The Unstoppable Conni Smudge
Chris Bolton has yearned for the spotlight ever since he was a boy. He would often put on shows in the living room after big family Sunday dinners. Belting out the commercial “Wonderful, Wonderful Wonder Bra-aw-aww” was his favourite. Later, he attended Gastown Actors Studio where he was inspired under the tutelage of the phenomenal Jessica Van Der Veen.
Developing a character named Conni Smudge has been a twenty year journey for Chris, and it has been his most rewarding to date. “She” has taken him all over the globe. Conni’s wit, charm and approachable nature has afforded her the honour of performing in the most unlikely of places. From the biker bars of Nanaimo to the grand theatres of Europe, Mz Smudge has done them all. Chris/Conni adores being a reporter with Outlook TV. It gives “Her” the ability to show the world what an amazingly inclusive, loving, entertaining city Vancouver is!
Harbour Dance Centre
Harbour Dance Centre's Intensive Training Program (ITP) consists of 20 to 25 hours a week in dance, voice, performance, circus and other dance related studies. The directors and participants work closely together and after careful evaluation, the directors customize the dancers schedule and guide them through the program. Because Harbour Dance Centre is an established dance facility, the ITP students get many chances to perform for events and shows in Vancouver. They work with all of the HDC faculty who have successful dance careers to offer mentorship and guidance for the next generation. We offer seminars on nutrition, injury prevention, auditioning, talent agencies, US Visas, casting agents, dancers currently on tour and many more. We try to give the students as many tools as possible to make sure they are fully prepared for a career in dance.
Multi-award winning Alexandra, returns to the Mingle stage this year. Last time we saw her at Mingle she was a tiny girl with a big voice. Now she is a young woman developing a sound that is uniquely hers and still blowing everyone away.
We can't wait to hear Alexandra again.
Solontra is a trio of vocal powerhouses comprised of Kat Flandez, Taylor-Rae and Karolyn Haze. Separately, they are established performers and sought after demo and background vocalists, together they are a soulful Pop and R&B ensemble following in the footsteps of musical super-groups like The Supremes, En Vogue and Destiny's Child.
Performing together since 2009, Solontra will captivate you with their pitch-perfect harmonies and cutting-edge style. Their repertoire includes soulful renditions of hit songs from artists like Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and Adele. In addition to performing at corporate events and private parties, Solontra is committed to serving their community, and are frequently heard on stages supporting the Shooting Stars Foundation and the Easter Seals.
(Downtown) JULIE BROWN was born in Montreal. Julie’s first TV singing appearance at age 11 on a kids show called “Small Fry Frolics”, inspired her to continue performing.
Those future performances included a 21 yr. career as a radio broadcaster, singer, and actress in Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver, where she currently lives with husband, Tom, and son, Jared.
She has interviewed such luminaries as Leonard Cohen, Bob Hope, Anne Murray, the Bare Naked Ladies, Gene Hackman, Johnny Depp, and many more.
Born in Arkansas, MARY ELLA YOUNG comes from a musical theatre background. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephens College, and has worked as a professional actress and singer in the United States, Canada, and Europe, performing in various musicals, films, and TV productions.’Marian, the Librarian’ in Music Man, is still one of her favourite roles.
The very diverse and talented Mary Ella lived and worked as an actress in L.A. for twelve years before heading to Vancouver where she is Mom to a 13 and 9 year old.
GEORGINA ARNTZEN hails from Regina, Saskatchewan. Performing in venues throughout North America, including New York City and Las Vegas.
With numerous TV appearances on CBC, CTV and a national H.B.O. Special, Georgina also cuts a mean “Klondike Kate” in Western Canada. In 1993, she toured with the Canadian Armed Forces to Asia.
Miz Arntzen and her remarkably talented family reside in Vancouver.