2018 CHORAL DIRECTORY

2308 Canary Cover RFSWelcome to The WholeNote’s 16th annual Canary Pages, a directory featuring a broad range of Ontario choirs. The Canary Pages provides an opportunity for choirs to introduce themselves, in their own words, to individuals of all ages seeking choirs to sing in or to listen to, in a variety of genres and at every level of skill and commitment. If you are new to the region, a lapsed chorister looking to start singing again, on the hunt for new musical challenges or thinking of taking the plunge for the first time, here’s a perfect place to start your search. The 123 choirs presented here include those that have been around for decades, groups new to the scene, choruses of hundreds of voices, small chamber ensembles, children’s and youth choirs, auditioned choirs and those open to all.

Missed the Canary Pages? If a choir you thought should be here isn’t, it’s not too late! Choirs are added year round to our online Canary Pages at thewholenote.com/canary. For more information contact canary@thewholenote.com or phone Karen Ages at 416-323-2232 x26.

THE 2018 CANARY PAGES TEAM

PROJECT MANAGER: Karen Ages
PROJECT EDITOR: David Perlman
PROOFREADING: Sara Constant
LAYOUT AND DESIGN: Susan Sinclair
WEBSITE: Kevin King

Click the cover to view our 2018 Canary Pages book, as it appeared in the May 2018 Issue or browse profiles published in an online format here.

 

Achill Choral SocietyThe Achill Choral Society, now in its 35th season, is a mixed, auditioned, 75-voice community choir, established in 1982 and based in the country hamlet of Achill, near Alliston, Ontario. ACS performs twice yearly, at Christmas and in the spring. Auditions are held in September and January. The choir gathers Wednesday evening at St. John’s Anglican Church (Highway 9, 6km east of Orangeville) to rehearse.

A. Dale Wood’s retirement in 2017, after 30+ years conducting Achill, led to the appointment of of Shawn Grenke who has been accompanist to the Elmer Iseler Singers, and the Amadeus Choir, where he is also associate conductor.

We welcome all to enjoy our upcoming spring concerts – April 21 in Alliston, and April 28 in Orangeville. Check details on our website at achill.ca.

Linda Punstel
info@achill.ca
www.achill.ca

All Saints Kingsway ChoirAll Saints Kingsway Choir provides musical leadership at weekly Sunday morning Eucharists, Festival Evensongs, community outreach projects and concerts year-round. The choir is made up of paid section leads and volunteer participants and welcomes new singers throughout the year. Recent performances include Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, festal celebrations with the drumming ensemble Beyond Sound Empijah and the Michael Occhipinti Jazz Quartet, and Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s The Atonement, both with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. Jazz vespers and lunchtime organ recitals round out the regular musical offerings. New members are always welcome to the Music at All Saints Kingsway family. Come and be a part of a fantastic choral and instrumental creative community.

Brainerd Blyden-Taylor
416-233-1125 x5
music@allsaintskingsway.ca
www.allsaintskingsway.ca

Amadeus Choir of Greater TorontoLed by artistic director & conductor Lydia Adams since 1984, the award-winning Amadeus Choir is celebrating its 45th season in 2018-19. The choir performs diverse programmes featuring Canadian and international composers through a self-produced concert series, guest performances and special events at various venues in Toronto and beyond. The Amadeus Choir actively engages in educational and community outreach through choral workshops for students, music educators, composers and conductors. Regular rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights in the Don Mills and Lawrence area. The choir’s membership comprises singers from across the GTA. Annual auditions are held in May and June. Phone or email the choir office for more information.

Lydia Adams, artistic director & conductor
Shawn Grenke, associate conductor & accompanist
Joan Andrews, assistant conductor
Vivian Lee
416-446-0188
info@amadeuschoir.com
www.amadeuschoir.com

The Annex Singers is a spirited 60-voice auditioned choir with an eclectic repertoire spanning six centuries. Under the dynamic and creative leadership of artistic director Maria Case, the choir performs three concerts annually, collaborating with a wide array of professional soloists and ensembles. Recently performed large-scale works include Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Fauré’s Requiem. The Annex Chamber Choir, a smaller ensemble drawn from the main choir, is dedicated to presenting gems from the chamber repertoire. We provide ongoing professional development to all choir members, and encourage young singers with a special sponsorship programme. We rehearse Monday evenings (at St. Thomas Anglican Church, 383 Huron St.). Please visit our website www.annexsingers.com to arrange your audition.

Joanne Eidinger
416-458-4434
joeidinger@gmail.com
www.annexsingers.com

The Bach Chamber Youth Choir (BCYC) is an award-winning SATB choir for ages 16 through 25 (or boys with changed/changing voices). BCYC also includes a fabulous a cappella vocal ensemble comprised of talented university students.

