Victoria's The Tenors Tops The Classical Charts
Canada's musicians have a long track record of making an impact on the charts both north and south of the border. Artists such as Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and Paul Anka have always been favorites both here and in the United States, putting Canada on the musical map for over half a century. Actually, it goes back even further than that - Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians made their first New Year's Eve radio broadcast all the way back in 1928, and were a fixture at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City from 1929 until 1959. Here at SV.com we believe in slow leisure, and the beauty of talented classical musicians. That's why in this piece we'll look to one of our hometown's very own hot, emerging acts.
You see now it appears that you can add Victoria's very own The Tenors to that list of greats. Since 2009, they have released three classical albums, and each one has gone on to top the Classical Crossover charts in the United States. They haven't quite made it to the top in Canada, but with two number three positions and one trip to number two, they are still setting the airwaves alight.
However, their road to overnight success has actually been a long one. The group was the brainchild of Jill Ann Siemens back in 2003, and debuted as a trio in Victoria in 2004. After their launch however, things were turbulent. Within two years, six different tenors either quit the group or were let go. Then, Siemens conducted a search across Canada to find new voices, and ended up choosing Remigio Pereira, Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters and Jamie McKnight. McKnight left the group in 2009, looking to pursue a career in musical theater, and was replaced by Clifton Murray - forming the lineup that the group still has today.
The group hit the big time when they released The Canadian Tenors at the end of 2008, and followed that up with The Perfect Gift at the end of 2009 - their first holiday album. Both of the albums made it to the number one spot on the US Classical Crossover chart, with The Perfect Gift also making it to the number seven spot on the US Holiday chart.
As well as recording, the group has been showing up at major venues in Canada and around the world. Up here, they have performed at opening ceremonies at the Royal Ontario Museum, and sang the national anthem at the 2009 Grey Cup. They have also been incredibly busy abroad - for instance, they performed at the Tel Aviv Opera House, and have appeared on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing as recently as November 11th this year.
The group has also been hitting it big in Vegas. They have performed at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, as well as selling out The Smith Center For the Performing Arts in downtown Las Vegas. In fact, one of the performances at the Smith Center was recorded for a PBS special. Of course, Vegas is no stranger to Canadian talent - Celine Dion is booked at Caesars Palace through 2019, and Cirque du Soleil has no less than eight shows running along the Strip.
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