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Valentine’s Show, new video, award

Hi friends, in this edition:


Just a reminder to sign up for our Valentine’s Day online concert!  We are sharing the love with you on Monday. This show is F R E E to attend, and we have a stellar lineup to share! Monday Feb 14 at 7:00 pm EST, Here is the link to secure your spot and there are more details below


We have a new video out from our Sanctuary album, featuring Leen Hamo.  Click here to watch it! (Leen is also one of our guests for Valentine’s :)


After a year of livestream to adults and kids, and fund-raising for various charities like the local food bank, and the UN Refugee Agency, I have been nominated for “Best Local Musician” in Burlington. So exciting! Would you consider voting for me? It takes about 5 mins vote… Here are the steps…

1- Go to
2- Click on Chris McKhool.
3- Click REGISTER or SIGN IN on top right corner – if you do not have a Torstar account, create one, (which gives you access to 30+ community websites) and then check your email to Verify Your Email address
4- Go back to the link at Step 1, and vote.

You are done!  Thanks so much!



more about Valentine’s Day

Featured on the NY TIMES HITS LIST!

This Valentine’s Day we are sharing the love with you. This show is F R E E to attend, and we have a stellar lineup to share with you! Monday Feb 14 at 7:00 pm EST, Here is the link to secure your spot

This special concert and multimedia extravaganza features live performances, guest appearances, and video exclusives. We will be joined by our collaborators from our new Sanctuary album, as well as long-time musical friends, including Amanda Martinez, Amchok Gompo, Kristine St-Pierre, Leen Hamo, Saskia Tomkins, regular bandmates Chris Mckhool, Kevin Laliberte, Drew Birston and more! See bios below…This concert pairs well with dinner, on your own or with a friend.

This show is our way of sharing the love and showing you how much we appreciate your support over the last couple of totally weird years! We also know many of our friends and fans are out of work right now, so just come and enjoy!

If you like, feel free to donate to or e-transfer to We will donate $1 from each ticket sold to our UN Refugee Agency fundraiser:

This is over ZOOM, which is awesome because it is interactive, and we will be able to see and hear you, and you can see and hear us, and you can all see each other as well! Link becomes live at 6:45 pm to get settled and chat with our friends. And make sure you have speakers plugged in if you have them.

Show will last about an hour, including a talk back portion, so bring your burning questions, as we will be opening up the floor for anyone who has always wanted to ask any of the artists about their inspiration, or music, or whatever strikes your fancy.

Thanks and look forward to seeing you all soon!


Amanda Martinez is a singer/songwriter whose music exultingly blends her unique Mexican and South African roots with flamenco soul. Her solo CDs have garnered her multiple nominations for Latin Jazz Performer of the Year. Her third CD, Mañana, was helmed by GRAMMY-winning producer Javier Limón who hails Martinez as “one of the greatest voices in the world”. She recently released her fourth and much anticipated CD, Libre, and has headlined the legendary Blue Note, the FIFA World Cup Festivities in South Africa, and the PanAmerican Games in Guadalajara. Martinez is also an ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages.

Leen Hamo is a professional singer, violinist and visual artist originally from Syria, where she graduated from the Arabic Institute of Music in Aleppo (2013). Leen has presented and participated in numerous concerts and musical events throughout Syria, Turkey and Canada. Additionally, Leen has worked as a music teacher and used her skills and knowledge to provide psycho-social support to displaced refugee children in both Syria and Turkey through her work with the Syrian Red Crescent and Assam, a Turkish non-profit organization. Since arriving in Toronto in 2016, Leen has joined the Canadian Arabic Orchestra of Mississauga as a choir member and violin teacher, and performs with her band Kazdoura.

Amchok Gompo is a Tibetan Canadian artist who has performed internationally in over 20 countries. A singer/songwriter with traditional Tibetan instruments, his original performances are both inspiring and meditative. He has performed with Grammy-nominated artist Nawang Khechog and for the Dalai Lama’s official visit to Canada. Amchok was born in a nomadic family in Amdo, Tibet. He didn’t have the opportunity to go to school when he was young, but he taught himself how to play the damnyen (a six-stringed lute) while he was herding yaks in the mountains. Amchok currently lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Kristine St-Pierre is a Folk-pop singer-songwriter who captivates audiences with her velvet voice and wide range of emotions that challenge us. In 2018, Kristine received a CFMA for “Francophone Songwriter of the Year”, and the 1st track hit the Top 10 in SiriusXM’s FrancoCountry channel. In addition to tours across Canada, Kristine has performed in Kenya, Nigeria, Congo, and most recently in Ukraine, establishing closer links between musical creation and the values ​​of respect, inclusiveness and equality.

Saskia Tomkins, originally from the UK, moved to Ontario in 2007. Saskia won the All Britain Championship for Irish Fiddle, and developed the music for the Broadway hit, “Come From Away”, with her husband Steafan Hannigan. She is principal 2nd violin in Quinte Symphony Orchestra . Her personal projects include her family band “Clan Hannigan”, the instrumental duo “2ish” the Celtic trio “Cairdeas”, the jazz trio “Marsala and the Imports”, and Medusa.



“Sultans of String are still ground-breaking after all the decades. The music is of-this-moment, our moment. It is a tonic, fresh air, in the midst of all that has separated us.”

“It was so intimate. Every seat was perfect, front row centre. It’s a great way to establish personal connections with the artists.”

“This was the best Zoom – online show I have seen. The setting and production values were excellent. It was obvious that time was taken to ensure us of a completely professional concert. Loved the music – hope there are more to come.”

Much gratitude to Ontario Arts Council for their support.