Bio

Mimi has performed in the Vancouver International Jazz Festivals in each of 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 with Russ Botten, Tony Foster and Joe Poole (including Dave Say in 2009) while promoting her self-produced CD “Thank you, Merci ” (2007) her tribute to the musicians of New Orleans.

The CD features W.C. Handy’s own tribute to New Orleans “Chantez-Les-Bas (Sing’ Em Low)” (featuring Tom Colclough on clarinet) and several Randy Weston compositions which was recorded at Riverside Recording Studio 2005, 2006. This is a live (few edits) high energy recording with arrangements created by Russ Botten and Tony Foster. 

Mimi co-produced her single digital release “Reach Out For Me/This Girl’s In Love” (2012) with bassist Rene Worst (Vancouver). Mimi's jazz interpretation of “Reach Out For Me” and her arrangement with “This Girl's In Love” features Bob Murphy on B3 Hammond, with Jennifer Scott (Werlizter), Randall Stoll (drums), and Rene Worst (bass).  Instrumental arrangement by Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst based on Mimi's concept, and vocal arrangements by Mimi.

Mimi also recorded a single with Dave Restivo, Rick Shadrach Lazar and Bryant Didier entitled “I Love Loule” composed by Frank Fogeti with lyrics by Mimi Snider using a Factor Demo Grant which was produced by Bryant Didier. 

She has performed in Vancouver and Toronto clubs such as the Rex Hotel (Toronto), Montreal Bistro, Gate 403 and Waterloo's Jazz Room, and at the Cottage Bistro (Vancouver) with many Toronto and Vancouver jazz favourites such as Phil Belanger, Saul Berson, Paul Blaney, Guiomar and Colin Campbell, Ron Davis, Phil Dwyer, Dave Ivaz, Rick Shadrach Lazar, Paco Luviano, Anthony Michelli, Bob Mover, Dave Restivo, Artie Roth, Jennifer Scott, Bernie Senensky, Nancy Walker and Rene Worst.  She also performed at Rossini's (Vancouver) with Francis Fernandes, Bob York, Doug Louie, Mark Wardrop, Tony Lum and Clyde Griffith, and at St. Andrew’s Jazz Vespers (Vancouver) with Amanda Tosoff and Morgan Childs. 

During her vocal performances, Mimi will often double on percussion.  She had spent some time in percussion ensembles and other musical groups (including Ballet Creole, Samba Squad, Kalalu Folklore Theatre, Ron Wiseman) as backup vocalist and supporting percussionist (including djembe) performing numerous Toronto festivals such as the Beaches Jazz Festival, The Fringe Festival, Toronto Storytelling Festival, Muhtadi’s International Drum Festival, London Sun Fest, Salsa on St. Clair, Taste of Little Italy, Olympic Bid Finale, and venues including Premier Dance Theatre (now Fleck Dance Theatre), Dumaurier Theatre, (now Harbourfront Centre Theatre) a show for 'Israel at 50' at Canadian National Exhibition Stadium performing Ladino vocals in a vocal duo doubling on percussion with Brian Katz on guitar, as well as at The Governor General Awards with Rick Lazar's Samba Squad accompanying Jesse Cook.  She also played with a quartet of djembe players for Toronto's Martin Luther King Day. As well, she played djembe for dance rehearsals and dance classes. 

Other creative work has included Background scene work for: CBC’s TV Series Side Effects, The Canadian Opera Company, the movie “2012” and the TV series The L Word. She participated in Community Theatre as dancer/singer in: York Minstrel Theatre’s “Hello Dolly” and in high school “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To the Forum.” 

As a teenager, Clarinet was her major instrument where she played with small string ensembles in musical productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe and Pirates of Penzance, and in a small concert band for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Sound of Music. She also played in a five piece Oompah band touring malls and outdoor venues during Oktoberfest with members selected by the high school music head. 

She has enjoyed a lifetime of dance and percussion study, private study in voice and music theory, on camera presentation skills, as well as at least 30 scene study and analysis of classic plays (10 - 15 minute scenes) which taught how to embody and deliver ideas and dialogue, dig deeply into subtext, understand character analysis and creating an emotional life, intention, backstory (all which of which strengthen telling stories through song).  Studied Second City Improv Levels I - IV (Toronto) and Theatre Sports (Vancouver) to be around people who loved humour and free myself up as a musical improvisor. Studied poetry writing through a one year mentorship program at the University of British Columbia.

Kodaly Teacher Training, Level 1 (RCM)

Postgraduate Diploma Education

BA Psychology

Certified Group Fitness Instructor

 

 

Thanks to Gee Wong for taking these black and white photos at the Jazz Room, Waterloo in April 2014.

Thanks to Gee Wong for taking these black and white photos at the Jazz Room, Waterloo in April 2014.