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"Chris MacLean is a singer you trust. Maybe it’s her lyrics – she’s especially good at marrying interior and exterior landscapes – or maybe it’s her voice, an inviting blend of warmth and clarity…. Whatever her secret, the Gatineau hills-based singer/songwriter is a balanced voice in an off-kilter world.” - Patrick Langston, Ottawa Citizen


Winter has arrived! The snow is staying on the ground. How I love it! There's still lots to sing about, so check out the choir, VMT and gig pages for details.

The next full session of LifeSong, the life-changing 10-week program that Chris co-facilitates with the program's founder, Barclay McMillan begins on Tuesday, January 30. Pre-registration only. For details and registration information, please click here. Speaking of LifeSong, we are very pleased to announce that the world premiere of the documentary film Life Songs will take place on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 1PM at the Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank St. Ottawa, K1S 3X3.

Since completing the Community Choir Leadership Training in 2015, much of Chris' focus has been on developing THE SONG KITCHEN CHOIRS in Ottawa ON (formerly called Rise Up Community Choir) and in Wakefield QC. These community choirs are for singers of ALL abilities. Chris is a member of the Ubuntu Choir Network.

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Mondays 7:00 - 8:30PM and Tuesdays 12:30 - 2PM, Wakefield QC
Fall session: After Dec 18, 19 we break for Christmas & resume for 3-weeks in January (8,9; 15, 16; 22, 23)
Dropins are welcome – $15 per class
Winter/spring session: Starts February 19, 20 details to follow

Wednesdays 1:30 - 3PM, St Margaret Mary's Church, Fairbairn @ Sunnyside, Old Ottawa South
Fall session: After Dec 20 we break for Christmas & resume for 3-weeks in January (10; 17; 24)
Winter/Spring session
begins February 21 registration begins in January.
DROP-INS - $15 per 1.5 hour class. Please email Chris for more info or to register.

ONE WORLD CHOIR – Celebrating diversity through song
For IMMIGRANTS & REFUGEES from all cultural backgrounds
We meet every Wednesday from 6:30 - 8PM
We will be meeting every week at a community space on Donald St.

coordinated by World Folk Music Ottawa
For more info & TO REGISTER: email Alicia Borisonik or call 819-329-4850
Sponsored by the Ontario Trillium Foundation

Here's what people are saying about working with Chris as a choir facilitator:

"... thank you for your inspiring leadership of the group. At the end of every Thursday session, I leave with a soaring spirit." Brian Jeanes, Ottawa ON

"... I have never worked with a choir leader who helped me to improve my voice as much as Chris has done. Her attention to proper breathing, posture, and tone, and her use of innovative vocal exercises and techniques is far and away the best voice training I've ever had in a choral group setting."
Pat Lucey, Ottawa

"... The Song Kitchen Community Choir, driven by Chris MacLean, offers a safe, fun environment for veteran singers and beginners alike. Sweet, sweet harmonies, for one, for all. Come sing!"
Tina Therrien, Wakefield QC

"... I especially appreciate that songs from other cultures and in other languages were included. These excursions help us step outside ourselves and try on different voices. This is very important, because people all over the world understand that it’s their birthright to sing, but this is not necessarily encouraged in all cultures, especially in settings where the emphasis is placed on achievement rather than engagement. Personally, I felt that I finally had “permission” to sing, to make mistakes and laugh, and to lean on others in the group without fear of generating resentment. That kind of group atmosphere only happens with a wise and compassionate choir leader, which Chris herself most certainly is"! Peter MacGibbon, Wakefield QC

"I found your Song Kitchen to be a choir where the hearts rather than the voices did the singing.  However, under your gentle tutelage, our voices gained finesse, volume and passion and took on a collaborate voice of its own.  Your encouragement gave us confidence to reach both inward and outward and to develop our sound, to listen to you and to one another and to feel the power of music with its complex rhythms, unlimited melodies and meaningful lyrics. ..." Sally Swan, Wakefield


LIFESONG with Barclay McMillan
Chris will once again be co-facilitating this amazing experiential series developed by veteran practitioner, Barclay McMillan. Based on the teachings of Paul Newham, and the International Association for Voice Movement Therapy (IAVMT), LifeSong offers an opportunity to explore your voice as an instrument of self-healing and life transformation. The experience is designed to open you up — physically, emotionally, spiritually — to more fully express the genuine, authentic, multi-faceted you.
TUESDAY EVENINGS from 7 - 10PM, 10-weeks starting JAN 30, 2018
Please contact artstraveler(at) or 613 316-1396 for more information and to register.

Chris works one-on-one as Voice Coach and Voice Movement Therapy practitioner. Read more here

Please contact Chris directly for information about all her courses and choirs; private Voice Movement sessions; and voice, guitar and songwriting lessons.

Chris performs solo and with backing musicians Brian Dubbeldam (guitar) and Pat Maher (bass). Since December 2015, Chris has been playing with Alise Marlane and Tina Therrien in Paugan Dames, a Wakefield based trio performing traditional and contemporary folk with spine tingling harmonies. Check out the gigs page for all upcoming shows.

Released in May 2015, PROCRASTINATOR listed in the TOP 25 Albums of 2015 CKCU Radio 93.1 Ottawa!
The 14 original songs (plus bonus download track) feature Chris on vocals and acoustic guitar, and producer, MATT OUIMETon multiple instruments and backup vocals, as well as some of Ottawa's finest musicians, including; Phil Shaw Bova (drums), Steve Boudreau (keyboards), Jake Von Wurden (acoustic bass), Craig Pedersen (trumpet), Raphael Weinroth-Browne (cello and Rhodes), and Christine Graves and Jennifer Noxon (backing vocals).

Her previous solo album, Feet Be Still (2009), was produced by Ian Tamblyn and engineered by James Stephens. The disc garnered Chris the Colleen Peterson Award for Songwriting from the Ontario Arts Council and a nomination from the Canadian Folk Music Awards for English Songwriter of the Year. Chris's debut solo album, Learn to Be Loved (2000) was produced by Ian Tamblyn and features an allstar lineup of Ottawa area musicians along with guest performances by Mae Moore.

For more about Chris's recordings visit the discs page. To purchase please email artstraveler(at)



LISTEN to tracks from Chris's recent discs

(the encore song played at the CD Release) We just didn't have enough room on the CD!

From the CD release on May 17, 2015

The 3 songs below were performed May 1, 2015 @ Pressed Cafe as part of the NAC Ontario Scene/Folk Music Ontario songwriter's circle


CBC Yukon played 'Old Crow' leading into a piece on the Caribou Days Festival in Old Crow, Yukon. Chris's brother recorded it. Listen here to this interesting story from the Yukon's most northern community.

Listen to the archived interview with Kristine St-Pierre on CKCU 93.1, Tuesday May 12 on her show ArtBreak - this one is about Procrastinator and some of what inspired the songs

Archived interview and live performance on CKCU 93.1 FM Canadian Spaces, Saturday May 9, 2015

Thursday, April 30
7 AM - CKCU 93.1 FM
Archived interview on Suzette Schmiedel's show, I AM ALIVE!

CKCU Radio Interview: Chris with Kristine St-Pierre speaking about Voice Movement Therapy - January 2015