biography

Toronto native, Gabi has been performing for as long as she can remember. She began her performing career at the tender age of 6 where she made a very special appearance on a CD for children recorded by her mother and father. Her love of music brought her to the Toronto Children’s Chorus where she was a chorister for 6 years and travelled to such places as Australia and New Zealand. Meanwhile, Gabi was accepted into the Claude Watson School for the Performing Arts and then later into the Claude Watson Program at Earl Haig Secondry School where she thrived as a vocal major. After performing in numerous plays/musicals there, as well as being cast in a couple of commercials, television epidodes, and a TV movie, Gabi was certain that she wanted to be a performer. As music was the strength and passion of Gabi’s young life, she decided to continue her education in music by studying Voice at McGill University.

But after 1 year, Gabi began to feel restless. Although she had an unbelievable McGill experience performing in Montreal-based bands and McGill a cappella groups, Gabi’s real passion lay in musical theatre– and the theatre world Gabi was looking for existed back in Toronto. So, accomplishing what seemed like an impossible feat, Gabi completed her Bachelor of Music in 2 years and became a 20-year old university graduate ready to face the theatre world.

One year later, Gabi’s hard work payed off– she got her first professional role and the opportunity of a lifetime– to play Fanny Brice in a one-woman musical about the renowned performer’s life. Since then, Gabi has been working in the theatre world non-stop and has been given wonderful performance opportunities that have taken her to New York, Orlando, Montreal, Ottawa, and the Carribbean. Some of these performances include “Edges” (Acting Up Stage Theatre Co.), “Cowgirls” (Drayton Entertainment), “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Napoleon” (Talk is Free Theatre), the U.S. National Tour of “Stellaluna” (King Cole Theatricals), “West Side Story Suite” (National Ballet of Canada), and various Disney characters including Belle, Ariel, and Pocahontas aboard Disney Cruise Lines, as well as one of the leads in the original cast of their production of “Toy Story the Musical” (Disney Creative Ent.)

As well as performing in stage musicals, Gabi began to perform solo cabarets across the city and has become known as one of Toronto’s leading young cabaret performers. Her infectious cabaret performances have brought her to The Rex, The Toronto Centre for the Arts, The Trane Studio, The Berkeley St. Theatre, The Bread and Circus, the Pantages Hotel, as well as the Algonquin Hotel in New York City.

But Gabi decided she needed to take her cabaret career one step further. She teamed up with renowned Canadian jazz singer John Alcorn who produced her debut CD entitled “Show Off”. It is for sale on itunes, as well as on her website www.gabiepstein.com

Gabi continues to perform her cabarets, actively auditions around Toronto, and hopes her debut CD will help her achieve many more performance opportunities for years to come.