As part of the Bach Children’s Chorus organization, the BCYC is a highlight at the organization’s twice-yearly concerts at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Additional performances include a coffee-house, a gala fundraiser, benefit concerts and collaborations with the other top youth choirs in the city. BCYC rehearses Sunday evenings on the Danforth, across from Chester Station. Auditions are held in May or by request (music background is strongly recommended). Interested youth are welcome to observe a Sunday evening rehearsal.

Jane Greenwood
416-431-0790
jane@bachchildrenschorus.ca
www.bachchildrenschorus.ca

Bach Children’s Chorus is an award-winning organization of three performance-oriented treble choirs (ages 7-16), one mixed-voice choir (Bach Chamber Youth Choir – see separate listing), and a preparatory choir (ages 5-7).

BCC members experience a positive and focussed learning environment as they explore a broad range of musical styles. BCC proudly continues to set the highest standards of musical literacy and education for community choirs across Canada with private vocal coaching, sight-singing groups, and a choral-focussed theory curriculum.

BCC rehearses once per week in Scarborough, performs as a company-in-residence at the Toronto Centre for the Arts and appears regularly at Toronto events. Each choir participates in retreats, festivals, workshops and concerts with other youth choirs and world-renowned clinicians.

Jane Greenwood
416-431-0790
jane@bachchildrenschorus.ca
www.bachchildrenschorus.ca

Bach Elgar ChoirThe Bach Elgar Choir is the leading symphonic choir in the Hamilton region and the second-oldest choral organization in Canada. It performed its first concert in 1905 and has several firsts to its credit, including the North American premiere of Verdi’s Requiem. The BEC presents classical works for choir and orchestra, its cherished annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah and programs of varied vocal repertoire from opera to folksong. Featuring the very best Canadian soloists and working together with top orchestras, including the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the BEC has a reputation for excellence. Now entering its 113th year, the Bach Elgar Choir invites interested singers from all sections to come and join us under the leadership of our artistic director Alexander Cann.

Alexander Cann
905-527-5995
bachelgar@gmail.com
www.bachelgar.com

Bel Canto SingersBCS is an auditioned community choir with singers of various ages and abilities. Members share a love of choral singing and welcome and enjoy the challenges of a widely varied repertoire including Broadway show tunes, folk songs, spirituals, opera choruses and, yes, rock. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings at St. Nicholas Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd. Performances are held twice a year at Scarborough Bluffs United Church, 3739 Kingston Rd. Scarborough, at seniors’ homes and other churches. We also support the worthy Kids Help Phone charity.

BCS is a non-profit organization financed by ticket sales and annual membership fees. Friendships and fun are woven through all of our activities. We hold an annual workshop for improving our singing skills and also hold a number of social events such as our annual banquet.

Edwin Perrin
416-265-7586
laured@sympatico.ca
www.belcantosingers.ca

Canadian Celtic ChoirThe London-based Canadian Celtic Choir has been making music since 1996. We won the “Best Classical Vocal Group” at the London Music Awards in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2010 the CCC was inducted into the London Music Awards Hall of Fame. In 2012 we were nominated for the “Most Popular Classical Choir” at the 2012 Jack Richardson London Music Awards and won the award in 2015. We have released five CDs, Here’s To Song (2001), Christmas Remembered (2004) and We Rise Again (2007) which are all out of print. Our two most recent CDs are: A Celtic Noel (2013), and Celtic Inspiration (2014) and are available for purchase from our website and at our concerts.

Ian Davies
519-319-5847
celticchoir@iandavies.com
www.celticchoir.ca

Canadian Children’s Opera CompanyNow 50 years old, the CCOC consists of six choruses for ages 3 to 19 and is the only permanent children’s opera company in Canada to regularly commission and produce operas for children. Opera is simply storytelling with music, and those are two things that kids and youth love! A unique experience, The CCOC offers members unparalleled performance opportunities and life skills through age-appropriate vocal and dramatic training. Members regularly perform with the Canadian Opera Company and other major professional arts organizations. Rehearsals are weekdays after school in the downtown area. Auditions are held April to June. A non-auditioned in- and after-school workshop program was launched in 2008 as part of the OPERAtion KIDS outreach arm of the CCOC.

Ken Hall
416-366-0467
info@canadianchildrensopera.com
www.canadianchildrensopera.com

Cantabile Chamber SingersLed by artistic director/ founder Cheryll Chung since 2006, the Cantabile Chamber Singers performs an eclectic mix of choral music that spans six centuries and premieres works of Canadian and international composers through a self-produced Toronto concert series, guest performances and special projects with local orchestras, festivals and choirs. CCS is known for its informed interpretation, audience engagement and innovative programming. Performing and commissioning new Canadian music is part of our mandate, with over 50 new works premiered since 2006. Contact us for an audition or to submit a newly written a cappella choral work. Check out our recordings on iTunes and YouTube, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CantabileTO. Auditions are held in April, May and September.

