Welcome to The Canary Pages - The WholeNote’s 17th annual directory of Ontario choirs.

2408 CanaryCoverWe hope you’ll enjoy browsing these profiles where choirs introduce themselves, in their own words.There’s so much to sing about! Are you are new to the region, maybe a lapsed chorister looking to sing again, a chorister on the hunt for new challenges? Are you secretly thinking of joining a choir for the very first time? This is the perfect place to start your search. There are choirs that have been around for decades, and groups new to the scene. There are choruses of hundreds of voices, small chamber ensembles, children’s and youth choirs, auditioned choirs and those open to all, for every level of skill and commitment. Whether you want to sing or listen, there’s a whole rich world of choral music just waiting for you to discover and enjoy.

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Click the cover to view our 2019 Canary Pages book, as it appeared in the May 2019 Issue, or browse profiles published in an online format below. For a complete list of all profiles, click here.

canary sitelinkRené Frappier

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A Cappella YorkFormerly the Upper Canada Chordsmen Chorus, A Cappella York is now a mixed chorus – men and women. Experience the joy of singing four-part a cappella harmony in the company of your newest friends while supporting our local community through various artistic and musical events. We sing in the “barbershop” style and are totally dedicated to pursuing excellence in entertaining our audiences. We are based in Newmarket and Sharon, Ontario, serving York Region and surrounding communities. Guests are welcome at weekly rehearsals.

As a chorus member you will also enjoy membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society (an international organization) and its Ontario District. Opportunities for performing, quartetting, workshops and competitions abound.

canary sitelinkLinda Punstel

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Achill Choral SocietyNow in its 36th season, ACHILL is a mixed, auditioned, 75-voice community choir established in 1982. ACHILL concerts are performed twice yearly in the surrounding communities of Orangeville, Alliston, Caledon and Bolton.

Auditions take place in September and in January. Rehearsals are held each Wednesday at 7pm at St. John’s Anglican Church (6km east of Orangeville on Hwy 9). Tenors and Basses are encouraged to audition.

ACHILL has flourished under the expert leadership of our musical conductor, Mr. Shawn Grenke, who has also been accompanist to several of Canada’s leading professional choirs, including the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Amadeus Choir.

For more information, contact us at info@achill.ca or visit our website www.achill.ca

canary sitelinkBrainerd Blyden-Taylor
416-233-1125 x23

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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, the Michael Occhipinti Jazz Quartet, 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.

canary sitelinkMeghan McCracken

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The Amadeus Choir, following 35 years under the leadership of Lydia Adams, welcomes Kathleen Allan as artistic director and conductor in the 2019/20 season. 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 for all voice parts are held in May and June. Please call or email the choir office for more information.

canary sitelinkJoanne Eidinger

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Annex SingersThe Annex Singers is a spirited 60-voice auditioned choir with an eclectic repertoire spanning seven 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 Fauré’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor. The Annex Chamber Singers, 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 sponsorship program. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church, 383 Huron Street. Please visit our website to arrange your audition.

canary sitelinkJane Greenwood

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The Bach Chamber Youth Choir (BCYC) is an award-winning SATB choir for ages 16- 24 (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.

canary sitelinkJane Greenwood

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Bach Children's ChorusBach 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 two Preparatory Choirs for children aged 4-7.

BCC members experience a positive and focused 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-focused 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 choirs and conductors.

canary sitelinkAlexander Cann

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Bach Elgar ChoirThe Bach Elgar Choir is Hamilton’s renowned concert choir. The ensemble performed its first concert in 1905 and has become essential to musical life in the region. The BEC has several firsts to its credit, including the North American premiere of Verdi’s Requiem and the Canadian premiere of Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2. The BEC’s concert season features works for choir and orchestra, its cherished annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah, as well as programs of diverse vocal repertoire from opera to pops. We feature the very best Canadian talent in its soloists, and work together with top orchestras including the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Now entering its 114th year, the Bach Elgar Choir invites interested singers from all sections to join us under the leadership of our dedicated artistic director Alexander Cann.

canary sitelinkEdwin Perrin

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Bel Canto SingersBCS is an auditioned community choir. Members share a love of choral singing. We welcome and enjoy the challenges of a widely-varied repertoire including Broadway, folk songs, spirituals, opera music and yes, rock. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings at Scarborough Bluffs United Church, 3739 Kingston Rd. Scarborough. We sing concerts in early December and early May at the same venue. We also perform at senior’s residences, and we support the Kids Help Phone. This is our 26th year.

