2017 CHORAL DIRECTORY

Welcome to The WholeNote’s 15th annual Canary Pages, a directory of a wide range of Ontario choirs. The Canary Pages directory 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 every genre 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 very first time, this is a perfect place to start your search. The 123 choirs here include some that have been around for many decades, new groups on the scene, choruses of hundreds of voices, small and intimate chamber ensembles, children’s and youth choirs, groups of singers with workplace, worship or identity as their focus, choirs with socializing, community or high-level performance as their driving force – every colour of the choral rainbow is represented for you to browse.

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 2017 CANARY PAGES TEAM

PROJECT MANAGER: Karen Ages
PROJECT EDITOR: Kevin King
PROOFREADING: Sara Constant
DIRECTORY SALES SUPPORT: Adrienne Surtees
LAYOUT AND DESIGN: Susan Sinclair
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The Achill Choral Society began as a community choir in 1982, drawing members from an area northwest of Toronto. We gather Wednesday evenings to rehearse repertoire. Our membership is around 85 and we are a mixed, auditioned adult choir. Each Christmas and spring, we perform concerts in the churches and halls of our communities, including Alliston, Beeton, Bolton, Bradford, Caledon, Caledon East, Orangeville, Shelburne and Tottenham. We are led by A. Dale Wood. His lifelong musical career also includes directing the Georgetown Choral Society and Georgetown Children’s Chorus, as well as teaching lessons in piano, voice, organ and composition. Thanks to the commitment and vision of our director, the choir maintains an excellent standard of performance, attracting guest soloists and accompanists of the highest calibre.

Catherine Wilson
416-254-2075
catherine@catherinemachry.com
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

Led by conductor and artistic director Lydia Adams since 1985, the award-winning Amadeus Choir performs the best of choral music and premieres works of Canadian and international composers through a self-produced Toronto concert series, guest performances and special events. Through tours, recordings and radio broadcasts, the choir is known well beyond Toronto. The Amadeus Choir partners and collaborates with many professional performing arts organizations in the GTA. The choir also engages in educational and community outreach through choral workshops for students, music educators, composers and conductors. A part of Toronto’s arts community for 42 years, the choir includes members from all parts of the GTA. Annual auditions are held in May and June. Phone or email the choir office for information.

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

The Annex Singers of Toronto is a vibrant and accomplished community choir under the dynamic and creative leadership of artistic director Maria Case. Now in its 38th season, the choir performs three concerts annually, collaborating with a wide array of guest soloists and ensembles. Recent performances include Fauré’s Requiem, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit, and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the Talisker Players. The Annex Chamber Choir is a 24-voice ensemble formed from within the larger choir.
The choir engages in community outreach, holds an autumn retreat, and offers summer workshops with notable clinicians (check our website for details). Member dues are half-price for choristers 30 and under. We rehearse Monday evenings at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church, 383 Huron Street. Auditions: please contact our membership coordinator.

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

The Bach Chamber Youth Choir is an award-winning SATB choir for boys with changed or changing voices and girls aged 16 years and up. The youth of BCYC develop their love of music and singing through enjoyable learning and performing experiences. As the senior level of the Bach Children’s Chorus, BCYC performs at two annual concerts at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Additional performances include a cabaret-style concert and a benefit concert. BCYC rehearses Sunday evenings on the Danforth, by Chester Station. BCYC has earned first place awards at national competitions. Interested youth are welcome to observe a Sunday evening rehearsal. Auditions are held in May for September entry.

Jane Greenwood
416-431-0790
jgreenwood@bellnet.ca
www.bachchildrenschorus.ca

Bach Children’s Chorus is an award-winning organization of four treble-voice choirs and one mixed voice choir (Bach Chamber Youth Choir – see separate listing) for children and youth aged 5 and up. Training is offered in vocal technique, sight-singing and theory. This season BCC introduced a Preparatory Choir for younger children who want an introduction to choral singing and ear-training. BCC rehearses weekly 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 weekend festivals, workshops and concerts with other youth choirs and world-renowned clinicians. BCC has released six CDs and has won provincial and national choral awards. Auditions are held in May for September entry.