Cheryll Chung
416-888-8888
cantabilechambersingers@gmail.com
www.cantabilechambersingers.com

Cantabile Choirs of KingstonSince 1996, the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, under composer/conductor Mark Sirett, have become known for concerts featuring non-traditional staging and joyful repertoire sung with skill and enthusiasm by Cantabile’s 300 singers.

Our 2018-19 season is titled Constellations: North Star, November 3 honours Canada’s Indigenous people in a concert on the theme of Truth and Reconciliation; One Star, December 22 and 23, Cantabile’s candle-lit holiday concerts, are the jewel of Kingston’s festive season; Star of County Down, March 2, features New Dublin Voices conductor, Bernie Sherlock, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day; Star Light, Star Bright, April 6, features Cantabile’s youngest stars with visiting children’s choirs from Montreal and Cobourg; and Sky Full of Stars, May 25, features Quebec’s versatile Quartom, ranging from a cappella folk songs, barbershop and Beatles to opera.

Hollie Stewart
613-549-3957
info@cantabilechoirs.net
www.cantabilechoirs.ca

Cantemus SingersCantemus Singers was established in 2008 by our conductor, Michael Erdman, to help expand Toronto’s exposure to and appreciation of Renaissance and early Baroque secular vocal music. Our 12-voice a cappella ensemble focuses mainly on the interesting and evocative madrigals, lieder, chansons and villancicos of the 16th century. We also perform religious works, often five to eight part compositions less frequently heard by Toronto audiences. We present three programs a year, in late fall, mid-winter and spring. Our choristers are a mix of enthusiastic, well-trained amateurs and semi-professionals, all sharing a common interest in early music. We rehearse Wednesday evenings through the season. Membership is by audition. Our main performance venue is the historic and acoustically lively Church of the Holy Trinity, Eaton Centre.

Michael Erdman, conductor
416-578-6602
cantemus.ca@gmail.com
www.cantemus.ca

Cantores Celestes Women’s ChoirCelebrating its 30th anniversary, CCWC is an auditioned women’s choir conducted by Kelly Galbraith, passionate about music and community. Our committed singers love a challenge and many types of music, and perform with the best instrumental musicians in Toronto! Repertoire ranges from Medieval and Baroque to classical and modern, gospel and Celtic. CCWC has released seven CDs, performed live on CBC Radio, donated over $60,000 to charities, featured in three films, was the featured women’s choir in Schafer’s Apocalypsis at Luminato, and has toured the Maritimes, Ontario and New York City.

Performances: December 1, 2018 and May 4, 2019; other exciting projects and tours TBA. Auditions are held in May/June, August and December. Check us out at facebook.com/CantoresCelestes, youtube.com/user/cantorescelestes, and Twitter: Cantores Celestes @Cantores_Choir

Kelly Galbraith
416-655-7335
cantorescelestes@hotmail.com
www.cantorescelestes.com

Celebration ChoirAre you a senior and looking for a fun, energetic and eclectic choir? The Celebration Choir is one you should consider! Founded in 2007 within The Toronto Singing Studio and directed by Linda Eyman, this choir of 60 voices features songs to suit every musical taste. Repertoire spans popular to classical to folk with appealing musical arrangements. The Celebration Choir rehearses from September through May on Thursday afternoons, 2pm to 4pm, in the gymnasium at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor St W., Toronto. Two formal concerts are presented each season along with community outreach concerts when possible. Rehearsals are very sociable. No audition necessary. A season membership is paid.

Linda Eyman
416-455-9238
linda@thetorontosingingstudio.ca
www.thetorontosingingstudio.ca

The Cellar Singers is a 40-voice mixed choir based in Orillia. For 50 years, the choir has delighted audiences in Simcoe and Muskoka with choral masterpieces grand and intimate. Under the direction of gifted choral specialist Mitchell Pady, the choir presents four main concerts each season. Rehearsals are open to all and are held Wednesday evenings, 7:15pm, at St. James Anglican Church, Orillia. Visit us at thecellarsingers.com, facebook.com/TheCellarSingers or Twitter/@cschoir. For more information, contact Rebecca Campbell at info@thecellarsingers.com or 705-718-4124.

Rebecca Campbell
705-718-4124
info@thecellarsingers.com
www.thecellarsingers.com

Choirs Ontario is an arts service organization promoting, supporting and celebrating choral music across Ontario. We offer a range of programs and resources, as well as networking and professional development opportunities, helping members build capacity, develop leadership and grow and diversify their audiences. Our goal is to raise the profile and quality of choral music, support the choral community, and educate the next generation of choral artists. The organization celebrates choral achievement and promotes public awareness through several awards and competitions, including the President’s Leadership Award and the Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition. Our programs include: SingONtario, an annual festival for community choirs; Choirs Ontario on the Road (a workshop series in regions across the province); and Ontario Youth Choir, a summer choral training program for youth from across the province.

