Join these powerhouse women for a moving evening of music. Sample a variety of musical genres with Joni NehRita, Mya Gomez, Sarah McGrath, Transstar, and Karen Agro, hosted by Coral Andrews.
This is a free virtual event presented on Facebook. To attend, please visit our Facebook page. You do not need a Facebook account to watch.
This event is part of our Celebration of Women series commemorating Person’s Day. Idea Exchange would like to thank the City of Cambridge for their generous support of our Celebration of Women series.
This program is part of Culture Days.
Jamaican-Canadian artist Joni NehRita writes songs about unity, hope and social justice. Her jazz-tinged brand of soul is infused with rhythms & sounds from her Afro-Caribbean background. A multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, she has a gift for writing infectious, well-crafted songs that are deeply personal. This year NehRita releases her 4th full length album, “Love & Protest” which is is a marked step further toward global roots/world music. She has played festivals & concerts (both as a solo artist & backing other artists) in North America, Australia, England, France, Germany & Oman. She has also sung with the KW Symphony & Hamilton Philharmonic.
In addition to being a performer, NehRita has been a music educator for 20 years, teaching both privately as well as in workshop/masterclass format. She has been a guest teacher at Wilfrid Laurier University, Seneca College at York, has given jazz & improvisation workshops at high schools throughout Guelph and KW and has been a workshop facilitator at the music conference Folk Alliance International. Last year, NehRita added being a TED KitchenerEDx speaker to her career highlights.
Mya Gomez is an indigenous singer songwriter raised in Kitchener Waterloo, and from the Ottawa Valley. From Acoustic songwriting with an edge of rock and roll, Mya strives for honesty within her music. Her Music has been known to bring audiences to tears because it makes them have to look at aspects of themselves through her experiences and emotions of her powerful words and voice.
Playing events such as Impact Festival and Horseshoe Tavern and Indigenous Peoples Day at Yonge and Dundas She continues to share her music with audiences in hopes for authentic connection and growth.
Hello! My name is Sarah McGrath and I am 20 years old. Music is my passion and I've been playing guitar and writing songs since I was 11 years old. I write songs about my life and my experiences, good or bad. My songs are mostly pop, some rock, and blues, love/relationship songs. I have performed at the Cambridge Mayor’s celebration of the arts five years in a row. For the last few years, I have had a summer job of sorts, performing my songs at the Cambridge, Hespeler, and Preston Farmer’s Markets.
Transstar has been making electronic pop since forever. CBC Radio’s Brave New Waves played her cassette demos on-air in the 1980s. In 1991 Transstar signed a publishing deal with EMI Canada. Transstar released an ambient electronic CD, Score For Life in 1997. She relocated to Berlin to create the Cover Girl project, vocalizing to Techno re-builds of Soul B-sides in 2014.
In 2015, Transstar created Blackball, a non-profit organization that teaches electronic music to prison inmates and young people in underserved communities. Some 200 marginalized community members have gained free access to complex synthesizer technology through Blackball.
In 2017 Transstar joined forces with Pros and Cons, a songwriting and recording project for incarcerated individuals. With Pros and Cons founder Hugh Christopher Brown, Transstar established a dedicated music production space at Grand Valley Institution For Women, and produced an album performed by inmates, Undisclosed Location, released in March 2018 to glowing reviews. A second album, Private Town, is set for early 2020 release.
Transstar resides in Guelph, Ontario. Transstar has appeared on the Golden Bus, Holy Smokes Fest, the Wolfe Island Garden Party and as a special instructor at Girls’ Rock Camp. Transstar’s EP Famous Door enjoyed its national debut on CBC Radio Q in January of 2020. Famous Door is available on all aggregators and currently charting at select college stations. Famous Door was mixed by Michael Phillip Wojewoda for Chris Tait’s Park Music.
New Releases: https://transstar.bandcamp.com/releases
Karen Agro is a guitarist based in Waterdown, Ontario. She began studying classical guitar at the age of 5, first with Ray Sealey (University of Western Ontario) and later with Eli Kassner (University of Toronto) and Tim Phelan (Brock University). Karen continues to participate in international guitar festivals, playing in masterclasses with renowned guitarists.
Karen is an active performer at various venues, including corporate events, formal functions, retirement communities, and yoga classes. Her repertoire spans classical, Spanish and contemporary music.
Karen also holds a BScPhm and PharmD (University of Toronto), and MSc (McMaster University). During the day, she doubles as a pharmacist and health care consultant, running a pharmaceutical consulting firm for over 2-decades.