Jane Greenwood
416-431-0790
jgreenwood@bellnet.ca
www.bachchildrenschorus.ca

The Bach Elgar Choir is Hamilton’s renowned concert choir and a leader in Canadian choral music. The ensemble 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 magnificent 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 talent in its roster of soloists and working together with top orchestras, including the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the BEC has a reputation for excellence. Interested singers from all sections are invited to join us under the leadership of our artistic director Alexander Cann. For an audition, please call 905-527-5995 or email bachelgar@gmail.com.

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

Bel Canto SingersBel Canto Singers is an SATB community choir with singers of various ages and abilities directed by Linda Meyer and Michael Gomiega. Each week we meet to sing, laugh and grow. Members share a love of choral singing and enjoy the challenges of a widely varied repertoire, mixed with friendship and fun. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings at St. Nicholas Anglican Church in Scarborough. New members are welcome and we are especially looking to strengthen our tenor and bass sections. If you have ever wanted to participate in a group that values music, fun and fellowship please consider joining us. Auditions will take place in the first two weeks of September 2017 or January 2018, during our regular Tuesday night practices.

Yolanda
416-283-1402
juliapeck70@gmail.com
www.belcantosingers.ca

Canadian Celtic ChoirThe Canadian Celtic Choir was founded in 1996 to sing and promote Celtic choral music. Since then the CCC has played many of Ontario’s most popular music festivals, and also has toured Hawaii, England and Scotland. In June 2017 the CCC will tour the Maritimes for 12 days. The CCC has opened for the Men of the Deeps, The Irish Descendants, John McDermott, Lighthouse, John Tesh, and others. In 2010 the CCC was inducted into the London Music Awards Hall of Fame. In 2015 the CCC won the Jack Richardson London Music Award for Most Popular Classical Choir. The choir is conducted by William W. Zadorsky and accompanied by Jean Willadsen. Our vocal coach and emcee is Paul Grambo.

Ian Davies
519-319-5847
info@celticchoir.ca
www.celticchoir.ca

Canadian Childrens Opera CompanyCelebrating its 50th season, 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, members receive 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

Canadian Mens ChorusCompleting its seventh season, the Canadian Men's Chorus, under the artistic direction of Greg Rainville, is a highly accomplished men’s chamber choir, performing from the classical repertoire and other genres. The Canadian Men's Chorus is noted for its beautiful sound, exciting and varied performances and the ability to take audiences on an emotional journey.  This auditioned ensemble presents an annual concert season. Commissioning new Canadian music is a major focus, with over 40 new choral works premiered since the CMC was co-founded in 2010 by Greg Rainville and Arlene Jillard. Regional concerts include Stratford Summer Music, CentreSpace for the Arts in London, ON, the Stratford Symphony Orchestra and Gravenhurst and Lindsay. For more information, please visit our website.

Arlene Jillard, executive director
519-305-1351
ajillard@canadianmenschorus.ca
www.canadianmenschorus.ca

Canadian Orpheus Male ChoirThe Canadian Orpheus Male Choir is a TTBB choral ensemble of some 36 members known as the men who love to sing. Founded in 1977, this Hamilton-based not-for-profit corporation has a 40-year tradition of performing concerts for the benefit of charitable organizations. Covering pop, traditional and folk songs, spirituals, jazz numbers and hits from musicals, we’ve sung in Roy Thomson Hall, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre and Hamilton Place, among others, and helped raise some $800,000 for charities. Book us to perform at your next special event: COMC.marcom@gmail.com. ‘Like’ Canadian Orpheus Male Choir on Facebook. Subscribe to the Canadian Orpheus Male Choir YouTube channel. Follow @CanadianOrpheus on Twitter!

Rod Roberts, president
905-648-4456
rroberts17@cogeco.ca
www.comc.ca

Cantabile Chamber Singers 2Cantabile Chamber Singers is an auditioned choir of 16 to 20 voices, formed in 2006 by artistic director Cheryll J. Chung. We perform eclectic and challenging repertoire spanning six centuries. We especially strive to bring Canadian music to audiences while attracting a new generation to choral music. In addition to our concert season we have participated in choral festivals and other events. Contact us for an audition as a singer, as a soloist or to submit a newly written choral work. Check out our recordings on YouTube, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CantabileTO. Auditions are held in June and September.