Elena Koneva
416-923-1144; 1-866-935-1144
info@choirsontario.org
www.choirsontario.org

Choralairs Choir of North York The Choralairs are a non-profit, 50-member, four-part harmony adult choir who sing a variety of popular songs, jazz standards, Broadway show tunes and folk songs. Directed by Peter Ness with Gary Heard as our piano accompanist, the choir requires no auditions, just a love of singing and the ability to carry a tune!

We rehearse from September to June on Tuesday evenings at Edithvale CC. We also perform regularly for seniors at residences in the GTA.

All are welcome at our annual concert on Sunday June 10, 2018 from 1:30 to 2:45pm at Bernard Betel Centre (auditorium); 1003 Steeles Ave. W. (at Bathurst); admission $10 at the door.

Sally: 416-636-8247
Martha: 905-884-8370
choralairs@gmail.com
www.choralairschoir.com

Choralis Camerata has rapidly developed into an accomplished 50-member SATB chamber choir. Now in its 12th full season under artistic director David Braun and accompanist Lynne Honsberger, our mission is bringing quality classical, gospel and contemporary music to the communities of Niagara. In December 2010, we added another dimension of performance by staging Menotti’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Choralis Camerata has embraced familiar choral treasures such as the Requiems by Mozart and Gabriel Fauré, A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, Wachet Auf by J.S. Bach, The Seven Last Words of Christ by Theodore Dubois, Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint-Saëns, Gloria by John Rutter and Handel’s Messiah.

In April 2017 Choralis Camerata made its debut performance in Cairns Recital Hall at the new FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines, presenting A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms.

Joanne George
905-646-9225
choraliscamerata@gmail.com
www.choraliscamerata.com

CHORISMA, the newest choir in York Region, based out of Thornhill, was established in 2016, is a balanced 24-voice Chamber Choir. It performs three concerts a year, Christmas, Easter, and one other special event. All performances are Free Will concerts, with receipts, after expenses, going to a local charity such as Hill House Hospice in Richmond Hill. Professional instrumentalists are a part of every concert.

Bob Richardson
905-731-8318
rg.richardson2627@gmail.com

Chorus Hamilton (formerly Mohawk College Community Choir) is a Registered Charitable Arts Organization and is one of Hamilton’s finest choral ensembles. Founded in 1968 to participate in the opening of Mohawk College’s Fennell Campus, the choir is now a 75-member, semi-professional choral society. The ensemble performs a large variety of music, from chamber music to the greatest large-scale works in the choral repertoire, with orchestral accompaniment and professional soloists. The choir collaborates regularly with orchestras and other symphonic choirs. Visit our website for concert listings and more information.

Louise Drieman
905-526-7938
l.drieman@cogeco.ca
www.chorushamilton.ca

Chorus NiagaraChorus Niagara, the Power of 100, is a passionate group of singers of diverse ages and walks of life. As the Niagara region’s premier auditioned symphonic chorus, Chorus Niagara performs classic choral masterpieces, innovative new modern, and seldom-heard works, providing a showcase for emerging Canadian talent. CN attracts singers of all ages through its Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir (CNCC), Side-by-Side High School Chorale (SXS) and Robert Cooper Choral Scholars program (RCCS). Concerts are performed in the beautiful Partridge Hall in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St.Catharines.

View our flash mob with over 50 million views on YouTube.

Robert Cooper, artistic director
Diana McAdorey, managing director
905-934-5575
cnadmin@becon.org
www.chorusniagara.ca

Chorus York is an amateur performance community choir based in Richmond Hill. We perform three to four concerts per year and sing a variety of choral music from Mozart to Broadway. We are diverse in age and culture, but we all share a love of fine choral music.

Recent concerts include Top Hats & Tunes, Nov. 2017, Romantic Melodies, Feb. 2018, A Little Rock and Pop, March 2018, and to come: Spirited and Jazzy, May 2018, and Last Night at the Proms with Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra in June. New members are always welcome. Please send inquiries to info@chorusyork.ca.

Bruce Morrow
905-884-7922
info@chorusyork.ca
www.chorusyork.ca

Continuing its long tradition of musical excellence, Christ Church Deer Park boasts an innovative music program. Our choir, consisting of professional members and skilled volunteers, performs a rich treasury of sacred choral music and hymnody at the 10am Sunday liturgy. The choir also performs at other special events, feast days, Evensongs and concerts throughout the year. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings from 6:45pm to 8:45pm and offer an opportunity to develop musicianship through vocal instruction, while being part of an open and welcoming community. In addition, we present Jazz Vespers, a popular, informal service held bi-monthly from September to June and featuring some of the city’s finest jazz musicians. For more information contact Matthew Otto, director of music.

