Raha Javanfar


A musician, lighting/projections designer, theatre performer, and educator, Raha is a multi-faceted artist, working and residing in Toronto.

Born in Iran and raised in Toronto where she currently lives, Raha’s artistic career is a rich fabric of numerous projects in various fields.

A classically trained violinist with a passion for roots music, Raha regularly plays fiddle in the Western swing band, The Double Cuts, and has played with such notable artists as Stars, Protest the Hero,Peter Katz, Tom Wilson, and Daniel Romano. She is the bassist/front-woman of Maple Blues Award nominee blues/R&B band, Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes. Other musical projects include Voodoo Raha & Speedy Wax and Zuze, as well as frequent performance in the concert series at Soulpepper Theatre Company (Riverboat, 27 Club, 88 Keys, Promised Land).

Raha is one of six co-creators of Now You See Her, a play by Quote Unquote Collective, produced by Nightwood Theatre, in which she also performed the role of Daria. It was nominated for Best New Play at the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Awards. She was a member of the cast of the world premier of Rose: A Musical at Soulpepper Theatre (winner of 4 Doras and nominated for 11).

Raha has toured globally with Toronto Baroque orchestra, Tafelmusik, for over a decade as projections designer of concerts such as House of Dreams, Circle of Creation, and Tale of Two Cities, which have been performed in concert halls as notable as Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, as well as venues in Mexico, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, and numerous other countries. Other projections design credits include Der Freischutz, Alcina (Opera Atelier), Stream (National Ballet School of Canada), Life of Jude (Appledor), and The Peace Maker (Next Stage Festival).

Raha’s lighting design credits include Brothers Size, Riverboat, Voyager (Soulpepper), Miss Caledonia (Tarragon), Saltwater Moon, and Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly (Festival Players of Prince Edward County). She’s been the touring lighting director for Ballet Jorgen Canada, as well as Magical Moments in Time (Ted Outerbridge).

Raha teaches violin, piano, and music theory, both privately and at institutions including the Regent Park School of Music, and Kingsway Conservatory. She has sat on juries for the Dora Awards, FACTOR, and the OAC’s Pauline McGibbon Award. She was co-recipient of the Siminovitch Protege Award, and is an active Arts Advocate and Ambassador for Music Canada. Raha teaches lighting design at Ryerson University.

Banner photo above by Reenie Perkovic


 Bad Luck Woman and Her Misfortunes bring you sassy blues/R&B tunes, drawing inspiration from feisty female singers of the 50s and 60s.


Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes

A Maple Blues nominated, 4-piece blues/R&B/swing/Rock n’ Roll band, Bad Luck Woman and Her Misfortunes is Raha on bass and vocals, along with Fraser Melvin on guitar and vocals, Andrew Moljgun on sax and organ, and Jonathan Hyde on drums. Featuring a mixture of originals, classics, and obscure and forgotten tunes, the band’s live performance is igniting and energizing, getting audiences onto the dance floor. Check the website for more! www.badluckwoman.com

On the cover of July 2019 Maple Blues newsletter. Read the article  here .

On the cover of July 2019 Maple Blues newsletter. Read the article here.








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