Alana Bridgewater is a Toronto actor and singer, who is best known for her role as ‘Killer Queen’ in the Mirvish rock musical We Will Rock You.
In 2017, She made her debut at the Signature Center on 42nd Street in NYC with the prestigious Soulpepper Theatre Company in Spoon River and First Ladies. Other Soulpepper Theatre credits include the title role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Rose – A Musical, Idomeneus, Porgy & Bess, Riverboat and the Global Cabaret Festival. Other theatre productions have included Shrek and The Wizard of Oz (Grand Theatre) and Hairspray (Charlottetown Festival).
Alana's film and television credits include ‘Hannibal’, ‘Dino Dan’, ‘Lost Girl’ and ‘Mysticons’. She is the voice of Mr. King Dice in the hit video game ‘Cuphead’. She received a Gemini nomination for CBC’s “Gospel Christmas”, has sung backup vocals on tour for Johnny Reid, Corey Hart and most recently, Digging Roots.
Loreena McKennitt, whose invests time and research before composing her music, is bringing her many talents to the Glenn Gould Theatre for this year’s Voices that Care concert. Her love of music is attributed in part to her Mennonite community in Manitoba, but it was her introduction to folk music, then Celtic music that put her on the path to international success as a musician, composer, harpist, accordionist, pianist, and vocalist. She released her 10th studio album in 2018, and several times are recorded performances for release on DVD and/or CD. As part of a promotional tour, she performed an hour-long concert which was released in in 2011, and was nominated for a 2012 Grammy for Best New Age Album. She has also recorded documentaries about the influences of her music, and interviews with the band, crew, fans and Canadian music industry colleagues. Loreena is a two-time Juno Award winner, two-time Grammy Award nominee, and recipient of the Billboard Music Award for International Achievement.
Mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah is a singer and broadcaster who dazzles audiences with her engaging personality and her rich, expressive voice. Miss Nesrallah has performed for leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles across Canada and around the world. Operatic roles include Isabella in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri, The Composer in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Cherubino in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Cenerentola in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen, to name a few. Miss Nesrallah sang God Save the Queen for Will and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill in a performance that was viewed by millions. She also sang for An Evening for Peace for Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan in Montreal.
Miss Nesrallah is the host of Tempo on CBC Music, Canada’s national classical music program, and is also the executive producer and star of Carmen on Tap, a company that performs Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen as dinner theatre. Miss Nesrallah has been the recipient of several distinguished awards including the Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Award and Mid-Career Grant, and most recently the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada’s performing arts.
Songwriter Marc Jordan’s songs have been on 35 million CDs, and he’s recorded 16 albums of his own material. Born in New York but raised in Toronto, Marc was signed to Warner Music in L.A. to write songs for Diana Ross, Chicago, Kansas, Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Loggins, Cher, Rod Steward and Olivia Newton John. He won a Juno for Producer of the Year in 1994, and has performed with Murray McLauchlan, Cindy Church and Ian Thomas in the group Lunch at Allen’s. His most recent album, Both Sides, he recorded some of his favourite hits with the Prague Symphony. Marc is a member of the charity Artists Against Racism.
Canadian funnyman Steve Patterson makes his Voices that Care debut this year. Best known for his hit show The Debaters on CBC Radio One, Patterson is an award-winning stand up performer and author. He’s taped TV specials including Just For Laughs galas, twice been named Best Male Stand-up Comedian at Canadian Comedy Awards, and been nominated for a Gemini and Canadian Screen Awards. Steve created a theatre show titled This is Not Debatable that toured nationally, and he’s written The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send. His latest project is VSP Podcast with Steve Patterson.
Murray McLauchlan is not only one of Canada’s most beloved singer/songwriters, he’s also a valued board member of the Room 217 Foundation. This is the fifth annual Voices that Care concert that Murray has organized as a fundraiser for the Foundation. More than 30 years after he began playing folk music, 11-time Juno Award winner Murray McLauchlan has released 18 albums, had his songs performed by the likes of Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson, and has played across Canada. He is a member of the Order of Canada, of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. Murray has composed for television, starred and made appearances in numerous television shows, and in the ‘90s, hosted CBC’s Swinging on a Star, a live showcase for songwriters. He’s also a member of the band Lunch at Allen’s and continues to sell out theatres across Canada.
Denise Donlan has given her time to engagingly emcee the four previous Voices that Care concerts, and is involved in the 2020 event, too. In addition to her career accomplishments, Denise lends her name and talent to multiple non-profit ventures. She was president of Sony Music Canada, vice president and general manager of MuchMusic and MuchMoreMusic and Director of Music Programming for MuchMusic and CityTV. Denise’s civic involvement includes work with the boards of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Music Education Committee, the Gzowski Literacy Foundation, UNOTCHIT, and was involved with Canada’s Walk of Fame. She is also involved with WarChild Canada and is a trustee of Ontario Waterkeepers. Denise is a member of the Order of Canada, and has received many honours for her professional work, including the Outstanding Achievement Award by Woman in Film and Television, Broadcasting Executive Awards, Canadian Women in Communications’ Woman of the Year Awards, and the Wired Woman Society’s Woman of Vision Award, and is a member of the Broadcast Hall of Fame.