Cheryll Chung
cantabilechambersingers@gmail.com
www.cantabilechambersingers.com

Cantabile Choirs of KingstonSince 1996, the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, under the leadership of acclaimed composer/conductor Dr. Mark Sirett, have won over audiences with performances of a diverse range of choral music. Known for joyful concerts featuring non-traditional staging and diverse repertoire sung with skill and enthusiasm, Cantabile’s 300 singers engage and entertain at every event.
Our 2017/18 season: Sing! Nov 4: “The Poet Sings” – a concert of music based on texts by our greatest poets. Dec 22/23: “When the Angels Sing” – candlelit concerts of beautiful holiday music. Mar 3: “Sing Me to Heaven” – featuring guest conductor Jonathan Willcocks. Apr 14: “Sing Me a Rainbow” – Cantabile’s youngest singers performing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. May 26: “Sing with Heart and Soul” – opera/operetta creatively reimagined by special guests, the Bicycle Opera Project.

Hollie Stewart
613-549-0099
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 the 5- to 8-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 Womens ChoirCantores Celestes Women’s Choir is an auditioned, committed women’s choir conducted by Kelly Galbraith, celebrating its 29th season. The singers are interesting, talented, funny and passionate about life and music. Perform with the best instrumental musicians in Toronto! Repertoire includes everything from Medieval and Baroque to classical and modern with gospel and Celtic. The choir has released six CDs, has performed live on CBC Radio, donated over $60,000 to charities and was featured in three films, and was the featured women’s choir in Schafer’s Luminato performance. It has toured the Maritimes, Ontario and New York City. Performances: December 2, 2017 and April 21, 2018, as well as exciting projects and tours to be announced. Auditions are held in May, June and August. Participate in the final recording session for their latest CD!

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

The Cellar Singers, founded in 1968, is an auditioned, adult regional chorus. Under the leadership of Mitchell Pady since 2012, it is dedicated to providing and promoting artistic excellence through education, outreach and the high quality of performance of the choral art. The Cellar Singers aim to promote the choral art form throughout Simcoe County and Muskoka with their performance of standard classical repertoire as well as contemporary Canadian classical and other contemporary styles of music. The Cellar Singers look forward to their 49th season starting September 2016, and welcome new singers to join the rehearsals as they progress to celebrate 50 years of simply beautiful singing.

Stan Hunter
705-764-0191
info@thecellarsingers.com
www.thecellarsingers.com

Choirs Ontario offers a range of programs and resources, as well as networking and professional development opportunities, which help 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 and audiences. The organization celebrates the achievements of choral music and promotes public awareness of the art form through several awards and competitions, including the President’s Leadership Award and the Ruth Watson Henderson Choral Composition Competition. These awards are designed to recognize the accomplishments of individuals who have contributed to Ontario’s choral music through conducting, composition, and community leadership.
Choirs Ontario, formerly the Ontario Choral Federation, was established in 1971 to promote, support and celebrate choral music across the province. The same year, Ontario Youth Choir, a summer intensive choral training program for youth was launched. In 2014, Sing Ontario, an annual choral festival for community choirs, and Choirs Ontario on the Road, workshop series in regions across the province, were launched. To this day, Ontario Youth Choir continues to be our most successful and longest-running program.

Elena Koneva
416-923-1144
info@choirsontario.org
www.choirsontario.org

The Choralairs are a non-profit, 50-member, 4-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 in the Bathurst and Finch area. We also perform regularly for seniors at residences in the GTA. All are welcome at our annual concert on Sunday June 11, 2017 at 1:30pm (doors open at 1pm) at Bernard Betel in the auditorium; 1003 Steeles Ave. W. (and Bathurst); admission $10 (at the door).

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

Choralis CamerataChoralis Camerata has rapidly developed into an accomplished 50-member SATB chamber choir. Now in its 11th 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

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 world-class 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 symphonic chorus, Chorus Niagara performs classic choral masterpieces as well as 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.
You can also view our flash mob with nearly 50 million views on YouTube, or attend our annual Singathon in February!

