Erin Costelo mines the truth – through writing, arranging, producing and masterful live performance. With a voice unlike any other in Canada she has the ability to successfully float between genres and stages, her unwavering vision continuously offering the best sound and voice to a feeling, idea or story. She’s had the opportunity to open for Mavis Staples, Dr. John and Bettye Lavette and has recently performed with Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble Band.
Erin Costelo’s multi-award winning album, Down Below, The Status Quo was short listed for the 2017 Folk Music Ontario ACTRA RACS Recording of the Year Award, made the Polaris Prize ‘longer’ list and awarded an East Coast Music Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year. Her music has been streamed over half million times, viewed hundreds of thousands of times online and landed on !earshot “Most Played of 2016” chart.
BEDFORD BRASS QUINTET
Reuben Bauer (bass trombone & tuba), Lisa Booth (horn), Simon Oakey (trombone), Jamie Falcone (trumpets), Paul St-Amand (trumpets)
The Bedford Brass Quintet has performed acclaimed shows at concert halls, bandstands, churches and schools throughout Nova Scotia. Known for eclectic repertoire and outside-the-box performances, the group features accomplished musicians who have played with many of Canada’s leading ensembles, including Symphony Nova Scotia, the National Ballet Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Nanaimo Symphony Orchestra, and the PEI Symphony Orchestra. For two years running, the BBQ has been voted among the best classical ensembles in Halifax by readers of The Coast, scoring Bronze in 2015 and Silver in 2016.
Bryan Crocker, Artistic Director and T.J. Murray Musician in Residence
Alfhild Larsen, accompanist
Dr. Wendy Stewart, Director, Medical Humanities HEALS program
The Dalhousie Health Professions Chorale is a section of the Music-in-Medicine initiative of the Medical Humanities H.E.A.L.S. Program. The chorale includes members of all three health faculties at the university, including students, professors, staff, community members and supporters. Under the direction of Bryan Crocker, the group performs a mix of classical choral works, jazz and blues, and modern popular music.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Formerly co-host of CTV Morning Live, Heidi Petracek is now a Halifax-based reporter for CTV Atlantic. She’s brought her energetic, witty, and engaging personality to radio and television for more than seventeen years as a journalist, host, producer, and writer. She has reported on many key events in Canada and interviewed hundreds of luminaries. Heidi regularly lends her talents to charitable fundraisers for Maritime organizations, including the IWK Foundation, Christmas Daddies, Adsum House, and the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.