Primary Instrument: Vocal
Warmly delicious full bodied vocals with a hint of smokiness that will envelop and surprise you! Toronto ON based jazz vocalist Margot Roi performs straight ahead jazz that cross-pollinates traditional and contemporary standards for a textured fresh sound.
Awarded Best Female Jazz Artist 2008 by the Toronto Exclusive online Magazine!
‘A Place For Me’ Margot Roi’s latest recording is an eclectic collection of songs that approach the subject of love from every possible perspective to affirm a place in your heart. Margot arranged all compositions to reflect the diverse musical nature of her performing experience. To give the album the fresh, textured sound of today’s jazz Margot recorded with some of Canada’s top musicians. Margot is proud of the performances and contributions that Mike Downes, Kelly Jefferson, Reg Schwager, Mark Kelso, Ted Warren, William Carn, Ted Quinlan, John Johnson, Brain O’Kane, Alan Hetherington, Will Jarvis and Anthony Panacci made to the album. Included in the collection are two original songs never published before. 'A Place For Me' the title track was penned by Margot.
Raised in the small town of Dundas, Ontario, Margot began performing in school musicals, with church groups and on local Cable TV telethons. Many talent contests were won and she had the distinctive pleasure of performing in an all-girl Mariachi band when her family lived in Mexico. Throughout her childhood Margot shared in her family’s diverse musical experiences: opera, folk, jazz & musical theatre. Aesthetically, this infusion of extensive musical genres has led Margot to an inclusionist style with an unfettered exuberant approach.
“When I perform vocally, I want the audience to experience a little fun. I choose lyrics that intensify the emotive colourations of my interpretive style, to further inhabit the textured atmosphere laid down by other musicians”.
Margot has studied music at the University of Windsor,The Canadian Academy of Vocal Music,vocals with Bob Mover and Mitch Seekins, and the guitar / ukulele at her father’s knee and of course, the trombone in the high school band.