Matthew Otto
416-920-9211 x28
motto@christchurchdeerpark.org
www.thereslifehere.org

Church of St. Mary MagdaleneSteeped in musical heritage and assisted by a generous acoustic, St. Mary Magdalene’s offers a music program strongly rooted in the tradition established by Healey Willan. Every Sunday at the 11am Solemn Mass the Gallery Choir sings a mass and motet from the west gallery, while the Ritual Choir sings the Gregorian propers from the east end. Both choirs rehearse on Thursdays.

At the 9.30am Sung Mass the SMM Singers sing a motet and lead congregational singing. Membership is informal: rehearsals are at 9.00am directly before the service; regular attendance is not mandatory.

One Sunday per month at 4.30pm the meditative Solemn Evensong and Benediction is sung, preceded by an organ recital at 4.00pm.

For information, please contact the director of music, Andrew Adair.

Andrew Adair
416-531-7955
andrew.timothy.adair@gmail.com
www.stmarymagdalene.ca

City ChoirLaunched in 2010, City Choir is an exciting non-auditioned SATB choir. Our five well-known directors have worked with us since then – Waleed Abdulhamid, John Millard, Patricia O’Callaghan, Greg Oh, and Suba Sankaran.

Open to all who love to sing, we perform music of many styles, as well as original compositions. Based on pay-what-you-can, we meet at 188 Carlton St. on Tuesday nights from September to June. Vocal techniques are taught.

There are two main concerts and two cabaret nights, as well as other events. Participation in individual performances welcome. We have sung at the Tranzac Club, the Drake Underground, the Aga Khan Museum & Ismaili Centre, with the Mixed Choir in Apocalypsis (Luminato Festival), and in the SING! a Cappella Festival.

Arianne Schaffer
416-963-9374
member@citychoir.ca
www.citychoir.ca

County Town SingersWe are a 75-voice mixed adult community choir from Durham Region within the GTA, started in 1967. Our motto is “We sing for the love of it.” We present a varied repertoire with many musical styles, though little classical. We practise on Wednesday evenings from 7:30pm to 10pm from January to May and September to December, presenting full shows in early May and December. In addition, we perform two or three smaller shows for community groups and charities. We have travelled extensively over our nearly 50 years of existence, most recently to the United Nations in NYC. Informal, easygoing auditions take place in early January and December. Yearly fees are reasonable. For additional infoormation please visit our website or call/text John Van Hoof at 647-981-2205.

John Van Hoof
647-981-2205
javh1947@gmail.com
www.countytownsingers.com

Cummer Avenue United Church Choir consists of a group of volunteer singers supported by a number of professional section leaders. The choir sings classical and contemporary repertoire and provides strong musical leadership for Sunday worship services 12 months of the year. In addition to full choir anthems, various ensembles and solos are presented by members of the chancel choir. On selected Sundays the choir presents extra choral music such as traditional carols at Christmas and a cantata at Easter. Choral music from all parts of the globe is regularly featured in the choir’s offerings. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings from early fall to early spring and on Sunday mornings all year.

Taylor Sullivan
416-222-5417
taylorsullivan@yahoo.com
www.cummeravenueuc.ca

The 24-voice DaCapo Chamber Choir was founded in 1998 in Kitchener-Waterloo under the direction of Leonard Enns. The mission of the choir is to identify, study, rehearse and present outstanding choral chamber works of the past 100 years and to champion music of Canadian and local composers. In 2018-2019, DaCapo will celebrate its 20th anniversary season with the release of its newest CD, with selections received through NewWorks, its national choral composition competition. The choir is currently in the middle of a 3-season exploration of themes related to the global refugee crisis: 17/18 Displacement, 18/19 Resettlement, 19/20 Renewal. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @DaCapoChoir!

Sara Martin, manager
519-725-7549
nfo@dacapochamberchoir.ca
www.dacapochamberchoir.ca

Durham Girls' ChoirGirls from across Durham region come together in this active, fun, performing choir. Our Junior and Senior ensembles provide girls aged seven through 18 an opportunity to sing together, build team spirit, and participate in a variety of public performances. Through weekly rehearsals our members build leadership skills, further their musical education, and create lasting friendships. Registration for our 2018/19 season is now open, and young singers of all talent levels are encouraged to join us as we share the joy of music with our Durham Region community. Visit our website to hear us perform, read what alumni say about the choir, and see photos from our many events throughout the year. We hope you will join us!

