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The workshop has always been the backbone of Summerfolk. We can’t let the year get away without offering you that experience. Three fantastic performers who enjoy the art of collaboration, Coco, Lori and david will cook up an afternoon of shared songs and performances. It’s the Art of the Workshop, with three of it’s most gifted proponents. Doors open at 12pm. Please bring a mask.
The first thing you notice about Coco Love Alcorn, is the voice. It’s a rich, dynamic, supremely soulful instrument – hailed by the press as extraordinary, beautiful, and stunning – that has a way of touching your heart and making you care.
As a performer, Alcorn is always in the moment, joyful, and genuine. She combines diverse musical influences including jazz, R&B, pop, folk, and Gospel. Her playful and witty character, love of improvising, and willingness to engage fearlessly with the audience has made Alcorn an established presence on the Canadian music scene.
Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and now based in Owen Sound, Ontario, Alcorn’s career has spanned more than 20 years, 12 (9 solo) albums, cross-Canada tours, collaborations, festival appearances, award nominations, and notable success in TV and film licensing. And it took someone with a spirit like Alcorn’s to navigate this path.
“Throughout my career I have explored across many genres, collaborations and projects, taking a winding path to get to here,” she says. “But I’ve loved every step of my journey and trusted my inner curiosity to take me where it wanted to go.”
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It’s her singing that always draws attention, and partly for the things that it doesn’t have. No vibrato, no trendy affectations, no unnecessary melodic ornamentation. Just a pure and uniquely beautiful voice.
It started happening in the late 90’s at the Free Times Café – an important singer/songwriter incubator for Toronto’s resilient acoustic scene. With a natural flair for performing, she honed her skills by hosting the weekly open mic night and cultivated an early fan base of peers in the local music community.
The first Lori Cullen CD came out at the start of a new century. Garden Path reflected a young sensibility informed by her heroes Joni Mitchell and Jane Siberry. Two years later she shifted gears to jazz standards for the well received So Much. Her third release Uneven Hill focused on original writing and dramatically broadened the scope of her sonic world. Calling For Rain in 2006 brought together all the previous elements to create a hybrid of jazz and pop which became her lasting artistic identity. Largely a collection of carefully curated covers, it was nominated for a Best Vocal Jazz Juno. One of her original tunes on the album won the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award from the Ontario Council Of Folk Festivals.
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david sereda is a singer, songwriter and composer. He is one of Canada’s most distinctive voices and one of Canada’s first openly queer singer-songwriters. He is passionate about the power of the human voice, song and the importance of singing your truth.
sereda collaborates in music, theatre, film and interarts projects. He has been Associate Artist with Sheatre since 2002, a community-engaged arts company devoted to social change and telling community stories based here in Grey Bruce.
Whether performing solo, leading a choir or Song Circle, or playing with stellar musicians (like Tyler Wagler and Keira McArthur this Summerfolk) he sings from the heart about what the world is and what it could be.
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