Lights on us
We are a boutique performing arts production company from Vaughan whose focus is to shine the spotlight on established and up-and-coming professional singers, actors and dancers wishing to make the stage their home, in both original and popular shows.
Darnell–Brandon Thomas, Canadian-born with Trinidadian roots is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist known for his energetic, eclectic and emotionally capturing performances. His versatility to sing and play several genres including but not limited to Jazz, R&B, Soul, Funk, Pop, Rock, Classical and Latin, is one of the many reasons he is in high demand by many. He has received tutelage from some of the World's renowned vocal coaches like Falconer Abraham (vocal coach to many top Toronto artists like Melanie Fiona, Neverest and Aleesia) and Seth Riggs (vocal coach to some of the world's greatest vocalists like Michael Jackson, Prince, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder). Darnell has also done musical work for hit TV Shows like “Glee" and Disney's "Overruled!" and worked with artists like Nelly Furtado and Fefe Dobson. In 2008, he competed in the World Championships of Performing Arts, held in Hollywood, where he won four gold medals and winning the Grand Champion of the World Title - Instrumental category playing the Steel Pan.
Darnell, a role model and philanthropist, has arranged, produced and performed in several charitable concerts in collaboration with UNESCO (an arm of The United Nations) to raise funds for various charities. In 2009, he established the Keys to Dreams Foundation, which provides financial assistance through scholarships to musicians. In 2015, Darnell was invited to audition for The Voice UK & X Factor UK. Darnell currently holds a Masters Degree in Vocal Performance & Ethnomusicology from York University and is a guest lecturer for the Music Department at York University.
In 2017, Darnell established GTA’s newest and highly sort-after corporate, wedding and special events band, ”D & The Groove Factory”. He also co-founded a youthful vocal group, “Vocalics”, who has made waves in the GTA for their rich harmonies and vocal talents. Darnell materialized one of his artistic dreams becoming the co-founder and co-artistic director of Cue The Lights Productions, focused on shining the spotlight on established and up-and-coming professional singers, actors and dancers in both original and popular shows.
Amid that, he still finds the time and energy to be the Musical Director at The Avenue Roads Arts School in Toronto, give back to the community both local and international and meet the live music demand at several venues on a regular basis
Liana Del Mastro
Liana Del Mastro is a director, actor, singer, producer, writer and educator from Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in theatre and arts education for over 25 years, performing professionally in both theatrical and musical productions in Canada and Europe. Liana has been fortunate to work with International and Canadian directors such as renowned director/actor Robert Lepage, German actor/director and Berliner Ensemble's Herbert Olschok, Factory Theatre founder/director/playwright Ken Gass, Canadian dancer/chorographer Denise Clarke, physical theatre and L’Ecole Lecoq alumni Mark Christmann, Commedia Dell’Arte and Mask Maker Paolo Consiglio and voice specialists David Smuckler and Michael Connolly. She has been on stage in numerous productions with theatre companies like Theatre Smith-Gilmour, One Yellow Rabbit and The Georgian Theatre Festival, where she played El Gallo in the well-known musical The Fantasticks. Liana also toured Germany in a production of The House of Bernarda Alba (Angustias), which received rave reviews and saw its closing performance in Milan’s famous theatre, Il Piccolo Teatro di Milano. Liana holds an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto with a Specialist in Drama and she studied Speech & Drama and Classical Singing with singer/professor Jean MacPhail at the Royal Conservatory of Music in downtown Toronto.
Liana has written and directed numerous plays for young actors and audiences and has worked with educational theatre companies touring Ontario with classical and contemporary shows like A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia) and The Three Penny Opera (Polly Peachum). She has worked with many arts organizations like the Avenue Road Arts School, Arts for Children & Youth of Toronto (VIBE Arts), Young People’s Theatre and The Drama Workshop, where she taught drama, physical theatre/mask work, musical theatre, voice for the actor, scene study and improvisation to both children and adults. Further training and experience in numerous aspects of theatre production like lighting, sound and stage managing under the tutelage of technical director/professor Peter Freund has assisted Liana in creating dynamic and interesting stage productions. As an educator with extensive knowledge of theatre pedagogy, she has also been involved in curriculum and program development. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Arts Access Fund – an organization committed to making theatre, dance, music and visual art programs accessible to children, who could otherwise not participate because of financial constraints. Liana is the Director of the Avenue Road Arts School and is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Cue the Lights Productions, which focuses on shining the spotlight on established and up-and-coming professional singers, actors and dancers in both original and popular shows.