Laurie Stapley
905-434-7269
info@durhamgirlschoir.org
www.durhamgirlschoir.org

Echo Women’s ChoirCelebrating its 26th year, Echo is a 60-voice, non-auditioned community choir open to women from all walks of life. Echo rehearses each Tuesday night at the Church of the Holy Trinity (beside the Eaton Centre), performs at city-wide grassroots events, and holds December and April concerts. Co-led by Becca Whitla and Alan Gasser, Echo aims to build a strong, varied and vibrant culture and community through song. Repertoire includes music from world-wide village singing traditions and newly-commissioned music. Echo aims to keep membership fees and concert tickets accessible to all. To join Echo, register on our website. Spring concert, I’ll Be Your Refuge, April 29, 2018, 3pm at Holy Trinity with special guests Leela Gilday and artist-in-residence Annabelle Chvostek. Echo 25th Anniversary CD, One Voice is available for purchase from our website!

Alan Gasser
416-779-5554
info.echo@gmail.com
www.echowomenschoir.ca

Etobicoke Centennial ChoirEntering its 52nd season, the Etobicoke Centennial Choir is an auditioned SATB choir that provides a welcoming, high-calibre choral music experience for singers and audiences alike.

Our 2018-19 season begins December 8, 2018 with Bach’s Christmas Cantata and other seasonal music.

Two contrasting masses are featured on April 6, 2019 - Dvorak’s Mass in D and Paul Winter’s celebration of the earth, Missa Gaia, with band accompaniment.

On June 1, 2019 ECC will premier original Bulgarian-inspired world music compositions by Toronto guitarist/composer Anton Apostolov, accompanied by instrumentalists and video installation, along with Morton Lauridsen’s Les Chansons des Roses and a selection of spirituals.

Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings. New singers are always welcome. Open rehearsals are held in September and January.

Shari Ellis, membership chairperson
416-428-6267
info@etobicokecentennialchoir.ca
www.etobicokecentennialchoir.ca

Exultate Chamber Singers is an auditioned group of 30 skilled singers who enjoy performing a variety of chamber choir repertoire, both a cappella and accompanied, including many works by Canadian composers. Now in its 39th year, the choir is under the direction of new artistic director Mark Ramsay and continues its tradition of presenting four concerts per season. In addition, the group sponsors a composer-in-residence, collaborates with other regional choral ensembles, supports aspiring young music professionals with singing and conducting opportunities, and engages in a number of community outreach initiatives. Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays from 5:45pm to 7:45pm at St. Thomas Anglican Church, 383 Huron St. For audition information, please see our website.

Elana Harte
416-917-5987
elana@elanaharte.com
www.exultate.net

Fanshawe Chorus LondonFanshawe Chorus London has built a world-class reputation since its inception at Fanshawe College in 1969, by performing the finest in classical choral orchestral music. As a elite auditioned community choir conducted by artistic director David Holler, the chorus provides college-level training for adult singers and gives emerging vocal soloists the opportunity to perform professionally with orchestra. The chorus has won the prestigious Ontario Lieutenant-Governor’s Award twice, and was selected to sing at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Canada Day celebrations during the 2010 visit of HRM Queen Elizabeth II. Winner of London’s Classical Vocal Group of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017, Fanshawe Chorus London offers talented adult singers an inclusive welcoming community committed to “Making Hearts Sing.”

April Voth
519-433-9650
generalmanager@choruslondon.com
www.choruslondon.com

Florivox ChoirFlorivox is an all-women community choir for young adults that is part of the larger Vox Choirs organization. The organization holds relationship building, social responsibility and musical excellence as its core principles. No audition is required for membership but most choristers have previous choral experience or some musical proficiency. Our season runs September to June and rehearsals take place Mondays, 6:15pm to 8:30pm, at New Horizons/Dovercourt Baptist Church. Regular attendance is expected. Selected repertoire spans five centuries, including choral classics, contemporary works and popular music, ranging from Vivaldi to Dan Forrest to Joni Mitchell.

To join please visit us at: http://voxchoirs.org/join/

Membership Coordinator
416-568-3802
membership.florivox@voxchoirs.org
www.voxchoirs.org

Now entering its 17th season, the Georgetown Bach Chorale is an auditioned chamber choir specializing in Baroque period music performed with Baroque orchestra. Orchestral performances are conducted by the artistic director, Ron Greidanus, from the harpsichord. The members of this organization are passionate about presenting the highest level of performances which, in the 2018-2019 season will include Handel’s Messiah, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion. We are always looking for new talent who share our vision and like to have a lot of fun!

