TONIA EVANS CIANCIULLI is a multifaceted concert artist, performing her signature programs across North America. Born in Newfoundland, Tonia embarked on a journey to celebrate her rich cultural roots by reviving the life and legacy of Newfoundland’s first international opera singer, Georgina Stirling (1867-1935), aka, Nightingale of the North. Her concert program, Nightingale Sings, has been toured extensively across the province of Newfoundland, in Toronto, Ottawa, Miami and beyond. In 2018 she was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant for this noteworthy and historical work. Tonia now celebrates the publishing of her debut book by Flanker Press Ltd, coauthored with her grandfather, Calvin D. Evans, and foreword poignantly penned by Maestro Kerry Stratton. ‘The Heart’s Obsession – An Intimate Biography of Newfoundland Songstress Georgina Stirling’ hits the shelves this September when Tonia returns to Newfoundland for the launch, concerts and signings across the island. The release of her book is in tandem with a double record release with Newfoundland’s Citadel House label. Praise by CBC for shining a spotlight on two of the province’s most renowned musicians, Georgina Stirling and the late folk hero, Ron Hynes, Tonia brings new appreciation and life to their distinct songbooks.
Tonia lives between Toronto and Miami and homeschools her two children. She is certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programing and offers programs and workshops through Wish Arts called An Artist’s Journey with focus on the psychological aspects of being an artist/performer. Shining a spotlight on emerging and established Canadian artists is her inspiring interview series, Artist’s Spotlight. www.WishArts.ca Tonia’s non-profit, Wish Opera, continues to collaborate with the Toronto Concert Orchestra and Maestro Kerry Stratton on niche events fueled with Canadian talent for Canadian audiences.