Jesse MacMillan and Anna Sudac had very similar backgrounds in Toronto’s music and comedy communities, but somehow never crossed paths until 2012, when they co-starred in a historical theatre piece about Sir John A Macdonald. At the time, both were living in Toronto, and after falling fairly madly in love and coming to Anna’s hometown of Kingston for one summer, they decided to stay and continue pursuing their individual passions, as well as working together creatively as much as possible.
Since moving to Kingston, Jesse and Anna have performed at dozens of different events, and put together some very eclectic sets. They have performed at fish frys and hoedowns, in train cars travelling across Canada, at weddings and semi-annual house concerts in Yarker and Marysville, with special guests including Ash & Bloom and David Archibald. Anna and Jesse opened for Ray Bonneville, as part of LiveWire music series, and for WANNABE: A Spice Girls Tribute at the Mansion, where they premiered their now-beloved twenty-minute ‘90s medley.
Individually, the two have been quite active in the Kingston Arts communities over the past years. Anna has been a featured backup singer in Georgette Fry’s Etta James Show, and Spencer Evans’s recent tribute to Ray Charles, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis. She performed the songs of Shania Twain aboard the Island Star earlier in the fall of 2016, and has appeared in the Kick and Push and Storefront Festivals as well as the Toronto Fringe Festival. Jesse manages the tech department of the TETT Centre for Creativity and Learning, as well as being a stage technician next door at the Isabel Bader Centre. He acted in Judith Thompson’s newest play, HOTHOUSE, and designed sound and composed music for five plays over the past two years. Most recently, Jesse appeared as Johnny Cash in the Thousand Islands Playhouse’s production of Million Dollar Quartet. Anna and Jesse co-produced and acted in LIVE in Kingston, a Kingston-filled romantic comedy/multi-venue concert film by local filmmaker Jay Middaugh, which premiered in early 2017 at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival.
As a result of all this variety, they’ve fallen in love with songs from a range of musical genres, and made them their own. The duo has also written and recorded a collection of original songs, entitled Yeah and You. Audiences can expect unique interpretations of familiar songs, original compositions and a good amount of onstage banter.