Maryem Tollar

2019 Program Artist

Maryem Tollar (born in Cairo, Egypt; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) is a renowned Egyptian-Canadian vocalist, known for her world music performances. Her voice has been heard on the theme of CBC’s Little Mosque on the Prairie and A.R. Rahman’s Bollywood hit, Mayya Mayya. She is a featured soloist in Cris Derksen’s large scale work for Luminato 2019 “MAADA’OOKII Songlines” with 11 diverse choirs and an Indigenous musical ensemble. Tollar is the featured vocalist in Tafelmusik’s production of multi-media performances of “Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee Houses” and the narrator and vocalist in “Safe Haven”. She performed Christos Hatzis’ piece “Syn-Phonia – Migration Patterns” with The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Inuit throat singer Tiffany Ayalik; and his multi-media piece “Constantinople” with The Gryphon Trio and Patricia O’Callaghan. She performed with storyteller, Dawne McFarlane, adding music and sounds for performances at the Toronto Storytelling Festival, The Scottish International Storytelling Festival and at Silence Guelph. Maryem performs with several Toronto musical groups including Al Qahwa (Traditional Arabic Music and Original compositions) and Turkwaz (vocal music from Turkey, Greece, The Middle East and The Balkans).


Camilo Godoy

En Vivo y En Directo is a performance in the form of a live news variety show hosted by Camilo Godoy. Guests include New York-based artist Pamela Sneed, Toronto-based academic Andil Gosine, and musicians Maryem Tollar and Ernie Tollar. Together they will engage with topics ranging from current and historical events. The show can be […]