Serafin is a Canadian singer, songwriter playwright
and arts journalist, with a startling 5 octave vocal
range and powerful stage presence that mesmerizes
Born in Vancouver, Canada, Serafin's family
relocated to Ontario when he was 9 years old. Life
at home was challenging, and Serafin found happy
escape in singing along with Torch divas like Judy
Garland and Nina Simone.
At 17, Serafin found himself living on his own in a
renovated chicken barn on a secluded farm outside of
Toronto. It was here that he would spend 5 years
earning a living and exploring his voice.
An audition for director Brian Richmond led
to a role in the Dora Award-winning musical, Fire,
alongside Thea Gill (Queer as Folk, Dante's
Cove). Thea was instrumental in encouraging
Serafin’s move to Toronto in search of opportunity
and community, and later invited Serafin to appear
in her Top O' The Senator run in November
Serafin worked at his craft, producing 2 demo CDs
and researching the styles of music best suited to
his voice and personality. Forays into electronic
pop and rock and roll were brief, and it was a
chance meeting with Jazz Impresario Jaymz Bee
that launched the musical partnership leading to
2am At The Torch Café, a collection of pop
standards re-visited as jazz torch songs.
The artist and the album were profiled in national
media, leading to new opportunities; an appearance
on the pilot episode for Wicked People,
performing at Massey Hall, and traveling to
Switzerland to work with producer Walter Zweifel
were real highlights for the singer.
As he better explored the Jazz and Torch genre,
Serafin began plans for a new album. Working with
music director Waylen Miki -- previously
featured as pianist on 2am Torch Cafe -- the two
came up with a collection of lesser-known standards,
as well as 4 original songs. This album, Nothing
Goes Quietly, features Miki's eclectic and
thrilling arrangements for piano, horns and strings
in perfect marriage with Serafin's clear alto.
Love's Worst Crime
will be Serafin's 3rd album, and is being released
in Canada and the U.S. on October 21st, 2010 with a
special concert at Toronto's Lula Lounge.