“Virtually” On the Hill
We’re lining up artists to do concerts over online platform Zoom this summer, giving us a safe way to gather together and enjoy great music. The next two concerts will be Thursday, July 16 at 7pm (featuring Alex Pangman and Her Blue Two) followed by Thursday, August 6 at 7pm (featuring Estyr).
How does it work?
- Email Deb at to register. Deb will send you a link to the Zoom gathering. A couple minutes before the concert begins, simply click on the link and Deb or another moderator will give you access. You don’t need to do anything else to make it work!
- As with last year, the concerts are pay what you can. If you can’t give at this time, no problem – you are still very welcome to register and enjoy the concert! If you are able to give – thank you; your gift will go towards community events such as these concerts.
- The easiest way to give is through Canada Helps (either click on the blue link or on the yellow Give icon at the bottom right of your screen). Alternatively, you can e-transfer your gift to
- Check this website or our Facebook page for updates on concerts and artists. If you’d like to be on our On the Hill mailing list, email Deb at
Making “smoky soul-pop” with her voice that is “smoother than velvet” (Noemi Collings for Jazzkaar), Kaili Kinnon is a singer and songwriter born and raised in Toronto. Raised on classic rock, trained in classical voice, Kaili has made her home in contemporary music for the last five years. Her songs are jazz and soul informed pop and her voice has been compared to Nina Simone, Adele, and Anita Baker. Kaili holds a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music degree from the School of Arts, Performance, Media & Design at York University, where she specialized in classical voice, while also singing in gospel and funk collaborations. During university and after graduation, Kaili performed in multiple operatic roles including Lucy in THE BEGGARS OPERA (York University), God in David Lidov’s THE DROUGHT IN EDEN (World Premiere), Gertrude in LOUISE (Voicebox: Opera in Concert), and Diana in LA CALISTO (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy). She has studied singing with Deborah Joy, the Grammy Award nominated and Juno Award winning Catherine Robbin, and with Vicki St. Pierre. Her music can be found on Spotify, iTunes, and all other streaming services.
About Alex Pangman & Her Blue Two:
Although Alex Pangman grew up a couple of generations late to have sung with Teddy Wilson, the vibrant young vocalist is proud to be known as Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing. With pipes aplenty, Juno nominee Pangman possesses the requisite taste, talent and the historical knowledge of an avid record collector to breathe new life into the sturdy standards of the classic jazz era.
A superb song stylist with growing compositional chops, the gifted Toronto scenemaker has built a loyal fanbase amongst jazz listeners and dancers alike through her critically acclaimed work with her stacked Alleycats in the studio, nightclubs and concert halls across Canada including three stellar showcases at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Alex Pangman and Her Blue Two features violinist Drew Jurecka and guitarist Nathan Hiltz in an all acoustic setting. They’re both deeply influenced by the great traditional jazz duets of Venuti/Lang and Reinhardt/Grappelli. Listen to their new single I’m All Dressed up with a broken Heart on iTunes
Estyr weaves stories of femininity, immigration, and suburbia into songs layered with lush vocals and warm acoustic guitar.
Her songs skirt alt R&B and indie alt-folk influences, while remaining firmly rooted in lyrical storytelling. Whether performing solo or with upright bassist Brandon Davis, she’s noted for her dynamic and down-to-earth stage presence, engaging audiences to laugh, reflect, and heal. Since the release of her debut single, Human Alchemy (2019), she has performed at festivals and intimate venues across Southern Ontario, receiving local and national radio play on CBC Radio 1 and the Strombo Show. Recently she released her second single, Mad Woman. She is currently writing the soundtrack for the feature-length independent film ‘Altar Boy’ (to be released late 2020). An ardent proponent for diversity in the arts, Estyr formed Tiger Balme, an all-female band that has shared the stage with other local and international WOC-centric acts, including Madison McFerrin, Emily Soon, and Cutsleeve.