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

Chorus YorkChorus 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 terms of age and culture, but we all share a love of fine choral music.
Recent concerts include 2016 Christmas, Spring Sing April 2017, Canadian Treasures June 2017, and Night at the Proms with Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra. New members are always welcome, please send inquiries to info@chorusyork.ca.

Bruce Morrow
905-884-7922
bmorrowon@netscape.net
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 6:30pm to 8:30pm 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
416-920-5211 x28
motto@christchurchdeerpark.org
www.christchurchdeerpark.org

Church of St Mary MagdaleneSteeped in musical heritage and assisted by a generous acoustic, St. Mary Magdalene 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 9am 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 4pm.
For information, please contact the director of music, Andrew Adair.

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

Common Thread Community Chorus is a secular, non-auditioned SATB choir that sings folk music reflecting the languages and cultures of Toronto. Common Thread is for anyone who believes that social justice and community can be built through music. One of our main goals is to help community groups raise funds for, or awareness about, social justice issues. We believe everyone can sing and strive to meet all accessibility needs. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings from September to June at Cecil Community Centre in downtown Toronto. All voices are welcome!

Leanne Piller, administrator
info@commonthreadchorus.ca
www.commonthreadchorus.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 info 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 Chancel 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 2010, DaCapo received Choral Canada’s National Choral Recording of the Year award for ShadowLand; in 2011 it received first and second prizes in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. DaCapo also annually offers NewWorks, a national choral composition competition. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @DaCapoChoir!

Sara Martin
519-725-7549
info@dacapochamberchoir.ca
www.dacapochamberchoir.ca

Duly NotedDuly Noted is Toronto's all-treble, a cappella ensemble. We sing everything from madrigals to Justin Bieber and have a lot of fun doing it! We sing in two self-produced concerts per year and 2+ charity, festival or paid gigs as opportunities arise. All of the profits raised from our concerts go to charity. To date we have donated over $6K to local Toronto charities.

 

Jennifer Kirner
416-629-7554
dulynotedTO@gmail.com
www.dulynotedTO.com

Durham Girls ChoirThe Durham Girls’ Choir welcomes girls from all over Durham region. Consisting of two choirs, the non-auditioned junior choir (ages 7 to 11) and the auditioned senior choir (ages 11 to 18), this dynamic and active touring choir performs several times a year at a variety of concerts and events. Notable recent performances include singing with Liona Boyd, The Tenors, Durham Turf Dogs and The Oshawa Generals. In addition to weekly practices, the choir makes a point of having a lot of fun! A fall camp experience, afternoon workshops, plus social events like movies and painting encourage choristers to build leadership skills and friendships. We are always looking for new members, and we’d love to see you!

Laurie Stapley, choir manager
info@durhamgirlschoir.org
www.durhamgirlschoir.org

Echo Womens ChoirCelebrating its 25th year, Echo is a 60-voice 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. Echo, a non-auditioned choir co-led by Becca Whitla and Alan Gasser, aims to build a strong, varied and vibrant culture and community through song. Repertoire includes music from village singing traditions around the world and newly-commissioned music. Echo aims to keep membership fees and concert tickets accessible to all. To join Echo, register on our website to begin singing with us in September. Winter concert December 10, 2017, 7:30pm at Holy Trinity with special guest, artist-in-residence Annabelle Chvostek.

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

Elmer Iseler SingersElmer Iseler Singers is a 20-voice professional chamber choir based in Toronto and founded in 1979 by Dr. Elmer Iseler. Directed by the acclaimed Lydia Adams, the Singers are known for tonal beauty and interpretive range, and valued for their contributions to masterclasses and workshops by schools and community choirs. Their unique “Get Music! Educational Outreach Initiative” mentors conductors, music educators and students. Inspired by conductor Lydia Adams, EIS has recorded over a dozen CDs featuring Canadian music, and was a JUNO award nominee in 2017. Touring of both Western and Eastern Canada is a major part of the Elmer Iseler Singers’ activities, offering both concerts and workshops to Canadian audiences. Weekly rehearsals are held on Mondays and Tuesdays, with annual auditions in May.

