Amy Rivard, (born Chatham) is a Canadian singer, actress and writer. She was most recently seen touring as a chorus member with the group Celtic Woman. She is working on a new Adult Contemporary/Pop album. Additionally, Rivard recently created the webisode series, "What's Up Canuck?" starring Candy Canadiana, a character Rivard created and played while being on the road. She is writing and producing new episodes for YouTube and hopes to get 1 new webisode up per month.
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Rivard is a classically-trained singer and began her singing career by competing in many Kiwanis festivals where she placed first in opera/operetta & musical theatre. Soon thereafter, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors Degree in Music Theatre from the University of Windsor. This program was the only University Degree Program in Canada and accepted roughly 12 students per year. She has toured with Riverdance and performed the show on Broadway at the George Gershwin Theatre. She toured the musical Camelot in a co-production with the Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Calgary, & the Citadel Theatre. In addition, she toured with Sam Orbison's production about his brother Roy Orbison, The Roy Orbison Story and Celtic Woman in their tour Celtic Woman: A New Journey as a chorus member. Rivard spent over a year in Japan where she performed at Tokyo DisneySea, Tokyo Disneyland & the Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta.
Rivard is always busy collaborating and writing. She wrote her one-woman cabaret show which has been seen across the globe on SilverSea 6 Star Cruiselines, the Old Vic Theatre in London, England and at the Café de Paris (London). Her cabaret also brought in the 2005 New Year at The Second City in Toronto. Amy performed in a number of Toronto clubs and released her debut album Cashmere. The album contains numbers from the Great American Songbook, Cashmere, written by Amy and songs written by George Grosman (son of Oscar winner, Ladislav Grosman, The Shop on Main Street)
Amy can also be seen in a number of commercials, which can be found on her website and on YouTube. You can currently see her on PBS in Celtic Woman: The Greatest Journey, Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration, and Celtic Woman: Songs from the Heart.
In 2011, the film, Planting Vines was released. Rivard plays the female lead, Sonya. In addition, Rivard recently played a small part in the film Saving Grace, which was released in 2010.