»Eyal Bitton is a composer and lyricist who has penned several musicals and oratorios. He is currently Cantor of Hamilton’s Beth Jacob Synagogue in Hamilton, Ontario, where he combines traditional Ashkenazi & Moroccan melodies along with his own pieces. His choral compositions and arrangements have been performed in Canada, the US, and Israel. He is the musical director of the Toronto Zimriyah, the Toronto Jewish children’s choral festival. He has conducted choirs for The Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue (Canada’s first congregation), Adath Israel Poale Zedek, Jewish Peoples and Peretz Schools, La Chorale Kinor of the Communauté Sépharade Unifiée du Québec, and others. From 2003-2009, Eyal served as Music Director of Toronto’s Beth Tikvah Synagogue Choir, formerly conducted by Srul Irving Glick. Also a composer of Jewish music for the synagogue and community, he has composed over 100 liturgical pieces. in 2008, Eyal released a CD entitled HIGH HOLIDAY MEMORIES: Timeless Moroccan & Sephardi Classics.
»Eyal teaches prayer and Jewish studies at Beth Jacob Hebrew School where he served for three years as the school’s administrator. He has taught English at Ecole Maimonide and at College Francais in Montreal, and music and t’filah at Montessori Jewish Day School in Toronto where he continues as their choir director.
»As a composer for the stage, Eyal wrote the book, music, and lyrics for MISS PERSIA The Musical (Toronto 2008), KING DAVID The Musical (Winter Garden Theatre 2005, Monument-National 2003, Oscar Peterson Concert Hall May 2003, Saidye Bronfman Centre 2002), MOSES The Musical (Saidye Bronfman Centre 2004), Freedom: The Moses & Martin Luther King, Jr. Musical Tribute (Oscar Peterson Concert Hall 1999), The Child (Monument-National 1997, featuring a choir of 60, a cast of 16, and a 25-piece orchestra), and the Jerusalem 3000 oratorio Journey to Jerusalem (Beth Jacob Hamilton, 2011, Beth Tikvah Toronto, 2006; Montreal 1996). His musical theatre works have been booked and/or licensed by groups around the globe, including the US, Canada, Kenya, and China (click here for a full list). He has written several children’s plays: The Magical Map, Eureka World, and Welcome to my Bar Mitzvah! He wrote additional lyrics for the musical of Mordecai Richler’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (SBC 1997). His musical direction and vocal arrangement credits for theatre include Les Mers Rouges (Toronto Fringe Festival 2005), No More Raisins No More Almonds (SBC 2003), and Mordecai Richler’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (SBC 1997) directed by Bryna Wasserman.
EYAL BITTON was born in Montreal, Canada. When he was one year old, his family moved to Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) where he attended TASOK (The American School of Kinshasa). He moved back to Montreal in 1978 and then attended United Talmud Torahs, Herzliah High School, Vanier College (DEC Pure & Applied Sciences), and McGill University (B.A. Jewish Studies). After moving to Toronto in 2003 and living there for six years, he moved to Hamilton, Ontario with his beautiful and talented wife, actress, and singer Michèle Tredger. He is a die-hard fan of the rock group KISS and, although no longer living in Montreal, he remains a fan of the Montreal Canadiens.
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This man has done as much for the Montreal arts scene as any genius. Bitton is so darned talented it’s a shame to miss his work.