Born and raised in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto, Léa has lived and loved music her whole life. She grew up in a musical theatre-loving family, played the clarinet in school and picked up the guitar at age sixteen. Léa also trained for close to ten years as a competitive gymnast and subsequently spent many summers coaching the sport.
While completing her Honours English degree at McMaster University, Léa often performed as a singer-songwriter in bars and cafés, and discovered her passion for musical theatre while performing in several university musicals. This inspired her to pursue performance professionally. Léa went on to train as a singer, actor and dancer as a student in Sheridan College’s prestigious Bachelor of Musical Theatre Performance program. Since graduating, Léa has worked as a theatre and television actor, and provided the singing voice of “Emma” on Family Jr.’s TV show “Little People.”
Léa truly adores working with children and young families, as well as building community through music. She is elated to have found a home with Rainbow Songs and Rainbow Songs Foundation, and she cannot wait to make music with you soon!
Steven Conway's teaching philosophy is that effectively communicating enthusiasm is the best way to inspire it in others. He is thrilled to have the chance to share his love of music with Rainbow Songs Foundation students.
Trained for 10 years in piano and theory at the Royal Conservatory of Music, with a background in choir, musical theatre, and improv, Steven is also self-taught in a variety of instruments, and is constantly seeking new ways to expand his musical vocabulary.
After completing his Master’s degree in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Toronto in 2015, Steven has performed in musical ensembles across the city, and continues to work as a musical director, accompanist, and composer within Toronto’s independent theatre scene.
As a member of the Rainbow Songs Foundation team, Steven is eager to facilitate learning, community, and joy through the love of music.
Jairus Gabison's lifelong passion for music led him to complete a BFA in Music at York University. He has since performed extensively at venues and festivals across the GTA, including the TD Jazz Fest and the Ontario Vocal Arts Festival.
One of Jairus' proudest moments was directing and producing a 2011 multi-media musical performance event at the Living Arts Centre, composed for the Mississauga Youth Orchestra and a mass choir.
Aside from his work as a guitar and vocal teacher, Jairus is also the co-director of Canada’s longest running collegiate A Cappella group, WIBI Acapella at York University. Additionally, he serves as the Christian Youth Music Director at the Iglesia ni Cristo, Church of Christ in Mississauga.
Jairus is thrilled to join the Rainbow Songs Foundation team, and is eager to share the gift of music with children and families alike!
Born into a large musical family, Linda Gallant spent her childhood in New Brunswick involved with choirs and a ukulele ensemble, and assumed the position of double-bass section lead of the district string orchestra. She also grew to love participating in plays, musicals, and the Hampton Summer Stock Theatre troop.
At Acadia University, Linda achieved a Bachelor of Music with double concentrations in Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre. Wanting more hands-on training, she relocated to Toronto to complete a Diploma in Performing Arts (singing, acting, and dancing) at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. She has since performed with several companies in southern Ontario, most notably Toronto Operetta Theatre, Voicebox: Opera in Concert, and the Drayton Theatre Festival – including their North American tour of Camelot.
Linda’s enthusiasm extends well past opera and musical theatre! She has also sung with jazz ensembles, a Motown cover-band, a Dolly Parton chorale, and provided backing vocals for a hip-hop artist.
Music of all origins enthralls her, which is why Linda is beyond thrilled to be sharing her love of it with the Rainbow Songs Foundation community!
Since a young age, music has been an integral part of David Lewis' life. After taking up the cello at the age of 7, David went on to study music and performance at Claude Watson School for the Arts in Toronto. During the 9 years he spent in this program, David developed tuba, guitar and vocal skills, and performed in venues and festivals across the city. He continues to play with groups in venues across Toronto and Ontario.
During his development as a musician, David also developed a passion for working with children and youth. After spending 8 years as a summer camp counsellor and leadership mentor, where one of his greatest joys was leading children and youth in song around the campfire, David is well equipped to empower children and help build their self-confidence through music and performance.
David is very excited to be a part of the wonderful Rainbow Songs Foundation team, and is eager to combine his knowledge and skills in both music and child development. Having developed a strong passion for music from a young age, David is thrilled to be given the opportunity to share that passion with children and their families!
Rena Ashton discovered a love for singing at an early age, enrolling in the Toronto Children’s Chorus and never looking back! As a member of the chorus, Rena was given the opportunity to sing with many gifted musicians and perform at venues like the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall. After graduating from the choir, Rena stayed on to work as a conductor’s assistant and theory teacher, helping young children learn to sight-read music and understand the basics of music theory.
She graduated from Ryerson University in 2010 with a degree in Radio and Television Arts, focusing primarily on children’s television production. In her spare time, Rena also serves as the conductor and musical director of the Varsity Jews A Cappella, Toronto’s premiere Jewish a cappella ensemble, and has helped the choir raise money for various charities in Toronto and internationally.
Rena is thrilled to be a part of Rainbow Songs Foundation, spreading the joy of singing that was imprinted upon her as a child. She believes music is something to be shared, and indeed the more we sing together the happier we’ll be!