Peggy (Jacobson) Pardo, born in Montreal Canada taught herself guitar at the age of 16 and has been singing all her life. She comes from a long line of musicians and entertainers on both sides of her family. Her mother, Hilda Simon was a great lover of music and made sure that music played a large part of their home life. Whenever someone would make any remark Hilda always had a song that related to it. She made sure that Peggy had piano lessons starting at the age of five and she can remember sitting in the front room on Esplanade looking out the window at the beautiful summer weather calling her to come out while she had to practice piano. Her mother would be cooking chicken soup in the kitchen listening for any mistakes and pushing her to be better. Hilda subscribed to a record club which sent them a book and accompanying music once a month. Peggy and her sister Shelli (who sang at Expo 67) would lie on the floor listening and memorizing every word to each song. Today people are amazed at how many words of songs Peggy can remember. Her delight is in personal contact with each resident and has developed the ability to remember each of their names.
Having studied the Torah for 30 years, Peggy now teaches Torah for Life at a variety of the residences where she also sings. To her the Torah is a book of principles to live by and nothing to do with religion. She brings this wealth of wisdom to her classes and to her concerts. Her stories are exciting for all ages from youth to the elderly.
Call her at 514-924-6432 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) today to book her for your group. She has a wide variety of music and will choose a program to suit your needs.
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