Music and Culture Speaker Series 2022

The Music & Culture Performance Speaker series showcases the breadth and depth of a variety of professional relationships to music.  Invited speakers are asked to both speak to and perform their relationship to music-making, composition, and/or performance. Our goal is to provide students in the program with an accessible experience by which one can explore the varied relationships scholars and artists create with and to music. Where possible Masterclasses will provide students with new experiences in music and culture that will expand their purview and deepen their learning.










📆 March 9, 2022 🕓 4-6pm 📍 Zoom


Dr. Robin R.R. Gray is Ts’msyen and Mikisew Cree, and an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. She will discuss her current research project on the repatriation of Ts’msyen songs from archives, and foundational issues related to the preservation, management, ownership, access and control of Indigenous cultural heritage.


📆 February 17, 2022 🕓 4-6pm 📍 Zoom



Darren Hamilton is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Waterloo Region Mass Choir (WRMC). He has a broad and diverse background in music and education, spanning over two decades. Darren is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) with specialist qualifications in music and business, and has been teaching high school music full-time for the past 14 years. He has also served with the Faculty of Music at both Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto, where he now serves as the Course Director for the university’s first-ever gospel choir undergraduate course. 

As an accomplished musician, vocalist and recording artist, Darren served as a member of the Juno Award-nominated Youth Outreach Mass Choir, the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir, and directed the PowerUp Chorale in their contribution to the PowerUp Gospel Live album released in 2019. With his choir, WRMC, Darren has shared the stage with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Grand Philharmonic Choir. In 2021, he led WRMC’s contribution to the recording of "Freedom Marching" as part of the United Artists 4 Change collective. He also wrote, arranged and co-produced WRMC’s debut EP entitled Not Powerless, which is scheduled for release in early 2022.

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