Living Arts Centre

Patricia O'Callaghan Sings Leonard Cohen & More

Showtime: Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Location: RBC Theatre

Experience the sensuous, bittersweet music of Leonard Cohen and his contemporaries, given a feminine touch in the hands of Canadian chanteuse, Patricia O’Callaghan. Mixing his lesser-known songs with new twists on the hits, she peppers these fresh interpretations with French and Spanish, giving the lyrics cultural context and taking them into the realm of musical poetry. Patricia’s easy connection with the audience, her striking stage presence, and her warm, crystalline voice create an ambiance of intimacy that perfectly serves the songs of this iconic troubadour. 

Performing beloved hits like “Who By Fire?, “Suzanne” and “Dance Me To the End of Love”, Patricia, along with Robert Kortgaard on piano and Andrew Downing on double bass, delivers a beautifully personal yet quietly powerful concert experience.

Patricia O’Callaghan’s 15-year career has taken her across genres, continents, and a range of disciplines. A speaker of French, Spanish, and German, she can blend a variety of languages and musical genres seamlessly together in her concerts. Her most recent recording/touring projects are Matador: The Songs of Leonard Cohen and Christmas with Patricia O’Callaghan & Friends, where she warms the hearth of the holidays with baroque era Spanish and French carols mixed with modern holiday songs. Patricia’s easy rapport with the audience, her striking stage presence, and her warm, many-hued voice have enchanted audiences across the globe.


Patricia O’Callaghan is something of a wandering minstrel. Her fifteen-year career has taken her across genres, continents, and a range of disciplines and passions.

Her recording career spans five solo albums and many interesting visits along the way as a guest on other artists’ CDs. A speaker of French, Spanish, and German, her early recordings focused on European cabaret, and she is considered a specialist, most significantly, in the music of Kurt Weill.

Patricia has performed his Threepenny Opera, Seven Deadly Sins, and Kleine Mahagonny with Soulpepper Theatre Company, Edmonton Opera, and Vancouver Opera, to name a few.

This Toronto soprano can sing a 100-year-old German tune so lustily that you almost don't need a translation to know that someone's about to get his throat cut or get laid or both. The National Post
One of Patricia’s most unique talents is the ability blend a variety of languages and musical genres seamlessly together in her concerts, and completely embody whatever style she is singing at any given moment.

O’Callaghan sings her diverse material as if it was always meant to go side-by-side and by the end of the evening, it’s easy to believe her. Chart Attack Magazine

She has sung with some of the world’s great ensembles and artists (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Don Byron Quartet, Bryn Terfel), and has performed in venues that range from London’s Royal Opera House to New York’s Noho cabaret Le Poisson Rouge.

Patricia also writes and co-writes songs and has had the honor of premiering many new compositions, from both the classical and pop worlds. It has been her great privilege to work with such creators as R. Murray Schafer, Dennis Lee, Christos Hatzis, George Aperghis, Steve Reich, and Steven Page, to name a few.

Patricia’s film, theatre and television credits include her own Bravo! special, The CBC produced Ken Finkleman series Foolish Heart, and the semi autobiographical Rhombus / Westwind film Youkali Hotel, which has won several prizes, including a Golden Sheaf Award to Patricia for best female performance. Ms. O’Callaghan has also received other awards, such as a Chalmer’s Grant from the Ontario Arts Council and a Fleck Fellowship from The Banff Centre for the Arts.

She is in her fifth year as a Resident Artist at Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company. Her responsibilities there include conducting, teaching, mentoring young artists, producing, curating and performing in festivals, and developing new work.

Her most recent recording/touring projects are Broken Hearts and Madmen; a collaboration with The Gryphon Trio, which blends classical music with traditional songs from Latin America and pop songs from around the world.

Broken Hearts and Madmen is an exquisite piece of work. The result is absolutely breathtaking in its attention to detail, with every note carved from their love of the songs and their obvious ease with each other. Vivoscene and Matador: The Songs of Leonard Cohen

A truly exceptional blend of natural expressiveness and masterful coloration, her tender versions of Cohen's "Take this Waltz" and "Hallelujah" are revelatory. Billboard Magazine
Patricia loves what she does and counts her blessings every day.
She’s one of the best singers ever to come out of Canada. Vivoscene, 201

Dinner and a Show!
Complete your Living Arts Centre experience with our Pre-Show Dinner at LIVE Restaurant!
Choose a delicious meal from our Entrée a la carte menu ($31.95).
Includes soups, salads and dessert
(Beverages, taxes and gratuity extra)

Doors open at 5:00pm
For reservations, please call 905-306-6116


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