Jessica Blake is Rainbow Songs' longest standing instructor, having been teaching with us for over a decade. A born performer, Jessica was singing, playing the piano, and putting on impromptu dance recitals for anyone whose attention she could capture, from as early as she can remember. After studying Education at McGill University, Jessica decided to mix her pleasure for performing with travel and travelled throughout South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand for 18 months, doing solo performances in many venues throughout those countries.
Following 10 years of composing and recording her own songs, Jessica finally released her first full length album entitled 'So Close'. 'So Close' has gotten radio play throughout Canada, US, and Europe, and received notable awards, like being chosen as "Album of the Month" at a Zurich (Switzerland) radio station. Jessica has been a featured vocalist on every Rainbow Songs CD to date, and has written and co-written songs such as "Bath Time", "We're All Here", "Let's Dance Today", and "My Bellybutton".
Jessica thoroughly enjoys the diversity of working with preschool children and their caregivers at Rainbow Songs Foundation, performing as Lady Red in Rock'n'Rainbow, and touring and performing with her own adult contemporary, acoustic/pop band. She looks forward to having you in her class or seeing you at an upcoming show!
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!
Rebecca Jess has a strong background in music performance, theatre and community arts. She holds a BA in Drama and English from Queen’s University, Kingston. Rebecca went on to earn her Bachelor of Education from Queen’s through their Artist in the Community Education (ACE) program
Rebecca has a deep understanding of working with children through her experience with community theatre as well as summer camps. Her work with Rainbow Songs Foundation is a natural extension of this lifelong journey.
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!