Crédit photo : Jonathan Goulet
Crédit photo : Jonathan Goulet

Gabriel Dharmoo – Vocal Exploration

Feb. 6 to 10, 2023 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
Full week rate: 85$ with Services Québec support / 155$ regular rate
*Drop-in class rate:
22$ with Service Québec support / 33$ if non-eligible (Monday and/or Tuesday only)
Language of instruction: French
Speaks English as well and adapts to the group easily

Capacity : 23 people, priority for full week attendance
Open to artists of all disciplines


*Drop-ins welcome Monday and/or Tuesday only. Payment by credit card or e-transfer on site the morning of, if capacity allows (no reservations).

By registering for a workshop, you agree to cancel your participation if you have symptoms or suspect you may have COVID-19. Please read the Participant Engagement before registering. Thank you!

This vocal improvisation workshop is designed to let your voices resonate collectively and awaken an array of unheard sounds that lie dormant in your throat. You will participate in various vocal exploration exercises, create conceptual compositions and follow an intuitive choral conducting method for non-musicians. The workshop is for anyone who is curious to explore the full potential of their vocal instrument, especially those who think they can’t sing – no musical experience necessary. This is an artistic, community-based, liberating and fun event!

My approach aims to be inclusive: if one breathes, they have a resonant, sonorous and vocal body. That being said, my approach relies heavily on listening and vocal sounds and I communicate information orally only. Many of my exercises have visual elements, for example, a musical directional gesture given by the hands and body. Many of my exercises incorporate movement, but it is optional and voluntary, with many variations possible depending on the comfort of the participants.

Gabriel Dharmoo
‘s multi-directional artistic practice involves music composition, vocal exploration, drag (Bijuriya), interdisciplinary performance and research. In addition to voice, he particularly explores mixed identity, the queer, the concept of imaginary culture and satire. Several of his projects have won awards, including the Canada Council’s 2017 Jules Léger Prize for Wanmansho, and the 2018 Opus Prize for Creation of the Year for his opera À chaque ventre son monstre. His solo performance Anthropologies imaginaires, won awards at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival (2015) and the SummerWorks Performance Festival (2016). Presented at Montreal Arts Interculturels and the Queer Arts Festival (Vancouver), the solo show Bijuriya is the culmination of his musical and performative work in drag, after being active on social media (@bijuriya.drag) and the local Montreal drag scene since 2018.