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An Evening with Deantha Edmunds

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Join the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall for an unforgettable evening of music with the talented Inuk soprano Deantha Edmunds! This in-person event will take place at the spectacular Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica on Sussex Drive, in the heart of Ottawa, Ontario.

Prepare to be captivated by Deantha’s mesmerizing voice and performance. Accompanying Deantha will be Schola Cantorum (the Cathedral Choir – Music Director: Michel Guimont, Organist: Jennifer Loveless.) This concert is not only a celebration of music but also an opportunity to support the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund.

Mark your calendars for this incredible evening filled with beautiful melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Don’t miss out on this chance to enjoy a remarkable concert while contributing to a meaningful cause. Get ready to be moved, inspired, and uplifted!


Deantha Edmunds
Deantha is the evening’s featured artist. Watch this YouTube video to hear her wonderful voice. Deantha, who is based in St. John’s, NL is Canada’s first Inuk professional classical singer. She has released three albums of music. The most recent from 2022 is her Music NL award-winning solo album “Connections”. In 2022, she performed both for His Holiness, Pope Francis, in Iqaluit and for Prince Charles (as he then was) and Camilla during their stopover in St. John’s. This past December she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for her activity as a performer, writer, composer, and mentor, work which seeks to empower Indigenous people and share their stories.

Learn more about Deantha at She also did a very interesting interview with CBC’s Tom Power on January 9th, which you can find at:

Christopher Guest
Christopher will be Deantha’s accompanist for the concert. He is a Professor of Musicology and Director of the School of Music at the University of Ottawa. He received his PhD from McGill University. In addition, he also holds degrees in piano performance from the Versailles Conservatory and a masters in musicology from the Sorbonne.

Schola Cantorum
Under the direction of the Cathedral’s music director, Michel Guimont, Schola Cantorum, the Cathedral Choir, and Jennifer Loveless, the Cathedral’s organist, will join Deantha for several musical pieces.

Indigenous Reconciliation Fund

The Canadian Bishops set up a $30 million fund in 2022. The Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall has committed to contributing $1.2 million to that fund. The monies raised by the Archdiocese will be used locally to support initiatives by Indigenous groups. Eight grants worth almost $400,000 have already been awarded. Eligible projects meet one or more of the following criteria:

- Healing and reconciliation for communities and families;
- Culture and language revitalization;
- Education and community building; and
- Dialogues for promoting indigenous spirituality and culture.

To learn more about the IRF go to

To learn more about the Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall’s campaign: A Christ-Centred Co-Journey Towards Healing as well as the current grant recipients go to

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