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Passionately creative and creatively passionate, Alyssa Wright is a Canadian cellist, vocalist, songwriter, composer, educator, writer, activist, advocate, and occasional rant-er.  After spending her first three decades in Toronto, she is currently based in Barrie, Ontario.
 

"That sound just grabbed me…  She's a virtuoso!"

[Victor Wooten, bassist, composer, author and educator]

 

"That voice!  And soul."  

[Eric Bibb, acoustic blues singer-songwriter]


In addition to her solo performance, Alyssa is currently a member of folk-roots duo The Brights and classical ensemble Amity Trio, and is Ontario folk music's "go-to-it" girl for cello studio and session work.  She's played in a rock band, sung in a barbershop quartet, flirted with electronica, jazz, various "world music" and whatever new sounds tickle her fancy.  She has played festivals and venues from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island, including Massey Hall, Hugh's Room, The Carleton, Harbourfront Centre and Molson Amphitheatre, and has appeared on gazillions of commercial recordings (she admits to having lost count some time ago).

Recent highlights include performing with Grammy Award-winning bassist Victor Wooten, and performing a co-written song with multi-award-winning acoustic blues singer-songwriter Eric Bibb.  (Yes, she can die now – but hopefully she won't, and there will be many more highlights to come!)

And, in the vein of "it's not art until you scare yourself a bit", in March, 2017, Alyssa ventured into theatre with her one-woman show (plus musical friends) "Music for the Changing Voice" – a journey in song and story about growing up in her grandfather's shadow, finding her own voice, and turning even the most broken bits into art.

 

"The best thing in a woman's voice since
Ruthie Foster or Serena Ryder"

[David Zub, concert presenter]

 

"An amazingly talented musician… sweet, sweet cello…
has brought a tear to my eye many times." 
 

[Mose Scarlett, musician and Juno nominee]

 

When not performing, Alyssa runs music publicity company Take Note! Promotion, presents a house concert series, and is in the process of bringing the Katie Project to life "giving a voice to the voiceless -- using music to promote awareness of and healing from childhood sexual abuse."  She also teaches cello, voice, ensemble work and improvisation, and gives music and creativity workshops throughout Ontario.

Occasionally, she has a nap.

But only occasionally...

Previous events

Date Event Location
Music at St. Andrew's – Recital with Marilyn Reesor St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Barrie St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Barrie
Pagan's Folly – Ireland's Dream "Unplugged" Collier Street United Church, Barrie, ON Collier Street United Church, Barrie, ON
*POSTPONED* Pagan's Folly – Ireland's Dream Collier Street United Church, Barrie, ON Collier Street United Church, Barrie, ON
Blue Christmas St. Nicholas Anglican Church, Toronto St. Nicholas Anglican Church, Toronto
 —  — National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women Barrie City Hall Rotunda, Barrie Barrie City Hall Rotunda, Barrie
Edward St. Moritz – CD Release "Small Things Shining Bright" Upper Room, Nutrition Plus, Barrie, ON Upper Room, Nutrition Plus, Barrie, ON
Kol Nidre / Erev Yom Kippur Am Shalom Synagogue, Barrie, ON Am Shalom Synagogue, Barrie, ON
BarrieFolk Youth Songwriting Workshops Barrie, ON Barrie, ON
A Song For Ghana Central United Church, Barrie Central United Church, Barrie
The Brights in Concert Michael's On Main, Sundridge, ON Michael's On Main, Sundridge, ON
Music For The Changing Voice: my grandfather's cello, and all the little pieces Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, Barrie, ON Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, Barrie, ON
 —  — DIY Workshop Weekend Kempenfelt Conference Centre, Innisfil, ON Kempenfelt Conference Centre, Innisfil, ON
The Treblemakers: "Let Joy Awaken" Wasaga Beach Community Presbyterian Church, Wasaga Beach, ON Wasaga Beach Community Presbyterian Church, Wasaga Beach, ON
The Treblemakers: "Let Joy Awaken" New Life Church, Collingwood, ON New Life Church, Collingwood, ON
The Treblemakers: "Let Joy Awaken!" Barrie Salvation Army Citadel, Barrie, ON Barrie Salvation Army Citadel, Barrie, ON
Solo Recital: Midday Music with Shigeru Hi-Way Pentecostal Church, Barrie, ON Hi-Way Pentecostal Church, Barrie, ON
Roy Hickling: "One Thing" CD Release The Loft Art Space, Barrie, ON The Loft Art Space, Barrie, ON
Kol Nidrei Am Shalom Synagogue, Barrie, ON Am Shalom Synagogue, Barrie, ON
The Music Man (Talk Is Free Theatre) Barrie Bus Terminal, Barrie, ON Barrie Bus Terminal, Barrie, ON
The Music Man (Talk Is Free Theatre) Barrie Bus Terminal, Barrie, ON Barrie Bus Terminal, Barrie, ON

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