Raising Her Voice



Diaspora Dialogues is delighted to partner with Orpheus Choir of Toronto, one of the most dynamic and pre-eminent choral groups in the country, for Raising Her Voice, a concert taking place 7:30 PM March 8 at Grace Church On-the Hill to celebrate International Women’s Day. Please join us  for this unique event. Tickets may be purchased here.


The collaborative portion of RHV pairs four poets from DD programs with composers chosen by Orpheus to create new pieces for choir, exploring both the female experience and the mentor relationship that both organizations embrace in their philosophy.

The lyrics of this piece are from Toronto native Yaya Yao’s book Flesh, Tongue. She is paired with Vancouver-based Katerina Gimon who is an award-winning composer, improviser, and experimental vocalist.

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This beautiful composition was created through the blending of work by two highly accomplished artists and mentors – poet Priscila Uppal and composer Christine Donkin. Priscila tragically passed away in September at the age of 43. We will honour her work and her memory at this concert.

A Prayer for Return
Shadi Eskandani, an Iranian-born Toronto based poet pairs with University of Toronto student Anka-France Forget, a three-time winner of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association’s National Student Composition Competition.

Two Tea Bowls
Award-winning poet and author Phoebe Wang’s poem is set to music by in-demand composer and educator Tawnie Olson, who is also currently an adjunct professor of composition at the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford.

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