"Chris MacLean is a singer you trust. Maybe it’s her lyrics – she’s especially good at marrying interior and exterior landscapes – or maybe it’s her voice, an inviting blend of warmth and clarity…. Whatever her secret, the Gatineau hills-based singer/songwriter is a balanced voice in an off-kilter world.” - Patrick Langston, Ottawa Citizen
Since completing the Community Choir Leadership Training in 2015, much of Chris' focus has been on developing the Rise Up Community Choir in Ottawa ON and The Song Kitchen Choir in Wakefield QC. These community choirs are for singers of ALL abilities. Chris is a member of the Ubuntu Choir Network.
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THE RISE UP SINGING COMMUNITY CHOIR
Thursdays 1:00 - 3PM, St Margaret Mary's Church, Old Ottawa South
17-weeks starting September 15, 2016
THE SONG KITCHEN COMMUNITY CHOIR
Mondays 7:00 - 8:30PM and Tuesdays 12:30 - 2PM, Wakefield QC
17-weeks starting September 12 and 13, 2016
Here's what people are saying about working with Chris as a choir facilitator:
"... thank you for your inspiring leadership of the group. At the end of every Thursday session, I leave with a soaring spirit." Brian Jeanes, Ottawa ON
"... I have never worked with a choir leader who helped me to improve my voice as much as Chris has done. Her attention to proper breathing, posture, and tone, and her use of innovative vocal exercises and techniques is far and away the best voice training I've ever had in a choral group setting."
Pat Lucey, Ottawa ON
"... The Song Kitchen Community Choir, driven by Chris MacLean, offers a safe, fun environment for veteran singers and beginners alike. Sweet, sweet harmonies, for one, for all. Come sing!"
Tina Therrien, Wakefield QC
"... I especially appreciate that songs from other cultures and in other languages were included. These excursions help us step outside ourselves and try on different voices. This is very important, because people all over the world understand that it’s their birthright to sing, but this is not necessarily encouraged in all cultures, especially in settings where the emphasis is placed on achievement rather than engagement. Personally, I felt that I finally had “permission” to sing, to make mistakes and laugh, and to lean on others in the group without fear of generating resentment. That kind of group atmosphere only happens with a wise and compassionate choir leader, which Chris herself most certainly is"! Peter MacGibbon, Wakefield QC
"I found your Song Kitchen to be a choir where the hearts rather than the voices did the singing. However, under your gentle tutelage, our voices gained finesse, volume and passion and took on a collaborate voice of its own. Your encouragement gave us confidence to reach both inward and outward and to develop our sound, to listen to you and to one another and to feel the power of music with its complex rhythms, unlimited melodies and meaningful lyrics. ..." Sally Swan, Wakefield
VOICE MOVEMENT and CREATIVE WORKSHOPS
LIFESONG with Barclay McMillan
Chris will once again be co-facilitating this amazing experiential series developed by veteran practitioner, Barclay McMillan. Based on the teachings of Paul Newham, and the International Association for Voice Movement Therapy (IAVMT), LifeSong offers an opportunity to explore your voice as an instrument of self-healing and life transformation. The experience is designed to open you up — physically, emotionally, spiritually — to more fully express the genuine, authentic, multi-faceted you.
TUESDAY EVENINGS from 7 - 10PM, starting in SEPTEMBER, 2016.
Please contact Barclay McMillan for more information and to register.
Chris works one-on-one as Voice Coach and Voice Movement Therapy practitioner. Read more here.
FEED the SPIRIT ~ FREE the SOUL Retreat Series
with Chris and Maureen Fallis at Surround Circle Yoga, Ottawa
starting in October, 2016
Prepare to stretch yourself in all directions … jump on board! We are setting off on a series of once-a-month intensive all-day retreats combining creative exploration, restorative yoga, meditation, and community building… where real transformation will undoubtedly take place.
Please contact Chris directly for information about all her courses and choirs; private Voice Movement sessions; and voice, guitar and songwriting lessons.
Recently Chris has teamed up with Alise Marlane and Tina Therrien to form The Paugan Dames, a Wakefield based trio performing traditional and contemporary folk with spine tingling harmonies. Check out the gigs page for upcoming shows.
Released in May 2015, PROCRASTINATOR listed in the TOP 25 Albums of 2015 CKCU Radio 93.1 Ottawa!
The 14 original songs (plus bonus download track) feature Chris on vocals and acoustic guitar, and producer, MATT OUIMETon multiple instruments and backup vocals, as well as some of Ottawa's finest musicians, including; Phil Shaw Bova (drums), Steve Boudreau (keyboards), Jake Von Wurden (acoustic bass), Craig Pedersen (trumpet), Raphael Weinroth-Browne (cello and Rhodes), and Christine Graves and Jennifer Noxon (backing vocals).
Her previous solo album, Feet Be Still (2009), was produced by Ian Tamblyn and engineered by James Stephens. The disc garnered Chris the Colleen Peterson Award for Songwriting from the Ontario Arts Council and a nomination from the Canadian Folk Music Awards for English Songwriter of the Year. Chris's debut solo album, Learn to Be Loved (2000) was produced by Ian Tamblyn and features an allstar lineup of Ottawa area musicians along with guest performances by Mae Moore.
For more about Chris's recordings visit the discs page. To purchase please email artstraveler(at)gmail.com