Flamenco, Latin, World
Shirlita La Pili is known for her earthy, warm and smooth velvet voice, offering a heartfelt delivery of traditional flamenco and latin influenced songs. She dove into music at a young age and entered into the world of flamenco at the age of 12. Over the years she has studied with many master singers including Encarna Anillo, Rocio Márquez and dancers Mercedes Ruiz and Karen Lugo to name a few. She has performed in flamenco festivals in Canada and has worked with leading flamenco companies in Toronto including Compañia Carmen Romero, Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company as well as Arte Flamenco. She has performed at the Tiempo De Gitanos Tablao in Buenos Aires and at Flamenco en La Torre in El Bolsón, Patagonia. Shirlita is deeply involved with the Toronto flamenco community she teaches and participates in various local projects. Mark Rainey is a versatile performer who comfortably switches between diverse styles. Having trained in classical singing at the University of Toronto, he works across the city with various choral ensembles, currently primarily with the choir at the Church of the Redeemer, a group where his sensitive and powerful singing is expressed through classical repertoire from renaissance to contemporary, gospel music and pop. He sang in 2019 with the St. James Cathedral choir at the AGO’s ‘Songs of Heaven’ concert for the opening of the Early Rubens exhibit, and he also joined the Nathaniel Dett Chorale in honouring Jessye Norman as she received the prestigious Glenn Gould Prize. Through that latter ensemble Mark has also performed for Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and has sung with the TSO and the Joe Sealy Quartet, often performing as a soloist. Mark’s work singing solo and playing piano and guitar ranges from classic swing to Cuban and bossa nova ballads, and includes inventive covers of classics from rhythm and blues, pop and rock, and he always plays and sings with soul.