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Michael Menegon

 
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Hi!  I'm Michael,

I teach to learn and learn to grow and still I trip over sidewalk cracks.

I am truly fortunate.  I have two day jobs; I play music for dancers and teachers at the renowned School of Toronto Dance Theatre; I co-own an organic chocolate shop, Coco Crafted Organic Chocolates.

Both spaces allow me the time to dream of creative projects that get me into more trouble than I usually want to but never regret.

 

My writing is motivated by recurring thoughts, unresolved emotion, overwhelming experiences and probably a little problem solving.

I write to reconnect with myself and to  connect with others in a way that is non-conforming.  Music has a way of revealing truths without speaking to the listener directly; thus leaving things open for interpretation.  

I love engaging in meaningful conversation.  I offer my work to you as a mirror.  I hope you'll listen to these words and sounds and figure out what they mean for you.

Most days you can find me drumming at the Toronto Dance Theatre, making ice cream at my

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Training and working as a professional contemporary dancer has fully connected me with my musical roots.

Accompanying on drums for some of the most respected teachers in dance. I've been a resident accompanist at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre for over 30 years.

 

Some of these greats I've had a pleaseure to work with: Peggy Baker, David Earle, Risa Steinberg, Serge Bennathan just to name a few.

Singing, writing, performing, and  recording original music.

My writing is motivated by recurring thoughts, unresolved emotion, overwhelming experiences and probably a little problem solving.

I write to reconnect with myself and to connect with others in a way that is non-conforming.  Music has a way of revealing truths without speaking to the listener directly; thus leaving things open for interpretation.

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Through my network of artists, I was able to gather some of the best improvisors in Toronto to transform my vision on to the stage.

Together we created Sound of Movement (SOM), a visual, auditory, movement experience that taps into the creative mind of the performers and the audiences.

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Lead vocalist and guitar player for the band, 20 Thousand Days.

Over the span of my 35 year career, I've had some great opportunities and even won an award.

This is where I could post my artistic CV but in my attempt to get to know you I won't bore you with too much of where I'm from.

 

Extensive travelling isn't something I 'need' to do unless it involves performing and creating. I have met some great people along my travels who have brought me to Mexico, South America, New York and across the massively beautiful country of Canada.

 

It was my involvement as director with fFIDA, which I co-founded with Allen Kaeja, and The Junction Arts festival, that introduced me to some great artists. Despite them getting to know me they invited me to perform anyway. That's been cool. Collaboration has been at the root of my creativity. It has taken me beyond my own depricating involvement and opened up a world of opportunities. Lucky me.

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Being in the moment, clear of thought, pure in reaction and recollection - perform/live!

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