The Canadian counter-tenor, Allan Fast, studied at the University of Western Ontario.
Fast sang for several years with the USA based Waverly Consort before returning to Canada in the late 1980’s. In 1986, Fast became a first prise winner of the International Opera Competition of the Belgian Royal Opera He also gave private lessons for Daniel Taylor at around the same year.
Allan Fast did numerous recitals and ensemble programs for Radio-Canada and CBC, toured throughout North America, and taught early music voice at McGill from the early 1990’s till his death. Fast also co-directed the McGill Collegium Musicum with Mary Cyr. In May-June 1994, Fast taught at the McGill Historical Performance Academy, but was too ill to sing in the staff recital held in that summer.
In 1988, Allan Fast made his only solo recording "Buxtehude: Alto Cantatas and Sonatas" with the McGill Collegium Musicum. Following that, he has continued to perform a good deal of Bach, recording a disc of Bach cantatas with Joshua Rifkin (L'oiseau-Lyre).