Friendships and fun are woven through all of our activities. We hold workshops twice a year for improving our singing skills and social events such as our annual banquet for fun. BCS is a non-profit, financed by ticket sales and annual memberships.

Our director, Leanne Piller, is a highly respected professional. Come sing with us!

canary sitelinkIvan Dusanowskyj

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Canadian Bandurist CapellaThe Canadian Bandurist Capella is one of the premiere bandura ensembles in North America. The group showcases powerful male voices combined with the rich sound of the bandura - the national instrument of Ukraine. The Capella is committed to advancing and exploring new possibilities with choral-bandura music, while honouring the instrument’s deep history.

Founded in 2001, the Canadian Bandurist Capella has grown to become a considerable force within the Ukrainian Community in Ontario. The group unites the talents of some 40 volunteer singers and instrumentalists who work together to further their common mission. As a not-for-profit group, the Capella depends on the support of the community and generous individuals to continue its work.

canary sitelinkIan Davies

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Canadian Celtic ChoirThe Canadian Celtic Choir is a London-based SATB choir of more than 50 voices that has built a solid reputation as one of the most in-demand choirs in SW Ontario. Founded in 1996, we have been led by conductor William “Bill” Zadorsky and accompanied by Jean Willadsen on piano since 2010. Our vocal coach, alternate conductor and emcee is Paul Grambo. Our repertoire features songs primarily from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, and the Canadian Maritimes. In 2015, we won the Most Popular Classical Choir at the Forest City London Music Awards. Also, we have received the Mayor’s Award from the City of London for our cultural contributions to the city. Our two most recent CDs are: A Celtic Noel (2013), and Celtic Inspiration (2014) and are available for purchase from our website. The Choir is touring Ireland in July 2020.

canary sitelinkKen Hall

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Canadian Children s Opera CompanyNow over 50 years old, the CCOC consists of six choruses for ages 3-19 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 and occasionally during the year. A non-auditioned in- and after-school workshop program was launched in 2008 as part of the OPERAtion KIDS outreach arm of the CCOC.

canary sitelinkGreg Rainville, artistic director

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Canadian Men s ChorusThe Canadian Men’s Chorus under artistic director Greg Rainville is a premier men’s chamber ensemble in Toronto, performing works from the classical repertoire and many other genres. The CMC is noted for its exquisite blend, exciting and varied performances and the ability to take the audience on an emotional journey. Currently in its 9th season, the CMC is preparing for an exciting 10th anniversary season with three concerts in 2019/20. Over the past 9 seasons, the CMC has commissioned and premiered over 45 new Canadian works for men’s voices by noted composers such as Stephanie Martin, Mark Sirett, Laura Sgroi, Scott Christian, Matthew Emery and more. The CMC welcomes experienced male singers to join the camaraderie and fine singing by contacting Greg at grainville@canadianmenschorus.ca for an audition.

canary sitelinkCheryll Chung

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Cantabile Chamber SingersLed by artistic director and founder Cheryll Chung since 2006, the Cantabile Chamber Singers (CCS) performs an eclectic mix of choral music that spans 6 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 & follow us on Twitter @CantabileTO. Auditions are held throughout the year, as needed - for tenors, basses and sopranos.

canary sitelinkHollie Stewart

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Since 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.

In our 24th season: “Life To Everything”; “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything” (Plato). November 2, “Life Has Loveliness: music on themes of water, nature, ecology.” December 20-21, “Wings of Angels: Christmas with Cantabile.” March 7, “Spirit & Soul” with Daniel Taylor as guest conductor along with the Theatre of Ancient Music. April 18, 2020, Imagination: our young singers present “Lion King KIDS!” May 23, 2020, “Sweet Music Here” Cantabile’s teens, men, women perform favourites from 24 years of music making.

canary sitelinkKate Ward

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The Cellar Singers is a 40-voice mixed choir based in Orillia. For over 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 www.thecellarsingers.com; Facebook.com/TheCellarSingers or Twitter/@cschoir.