Jessie Iseler, general manager
416-217-0537
info@elmeriselersingers.com
www.elmeriselersingers.com

Elora SingersThe Elora Singers, under the direction of acclaimed conductor Noel Edison, is an all-professional Grammy and JUNO-nominated chamber choir. Celebrated for its rich, warm sound and clarity of texture, the choir is renowned for its diverse styles, commitment to Canadian repertoire, and collaboration with other artists.
Through its regular concert series, recordings, and touring, the Elora Singers has become known as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada and beyond, contributing to the musical life of the local community – and on the international stage – with year-round programs in education, health and outreach. The choir is the principal choral ensemble of the Elora Festival and the professional core of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

Esther Farrell
519-846-0331
info@elorasingers.ca
www.elorasingers.ca

Etobicoke Centennial ChoirFollowing our celebratory 50th anniversary season, the Etobicoke Centennial Choir now looks ahead to the future. Under music director Henry Renglich, ECC provides a high-calibre choral music experience for both singers and audiences. Our 2017/18 season begins December 2, 2017 with Pergolesi's Magnificat, Holst’s Christmas Day and other seasonal repertoire. Four stellar works of the choral repertoire will be featured on April 7, 2018: Haydn’s Te Deum, Poulenc’s Gloria, Brahms’ Vier Quartette and excerpts from Bach’s Mass in B minor. On June 2, 2018, “Oh Canada!” will feature diverse repertoire by composers and arrangers from our talented home and native land.
New singers are always welcome and are invited to attend an open rehearsal in early September or January.

Greg Pimento, choir president
416-622-6923
info@etobicokecentennialchoir.ca
www.etobicokecentennialchoir.ca

Exultate Chamber Singers is an auditioned group of 26 to 30 skilled and passionate singers who enjoy performing a variety of chamber choir repertoire, both a cappella and accompanied, including much Canadian music. Artistic director Hilary Apfelstadt is also Professor of Choral Studies at the University of Toronto. Now in its 38th year, Exultate Chamber Singers continues its tradition of presenting four concerts per season. In addition, the group sponsors a competition for emerging composers, 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 Street. For audition information, please see our website.

Elana Harte
416-971-9229
exultate@exultate.net
www.exultate.net

Fanshawe 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 semi-professional auditioned SATB 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, the chorus offers talented adult singers an inclusive welcoming community committed to "Making Hearts Sing."

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

FlorivoxFlorivox 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 Dan Forrest to Vivaldi to Joni Mitchell.

Marketing Coordinator
647-866-8487
marketing@univoxchoirs.org
www.univoxchoir.org

Forte Toronto Gay Mens ChorusNow proudly celebrating our 20th anniversary season, Forte - Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus is one of Canada's premier male choral ensembles with a membership proudly drawn from Toronto's diverse LGTBQ+ community.
Created by its three founding members in 1997, Forte has evolved through a range of performance styles and repertoires to our latest programming which includes annual holiday and Pride-affiliated summer shows and an ongoing cabaret series at Buddies in Bad Times. We've also appeared at a variety of community milestone events including the Candlelight AIDS Vigil, Pride and Remembrance Run, Toronto Pride Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall, Inspire Awards, the Imperial Court of Toronto Coronation and the Toronto Mr. Leatherman competition. (What can we say? We like to get around.)

Jeremy Elder
marketing@fortechorus.ca
www.fortechorus.ca

Georgetown Choral SocietyThe Georgetown Choral Society, with some 95 amateur singers, has been delighting audiences with its choral performances since its formation in 1971. Our rehearsal and performance home is the Christian Reformed Church in Georgetown, Ontario. A. Dale Wood, a gifted composer and musician, has been our artistic director for over 40 years. The choir is a registered charity that performs 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, and 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

Founded in 1986 by Marylou Tremills, the Georgian Bay Children's choir continues to create unique opportunities for singers ages 5 through 18 to develop technical skill and music literacy. Our performances include some of the great repertoire for children's voices as well as exposing our young singers to music from the world. Our enrichment program includes choir camps, workshops, choir exchanges, festivals, and travel throughout Canada and Europe. Leslie Wyber and Linda Hawkins share conducting responsibilities for the three choir levels. To celebrate Canada's 150th, the choir will present “Voices of Canada” on May 6, 2017 at 2:30pm. Our annual Christmas celebration will be held December 2, 2017 at 2:30pm. Both are at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Owen Sound. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at door.

