Loreta Giannetti, watercolour artist

After a long career at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Loreta Giannetti turns to her passion to art and embraces watercolour.

She has participated in several exhibitions, solo or with other artists in Canada (Montréal, Trois-Rivières and Vancouver), as well as in Italy where, amongst other things, she represented the Molise region at the Albignasego (Padova) Watercolour Biennale of 2012.

Since 2009 she spends her time between Montreal and Molise, having founded and is now president of the International Watercolour Centre of Molise (CIAM) in Casacalenda, Italy.

Marguerite Thorne and Annette Coffin, singer/songwriter sisters

These musicians have composed music to Tina’s poems. Marguerite is a singer/songwriter and private music teacher. She and her sister Annette have recently recorded a collection of 8 original Italian songs–”Dolci Momenti.” She grew up in Cape Breton singing a variety of music on radio and in concert with a family group of five sisters. She went on to receive her degree in music from Western. Later in Toronto she sang an eclectic mix of music from Bach’s Coffee Contata, early music, celtic, opera and a smidgen of musical theatre and lounge work.

Annette is a flower and bird loving singer/songwriter, who has spent the past 35 years passionately educating people through music. Her memory of the first song she learned, on her mother’s lap while rocking in the kitchen, is as pure today as it was when she was three. The song was “Panis Angelicus.” The resonance, in every sense of the word, of this experience and connection to her mother and her voice, has continued to be the heart and soul of her relationships with people throughout her life.