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Maja Bannerman

FRIENDS SINCE THEIR TEEN YEARS, Rusty McCarthy and Maja Bannerman have collaborated on various music and performance projects since the late 1970s. As a duo, their shows are performance driven and blend a variety of musical styles, spoken word, creative movement and a dash of audience participation. In July they released their premiere album Rusty & Maja ~ Part Kitchen Party ~ Part Cabaret; a musical merry go round of both original and classic pop songs delivered with delight and attitude!

Rusty & Maja first met in Sault Ste. Marie in the late 1960s. Both moved to Toronto and each established careers in music and performance. Rusty, worked mostly with Mary Margaret O'Hara, and Maja had a band as she also toured Canada as a performance artist.

After meeting up again in 2013 at a concert in Sault Ste.Marie, Rusty and Maja decided to work together on an album of her songs. In 2017 Maja celebrated the launch of her CD Signs of Life. Rusty produced, arranged and played on a majority of this 15 song album. Since then Rusty has released 3 of his own CDs bringing his catalogue to a total of 13 albums.

Then during the summer of 2018, the winds shifted and something called love made its way into their hearts. As "Junior Seniors", their friendship deepened and this creative partnership took on new dimensions!