Apr 17, 2023
By AM740 Staff
Coming up this Saturday at 1pm on Finding Your Bliss, Life Coach and Bliss Expert Judy Librach is joined by Rona Maynard!
Rona found happiness at 65—a story she tells in her new memoir Starter Dog: My Path to Joy, Belonging and Loving This World. She first broke into print at 14 with a short story about bullying and still receives fan mail from teens who are reading it in class.
Rona capped a stellar career in magazines with a decade at the helm of Chatelaine, where her column garnered a loyal following.
Her disclosure of a struggle with depression helped to kickstart a national conversation about mental health. After Chatelaine, Rona had to learn to unwind — and found that her best teacher was a rescue mutt who had received his basic training in a prison. She has been married for more than 50 years and is a firm believer that road trips go better with a dog in the back seat.
Also on the program, we have jazz singer, Whitney Ross-Barris!
Part of the Toronto jazz scene since 2008, Prairie-born, Ontario-based jazz singer Whitney Ross-Barris has quickly built a respected name for herself among players and listeners alike.
As a solo jazz artist, Whitney has appeared frequently in the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. She performs regularly in clubs, restaurants and concert halls across South Western Ontario.
With her almost 20 years of experience as a professional theatre actor (Assassins, Birdland Theatre; Cavan Blazers, 4th Line Theatre; Gorey Story, The Thistle Project, Stormen, Follo Folkehøgskole – Vestby Norway) Whitney brings an engaging and fearless approach to solo jazz singing.
“Whitney tends to make one roar with laughter and shed a tear in the same set. Always in the moment and hotly swinging, she is one of my very favourite jazz singers in this town!” – Ori Dagan, Wholenote Magazine
Since self-admittedly bluffing her way into songwriting, Whitney’s compositions and lyrics have appeared on stage (Woyzeck, Red Light District), on film (Prodigals, Sociable Films) and on increasingly more recordings (Christmas on Seaton Street, Number 9 Audio, The Art of Breath, Volume One, John MacMurchy, Everybody’s Here, Whitney Ross-Barris) and now on her own trio album as co-writer with guitarist Nathan Hiltz (Bright Lunch Trio).
On the heels of her self-produced debut EP in 2009, Whitney released her full-length jazz album Everybody’s Here, featuring a number of not-so-standard standards, originals and even a few long-lost compositions by her late grandfather, writer-broadcaster, Alex Barris.
Her second album – this one self-titled with the Bright Lunch Trio (jazz trio with guitarist Nathan Hiltz and bassist, Ross MacIntyre) was released in late 2017. The album features all original music by Whitney and Nathan and was six years in the making.
Whitney calls Uxbridge, Ontario home, where she whiles away the tedious hours chasing her three adorable young hellions and trying to sneak in a moment or two alone at the piano to work out a melody or twelve!
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