Ron Greidanus
905-873-9909
ronaldgreidanus@hotmail.com
www.georgetownbachchorale.com

Georgetown Choral SocietyGCS, with some 95 amateur singers, has been delighting audiences since its formation in 1971. Our rehearsal and performance home is the Christian Reformed Church in Georgetown, Ontario. Our choral director, Christopher Dawes, is among Canada’s leading church musicians, concert organists and choral accompanists; a freelance professional musician, performing across a wide spectrum of the Toronto music scene and occupying a range of musical leadership positions. GCS is a registered charity performing a variety of musical genres, including classical, pop and folk, and from sacred to secular, at a level normally associated with professional groups. It has performed at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, the Ford Centre in North York and the Mississauga Living Arts Centre. It has also performed internationally in the Netherlands, England, Ireland and at New York City’s Lincoln Center.

Laurent Thibault
905-877-7795
lthibault@cogeco.ca
www.georgetownchoral.ca

GBCC, located in Owen Sound, invites singers ages five through 20 to join our multi-level program, designed to promote music literacy in many styles, genres and languages. We perform year-round at community events, seniors homes, church services, annual family concerts in May and December, as guests of other groups including the Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra and Georgian Bay Concert Choir, and at music festivals, local, national and international.

We create a safe and encouraging environment for children to “find their voices, and then let them soar freely.” Regular season rehearsals run September through May, with additional rehearsals as required. Revenue is raised through membership fees, fundraising and donor sponsorship, with a generous bursary fund to ensure that no child who “needs to sing” is denied the opportunity. Come Sing with Us!

Linda Hawkins
519-371-1237
gbccmanager@gmail.com
www.gbcc.ca

The choir of Grace Church on-the-Hill proudly embraces our excellent Anglican choral tradition while looking towards the future for new inspiration. Our choirs for both adults and children sing weekly from September to June. Our children’s choirs provide the ideal learning environment for young musicians, and we have funding available to subsidize the cost of music lessons for our children! Choristers of all ages develop lifelong friendships, self-esteem, and the joy of coming together to sing. We take a choir tour every year. Some tours are small, like a day trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake, and some tours are larger, such as our two week tour to sing in cathedrals in Dublin and Oxford in 2016. We welcome new members every September.

Stephen Frketic
416-488-7884
music@gracechurchonthehill.ca
www.gracechurchonthehill.ca

The Grand Philharmonic Choir, based in Kitchener, includes four choirs in one organization: an adult choir, a chamber adult choir, a youth choir and a children’s choir. We perform in large concert halls, at free public gatherings and in small, intimate settings. Under the direction of Mark Vuorinen, it is our mandate to present choral repertoire of the highest standard, to share our love of music with the public through varied outreach programs and to provide music education to our members and enlightenment to our audiences. We are one of a few large choirs in Canada, outside the major metropolitan areas, with the resources and community support to deliver a full choral season with professional musicians.

Amy Dale, administrator
519-578-5660 x5290
info@grandphilchoir.com
www.grandphilchoir.com

The Grand River Chorus is an auditioned 65-voice community choir, serving Brantford and the surrounding area. The choir provides the opportunity, through four major concerts each season, for choristers to participate in the preparation and performance of high quality choral music. The GRC was founded in 1999, and is looking forward to its upcoming 20th anniversary. As well as these four concerts, the choir participates in local celebrations, and collaborates with other organizations. The Cathedral Bluffs, Cambridge, Brantford and the Guelph Symphony Orchestras have all partnered with the GRC in recent memory. To conclude the 2017/18 season, the GRC performs Handel’s Israel and Egypt with the Bach Elgar Choir from Hamilton, at St. Pius Catholic Church, 9 Waverly Street in Brantford on Sunday May 27th at 3pm.

John Howe
519-753-6758
johnhowe100@gmail.com
www.grandriverchorus.com

Guelph Youth SingersGuelph Youth Singers, formed in 1991, has become a high profile representative of the City of Guelph in the field of choral music. Under artistic director, Markus Howard, GYS has four treble choirs of youth and children aged six to 18+. In 2014, GYS introduced a new SATB choir for young men and women. Choristers are placed in each of the choirs based on age and skill level. Weekly rehearsals at Guelph Youth Music Centre include vocal technique, theory and sight singing. The GYS season, includes three or more major concerts; choir tours and exchanges; as well as workshop, festival, community and guest performances. Auditions are held throughout the year for entry into this award-winning choir. We love to sing!

Cathy Meggison
519-821-8574
admin@guelphyouthsingers.com
www.guelphyouthsingers.com

You are invited to join Harbourfront Chorus, a non-auditioned community choir. We perform a wide range of music that spans from early Renaissance music to contemporary popular songs. Rehearsals run Tuesdays from 7:45pm to 9:15pm at the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre, located at the south-east corner of Queens Quay W. and Bathurst St. Our season runs September through May. The 2018/19 season begins Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

Catherine Nethersole
416-458-2530
harbourfrontchorus@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/harbourfrontchorus

We are an award-winning, volunteer-based auditioned men’s chorus, offering a wide range of a capella music---barbershop, inspirational, jazz, pop, soft rock---all designed to both bring back fond memories and to create memorable new ones.

