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Tony Rino loves to sing! He sings and MC's for many charitable and public events.
An opera singing "hobbyist," Tony began singing opera for fun in his 20's. His musical influences include the 3 Tenors, as well as his father Joe a tenor and church choir conductor, and his late grandfather Antonio a composer and band leader. Tony is a cantor at Our Lady of Grace Italian and English Church for the weekly 4:30PM Saturday mass.
He has sung with the Calgary Opera Chorus on stage and on Compact Disc. He has also made television appearances as the Singing Chef on the syndicated television program The Movie Show, as well as singing for many local radio and TV commercials.
He sang the National Anthems at Calgary Flames NHL home games for 8 seasons, as well as singing for The Calgary Stampeders, The Calgary Canons, The Calgary Outlaws, The Calgary Vipers, The Calgary Hitmen, Canadian Curling Championship and many other sporting events.
Tony uses "interactive opera" at many of his fun appearances which include "Opera-Grams" and special events.
With a passion for singing powerful music, Tony recorded his debut CD entitled "Grazie" in 2001. Grazie is a collection of classical and religious tenor favourites. This CD (a 100% Charitable Project) sold out in 2005, generating over $13,000.00 in charitable funds for many local charities including the Knights of Columbus, Project Rachel, Society of St Vincent de Paul, Inn from the Cold, the Annual Bishop's Appeal and The Mustard Seed. The biggest single contribution from the CD went towards purchasing jackets for the homeless. Tony hopes to release his second CD entitled "Prego" in the spring of 2006.
In 2004, Tony produced “A Benefit Concert For Cancer” along with accompanist Leila Chiacchia, generating over $3,500.00 for The Canadian Cancer Society. The concert was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and promises to be an annual event. In 2005, Tony organized many concerts including a fundraiser for the Asian Tsunami which raised over $13,000.00 for Development and Peace.
Tony continues to perform with his many talented and generous musical colleagues who share the belief that "The measure you give is the measure you receive."
Tony founded the website www.ConcertsForCharity.com in December 2003.
ConcertsForCharity.com features information on charitable concerts and special events in and around the Calgary area.
Artists donate proceeds from these concerts to registered charity groups or organizations.
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