I Lost My Talk

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We regret to announce that our project on Jeff Enns’ piece ‘I Lost My Talk‘ has been cancelled.

Owing to low enrollment, and because we have been unable to secure indigenous partnership for this project, we have made the difficult decision not to sing this composition at this time.

This project was conceived as a choral fundraiser for the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.

SING THE NORTH will still be honouring our commitment to support the IRSSS and will be making a donation to organisation despite the cancellation of this project.

If you would like to support the IRSSS directly, we encourage you to make a tax-deductable donation via their donations page.

Thank you for your interest in joining us to sing this beautiful piece by Jeff Enns to a historic poem by Rita Joe.

We wish you well and look forward to singing with you on a future project.

Kathryn Whitney

Artistic Director, SING THE NORTH

 

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Rita Joe

I Lost My Talk is a poem by Mi'kmaq writer, Rita Joe.

Rita Joe is known as the poet laureate of the Mi’kmaq people. Her  powerful poems and songs speak directly and honestly about Indigenous identity and about the legacy of the Canadian residential school system.

Born Rita Bernard on 15 March 1932 in Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia, Rita Joe went on to earn numerous awards and honours. She was called to the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, making her one of the few non-politicians ever to be appointed. She is also a recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award and the Order of Canada.

Since her death in 2007, Rita Joe's works continue to have a major inpact on both Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers, artists, educators, and politicians.

Meet Jeff Enns, poetry by Rita Joe

Jeff Enns is a native of Waterloo Ontario where he grew up surrounded by music. He studied organ, viola and composition at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has won a number of composition competitions and had his music performed across North America, as well Ireland, the U.K and Japan. He has received many commissions from various choral groups across Canada such as Conrad Grebel College (ON), Halifax Camerata (NS), Xara Choral Theatre (NS), Saskatoon Chamber Singers (SK), University of Alberta Madrigal Singers (AB), Spiritus Chamber Choir (AB), and Vox Humana Chamber Choir (BC).

Jeff is presently music director at St. James Lutheran Church in Elmira, where he lives with his wife and two children. Jeff maintains a private teaching studio and also teaches violin and viola privately at the Beckett School in Kitchener. He also sings professionally with the Canadian Chamber Choir and the Elora Festival Singers.

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