Inaugural Consort Scholar
Martin Gomes (He/They/Bass) is an Afro/Latino, queer, citrus fruit loving artist born & based in downtown Toronto. Choral music found Martin when he first started at St. Michael’s Choir School in 2005. As a choir boy, he’s had the privilege of singing all over Canada, the U.S., and even the Vatican for Pope Francis. Since then, he’s had the privilege of growing not just as a Choir Boy, but as an artist. He’s been afforded the opportunity to sing with groups such as Orpheus Choir, Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Opus 8, St. James Cathedral, Opera Atelier, Choir 21, and even The Eagles. He’s currently a chorus member on the upcoming show “Treemonisha”.
Aside from being a choirboy, you can find Martin running around the city as an arts educator and performer specializing in spoken-word & beatboxing. His official poetry journey began under the tutelage of Britta B at JAYU’s level 1 poetry program. His unofficial journey began with his first exposure to poetry: the beret girl from “An Extremely Goofy Movie”. Now, Martin also works as an artist facilitator teaching with a myriad of organizations including JAYU, Unity Charity, Lakeshore Arts, Shakespeare in Action, Thrive Youth, and VIBEarts. As a poet, he’s performed for organizations like CBC, Sony, The Harbourfront Centre, and Nuit Blanche. He’s also had the privilege of exhibiting his work in spaces like Withrow Commons, Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, and the Meridian Arts Centre. His current goal is to create spaces that encourage people to be their most authentic, genuine selves in a raw, real, “non-Disney” type of way. (He messes with Disney though, don’t get it twisted.) He hopes that his work and himself as a person can inspire people to live by example and be what they wish to see in the world.
The Consort Scholar Program is made possible by The Spem in Alum Fund. We extend our heartfelt gratitude for its generous support.