Hot Tips for a Cool Summer Voice!

Summer is here! There’s so much to enjoy about the beautiful weather finally arriving. To make sure you’ve got a voice to last you through the fun of it all, check out these three hot tips to keep your voice cool as a cucumber! Slip ‘n slide!  Remember that old summer gem? You put a long sheet of plastic down a …

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More Positive News for the Trans Community!

Toronto Women’s College Hospital is getting ready to become the second place in Canada to offer gender affirmation surgery, a move that comes amid growing demand from trans people across the country.  Women’s College already performs some gender-confirming day surgeries (mastectomies, hysterectomies, orchiectomies), but this will hopefully alleviate some of the backlog at the private Montreal clinic that is currently the only place in …

How to find a qualified Speech Pathologist / Voice Therapist

If you’re looking for a speech pathologist, voice therapist, singing voice specialist, or other voice professional to help with your voice, here are some great places to start your search, and some important questions to ask before you start working with someone: Speech-language pathology (SLP) organizations (CASLPO and OSLA in Ontario, and SAC across Canada) maintain searchable lists in order to …

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Straws Will Save Your Voice!

Do you believe in magic? It doesn’t matter! Because straws are all science! Although admittedly, it feels a little like magic when your voice snaps back from fatigue this quickly after a long rehearsal or a day of non-stop talking. Much has been made ado lately about the magic and science of straw phonation, and while I could tell you …

What’s the Buzz? Vibrant Voice Technique!

This article in the Toronto Star describes the hottest new technique available to singers in titillating detail!  I am so lucky to have discovered what David Ley and Elissa Weinzimmer have created!  This is just the thing muscle tension dysphonia fears the most.  It’s a perfect combination of what we already do in speech pathology/voice therapy – circumlaryngeal massage and resonant voice training, amped up …

Not The Doctor

So here’s a thing that’s come up in conversation (again) today.  A patient referred to my graduate student clinician as “almost a doctor!”  I had to clarify that she isn’t becoming a doctor, she’s becoming a speech pathologist.  The patient asked, “but aren’t you doctors? Don’t you work in hospitals?”  We had an enlightening conversation – I *do* work in …

How To Practice Effectively

This fabulous (short and snappy!) video made by Annie Bosler and Don Greene really hits home something I talk a lot about in voice sessions.  To establish a new habit, or improve a new skill, the way you practice is one of the keys to success. The sports coaching page Teach PE talks about the four kinds of practice which can all …

Nose or Mouth: How Should I Breathe To Sing?

This is an exchange I had with the inimitable Shawna Caspi; a “guitar-picking, classically-trained folkie with a sweet-tooth for a good story, a sly lyrical wit, and a rich, powerful voice”.  You can check out her fabulous singer-songwriter music at http://www.shawnacaspi.com.  She asked me a great question about breathing when singing, and I wanted to share it because it’s a super smart …

How To Hip-Sing or Why All Indie Singers Sound Like That

I confess, this came across my desk and I just *had* to share.  It’s so fun. This girl Madeline Tallman made a video breaking down why all hipster indie singers sound weirdly like they live in the UK but fancy living in Brooklyn and live on a diet of mostly expensive lattes and remind you of a toddler trying to get you …

Legally Blonde the Musical

I’m often asked “so, you’re a singer? Where are you singing?” Well, here’s a snapshot! I just wrapped a production of Legally Blonde with the loveliest cast; it was an absolute joy to get back to my own craft. And what a fun show!  Yes, it’s a little dated.  The references? A little “early 2000s”. But it’s a great romp, …