Vanessa is on a mission to nurture connection and community one song at a time. She believes that singing with our whole voice, our whole body, and our whole self brings transformation and positive change to our inner and outer worlds.
Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious and even the most timid (and self-conscious) among us feels compelled to sing when she is leading a choir.
No matter what you've been told - your voice has value; your voice has inherent beauty; and your desire to sing, by yourself or with others, can connect you to your own wellspring of joy.
Singing is our birthright ~ All voices are welcome ~ no singing experience necessary!
Vanessa brought such confidence out in me to sing! Everyone expressed the fun we shared. She allowed us a freedom to sing that is not often experienced.
The freedom to try it all and not be labelled or stuck in one place!!
We were able to do our best without thinking about what our bodies were doing.
Her positive attitude and encouragement skills are life giving.
– Workshop singer
"Just had to say a huge thank you for the amazing experience! You have such a wonderful way of teaching that it all seems to happen effortlessly. Amazing! Loved it, loved it!
I'm still on a high!”
BIO: Vanessa Lindsay-Botten
Vanessa is an accomplished pianist, harpist, and award-winning singer with a BA Honours from University of Guelph in Sociology & Music. Vanessa studied Ethnomusicology MA at York University and graduated from the Community Choir Leadership Training Program in Victoria, BC. She's had the pleasure of working with incredible singing teachers with diverse styles and repertoire. She is the proud founder of You Gotta Sing! Chorus, a non-auditioned community choir expanding from 19 members back in 2011 to a community of 1000 past & current members today! Vanessa currently leads the You Gotta Sing! Chorus in 3 locations per week,
the SING! Group Class, and several community Open Sing events and singing workshops across Atlantic Canada.
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VANESSA & PAPILLON both mean BUTTERFLY
Bring your whole voice into the world
and witness TRANSFORMATION and HEALING