Rosemary Siemens Known for her love of sparkle and bling, quirky laugh, and warm genuine personality, world-class improv-violinist and vocalist Rosemary Siemens
has mesmerized audiences around the world since the age of three. Hailing from a century-family-farm in Plum Coulee, Manitoba, and currently based in Vancouver, BC, Rosemary is a small-town farm girl dominating the world-stage playing a 300-year-old violin named Sparkle that was played in King Louis XIV’s orchestra. She’s performed four times at New York’s Carnegie Hall, played private concerts for two living U.S. Presidents, Canada’s Prime Minister, and 16- time GRAMMY Award-winner David Foster, and was the first violinist to
ever perform at the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican since its first mass in 1483. She and her pianist Roy Tan recently
performed the world premiere of their composition, “The Courtial Concerto” written for the Ambassador of Rome at the world’s largest sacred music festival at the Vatican.
In August 2016, Rosemary’s hometown of Plum Coulee, Manitoba, unveiled a sign in her honour at the edge of the town that reads, “Plum Coulee, Home of Rosemary Siemens.” It inspired her to write, record, and launch her debut bluegrass album entitled, Plum Coulee, My Home, featuring her vocal debut with her band Rosemary & The Sweet Sound Revival.
Since Rosemary’s release in Oct, 2016, Plum Coulee, My Home, hit #11 on the Canadian Country-Music Charts and won the 2016 Global Music Award for “Best Bluegrass/Country Album”. Rosemary was also featured in Billboard Magazine and her music video of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with Roy & Rosemary went viral and reached over half a million views on YouTube.
Rosemary has performed in over twenty countries as well as the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Hockey Night in Canada, and concerts for Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Bentley, Walt Disney World for Children’s Miracle Network, the Latin GRAMMY-Awards, The Miss America Pageant, L'Oréal Paris, The World Entrepreneur Forum, the Egyptian Embassy in
Washington, D.C., Canada’s Gospel Music Awards, and recently shared the stage in Nashville with 10-time-GRAMMY-Award-Winner Gospel Artist CeCe Winans.
In addition to a demanding performing and touring schedule, Rosemary was recently featured as a star on the world premiere of The Food Network’s new hit show “Chef In Your Ear”. She was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her significant contribution to the arts in Canada.
Rosemary’s passion is to take her violin everywhere – to unexpected locations to touch, inspire, and make people smile through music. From performing for passengers stranded at the Calgary International Airpor during Christmas, to bringing a man to tears with a version of the classic hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy” at Rome’s iconic Colosseum, to taking songrequests
for a U.S. retired veteran at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Nashville, you never know where Rosemary will show up to touch peoplewith her music. You can follow her exciting adventures on social media using #RosemaryPlaysItForward.
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Thirty-five-time internationally award-winning jazz saxophonist and four-time Leo-Nominated film composer Eli Bennett has performed twice at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles and shared the stage with the likes of Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Barry Harris, Terence Blanchard, and Dave Holland. He is a two-time-recipient of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award from the National Jazz Awards and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, was awarded the Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for music in 2012, is a D’Addario Woodwinds Artist, a Selmer-Paris Endorsing Artist, a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, and in 2013 was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Premier of BC.
Actively performing in Vancouver and Toronto since 2007, Eli has not only frequented jazz clubs such as Cory Weed’s Cellar Jazz Club and The Rex Hotel as a leader and sideman, but was also recently featured on an episode of the popular Science Channel TV show Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. In addition to performing at the Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, All-Canadian, and Prince Edward County jazz festivals, he has also performed regularly for dignitaries at the Queen’s Park Ontario Legislature, the Netherlands Consulate in Toronto for Queen Beatrix’s official birthday celebration, and the Ontario Premier’s Awards.
Other notable awards include the Jazz.FM91/Mary Elizabeth Stuart Award (Toronto International Jazz Festival), the Fred Sherratt Award (MusiCounts/CARAS), two DownBeat Awards for jazz composition, and the Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance from the Hnatyshyn Foundation. TV and radio appearances include Canada AM, ET Canada, CTV BC, CBC Radio’s Hot Air, JazzFM91, and articles in The Province, The Georgia Straight, and DownBeat Magazine.
As a film composer with over thirty credits, his scores have premiered at the world’s most prestigious film festivals, including Festival de Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2012, he earned a Leo-Nomination for additional music in the film Nash – The Documentary (Alliance), and in 2013 received two Leo-nominations for his work on short films Reset and Escape Act. Recently, he was the co-composer for Take Back Your Power, which won the 2014 Leo Award for “Best Documentary”.
Bennett’s debut album, Breakthrough (funded by The Canada Council for the Arts), was released in late 2014, and has since received extensive international attention, ranking in the top ten on the Canadian and U.S. Jazz Charts, while being featured on the homepage of iTunes Canada Jazz for two months as one of the top Canadian jazz albums of 2014. In addition to major international radio play in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, the Ottawa Citizen named Breakthrough the “#4 Best Jazz Debut Album” of 2014, while All About Jazz, Earshot Magazine and Wholenote Magazine echoed similar critical acclaim for the debut. In early 2015, Breakthrough won the Julian Jazz Award for ‘Best Canadian Jazz Album by an Emerging Artist’, as well as a nomination for ‘Jazz Recording of the Year’ at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards. In 2016, Breakthrough was named the “#4 Best Canadian Release of 2015” by JAZZ.FM91, North America’s top jazz radio station.
Bennett recently wrapped up his Breakthrough Tour 2015, a 10–day, 10–show cross–Canada tour with his quartet that saw him perform sold–out concerts at Canada’s major jazz festivals including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, where he was featured prime–time main stage for over ten thousand people after receiving the nomination for the TD Grand Jazz Award from the festival. In support of the success of Breakthrough, Eli Bennett will be announcing his Breakthrough World Tour 2016 with his quartet shortly.