and voice
Mike Allen, guitar
Arnold Winterhoff, drums
Rebecca Enkin, voice
Marc Enkin, keys, harmonica
Special guest Marsha Coffey, percussion
Special guest Adam Enkin, voice

Private Party, June 15, 2018, Toronto

Rebecca Enkin, voice
Marc Enkin, piano, bass, etc.

Mezzetta, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Featuring Mike Allen, guitar
Sets at 9:00 and 10:15 pm. Arrive at 8 pm for a delicious tapas dinner.
Quiet listening policy during the show. $10 cover charge

Mezzetta Restaurant and Tapas Bar
681 St. Clair Ave. West, at Christie, Toronto
Reserve now at 416-658-5687. Reservations required for first set
Tel: 416-658-5687
Come early for dinner at 8 pm
Click here for Mezzetta menu

Marc Enkin, piano
Bruce Griffin, bass
Arnold Winterhoff, drums
Mike Allen, guitar
Brendan Cassidy, saxophone

JazzFM, Lula Lounge, Nov. 29, 2017
Photography by Bill Beard

Jaymz Bee hosts The One Stop Vocal Jazz Safari – the most renowned vocal showcase in Canada – where 24 singers perform in a three hour show, backed by an all-star house band at Lula Lounge. Over 140 singers have performed at this event over the years.  Every singer is unique and talented … CD’s are available on site from these artists and you can get them autographed or have a photo taken with the artist at Lula Lounge.
The Band will include: Attila Fias, Artie Roth, Glenn Anderson and Drew Jurecka! The featured singers are a surprise every time!

Exclusive event for donors of $250 or more to JazzFM.

 

Delighted to be playing with Adrean Farrugia on piano, Artie Roth on bass, and Chris Wallace on drums.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, free
Music in the Atrium
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
610 University Avenue,7th floor, just outside the main elevators
Toronto, Canada

Parking: indoor lot behind hospital on Murray Street ($20); street parking may be available in the surrounding area.
TTC: a short walk south of Queen’s Park Station, on the west side of University Avenue.

Marc Enkin and I had a great time playing outdoors on a gorgeous summer day in the southwestern Ontario.

Mezzetta, Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Featuring pianist extraordinaire Ron Davis
Sets at 9:00 and 10:15 pm. Arrive at 8 pm for a delicious tapas dinner.
Quiet listening policy during the show. $10 cover charge

Mezzetta Restaurant and Tapas Bar
681 St. Clair Ave. West, at Christie, Toronto
Reserve now at 416-658-5687. Reservations required for first set
Tel: 416-658-5687
Come early for dinner at 8 pm
Click here for Mezzetta menu

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 pm
610 University Avenue, Toronto

Ron Davis on piano

Sing Me Your Song: The Mezzetta Holiday Show, Wed., Dec. 21, 9-11 pm
A festive concert full of Christmas and Hanukkah favorites.

Featuring pianist extraordinaire Ron Davis

Mezzetta Restaurant and Tapas Bar
681 St. Clair Ave. West, at Christie
Reserve now at 416-658-5687.

Sets at 9:00 and 10:15 pm. Arrive at 8 pm for a delicious tapas dinner.
Quiet listening policy during the show. $10 cover charge

 

Rebecca Enkin with Mark Kieswetter (keys) and Jordan O’Connor (bass): Wed., May 18, 2016, Sets at 9 pm and 10:15 pm

Mezzetta Restaurant and Tapas Bar
681 St. Clair Ave. West, at Christie
Reserve now at 416-658-5687. Arrive at 8 pm for a delicious tapas dinner. Quiet listening policy during the show.
$12 cover charge

I’ve just repressed my CD “In Times Like These” and I’ll be selling copies at the show.

Featuring Rob Thaller on the keys and Pat Collins on bass. And, special guest, Sam Broverman.
120 Diner, 120 Church Street, just south of Richmond, Toronto, $4 flat-rate parking in lot next door
www.120diner.com for casual food menu
Reservations recommended: (416) 792-7725. $10 cover. Doors open at 5:00 pm.

 


 

 

I’m pleased to be collaborating with the award-winning classical ensemble, the Cantala Women’s Choir, for a jazz performance on Dec. 5 in Toronto. I’ll be singing with the choir in the first half and then inviting up my swinging jazz musicians for the second half. Joining me will be the talented Dave Restivo on piano and Artie Roth on the bass.

Saturday, December 5, 2015
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church
151 Glenlake, just east of Keele and north of Bloor. Street parking.
Set One, 7:00 to 7:30 pm, features the Cantala Women’s Choir, www.canatalawomenschoir.com
Set Two, 8:00 to 8:30 pm, features special guest, Rebecca Enkin and her jazz combo
Reception follows.
$15 tickets at the door.


 

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Set One 9:00 pm
Set Two 10:15 pm
with Mark Kieswetter on piano

Mezzetta Tapas Restaurant
681 St. Clair Avenue West (at Christie)
Toronto, ON
Tel: 416-658-5687
$12 cover
Reservations required for first set
Come early for dinner at 8 pm
Click here for Mezzetta menu


Saturday, May 9, 2015
7:00 pm
Pieces by Whitacre, Durufle, Barber, Fauré, R. Murray Schafer, Veljo Tormis, Hatfield, Ramona Luengen, Michael McGlynn, and three pieces by Canadian composer Jeff Enns.

Forest Hill United Church
$20 at the door, or in advance from a chorister
Refreshments


Thursday, April 30, 2015
from 7:30 to 10:30 pm

At Rebecca’s side will be the talented MARK KIESWETTER on piano and swinging bassist PAT COLLINS. Expect to hear sensitive renditions of songs by Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, and other great songwriters.

The Home Smith Jazz Bar
21 Old Mill Rd.
416-236-2641
$20 minimum/person
Arrive early: no reservations
http://www.oldmilltoronto.com/services-amenities/services/entertainment/home-smith-bar-jazz/


Saturday, March 14, 2015
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Chalker’s Pub Billiards & Bistro
247 Marlee Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6B4B8
(416) 789-2531 for dinner reservations

Featuring more than a dozen of the GTA’s finest vocal talents backed by a professional jazz trio with donations to benefit the Girls (and Gentlemen) Night Out Jazz Jam JAZZ Scholarship Fund.

Vocalists include:
JUNE GARBER, CAITLIN HOLLAND, RED/WHYTE & TOLLAR, LAWRENCE COTTON, KALYA RAMU, JOCELYN BARTH, JARED CRAIG, STACEY MACINTYRE, CHRIS TSUJIUCHI, STEVE AMIRAULT, REBECCA ENKIN, SAM BROVERMAN

Hosted by vocalist, LISA PARTICELLI
Backed by the GNOJAZZ band:
MARK KIESWETTER – piano,
ROSS MACINTYRE – bass
LUI BOTOS SR – drums

In addition to the music, there will be a 50/50 draw and Louisa LaBarbera Jewellery will be on hand with a jewellery sale.