A native of the Outaouais Region, Geneviève-Renée Bisson is a multi-disciplinary vocal artist and musician, with a diverse background in Classical voice, gospel, Broadway, R&B and jazz.
Renée’s musical career has spanned working as a soloist, music teacher, choir director and organist. She’s performed at well-known festivals and venues across Ontario (Fallsview Casino, Niagara Jazz Festival), and held a residency at the Hilton Fallsview Hotel in Niagara Falls (The Rio Trio ’10-‘15, Latin Twist ’15-‘17) singing over 160 shows a year. The project was nominated by the Niagara Music Awards for Best Jazz Band in 2010, and released a self-titled album in 2014, produced by argentinian-canadian artist, Rubén Arancibia. The release garnered two Niagara Music Awards and seven nominations.
Renée applies a unique interpretation to a vast musical catalogue that includes jazz, reggae, pop, and blues. She sings in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian) and loves the opportunity to play Latin minor percussion (maracas, guiro, clave, cabasa). Since joining the Jimmy Stahl Big Band in 2016 for their appearance at the Brantford International Jazz Festival, Renée has found a new passion fronting the 19-piece orchestra at venues across Southern Ontario and the GTA. A long-time resident of Niagara, you can see her performing locally as the duo “R&R” with Rubén Arancibia.
Recent engagements have been; Headlining Act at Art in Victoria Park – Woodstock, closed recording session with Jukasa Media Group, live studio recording at Sessions on The River, 2018 Montebello Park Concert Series, 2018 Fonthill Bandshell Concert Series, the 2017 TD Niagara Jazz Festival, the 2017 TD Niagara Jazz Festival Big Band Fundraiser, the Grand Opening Gala for McMaster University’s L.R. Wilson Concert Hall, and the Swingin’ Big Band Christmas Showcase at the historic Niagara Falls Seneca Theatre.
Michael Vanhevel is a rising star in the Canadian music scene, his voice and style having been compared time and time again to giants like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Andy Williams and Michael Buble. Hailing from the south-western Ontario beach town of Grand Bend, and now living with his family in historic Petrolia, he travels across North America showcasing his infectious love for, and wildly enthusiastic take on the swinging “Crooner” genre wherever he performs.
Michael has performed as an actor and musician at such venues as The Victoria Playhouse, The Stratford Festival Theatre, The Magnus Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, and All 7 of the Drayton Entertainment Stages, as well as in cities such as Detroit, Hamilton, Niagara, Toronto, Chatham and Kingston, and has performed his hit show “Best of the Crooners”, arranged for him by the late, great Canadian Legend Howard Cable, with Symphony Orchestras and Big Bands in Halifax, Thunder Bay, Chatham, London, Stratford, and Sudbury. Vanhevel has been applauded for his musical ability but furthermore for his showmanship and infectious charm by band leaders, theatre go-ers and music aficionados alike and has been on many occasions called a throwback to the 50’s and 60’s and a genuine “Old Soul”.
Although he enjoys music across all genres, Michael often cites his love for entertainers like Dean Martin and Bobby Darin for inspiring his easy going attitude and fun-loving, humbled swagger on stage. His vocal power, control and tone however brings to mind the commanding presence and flair of the Chairman himself; Frank Sinatra.
Michael joined up with the Jimmy Stahl Big Band several years ago, and continues to laud each and every one of their members as some of the most talented and polished players and friends, he has had the absolute pleasure of performing with.
Recent engagements have been; Grand Bend Beach Concert Series 2019, Headlining Act at Art in Victoria Park – Woodstock, closed recording session with Jukasa Media Group, live studio recording at Sessions on The River, Best of The Crooners with the Stratford Symphony, The Best Is Yet To Come – Imperial Theatre, Sarnia, and the Swingin’ Big Band Christmas Showcase at the historic Niagara Falls Seneca Theatre.
Loralee McGuirl is a Hamilton based singer, known for her versatile voice and adventurous repertoire, which spans such divergent genres as jazz, blues, rock, gospel, show tunes and opera. A thoroughly engaging and polished performer, Loralee has captivated audiences time and again with her soaring range, vocal agility and emotionally evocative improvisational technique.
She has performed with numerous stars such as Susan Aglukark at the Canadian Country Music awards in 1997. Since 2004 Loralee has represented Opera Hamilton at various functions including the Italian Film Festival, receptions for Mayor Hazel McCallion and Lincoln Alexander. Since 2005 she has performed with the Windmill Theatre in Mississauga, a cabaret style show, displaying a wide range of styles from Broadway, Jazz, 70’s and 80’s Pop to Classical. Loralee was the featured performer at the 2010 Gala Concert.
Matthew is a five time Canadian Gospel Male Vocalist of the Year and has sung in over 1,500 venues across Canada and the United States, including the White House in Washington D.C.
He has been a professional singer for over 20 years and produced 10 albums in that time with the following award winning groups, The Unashamed Quartette, His Season, and Valiant.
You won’t want to miss Matthew Grieve in Concert with The Jimmy Stahl Big Band. The magic of an award winning voice with a world class orchestra.