Daniel Taylor is a Canadian countertenor and early music specialist. He completed his undergraduate studies in English, philosophy, and music at the Faculty of Music of McGill University (Montreal) and his graduate work in religion and music at the Université de Montréal. Daniel Taylor continued overseas with leaders of the baroque movement including the countertenor Michael Chance.
Taylor has performed with: Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne, San Francisco, Rome, Welsh National Opera, Canadian Opera, Opera North and Munich, Gabrieli Consort, Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Les Arts Florissants, Academy of Ancient Music), and he regularly joins forces with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Fretwork and the King’s Consort.
Hoax Couture was founded in 1985 by lawyer Chris Tyrell and architect Jim Searle . Without formal fashion training, the Hoax duo began by selling T-shirts on the streets of Toronto. Within a year their first fashion collection was available exclusively through Holt Renfrew. Two years later, an internationally acclaimed menswear collection followed and really put Hoax on the fashion map. From there they soared to wholesaling men’s and womenswear to boutiques in Toronto, across Canada and around the world.
Since closing their Yorkville boutique in 2005, the designers have been creating couture fashions for clients from their Toronto showroom, as well as designing costumes for many different dance works, including several collaborations with Coleman Lemieux and Compagnie.
John Oswald is a Canadian composer, saxophonist, media artist and dancer. His best known project is Plunderphonics, the practice of making new music out of previously existing recordings.
Oswald coined the term “plunderphonics” to describe his craft in a paper called “Plunderphonics, or Audio Piracy as a Compositional Prerogative” which he presented at the Wired Society Electro-Acoustic Conference in Toronto in 1985. Inspired by William S. Burroughs’ cut-up technique, Oswald had been devising plunderphonic-style compositions since the late ’60s.
Gordon Monahan’s works for piano, loudspeakers, video, kinetic sculpture, and computer-controlled sound environments span various genres from avant-garde concert music to multi-media installation and sound art. As a composer and sound artist, he juxtaposes the quantitative and qualitative aspects of natural acoustical phenomena with elements of media technology, environment, architecture, popular culture, and live performance.