For over 40 years Lorraine Segato has earned a reputation as charismatic and iconoclastic performer. Her unique voice is compelling and identifiable no matter what format or medium she explores creativity.
Check out her earlier music with The Parachute Club as well as her solo material and you find yourself wanting to hear more.
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SINCE 1980 Lorraine Segato has fueled an impressive artistic career that produced some excellent and edgy cultural work. Segato's extensive experience as a respected Musician, Songwriter, Filmmaker, Event Producer, Artistic Director, Speechwriter, Lecturer and Social Justice Activist makes her one of Canada's leading cultural commentators and best known recording artists.
As the co-founder and lead singer of The Parachute Club, one of the most critically lauded and commercially successful groups of the eighties, Segato enjoyed an impressive career in the music industry before turning her attention to other creative endeavors. Even before her chart topping hits with Parachute Club, Segato had already staked a claim as one of the few female artists of the time able to succeed on her own terms.
Ultimately, as one of Canada's most internationally renowned trans-cultural music bands, The Parachute Club garnered five Junos, five BMAC’s, five Casbys, two Platinum and one Gold record as well as a SOCAN Classic Award for "Rise Up." Most recently the band was honored with the Indie Hall of Fame Award from CMW's Indie Music Awards and Rise Up was voted one of Canada’s Top 100 hit singles of all time. To this day, that iconic song as well as the groups' other hits At the Feet of the Moon, Love and Compassion and Love is Fire remain staples on Canadian radio. Segato has released two critically praised solo recordings Luminous City and Phoenix and produced several eminent music scores.
Segato has also devoted time to directing, writing, narrating and music editing a TV and festival documentary called Queen Street West - The Rebel Zone with the Award-winning Rhombus Media International. She executive produced an accompanying Sony Records soundtrack CD which won her an award for most promising new female director at the Inside Out Film Festival.
Over the years Segato has alternated between singing, directing, speechwriting, and producing large cultural events, and now turns her talents to writing a one woman show Get Off My Dress. She has also recently released a new CD project entitled Invincible Decency. Segato's work, no matter what the medium, remains consistently topical and relevant. Her passion, empathy and charisma have served a career, on stage and in production that has educated and inspired Canadians for 3 decades.
Rhythm of Awakening
Lorraine recently worked on a film documentary with award-winning filmmaker Shelley Saywell. They take to the streets and explore the lives of homeless musicians. Too see go to TVO.org and type in LOWDOWN TRACKS.
Lorraine Segato has always defined herself as creative person who works in a variety of mediums. Her primary work has been in music and artistic directing cultural projects but she has also made films and art exhibits. She has been life long social justice activist who also works with Olivia Chow at the Institute for Change Leaders and the Great Traits High Performance Applied Leadership program along with Olympic Gold Medal Athletes & Co-Founders
Mark Tewksbury and Debbie Muir.
Q.S.W THE REBEL ZONE
Formally assembled and fascinating, this film is a comprehensive documentary tour of the area’s tumultuous history. Director Lorraine Segato, former front for the Parachute Club, shows her familiarity with the milieu and its denizons seen through her candid, relaxed interviews which yield genuinely amusing anecdotes.” Eye Weekly, Toronto
REBELS WITH A CAUSE ON QUEEN ST. WEST
Lorraine Segato, no bystander here, takes a proud look at some pop-culture history, told by someone who live it.” Globe & Mail
"Inspiring Ode to the power of music" NOW Magazine NNNN
"Positively brilliant group profile" Jim Bowden, Toronto Star TV Critic
The Parachute Club is one of the most exciting bands around - smart, tough and passionate. L.A. Times
Huge vocals from Segato, good production and seamless, spirited ensemble playing make this group one of the most exciting groups around, regardless of the country of origin.” Montreal Gazette
“Parachute Club is an impressive band. It has established a solid international reputation for sincere, unpretentious music with a latin/funk/reggae beat that just demands to be danced to.” Toronto Star
“Parachute Club has successfully merged innovative, frets-don’t -fail-me-now rhythms with topical, intelligent lyrics. Segato’s strong, clear vocals and funky chicken impressions had the crow dizzy as it attempted to track her movements across the stage.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix
“Combining their inventive sound with a forward-thinking musicality, The Parachute Club consistently manages to hit all the right note. "With undeniably unique songs and engaging performances, this is one group rediscover".
SOLO WORK & A VARIETY OF PROJECTS
“The charismatic front person of ’80’s hitmakers Parachute Club (five Junos, two platinum albums), Lorraine Segato has continued to impress on her solo releases since. Her signature humanism remains, and, on her new album Invincible Decency, it is again paired with a vibrant and musically varied sound. PC fans will love tracks like”Only Human””Hole in the Wall” and “all Went Wrong (Right Time). Kerry Doole, FYI Music Business News
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QSW ART EXHIBIT- WHEN ARE MET ACTIVISM 1975-1985
THE REBEL ZONE – ART & ACTIVISM: IGNITES A CULTURE – TRANSFORMS A CITY at YTB Gallery (563 Dundas East, Suite 201) to March 31. 416-910-5213 See listing. Rating: NNNN
Segato digs deep into the archives to remind us of the inventive and die -hard do it yourself ingenuity that spawned the Toronto we know today.
Do you remember the heady Queen West scene in the late seventies and early 80s? That roiling non-stop cauldron of wild warehouse art shows, booze cans, punk rock jams, queer activism, feminist salons, performance art political campaigns and all around do it yourself art activist Bad-Assery? Curator, musician and long-time activist Lorraine Segato wants you to. That’s why she’s assembled thousand of artifacts – from posters, flyers photographs and zines to film and video – documenting a seminal decade in Toronto’s shift from small town, uptights-ville to vibrant and diverse cosmopolitan beacon.
The late 70s marked a special time when artists and activists took advantage of low down-town rents and derelict spaces to spawn their own creative and political revolution. Fueled almost entirely by flyers, wheat-paste and word of mouth, a whole generation of youth made a mighty noise that occasionally riled the police and almost got them a seat at city hall.
Segato’s collection reminds us of groups like Chromazone Collective, who rented the derelict Heritage Department store and put on Living Art Shows of furniture, wearable art and decoration that drew in 10,000 visitors from across the city. Conceptual media art pioneers General Ideas staged whimsically subversive beauty pageants, television talk shows, boutiques, installations and a constant stream of flyers, posters, postcards and media. The Hummer Sisters, a feminist art collective, put on a sleek, New Wave-styled, irony-laden campaign for mayor in 1982 that actually garnered them second place in the mayoral race.
This was also a heady time for queer activism. The Body Politic, the city’s first queer zine, was raided and shut down by police and, after the infamous bathhouse raids, a collective uproar in the form of a 3,000-person protest in the street served to shift attitudes attitudes towards queer publications and bath-houses.