For more information, contact us at info@thecellarsingers.com or at 905-515-3356

canary sitelinkElaine Rose

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Choralairs of North YorkThe Choralairs are a non-profit, charitable 50-member, four-part adult choir who sing a variety of popular songs, Broadway, seasonal tunes and folk songs. We rehearse from September to June on Tuesday evenings at Edithvale Community Centre on Finch Ave West and have performed 8 concerts per season for seniors in the GTA for over 50 years. Directed by our talented team of Peter Ness as conductor and Asher Farber on keyboard, the choir requires no auditions - just a love of singing and the ability to carry a tune! All are welcome at our annual public concert on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 2-3pm at B’nai Torah Synagogue, 465 Patricia Ave. in Toronto.

canary sitelinkJoanne George
905-646-9225; 905-934-2415

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Choralis CamerataChoralis Camerata is one of Niagara’s premier choral groups, ambitious in its scope and creative in its productions. Now in its 13th season, the 50-person SATB chamber choir performs throughout the Niagara region, working with talented soloists and professional musicians to perform a wide variety of works, from perennial favourites like Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria, to operatic works like Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury. Learn more about Choralis Camerata’s 2019/20 season at www.choraliscamerata.com

canary sitelinkJoan Stickwood

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Chorus Hamilton 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, Fennell Campus, the choir is now a 70-member 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 the best Canadian soloists. Auditions are held in September and January and the choir gathers Tuesday evenings at Mohawk College to rehearse. Chorus Hamilton invites interested singers from all sections to come and join us under the leadership of artistic director David Holler and accompanist Erika Reiman. Please visit our website for concert listings and more information.

canary sitelinkRobert Cooper, artistic director
Diana McAdorey, managing director

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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 for the past 57 years, Chorus Niagara performs classic choral masterpieces, innovative new modern, and seldom-heard works, providing a showcase for emerging Canadian talent. Chorus Niagara 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 52 million views on YouTube.

canary sitelinkStephane Potvin, artistic director
Bruce Morrow, choir president

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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 Bach 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,” “Encore,” a program of Broadway hits, “Romantic Melodies,” a program of love songs for Valentine’s Day, and to come in May, “Classics in the Spring,” a program of classical choral music, and “True North Strong & Free,” with the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra in June. New members are always welcome. Please send inquiries to info@chorusyork.ca

canary sitelinkMatthew Otto

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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.

canary sitelinkAndrew Adair

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Church of St Mary MagdaleneSteeped in musical heritage and assisted by a generous acoustic, the Church of 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 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 4pm.

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

canary sitelinkRobin Davis

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Church of St Peter and St Simon the Apostle AnglicanMusic is central to worship at St. Peter and St. Simon and is rooted in the rich liturgical tradition of the Anglican Church. The Adult Choir enjoys a repertoire from medieval chant to 21st-century anthems, motets and spirituals. With approximately 25 voices including a professional core, many of its members have had extensive choral training or as instrumentalists and solo singers. The choir provides musical leadership at the Sunday 10:30am weekly worship service including full mass settings and seasonal evensong services. Carol Services are presented for Advent and Christmas. Annual concerts feature major works, with soloists and instrumental ensemble accompaniment. The choir will be travelling to the UK to sing for one week residencies at Gloucester and Chichester Cathedrals in August of 2019.

canary sitelinkArianne Schaffer

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Launched 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. Solo performances welcome. We have sung at the Tranzac Club, the Drake Underground, the Aga Khan Museum, the Luminato Festival, and in the SING! a Cappella Festival. We are returning to Luminato and SING! festivals in 2019.

canary sitelinkHelen Nestor

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Common Thread ChorusCommon Thread: Community Chorus of Toronto is a non-auditioned chorus which promotes a sense of community by performing joyful and empowering music. All voices are welcome! We believe that everyone can sing and that together we can make beautiful music. We sing music that celebrates the dignity of all people and their struggles to create a better world. We sing for recreation, for reverence, for learning and laughter, for struggle, for hope and for understanding. Changing the world one song at a time!

canary sitelinkCummer Avenue United Church

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Cummer Avenue United Church Choir consists of a group of volunteer singers supported by a number of professional section leaders. The choir provides strong and vibrant musical leadership in worship each Sunday, 12 months of the year. A wide range of musical styles are included in the repertoire, and in addition to full choir anthems, various ensembles and solos are presented by members of the choir. On selected Sundays, the choir presents extra choral music such as traditional carols at Christmas and a cantata at Easter. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings from early fall to early spring and on Sunday mornings all year. Due to extensive renovations of our church site, we are temporarily worshipping with the congregation of Willowdale/Emmanuel United Church just a few blocks south at 349 Kenneth Ave.

canary sitelinkSara Martin, manager

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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 November 2018, the choir released its newest CD, NewWorks, with selections received through the first 10 years of its national choral composition competition. The 2019/20 season marks the end of a 3-season exploration of themes related to the global refugee crisis: 17/18 Displacement, 18/19 Resettlement, 19/20 Renewal. Guest artists will include harpist Angela Schwartzkopf (November), mezzo-soprano Jennifer Enns-Modolo (March), and pianist Catherine Robertson (May).

