Team

Podcast Crew

Blake Hargreaves

Host

Since 2016, Blake Hargreaves has been recording improvisations on the world’s pipe organs and composing original works for them. The project seeks to find new sonic and conceptual/spiritual approaches to the instrument and individual spirituality, and is depicted in the upcoming documentary Searching for the Sound. His album Improvisations on the Pipe Organs of Europe, released on Ultra Eczema in 2019, was reviewed in Boomkat as “Among the most enchanting recordings of organ music we’ve heard (…) timeless and haunting”.

Hargreaves directs the Fluorescent Friends label in Montreal, and has been the Co-Producer of the annual Cool Fest concert series since its inception in 2007. His other projects include releases on labels like Ecstatic Peace!, Olde English Spelling Bee, American Tapes, and InYrDisk, and he has been featured in publications like The Vice Photo Book and The Routledge Research Companion to Electronic Music.

Andrew O’Connor

Producer

Andrew O’Connor is an independent radio producer, and sound artist based in Toronto. His work reflects an interest in sound, storytelling, and transmission, and explores these ideas through formal broadcast radio as well as installation art, sound design, and pirate radio.

Andrew’s work has been featured across the CBC Radio network, syndicated internationally as well as featured in the Radiophrenia Festival at the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Art, and the Third Coast Filmless Festival at the Musuem of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Andrew currently hosts and produces a weekly pirate radio show called DISCO 3000 on his long running, clandestine radio project Parkdale Pirate Radio.

Hayley Raymond

Community Manager

Hayley is the face behind the scenes of FutureStops’ social media and public outreach. She has a love of podcasting and community radio that stems from her past experience as the Programme Director’s Assistant at Trent Radio, where she worked and volunteered for 4 years before moving to Toronto.

Outside of FutureStops, Hayley is also the Office Administrator at The Royal Canadian College of Organists and an experimental musician interested in improvisation, drone and extended techniques. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration from Humber College and a Bachelor of Arts in Canadian Studies from Trent University.

Elizabeth Shannon

Executive Producer

Elizabeth Shannon is a senior arts manager with over 20 years of experience whose expertise includes strategic planning, development, project management, communications, and advocacy. Elizabeth is the Executive Director of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and is the Project Manager for the FutureStops initiative. She has also served as the Executive Director of Choirs Ontario and was on the Board of Choral Canada, where she helped restructure and rebrand that organization from an association of choral conductors to a thriving nation-wide choral community.

In addition to her work with the RCCO, Elizabeth is also an active musician and is currently the Choir Director of the Massey College Choir at the University of Toronto.

Executive Committee

Elizabeth Shannon

Elizabeth Shannon is a senior arts manager with over 20 years of experience whose expertise includes strategic planning, development, project management, communications, and advocacy. Elizabeth is the Executive Director of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and is the Project Manager for the FutureStops initiative. She has also served as the Executive Director of Choirs Ontario and was on the Board of Choral Canada, where she helped restructure and rebrand that organization from an association of choral conductors to a thriving nation-wide choral community.

In addition to her work with the RCCO, Elizabeth is also an active musician and is currently the Choir Director of the Massey College Choir at the University of Toronto.

John Sobol

John Sobol is a musician, author and strategic consultant who has worked closely with the RCCO since 2018 to help design, generate funding for, and implement the FutureStops project.

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Thomas Leslie

Tenor Thomas Leslie is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia and sings regularly throughout Eastern Canada and United States. Recent performance highlights include oratorios by Handel, Mozart, Haydn, and Mendelssohn, as well as operatic performances of Die Zauberflöte, and music of Nico Muhly at the River-to-River Festival in New York City, and completed a 10-day concert tour of China.

Thomas has been heard as a panellist on CBC Radio’s Opera Quiz and was featured on the Bravo Network documentary series The Classical Now. Thomas is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier and McGill Universities, where he studied both voice and organ, and holds an Executive MBA from Université Paris-Dauphine. He is the Executive Director of the Canadian International Organ Competition and Vice-President of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

Peter Nikiforuk

Dr. Peter Nikiforuk is President of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. From 1989-2000, he was Executive Director of the College. He has been Director of Music at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Kitchener since 1989 and an instructor at the Beckett School since 2000. Peter won the Leslie Bell Prize in Choral Conducting in 1996 and conducted Menno Singers from 1998-2017.

An active recitalist and clinician, Peter is also co-owner and editor for Kelman Hall Publishing. He holds degrees and diplomas from the University of Toronto, Yale University, The Royal Academy of Music and the American Guild of Organists.

Supported by

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.