Hampton Avenue Biographies

 
 
 

Debbie Fleming

Debbie has been a professional singer in the Toronto area for over 3 decades. She has been heard singing backup vocals on albums by many recording artists, including  David Clayton Thomas, Anne Murray, Rita MacNeil, Susan Aglukark, Frank Mills, Rik Emmett, Alan Jackson and many more. As leader of the vocal backup quartet on CTV's Ronnie Prophet Show , she sang and arranged backup vocals for many famed country artists such as George Jones, Crystal Gail and Ronnie Milsap. She has sung live backup vocals for Petula Clark, Engelbert Humperdink, Roc Voisine, Susan Aglukark and many others. She has released 5 albums of her own, one entitled Let Me In on the Canadian Talent Library label; a collection of her own country songs, entitled Nothing' In the World That This Old Girl Can't Do; and A Gift of Harmony, Featuring Voices of Hampton Avenue on the RDR label. The latter CD, released in 2003,  features songs and vocal arrangements crafted by Debbie, and may be purchased on this site. Hampton Avenue MarketIn 2004, she released her first solo jazz CD, accompanied by some of Toronto's primo musicians.  This recording, entitled "Steppin' Out" was produced by Debbie, and all songs and arrangements are hers.  Visit Debbie's website for more information   Debbie Fleming.ca  In 2016, she released and produced an album featuring all Bacharach/David songs, with some arrangements by her.  This CD - Back To Bacharach - Full Circle - can also be purchased from Debbie's website.

Debbie has done most of the vocal arrangements for Hampton Avenue -  these vocal arrangements are being sung by choral ensembles all over the world, and may be purchased on this site. 

In 1995, Debbie's love of songwriting, vocal harmony and groups such as Take 6, Singers Unlimited, Manhattan Transfer, The Hi Lo's and New York Voices led her to assemble the stellar group of Hampton Avenue singers from the top of her extensive list of vocalists -- all of whom were chosen for their excellent sight-reading abilities, pitch and blending capabilities.    Under Debbie's direction, the group won Jazz Report Vocal Group of the year award in 1999.

Debbie is still keeping busy - singing some studio gigs, singing jazz, R&B and Latin gigs,  arranging for Hampton Avenue and The Ault Sisters,  and doing her own solo shows, accompanied by her own guitar and ukulele.

After singing in the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for 40 years, Debbie left the choir in 2016.  She is still called upon as an alumna, to perform with the choir and Toronto Symphony at Roy Thomson Hall, and most recently has sung Handel's Messiah, Orff's Carmina Burana and Beethoven's 9th.

 
 

Subashini (Suba) Sankaran
Suba holds her Master's Degree in Music from York University in Toronto. She teaches keyboard, piano and voice and is an accompanist for dance classes, and musical theater productions. For 3 years she directed Wibijazz'n': The Winters' College Killer Chorus, a contemporary jazz choir based at York University. Suba composes, arranges and transcribes music for various genres.  Suba also performs Karnatak (South Indian Classical) music and is a member of an ensemble led by her father, the renowned master drummer, Trichy Sankaran.  She is a founding member of "Voyces Past", a female quartet specializing in renaissance music and madrigals, and sings in Retrocity -- an '80's retro acappella vocal septet. Suba is also a session singer, adding her voice  to jingles, sountracks and recordings.  She leads the Jazz Choir at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and has her own "east meets west" musical ensemble called Autorickshaw- combining south Indian and jazz,instrumental and vocal genres.
Dylan Bell
Dylan sings tenor with Hampton Avenue. Hailing from Orillia Ontario, he is an accomplished Toronto based vocalist, pianist, bassist, composer and arranger, as well as being a qualified teacher. He released a solo album Dylan Bell and The Autonomous Collective and the co-produced  2 albums as director/conductor with the vocal ensemble Wibijazz'n'  He was the engineer and co-producer of Wibi's newest CD, released in 2003. . Dylan sings in the 80's retro vocal ensemble, Retrocity, and is the keyboard player for R&B band  Soul Foundation . He has also played keyboards with artists such as Kelita, and Wendy Lands .He is the director of the Hart House Jazz Ensemble, and is a primo Vocal Percussionist, as well as a busy session singer. On Sundays, he can be seen at Sunday services,leading his own church choir. Dylan is the newest member of award-winning a cappella quartet - Cadence
Tom Lillington

Tom Lillington keeps busy with a wide range of activities in the Toronto area.  As well as maintaining a full schedule as a Certified Piano Technician (CPT, George Brown College), Tom is also an accomplished composer (BFA, York University), pianist, accompanist, arranger, director and vocalist performing with many different groups throughout Ontario and Canada. 

  A mainstay on the Toronto acappella scene for the last 20 years, Tom is also a founding member of both the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and the Juno-nominated Canadian Chamber Choir, 80's vocal group Retrocity, and currently sings regularly with the Elmer Iseler Singers, Grammy-nominated Elora Festival Singers and numerous other ensembles.

  Tom’s bass voice can be heard singing in numerous jingles, soundtracks and recordings. As a composer and Music Director he is currently in his 17th season with the Driftwood Theatre Group, which provides accessible theatre to small communities throughout Ontario.