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Fundraiser for Camp Rainbow Phoenix - Anna and Friends

  • Glad Day Bookshop 499 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C6 Canada (map)

Get these kids to camp:

An annual LGBTQ and allies youth leadership camp ages 13-17


Your Host
~Anna Gutmanis

~Troy Jackson
~Jeffery Straker
~Nadia High
~Katey Morley


Troy Jackson
Troy Jackson is a singer/songwriter and performer of African and Mohawk ancestry, based on Turtle Island/Kanata/Canada. Troy released his EP "City of Troy" in 2010. The video "The Batty Boys Revenge" was released at the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) with screenings at the Inside Out Film Festival, Image+Nation and TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival ) respectively. He released his newest music video "Icons" on October 31, 2018. His first short film "Hoods" will be released under the moniker of Jackson Bros Productions, the company Troy founded with his twin brother Todd W. Jackson.

Jeffery Straker
Singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker performs over 100 shows per year across Canada. He has recorded for CBC radio’s ‘Canada Live’, had a music video chart in the top 10 on Much More Music Canada and has toured internationally as far as Peru, Mexico and Chile. His tour stops range from intimate house concerts to club and theatre shows and include recent sold-out concerts with several Canadian symphony orchestras, performing his own songs. Canadian Musician Magazine has said, “Very much an artist to watch” while the Chicago Free Press has written, “Rufus Wainwright, as well as k.d. lang are among the Canadians making essential and beautiful music. Add the name Jeffery Straker to that list”. Jeffery has recently launched a brand new full length recording, “Dirt Road Confessional”, May 19 2017 while continuing to push the boundaries of what it means to be a piano balladeer. With themes both contemplative and joyous, the collection encapsulates the seasoned Saskatchewan singer/songwriter’s experiences of playing over 200 shows around the world since the release of his previous album, 2015’s “North Star Falling”. Straker regularly draws comparisons to a young Billy Joel or Elton John, with shades of Rufus Wainwright and Harry Nilsson thrown in, but on Dirt Road Confessional his personal storytelling style has evolved into his own unified voice.

Nadia High
Nadia High is a Canadian born singer-songwriter of Trinidadian roots. She creates and performs deeply soulful original songs with a mix of urban-folk, a blend of blues, neo-soul and classic rock genres. Her unique style and material address challenging topics such social injustice, race, alienation, cultural identity, personal growth and love in the face of adversity. Her songs are filled with super hooks, jazzy chords and catchy melodies - all allowing the listener to truly experience something new. As a member of the global artist collective HowdoyousayayminAfrican, Nadia wrote the music for the song “LAND,” from the independent film “Good Stock on The Dimension Floor” (2014), directed by visual artist Sienna Shields. The film made an impact on the New York art scene and was featured at the prestigious Whitney Museum Biennial, N.Y. (2014). She has been featured at the Harlem Music Festival , WinterFolk and Blues Fest, and Urban Folk Salon (2017/18), Harlem Farmers Market, Free Candy (Brooklyn, N.Y.), NAMA (New Amsterdam Association of Association, N.Y. The Bitterend N.Y., The Fuse, BASM (Black Speculative Arts Movement Festival) U of T, as well as several private artist salons and venues throughout Toronto. In July 2017 she released her original song and video "Armchair Revolution." She is currently working on singles from the project "Curve Balls In The Rain" which is set to be released in the fall of 2018.

Rakkatak merges classical Indian rhythms and melodies with a pop music aesthetic. The concept started as Anita Katakkar‘s solo project in 2009, out of her need to share the subtle beauty of tabla in a non-traditional way. A year later, Rakkatak morphed into a musical partnership with bassist Oriana Barbato and a rotating roster of guest musicians. This collective’s multi-faceted creativity and eclectic musicianship combust on stage to create a unique, coloured and intoxicating vibe. The band released their third album “Small Pieces” in April 2017. Selected performances include: the Women’s Percussion Festival at Toronto’s Lula Lounge, Hot and Spicy Festival at Toronto Harbourfront, Toronto Pride, Toronto’s Music in St. James Park, Toronto’s Arts in the Parks, Ottawa’s Barrymore’s and Robson Music Festival in British Columbia. Rakkatak aims to: serve the Canadian-Indian community by maintaining the integrity of Indian classical music and giving it a space to evolve in a contemporary context; facilitate cross-cultural dialogue through our music; change the perception that tabla is a male dominated art form and further the notion that female artists can be leading professional instrumentalists. In addition to performing, Rakkatak has conducted numerous tabla workshops in the GTA.

Katey Morley
Katey Morley’s music follows few rules, weaving together singable yet unexpected melodies, and effortlessly fusing her lifelong loves of country, jazz, folk and pop music. Self-taught composer and eclectic multi-instrumentalist, Katey plays dulcimer, autoharp, piano and percussion, but it is her voice that captivates listeners and has earned her a loyal following. It draws comparisons to the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Sia, and K.D. Lang. Her EP NOW (Aug, 2016) is a collection of new songs, all of which swell from deep sources. Katey is a storyteller, and her words invite the listener to see as well as hear.

Anna Gutmanis
Anna Gutmanis is an award-winning Canadian songwriter, singer and keyboardist deeply influenced by the blues. Her 2014 single releases “Lately It’s Cold” and “Diamonds and Stiletto Shoes” charted on iTunes, and “Diamonds” also appeared on the Roots Music Report 2014 Top 100 Pop Song and Album charts. Several songs from her critically-acclaimed album "Glimmer In The Dark" appeared on 3 different Australian Indie Radio Charts and on the Roots Music Report 2014 Top 100 Pop Song chart. The award-winning single “I Am Who I Am” is an anthem to the LGBTQ rights movement. It was featured in Euro Pride 2015 events in Latvia, and it charted on RMR's Top 50 Songs in Canada for August 2017. Other recordings include Anna's eponymous debut album, which still receives airplay on blues radio. She has released 2 music videos, “I Am Who I Am”, and “Another Way Out”. Both videos played at film festivals internationally, and are also being used as educational tools at PFLAG. "Another Way Out" won the 2014 Best Short Documentary award at Q Cinema Texas, and it is also played at short film festivals in the GTA. Anna often performs live in and around Toronto, and plays shows across Canada and the United States. New singles, a new video, and an album of new music are in the planning stages!

About Camp Rainbow Phoenix
Camp Rainbow Phoenix is an adult-facilitated and peer-mentored residential style summer leadership camp for youth ages 13 to 17. The location of the camp, somewhere within Durham Region, is kept confidential to protect the campers. The camp is 5 days of learning, fun, and making new friends. Youth Leadership Camp focuses on building and nurturing the leadership potential and personal resiliency of youth in an effort to help them become agents of positive social change in their schools, families, and communities. The camp is held every August, and fundraising for the following year begins early!”

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