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canary sitelinkJennifer Kirner

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Duly NotedDuly Noted is a Toronto-based a cappella ensemble, singing everything from madrigals to Shawn Mendes. We are currently 8 women strong but have had up to 12 members. One primary mandate is to support charities while sharing our love of singing. To date we have raised over $10,000 for local GTA charities. Find out more about us and when we are performing at www.dulynotedtoronto.com

canary sitelinkLaurie Stapley

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Durham Girls ChoirGirls from across Durham region come together in this active, fun, performing choir. Our Junior and Senior ensembles provide girls aged 7 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 2019/20 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!

canary sitelinkAlan Gasser

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Echo Womens Choir. Photo Credit Katherine FleitasCelebrating its 28th 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, Toronto (beside the Eaton Centre), performs at city-wide grassroots events, and holds fall and spring 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: “Gracias a la Vida (Thanks to Life): A Celebration of Songs from the Americas, with special guest Amanda Martinez, May 12, 3pm at Holy Trinity.

canary sitelinkJessie Iseler, general manager

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Elmer Iseler Singers. photo by Mark RashElmer Iseler Singers is a 20-voice professional chamber choir based in Toronto and founded in 1979. 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 with schools and community choirs. Their unique “Get Music! Educational Outreach Initiative” mentors conductors, music educators and students. EIS has 15 recorded CDs featuring Canadian music. EIS with TSO was 2019 Grammy-nominated and JUNO awarded for a collaborative CD. Touring in Canada is a major part of the Elmer Iseler Singers’ activities, offering both concerts and workshops to Canadian audiences. Weekly rehearsals are on Mondays and Tuesdays in preparation for our Toronto Series. Open auditions are held in May.

canary sitelinkChris Sharpe

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Elora Singers. Photo by Sophie HoganWith 2019 marking its 39th year, The Elora Singers (TES) has established itself as one of Canada’s leading professional chamber choirs. Under artistic director Mark Vuorinen, the 25-singer ensemble fulfills a rich mandate with its year-round activities. TES presents its own winter concert series serving Elora and surrounding communities. TES is also involved in education programs, community programs and health & wellness programs throughout the year.

Each July TES serves as the resident choir for the annual Elora Festival with an intense performance schedule of solo work, collaborative efforts, and education and outreach programs.TES is JUNO- and Grammy-nominated, with a dozen recordings on the NAXOS label.

canary sitelinkDee Lawrence, conductor
George Vandikas, accompanist

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EncoreEncore! (formerly the YRDSB Staff Singers) is a non-auditioned, 60-voice SATB community choir based in Aurora. The core of the group has been making music together for 31 years, but new members are always warmly welcomed. Singers hail from Thornhill in the southern part of York Region to Barrie in the north. The choir rehearses Thursday evenings at Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School in Aurora from September to May. We perform two concerts annually in December and in the spring. Our repertoire includes a wide range of musical styles which appeal to singers and audiences alike. Most concerts include collaborations with instrumentalists. Join us May 5 for “Summer of ‘69: Voices of a Generation” - a tribute to Woodstock!

canary sitelinkCaroline Corkum

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Etobicoke Centennial ChoirEtobicoke Centennial Choir (ECC) is an inclusive, community-based SATB choir in its 53rd season. We aspire to enrich the community through vibrant and diverse performances, ranging from choral masterpieces to contemporary compositions and popular music. ECC is a welcoming choir that offers singers a challenging but supportive choral music experience, facilitated by our professional music director, accompanist and vocal section leads.

Our 2019/20 season begins December 7 with Vivaldi’s Gloria. On April 4, 2020, we perform Cherubini’s Requiem Mass in C minor, along with works by Brahms, Vaughn-Williams and others. On June 6, “Musica Borealis” will highlight diverse vocal music from northern climes.

