SATURDAY May 2, 2020
Eastern Standard Time
Meghan Gilhespy & Dorothea Paas
Meghan Gilhespy is a Doctorate of Musial Arts student at the University of Toronto, specializing in jazz voice. Her research looks at experimentalism in jazz voice through a feminist lens, and critiques the euro-centric structures in scholarship that have rendered this field of study neglected. Meghan performs regularly in Toronto and Vancouver. She has performed at the Gardiner Museum as part of Yoko-Ono’s ‘The Riverbed’, as well as at the Canadian Music Centre showcasing her compositions. Meghan has performed with the Element choir and Tanya Tagaq, as part of a documentary for the National Film Board of Canada. She was a featured vocalist at the 2017 Mayor’s Evening for the Arts in Toronto. In 2016, she released her debut album ‘Vive Le Tour’.
Dorothea writes contemplative and spacious songs in which richly-layered chord voicings float alongside dynamic, emotive vocal exploration. Her songs balance delicacy/heaviness and composition/improvisation, while her lyrics explore intimacy, anxiety, the body and beyond. Dorothea lives in Toronto, and has performed around Canada for almost 10 years, including a cross-country tour in 2018. In addition to performing her own songs, she sings and arranges for such beloved artists as U.S. Girls and Jennifer Castle. In 2019 she arranged harmonies and sang for U.S. Girls’ latest album, Heavy Light, which came out in March 2020 to high acclaim. She is now a guitarist and singer in U.S. Girls and was slated to go on an extensive international tour this year and next, which is obviously on hold for now! Dorothea has self-released several tapes, and her debut full-length album is due in early 2021.
Meghan and Dorothea live in the same house, and are still trying to get the hang of zoom concerts!