Representing the Hamilton chapter of the Ontario District of the Barbershop Harmony Society, we have been entertaining at home and abroad since 2003. As a not-for-profit community group, we seek to promote a love of singing and an appreciation for choral music.

Under the direction of Jordan Travis we are always eager to support our community by, volunteering to perform at district events as well as presenting our own concerts in the Burlington Performing Arts Centre several times a year.

To learn more about our professional a cappella chorus of amateur singers please visit our website: www.harbourtownsound.ca.

Sandy Bell
519-822-6153
president@harbourtownsound.ca
www.harbourtownsound.ca

The Harmony SingersUnder conductor Harvey Patterson, this dynamic 35-voice women’s chorus memorizes, stages and performs a sparkling repertoire of pop, show, folk, jazz and light classical music. Our accompanist is the renowned pianist Bruce Harvey. The group proudly presents “As Long as I Have Music” on May 6th. Special guest is vocalist Emily Parker, winner of the 2017 scholarship presented by The Harmony Singers each year to an outstanding graduate of the music theatre program at Etobicoke School of the Arts. The group has sung at a Blue Jays game and were part of a recent Festival of Friends choral concert in Mississauga. There are a few openings for new members who will receive a warm welcome! Rehearsals are Monday evenings from September to June at Martin Grove United Church.

Harvey Patterson
416-239-5821
theharmonysingers@ca.inter.net
www.harmonysingers.ca

HWS was originally formed as a youth choir to celebrate Dr. Willan’s 125th anniversary in 2005. Since 2007, the choir has reinvented itself into one of the finest women’s ensembles in the city. Rehearsals are Saturdays from 10:15am to 12:30pm, from September to April. This coming season, the choir will perform a late November program titled “Carols and Lullabies” and at the end of April a concert of music transformed from other repertoire into music for women’s choir, featuring Mozart’s Missa in C “Spatzenmesse” with orchestra. The choir performs repertoire from Gregorian chants to contemporary new works, especially by women and Canadian composers. Auditions are held year-round. Rehearsals and concerts are held at the Church of St. Martin in-the-Fields, 151 Glenlake Ave. in the Keele and Bloor St. W. area.

Ron Cheung
416-519-0528
healeywillansingers@yahoo.ca
www.healeywillansingers.com

Since 2003, this SATB non-auditioned teaching choir has enabled adult amateur singers to improve their singing technique and performance skills in full choir, small-group and solo settings. In an open and engaging atmosphere, members enjoy an eclectic repertoire that evolves with their interests, and have the opportunity to sing solos at our cabarets, choral concerts, and annual composer study performance. The director/conductor, Ben D’Cunha, trains members in vocal technique, sight-reading, theory and improvisation, and writes the arrangements for the choir. Rehearsals are held September to June on Tuesdays (7pm to 9pm), with sectionals on Mondays (7pm to 9pm). Registration for the 2018/19 season starts on June 1.

Ben D’Cunha
647-688-7765
hillcrestvillagechoir@gmail.com

One of Toronto’s newest chamber choirs, Incontra Vocal Ensemble is a project-based, professional-level group of vocal artists founded and conducted by Matthew Otto. Entering its fifth season, Incontra (Latin for “encounter”) is dedicated to promoting excellence in choral music by presenting innovative performances, AND introducing audiences to new Canadian and international choral compositions whilst celebrating choral masterworks. Conceived as a space for emerging singers and conductors to showcase their artistry, Incontra is committed to authentic interpretation and clarity of expression, offering profound choral experiences for members and audiences alike. The ensemble has performed at a number of concerts, fundraisers and other special events across Toronto, and enjoys a longstanding collaboration with Regis College, University of Toronto.

Matthew Otto
647-241-3623
matthew.otto@gmail.com
www.incontravocalensemble.com

Islington United Church ChoirsThe extensive and active music program at Islington, under the direction of Jason Locke and assisted by many talented and committed musicians including two music associates, includes the Junior (grades 1 to 6), Youth (grades 7 to 12), and Senior choirs, along with two handbell choirs, chimes, string and brass ensembles. Supported by a magnificent Schoenstein organ and grand piano, music rings through the neo-Gothic sanctuary for two morning services each Sunday and numerous special services, events and concerts. The accomplished Senior choir, with 25 to 30 talented singers enriched by section leaders, is attentive to musical detail and expressiveness to enhance worship, singing Renaissance to 21st century, a cappella to orchestral accompaniment, spirituals to Bach cantatas.

Jason Locke
416-239-1131
jason@islingtonunited.org
www.islingtonunited.org

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