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

Grace Church on the HillThe 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 last summer. We welcome new members every September.

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

Grand Philharmonic ChoirThe 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
519-578-6885
info@grandphilchoir.com
www.grandphilchoir.com

The Grand River Chorus is an auditioned choir numbering about 60 singers. The chorus performs an eclectic program each season, ranging from great masterworks to gospel. The chorus presents a season’s series of four concerts annually and performs with many other musical groups in the area.
From its inception, the Grand River Chorus has performed to a high choral standard. Today, under artistic director Richard Cunningham, the chorus exists as a vital part of the arts in the Brant-Brantford-Norfolk area. The tireless efforts of its members ensure that continued choral excellence is the driving force behind the success of the Grand River Chorus. For audition information; contact the director at ctenor@rogers.com or at 519-841-9708.

Richard Cunningham
519-841-9708
ctenor@rogers.com
www.grandriverchorus.com

You are invited to join Harbourfront Chorus, a non-auditioned choir performing an eclectic repertoire for a diverse city. Under the direction of Albert Wong, we rehearse Tuesdays from 7:45pm to 9:15pm in the Assembly Room of Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre (formerly Harbourfront Community Centre), located at the south-east corner of Queens Quay W. and Bathurst St. Our season runs September through May. All levels of experience are welcome. The 2017/18 season begins Tuesday, September 12, 2017. For information, please contact Dwight Griffin by phone or email.

Dwight Griffin
416-977-6448
dgriffin680@yahoo.ca

The rich sound of the Harlequins is immediately evident in the music we perform – music from great Broadway shows such as Les Misérables, Evita, Carousel, and West Side Story. Our library includes the music of noted musical geniuses such as Gershwin, Webber, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lennon and McCartney.
We are proud to be one of the few community choirs in the Hamilton area specializing in popular and Broadway music since 1967!

Jessica Veter, secretary
905-385-1624
info@harlequinsingers.com
www.harlequinsingers.com

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 "Song of the Land" on May 26 and 27; special guests are scholarship winners Julia Vescio and Michaela Mar. In June, the singers will be part of the City of Toronto's Canada150 Celebrations. They have sung at a Blue Jays game and in the 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.

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

The Hart House Chorus is a 50-voice choir auditioned from musically talented students, faculty and alumni of the University of Toronto. Since its inception in 1972 as a reincarnation of the long-standing men’s Glee Club, the chorus has maintained a reputation for the highest standard of performance locally, nationally and abroad. In 1993, the chorus was a finalist in the Large Choir category of the CBC Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs and in 2002, it was featured in the University of Toronto’s first reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In addition to other engagements, the chorus performs twice annually in the Great Hall at Hart House.
The Hart House Chorus is active in the international choral community, having hosted choirs from the United States, Austria and Finland, and toured to various countries in Europe. Recently, the Hart House Chorus toured to Belgium to represent Canada in the 1000 Voices for Peace festival, which commemorated 100 years since the start of World War I.

Oscar Liang
647-208-3728
oscar.liang@mail.utoronto.ca
www.harthouse.ca/chorus

Healey Willan SingersThe 2017/18 season marks a new milestone as the ensemble begins their 11th season. This all women's choir has grown both in size and reputation as one of the most innovative in its programming. This coming season will close with the choir's most popular series of concerts featuring music by women composers and poets in “Women and Songs IV.” The choir will also continue their tradition of a matinée concert to kick off the Christmas season in late November. Come and join this exciting group of singers in pursuit of musical excellence in the repertoire for the upper voices.

Ron Cheung
416-519-0528
rkmcheung@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 2017/18 season starts on June 1.

Ben D'Cunha
647-341-4117
hillcrestvillagechoir@gmail.com

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