"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. Click on the MAGENTA text below for more information about the choirs:
RISE UP SINGING CHOIR (Thursdays 1:00 - 3PM, Old Ottawa South - THE SPRING SESSION began on April 14 - there is still room for more singers and you are welcome to join anytime!)
THE SONG KITCHEN - Mondays 7:00 - 8:30PM and Tuesdays 12:30 - 2PM - Community Choir in Wakefield QC - There is always room for more to join!
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
"Chris is a wonderful voice teacher! I'm an experienced singer and performer, and have sung in many different groups and settings, but 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
"There is something primal about singing with other people- it is easy to forget how much joy music can bring to our lives. 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 went for my first time to the Song Kitchen Choir last Monday evening and learned so much about just " how to breath when you sing" let alone the beautiful yet simple songs we learned! Chris is a very good teacher and the evening was fun. I would highly recommend joining." Barb McMillan, Wakefield QC
VOICE MOVEMENT and CREATIVE WORKSHOPS
Chris has been co-facilitating an 8-week intensive called LifeSong with Barclay McMillan. 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. The next 8-week session begins on TUESDAY APRIL 19, 2015. Please contact Barclay McMillan for more information and to register.
Chris continues to work one-on-one as Voice Coach and Voice Movement Therapy practitioner. Read more on this work here.
FEED the SPIRIT ~ FREE the SOUL transformative retreats with Chris and Maureen Fallis of Surround Circle Yoga (stay tuned for news about the summer retreat!)
Please contact Chris directly for information about all her courses and choirs; private Voice Movement sessions; and voice, guitar and songwriting lessons.
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. Stay tuned for news on upcoming gigs!
PROCRASTINATOR listed in the TOP 25 Albums of 2015 CKCU Radio 93.1 Ottawa! What an honour!
The OFFICIAL CD RELEASE of Chris's brand new CD, PROCRASTINATOR, was on SUNDAY MAY 17 at THE BLACK SHEEP INN in Wakefield, Quebec. It was a sold-out show on a beautiful, warm spring day. Chris was joined onstage by the disc's producer, MATT OUIMET on pedal steel, Wurlitzer, electric guitar and backup vocals; along with Phil Shaw Bova on drums; Pat Maher on bass and backup vocals; and Christine Graves and Jennifer Noxon singing backup vocals. Sound man, Ken Stone did a fabulous job. A great time was had by all! Photos and videos will be posted soon.
The 14 original songs (plus bonus download track) feature Chris on vocals and acoustic guitar, and Matt on 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.