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A virtual Kaylee, with Susanna McCleary

The CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter, Canadian Council of the Blind, proudly presents our online concert series, featuring performances by talented Canadian artists with lived experience of vision loss.

Susanna McCleary started learning classical violin in England, winning Musician of the Year for Herefordshire in 2006. As a totally blind musician diagnosed shortly after birth with Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, she continued her violin studies in Toronto with Ian Grant. But, trips to Cape Breton found her learning traditional tunes from the Beaton family, Glenn Graham and Sandy MacIntyre. She also plays Irish, Scottish, Métis, and Québecois styles and recently added klezmer to her repertoire. She has studied with many renowned players including Sandy MacIntyre, Patrick Ourceau, Anne Lederman, Ilana Cravitz and Eric Stein. She holds a music diploma from Mohawk College and a B.Mus degree from McMaster University. She has also studied both Scots Gaelic and Irish to better understand the rhythm of the music. Join us on April 16th for a virtual ceilidh, featuring an eclectic array of fiddle styles that should get you up and dancing. Susanna is joined by keyboardist Dorothy de Val, whose spirited improvised accompaniments are the perfect complement to these toe-tapping tunes.

  • Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Please arrive early!  We’ll open the Zoom room at about 6:40pm to give everyone a chance to be admitted and settle in.  We’ll do a brief introduction starting just after 7pm.  Then we’ll screen-share Susanna’s concert, pre-recorded exclusively for the CCB Toronto Visionaries and streamed using Zoom’s new stereo capability, followed by a Q&A after Susanna’s performance.

Cost: Access to the CCB Toronto Visionaries Concert Series is absolutely free! There are no tickets to buy, no registration or access keys required. The CCB Toronto Visionaries is proudly supporting the work of these talented Canadian musicians. We are, in turn, supported by charitable donations. If you can, please consider making a completely voluntary, pay-what-you-can donation to our Chapter. You’ll find donation options here. Thanks.

To join the Kaylee:

You can listen to some past performances and find out about future online concerts from the CCB Toronto Visionaries at

And for more information about our Chapter, please visit


The CCB Toronto Visionaries is a local Toronto chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind, a national registered charity. Established in 2013, the CCB Toronto Visionaries is dedicated to breaking the isolation that so often accompanies vision loss. We encourage our members to be inspired by their peers, to build supportive social networks through sharing information, and to engage in a wide range of social and recreational activities.