TD Sunfest '18 will be from July 5-8 in London, ON's beautiful Victoria Park. See you there!


Ensemble Vivant's Jazz Tribute to Rick Wilkins

Ensemble Vivant will perform compositions and arrangements that Rick Wilkins wrote exclusively for the group over the past 27 years.  This internationally acclaimed group will be joined for this special concert by some of Canada’s most renowned jazz artists including: Juan Carlos Medrano (percussion), Mike Murley (sax) and Kevin Turcotte (trumpet).

“This is a much-deserved tribute to a great man and a great artist who has been a champion of our artistry and music-making for almost 30 years,” said Catherine Wilson, founder and Artistic Director of Ensemble Vivant. “We hope the whole world will join us to honour this important Canadian music icon and to experience the wealth of beautiful music that he has written for us.”

Hamilton born Rick Wilkins, C.M. is one of Canada’s most accomplished saxophonists and a world-renowned arranger, composer, conductor and performer. Throughout his career, Wilkins has also worked with a variety of music legends, including: Oscar Peterson, Anne Murray, Burton Cummings, Wayne and Schuster, Peggy Lee, Céline Dion, Oliver Jones, John McDermott, Guido Basso, Julie Amato and Tommy Ambrose. He established a major career creating music for radio and television, on CBC television and radio, as well as CTV. He was a music director for a television series and several specials starring The Jackson Five on CBS. He conducted a portion of the opening ceremonies for the Calgary Olympics, and was the music director for the gala opening of Toronto’s SkyDome. Also, he scored and rescored the Hockey Night in Canada theme. 

As Rick Wilkins himself commented: “No matter the genre, there is magic in Ensemble Vivant’s music-making.” The group’s 12 recordings are heard on radio around the world. This sensational group is comprised of artists of the highest caliber, including: Catherine Wilson, piano/artistic director; Corey Gemmell, violin; Sybil Shanahan, cello; Norman Hathaway, viola; Jim Vivian, bass.