Her career began as a singer on CBC radio and television at age fifteen. She created acclaimed musical documentaries for CBC radio’s Morningside with Peter Gzowski and appeared for twenty-two years on CBC’s Mr. Dressup. She also wrote and performed songs on Sesame Street. In the theatre she has played leading roles across Canada: National Arts Centre, Neptune Theater, Shaw Festival; London England in The Fantasticks at the Hampstead Theater Club, and in New York, where she created, with actor Alvin Epstein, the award-winning Kurt Weill; Songs Degenerate and Otherwise, which played at Carnegie Hall and established her as an original and distinctively creative voice in the New York concert scene. This show enjoyed a long stage life extending over seven years in New York and Boston and on a US tour.
Her CDs produced during this period, Gifts in the Old Old Ground and Song under the Stair received rave reviews and she performed their material in concerts all over the US and Canada. Upon returning to Canada, musical and lyrical composition and performance became the focus of Ms. Cole’s eclectic career and she continues to perform programs of her songs and poetry, most recently in such venues as Toronto Music Garden and Jazz Bistro. Beth Anne Cole has now composed a new body of work exploring a contemporary interpretation of the art-song genre. Those songs are now ready to record, on a new CD in 2017.
In 2016 Ms. Cole was invited to join the team of artists providing programming with the power of music and all the arts at the Dotsa Bitove Wellness Academy. “I have thousands of songs in my head”, she says. She enjoys basing her classes on themes suggested by songs, those she knows and those that originate in the many cultures shared by the members of the Bitove Academy. Beth Anne, a singing teacher, believes that the act of singing – in community or alone – is one of the most powerfully healing and unifying forces we have as human beings.