NEW CANADIAN MUSIC (‘These Miles’ Review)

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Acclaimed young Canadian baritone Jonathan Estabrooks sure knows how to make a splash with a debut record. He raised $30k through Kickstarter to fund the recording of These Miles, and this enabled him to hire Grammy-winning producer Dave Reitzas (Streisand, Josh Groban) and the Macedonia Radio Orchestra. The result is a suitably rich and lush sound that complements Estabrooks’ impeccable phrasing and delivery. The album blends classical and pop elements (a la Groban), and the singer reprises such pop classics as “Time After Time”, “She”, and “Always On My Mind”. Guests include Jonathan Antoine and Jennifer Thomas. The disc was launched with release shows in Toronto and Ottawa this week. He will be a featured soloist with the TSO at Roy Thomson Hall on May 20-21. A talent to go the distance. – Kerry Doole

CANADIAN BEATS (‘These Miles’ Review)

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By: Jessica Lewis

Album: These Miles
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Genre: Classical/Opera/Pops/Crossover
Label: Estabrooks Entertainment Group LLC

Jonathan Estabrooks is releasing his debut album, ‘These Miles’ on April 8th of this year. The Ottawa native is trained in Opera singing and has done a twenty city tour across Canada. Because he is a versatile artist, his style ranges from opera and classical to pop and crossovers.

The album runs 12 tracks with a total playing time of 51:02. Jonathan is a baritone singer and the songs on this album do a fabulous job of showing off that vocal range. Baritones tend to hold a more soulful sound than tenor, alto or soprano, and Jonathan definitely has a soulful sound. The sound of the album in general is a mash up between classical and pop, which gives it an interesting twist. I found myself mesmerized by both the sound of the music and the sound of Jonathan’s incredible voice.

Every song on the album is a cover of a classic song, but they are covered so well that you would think they are original to Jonathan. His voice suits the songs to beautifully, that they sound like they were written by him and not someone else.

To give a general example of the album, I would recommend listening to the first track “Play Me”. It is a good introduction to the album and is already released. If you want to decide whether or not to listen to or buy the entire album, have a listen to “Play Me”. If you like it, then you will enjoy the rest of the album.

It’s been a while since I’ve heard an album like this, and I really enjoy the sound. It’s like each song has a story, but each story plays into the other songs, even though they are all written by different artists. Jonathan delivers each song with amazing vocals that are awe-inspiring and very visual; you can easily put picture to each one.

“These Miles” definitely has an older sound to it, but that doesn’t mean that the younger generation can’t find it appealing. Sometimes it’s good to take a break from the generic pop from today and let your soul relax into an album like this. It’s a really good de-stresser to just sit back and listen to some amazing classical music.

Overall, the sound is amazing, the vocals are incredible and the music is phenomenal. The album is sure to make it onto my shelf. It is a sound that any music fan can appreciate, stepping out of today’s mainstream music and plunging into a musical world that does not receive enough credit, but does wonders for the listener. It’s one of those albums that will never get old.

Rating: 5/5



Am very excited to be returning to Toronto and the beautiful Roy Thomson Hall to perform three concerts of Lerner & Loewe with the incredible Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Steven Reineke. I am so thrilled to be making my second appearance with them as a featured singer with one of the very best orchestras in Canada and dare I say North America. They are a joy to work with and I can’t wait! I will also be doing a CD signing for ‘These Miles’ after each of the shows in the lobby so come and say hello!

Here are the full details:


  • Tue. May 20, 2014 at 8:00 PM
    Roy Thomson Hall
  • Wed. May 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM
    Roy Thomson Hall
  • Wed. May 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM
    Roy Thomson Hall

Pops Maestro Steven Reineke and company pay homage to another legendary Broadway duo: Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe. You’ll enjoy all the most memorable songs from such classic musicals as My Fair LadyCamelotGigi, and Brigadoon, sung with verve by a top-notch cast of singers.

Come for: You know the songs: I Could Have Danced All Night,On the Street Where You LiveIf Ever I Would Leave YouThanks Heaven for Little Girls, and so many more unforgettable melodies.

And more: Classic Broadway, newly minted.

  • Steven Reineke, conductor
  • Amy Wallis, soprano
  • Colin Ainsworth, tenor
  • Jonathan Estabrooks, baritone
  • Toronto Mendelssohn Choir



I am so excited to announce that today my debut album ‘These Miles’ is officially on sale! I am overwhelmed by all the of the support so far and am so excited to know that is is now available for all of you to enjoy! You can hear samples and order a number of ways! First and foremost visit my STORE to order physical and signed copies. After that there are a number of ways from CDbaby to Amazon to iTUNES! I hope you enjoy it, share it and consider leaving a review on any of those sites to help spread the word!




New Website, New Album!

Welcome to the NEW! I am so excited to be launching this new home for all things music as it relates to my career in Opera, Classical-Crossover and Musical Theatre. I hope you’ll have a look around and let me know what you think! Lots to see and hear and ways to learn about my debut album ‘These Miles’, available April 8th.

Upcoming Shows

For those of you in the Ottawa and Toronto area, I’m looking forward to bringing my debut album launch tour your way. I have 4 shows coming up in late March early April, beginning at the hotel Montebello on March 29th and finishing in Ottawa and the National Arts Center 4th Stage on April 10th. Here’s a complete list of upcoming concerts with links to learn more and order tickets! See you on the road!


The theatrical game of the five singers onstage is also flawless. Baritone Jonathan Estabrooks plays sergeant Belcore as well as could be desired, chest raised, a military step and a smile in the face of every jab. Additionally, the baritone exhibits great vocal flexibility with a round voice thundering especially in its lowest register.


‘Robert Erickson’s “Sierra,” an impressionistic work for baritone and chamber ensemble, is steeped in California, thanks to a hokey text of his own, filled with repetitive evocations of “Yosemite,” “Wawona,” “Gold,” “Devil’s Basin” and more. Jonathan Estabrooks, a robust baritone, gave his all to the solo part’.


‘At the top of the list stood Papageno portrayed by the energetic red-head Canadian, Jonathan Estabrooks, who was a Papageno from tip to toe, with every sound he made with his fresh voice. It was a pleasure to see him jump, fall down, get up, moan, chatter, be silent, enthusiastic or afraid, and to hear him sing in a very pleasant voice and always with obvious joy of one who knows it is a role for life’.