MEET THE PERFORMERS
If you go down to the crossroads of roots and soul, you’ll find singer, songwriter and guitarist Charlie A’Court, whose honest purpose in life is to connect people, one emotion at a time. He’s won ECMA awards for Pop Recording of the Year, R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, and Blues Recording of the Year.
Fearlessly bridging genres and challenging stylistic conventions, Charlie A’Court has toured Canada and abroad, with headline performances at the Stan Rogers Folk Fest, Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Kerrville Folk Fest (USA) and Woodford Folk Festival (AUS). A’Court has shared the stage with high profile artists including James Cotton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Harry Manx, Martin Sexton, Delbert McClinton, Colin James and Dan Aykroyd.
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. The BBQ has twice 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.