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Top Line Vocal Collective Delivers Strong Performance for Charity

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DH Vancouver Staff Dec 04, 2014 8:13 am

Before I set foot in SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts last Friday, I had never heard of Studio Cloud 30’s Top Line Vocal Collective choral group. I sure know now! The diverse 40-member ensemble blew me away at their second of two Voices in Colour concerts with a 90 minute set that included a wide range of contemporary pop, R&B, gospel and reggae songs. Sponsored by CIBC, Mini Yaletown and Cactus Club Cafe, the concerts raised funds in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada and their work to combat life-threatening blood cancers.

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Throughout the concert, the large and very enthusiastic audience was treated to a visual multi-media experience including the debut music video screening of “Lifeboat” by R&B/Soul recording artist and Top Line Director Warren Dean Flandez. Special guest stars Roy and Rosemary and saxophonist Eli Bennett offered up some jazz-inspired Christmas tunes.

While I loved the contemporary hits, especially an electrifying version of Mary J. Blige’s “No More Drama”, I was almost moved to tears by the Collective’s Gospel songs that raised the roof and had the entire audience on its feet, clapping and singing along. I’m not a church-goer, but Gospel always fills me with joy!

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Joy was the operative word on this night. Part of the multimedia backdrop included members of the Top Line ensemble talking with obvious emotion about their love of song – and each other. It triggered my own memories of being in the chorus of the Merry Widow in high school more than 40 years ago!

All in all, a great way to start my weekend.

Photo Credit: Patryk Widejko

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