K'jipuktuk/Halifax-based musician Gina Burgess is an accomplished performer, crafter, yoga instructor and music teacher. Studying violin since the age of five and teaching music professionally since 2001, Gina has become a sought after soloist and educator across Canada and beyond.
With over 20 years of classical training, Gina excels in virtually any musical setting: She was one fifth of the Juno nominated Iqaluit-based Arctic rock band The Jerry Cans,(who were featured on the Juno’s live t.v. awards broadcast in 2018) is a four-time ECMA award winner with the Hot Swing outfit Gypsophilia, fronts her own klezmer band Der Heisser, and is a regular collaborator with numerous ensembles.
Gina has toured Europe twice over with Tim Crabtree’s atmospheric ensemble; Paper Beat Scissors, and with folk-pop artist Gabrielle Papillon. Along with The Jerry Cans, Gina has performed and conducted youth workshops in Canada, Australia, Greenland, New Zealand, and Europe.
In addition to touring, Gina makes regular trips to remote communities in Nunavut to perform, teach music and instruct yoga/meditation classes.
Gina has collaborated with the likes of Kanye West, Maria Osende Flamenco Co., Shauntay Grant, Dinuk Wijeratne, Erin Costelo, Hey Rosetta!, Joseph Petric, the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, Rich Aucoin, Duane Andrews, NAFAS, Symphony Nova Scotia, Lily Frost, Alex Conde, and D.J. Spooky.