Test Drive BiosMeet the quartet
As a long-time shower-singer, Kevin has always considered himself musical at heart. He picked up the barbershop “bug” singing with the Scarborough Dukes of Harmony and soon after was singing lead (with Kern) in the ground-breaking medallist collegiate quartet “Terminal Barbershop”.
Since then, he has been a stalwart in the Toronto Northern Lights front row, winning a multitude of medals culminating in a gold medal performance in front of the home crowd in Toronto in 2013. He has also spent his time singing lead (and sometimes baritone) with Joel in perennial audience favourite quartet “Chameleon”, representing Ontario district at the international competition six times. Kevin is excited about singing in this new formation with his three good friends.
Kevin and his wife Susanna were thrilled to welcome their second daughter into the quartet family in 2015. Ember was the first of the ‘quartet babies’ to be born in mid-May.
Lee has been singing barbershop for as long as he can remember, starting in the UK as part of the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS). He won a chorus championship in 1995 with Shannon Express, and a BABS quartet gold medal with The Likely Lads in 2000, before moving to Canada in 1993.
Lee has been singing with the Toronto Northern Lights ever since, and was a part of the 2013 International Gold Medal performance along with the other guys in the quartet (and his Dad!) in 2013.
Since his arrival in Ontario, Lee has won three District Championships in quartet with The Authentics (2005), Nitro (2008) and now Test Drive (2014).
Lee and his wife Julia had the last-of-the-first-round of 2015 Test Drive babies, Eleanor, in early June 2015.
He is thrilled to be singing with three of his best mates and fantastic musicians in Test Drive.
Joel Hilchey is a true renaissance man. He earned a Masters in environmental engineering, and now teaches sustainability at McMaster University. Joel founded a youth engagement initiative called The Beanstalk Project, and he speaks at schools and conferences across North America, using juggling, magic, and mousetraps as metaphors for leadership.
Joel is the vice-chair on the board (and an occasional artistic coach) of the internationally-renowned Hamilton Children’s Choir. He’s an author too – Joel’s illustrated book “The Time to Climb” has been a hit, and a new book on teaching creativity is in the works. He also loves to travel, cook, and taste exotic foods, but that stuff is just for fun.
Joel and his wife Kathleen were happy to welcome the second of the 2015 ‘quartet babies’ (and the only boy!), Malcolm, in late May.
Kern has been singing a Capella since high-school, when an attempt to form a boys’ choir only turned up enough singers to make a do-wop quartet. He’s been hooked ever since.
Kern has performed with and been featured in 2 classical choral groups, 2 barbershop choruses, 6 quartets, 2 Japanese a cappella groups and a Reggae band. His tastes are, shall we say, eclectic.
Kern and his wife Saki became the final members of the quartet to welcome a baby into the quartet family this year with the birth of their daughter Kay in September.
Finally, in Kern’s own words: “This space intentionally left blank!”