Cat Bernardi is a jazz vocalist, composer, band leader and arranger. She performs a wide array of jazz standards from the American song book, as well as her own original music.
Vocalist. Composer. Arranger. Band Leader.
Cat Bernardi's love of music began when she was just a young girl, listening to Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable" album while cruising on long car rides with her father. It was not long before other jazz icons like Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Holly Cole and Billy Holiday coerced her into singing jazz music herself.
Cat Bernardi studied Jazz Vocal Music at both York University and Humber College, where she had the opportunity to train under accomplished musicians such as Jane Fair, Maria Farinha, Sacha Williamson and Michael Donovan. Through Toronto Jazz Workshops, she has also had the opportunity to train with jazz legend Barry Harris.
It was not long before she began composing her own music, arranging her favourite standards and playing with several ensembles around the city including the Toronto Jazz Chorus, York University Jazz Choir, and her own group--the Cat Bernardi Quartet.
Cat Bernardi has performed at many of Toronto's most popular Jazz venues such as the Jazz Bistro, Chalker's Bistro and Gate 403, to name a few. She has also performed in many esteemed festivals such as the Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival, Scarborough Town Jazz Festival, Hamilton's Steel City Jazz Festival and Toronto's Canadian Music Week. Last summer (2019), she was the TD Jazz Hotspot feature for the Markham Music Festival. She has performed in numerous musicals, working with acclaimed directors in roles such as Mae (Reefer Madness), Penelope Pennywise (Urinetown) and Ruth (Pirates of Penzance).
It is Cat's original music and distinct style that have had her invited onto Rogers TV twice to perform her original songs, and to be nominated as Best Music Artist in the prestigious 2016 MARTY awards and Best New Artist in the 2019 Mississauga Music Awards. Cat has also had her music featured on Jazz FM 91.1 and on several podcasts.
Cat has also begun a new venture, composing music for Musical Theatre. She debuted her first musical "And Then She Did" at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival, which received a glowing NNNN review in NOW Toronto Magazine. She is continues to collaborate on composition endeavours throughout the GTA.
Cat released her debut EP "Minor Ballad/Major Romance" to great acclaim in June 2014 and she recorded a live album --made up of original music and new arrangements of jazz standards--at the Small World Music Centre in November 2018. Cat has just released her first ever Christmas single "Let's Get Cozy," now available on all streaming platforms click here to listen: www.lnk.to/LetsGetCozy. This single is the title track of a Christmas EP of that same name. This project was generously supported by the Mississauga Arts Council's MicroGrant award. Stay tuned for the next two tracks...coming soon!
An exciting endeavour for Cat this year is her upcoming double-bill concert with Juno-award winning vocalist Barbra Lica at the Oakville Performing Arts Centre in May 2021. Get your tickets: here