"Lorraine has an enchanting and versatile solo repertoire on the keyboard."  - Gary 17, TO-Nite Magazine

"Lorraine gives an entertaining mix of jazz, blues, and pop. A crowd-pleasing performer! "  - Carel Ishikawa, Production Co-ordinator, AVHb2b Communications

"Lorraine's talent and generosity made a tremendous difference to our day."  - Gail Ross, Event Co-ordinator, Celebrate Women

"In Lorraine's piano bar you'll be part of an entertaining event you will not ever forget. You could put Lorraine on a deserted island with a piano and a microphone and she will attract a crowd. She is an incredible talent." - John Howe, Carnival Liberty Guest

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Hello, and welcome to my website. I am a Toronto-based pianist/vocalist/songwriter. When people ask me "What type of music do you play?", my reply is, "Whatever the situation requires." My musical styles cover the pop, rock, blues, boogie woogie, ragtime (no vocals), classic jazz, and classical (no vocals) genres along with my own original compositions. I graduated (many moons ago) from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto with my A.R.C.T. in classical piano performance and began learning to teach myself to improvise and play by ear at blues jams in Toronto in the late 1980's. 

I have at present found a new love in the music world - performing as a piano bar entertainer, and have been performing on various cruise ships for the past 7 years. Please see my "Past Events" page for detailed cruisin' info. For my current performance schedule, please see my "Public Performances" page.

When I am in Toronto I am available to perform at your wedding, corporate event, private party, piano bar or restaurant as a background music performer (with or without vocals) or a piano bar entertainer (with vocals and audience participation).  Please contact me at info@lorraineingle.com for more information. 

In late 2007 I released a CD of my own original compositions titled "Peace of Mind", an eclectic mixture of styles and various ensemble combinations. Please see the "Demo" page for CD purchase and digital download information.

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"Lorraine in the piano bar (Club 88) was the most fantastic entertainer, appealing to the entire audience and engaging the crowd into participation." - Harry H., Cruise Comment Card, Carnival Fascination 2009

"Lorraine Ingle - She is a fabulous piano player, personable and I enjoyed beyond my expectations." - Cruise Comment Card, Carnival Ecstasy 2009 

"Lorraine was a definite highlight of our trip." - Jenna R., Cruise Comment Card, Carnival Paradise 2008

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Since the early 1990's, I have performed at public and private events as a solo artist, ensemble artist, songwriter, and accompanist in various genres. Public events highlights of my solo career include performances at the Harbourfront Soul 'n Blues Festival (1992) - it was very exciting to be on the same stage as one of my boogie woogie piano heroes Pinetop Perkins! I had the privilege of performing and conducting a songwriting workshop at the Celebrate Women Conference in Toronto (2002), and of course the life-changing experience of becoming a solo piano bar performer starting in 2005 and cruising the high seas. So far, I have performed on Carnival Cruise Lines (2005 - 2012 ) and Holland America Cruise Lines (2006) as a piano bar entertainer and on Disney Cruise Lines (2010) as a piano lounge performer.

In 1990 I formed a partnership with Dawn DuVall and we created an award-winning original boogie woogie blues band named Blue Willow. For 14 years we performed at festivals, clubs, private functions and released two all-original CD's titled "Greasy Talk" and "Blue Willow".  Public performance highlights of our band Blue Willow were:  Harbourfront Soul 'n Blues Festival - Toronto Canada (1995), Mariposa Folk Festival - Toronto Canada (1994), Oakville Jazz Festival - Oakville Canada (1994, 1997), Orillia Blues Festival - Orillia Canada (1997, 2002, 2003), and the Festival of Friends - Hamilton Canada (2001).

From the 1980's - 2005 I taught private piano lessons in Toronto and would like to say a big hello to all of my students and a big thank you to their parents for your patronage. Over the years I developed a teaching method which incorporated reading music, playing by ear and improvisation. I hope all of you are doing well, that you are enjoying music in your lives and many best wishes!

 

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