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BIO - Alfie Zappacosta

He's a lot of things to a lot of people - rock to some, smooth to others, AC to many. Alfie is established enough that he's just Alfie - an incredibly gifted talent beyond any genre tag.

He has long been considered one of the best vocal talents in Canada, yet we know very little about Alfie Zappacosta and his music. Sure you know his chart topping singles, Nothing Can Stand in Your Way, Passion, When I Fall in Love Again, We Should Be Lovers (plus many more), and the fact that he has two JUNOs and an American Music Awards for his contribution of Overload to the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack, but how much do you really know about the artist himself?

Alfie Zappacosta has a distinguished career and still today, he continues to write compelling lyric and melody. Yes Alfie Zappacosta is a songwriter! He is also an accomplished guitarist, premier vocalist and actor. In 1995, Zappacosta left his pop stardom behind to pursue a more intimate style of writing and performing.

The roots of his new sound started when Zappacosta began playing solo before crowds at a Toronto club. Playing only guitar, he explored new harmonies and melodies, later combing rootsy elements such as harmonica and accordion, which eventually manifested itself in a contemporary Jazz/AC sound. "The difficult part was finding an audience that was willing to sit and listen to my songs." states Zappacosta. "I had to believe that a legitimate artist was allowed to grow and could be appreciated and accepted for producing music that was heartfelt and not what the industry felt was appropriate for the times."

"The older I got, the more uncomfortable I became." Zappacosta confesses. "There were always elements of what is on the current project in my music. I wanted to get back into a form of music that I knew I was not only capable of doing but also a style of music that would fulfill me both artistically and spiritually. I realized that chasing down fads is really a losing proposition." His passion for beautiful melodies and grand songs manifested into four stunning CD's - Innocence Ballet, Dark Sided Jewel, Start Again and his brand new CD – Bonafide!.

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BIO - Janet MacEwen

Canadian Musical Theatre leading lady, Janet MacEwen, has sung everything from Big Band standards with Denny Doherty, to the music of Stan Rogers and Leslie Arden, to Zappacosta, ABBA and Heart. For 2 years Janet toured all over North America starring in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Mrs. Potts -Toronto, Broadway and US National Tour Companies). While living in New York City, Janet was cast in the great Marvin Hamlisch's N.Y.C. and Toronto workshops of SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS. The Toronto Company of MAMMA MIA brought her off the road in the US, and back to Toronto. She recently completed a run off ANNE OF GREEN GABLES at The Elgin Theatre in Toronto (People's Choice TWISI Award for best actress in a musical) for DanCap Productions, and her 4th consecutive season @ The Charlottetown Festival in ANNE OF GREEN GABLES in the demanding role of Marilla Cuthbert. Favourite roles of this multi-talented singer/songwriter/actress include: naive stripper 'Linda' in PAL JOEY (Theatre Calgary) 3 productions of JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL… (National Arts Centre and others), 5 productions of PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES (Prudie - National Arts Centre, Centaur Theatre, Grand Theatre London, Ch'town Festival and Nat'l Tour) the world premieres of THE HOUSE OF MARTIN GUERRE (Catherine - Theatre Plus Toronto - Dora Award nomination), A MATTER OF HEART - the music of Stan Rogers (Theatre Orangeville) the Canadian regional premieres of LES MISERABLES (Fantine), CATS (Grizabella) and EVITA (The Mistress) - Neptune Theatre, where she met Zappacosta more than 20 years ago. Janet starred as 'Marge' in the Canadian Premiere of the rockin' off-broadway cult hit SUDS! (Danforth Music Hall Toronto). Janet recorded her debut CD "Back Where I Belong" in studios in Toronto, Halifax and Edmonton with music producer and long time friend, Juno Award and American Music Award winning singer/song writer Alfie Zappacosta. The powerful soaring melodies & poignant lyrics on this jazz infused AC/smooth jazz cross-over CD combined w/gorgeous arrangements, first call musicians and first class vocals, make this passionate, romantic recording the perfect companion for an intimate evening with close friends. "Back Where I Belong" is available @ CD Baby.

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