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

canary sitelinkVivian Moens

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Exultate Chamber SingersExultate 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 season, the choir is under the direction of artistic director Mark Ramsay and continues its tradition of presenting four concerts per season. In addition, the choir commissions new works, collaborates with guest artists, and supports aspiring young music professionals with singing and conducting opportunities. Rehearsals take place on Tuesdays from 5:45-7:45pm at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church, 383 Huron St. For audition information, please contact exultate@exultate.net.

canary sitelinkApril Voth

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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 an 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.”

canary sitelinkLaurent Thibault

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GCS, with some 80 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 a freelance professional musician and is among Canada’s leading church musicians, concert organists and choral accompanists. He performs across a wide spectrum of the Toronto music scene and occupies 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 in Holland and Ireland.

canary sitelinkDr. Leslie Wyber and Linda Hawkins, conductors
Reanne Kruisselbrink, accompanist
Marylou Tremills, choir founder

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Georgian Bay Children's ChoirNow in its 32nd season, the Georgian Bay Children’s Choir welcomes singers ages 5 through 20 from the Southern Georgian Bay Region of Ontario into its multi level choral music program. Concert programs represent many genres including folk, sacred, pop, broadway, world music, Canadian composers, commissioned works and more. Music literacy is a key component of our program.

Choir performances include 2 family concerts in May & December - annually, with guest appearances with the Georgian Bay symphony, Concert choir and other groups, Seniors homes and community events. In July we will be participating in the Ottawa Unisong Festival.

canary sitelinkStephen Frketic

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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 in 2016. We welcome new members every September.

canary sitelinkCatherine Nethersole

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Did you know that Choral singing improves health and happiness? 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 2019/20 season begins Tuesday, September 10.

canary sitelinkSandy Bell

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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 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. Learn more about our professional a cappella chorus of amateur singers on our website.

canary sitelinkHarvey Patterson

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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 “A Song to Remember” on May 26 in Humber Valley United Church. Special guest is vocalist Asia Rosa, winner of the 2019 scholarship presented to an outstanding graduate of Etobicoke School of the Arts. The group has sung at a Blue Jays game and recently took part in a Festival of Friends choral concert in Mississauga. There are a few openings for new members - choral experience and sight-reading ability are not mandatory, but certainly helpful. Rehearsals are Monday evenings from late August to May in Martin Grove United Church.

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Hart House ChorusThe 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 aim of the Hart House Chorus is to provide talented musicians with the opportunity to pursue excellence in music in a friendly, focused environment.

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The Healey Willan Singers was originally formed as a youth choir to celebrate Dr. Willan’s 125th anniversary in 2005. Since 2007, the choir has reinvented itself into a women’s ensemble and has become one of the finest women’s ensembles in the city. Rehearsals run from September to April on Saturday mornings from 10:15am to 12:30pm. This coming season, the choir will present our annual Christmas concert in December and at the end of April with “Women and Songs V,” our biennial celebration of women’s composers and poets. The choir performs repertoire from Gregorian chants to contemporary new works, especially music by women and Canadian composers. Auditions are held throughout the year. Rehearsals and concerts are held at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 151 Glenlake Avenue in Toronto’s west end.

Ben D’Cunha

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Since 2003, this SATB teaching choir has enabled 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 the interests of the membership. The director/conductor, Ben D’Cunha, trains members in vocal technique, sight-reading, theory and improvisation, and writes the arrangements for the choir. Choir rehearsals are held September to June on Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm, with sectionals on Mondays, 7pm to 9pm.
Concerts: January 25 and June 20, 2020.

Solo opportunities with pro backing bands in Cabarets. November and March our composer study will be focused on the music of George Gershwin, with a performance in April 2020. Learning to sing is fun! Join us!

canary sitelinkMatthew Otto

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Incontra Vocal Ensemble is a choral-arts collective of like minded conductors, composers, vocal pedagogues, professional-level singers, and emerging artists. Entering its sixth season, Incontra (Latin for “encounter”) is transforming itself to now offer professional development opportunities for its members, showcasing their artistry as singers, conductors and composers through high-level musical collaborations. Pushing the boundaries of traditional, Western choral music, Incontra is committed to innovative and diverse choral repertoire from across the globe, alongside authentic interpretation and exceptional vocalism. Through its programs and performances, Incontra offers a profoundly unique choral ‘encounter’ for its members and audiences.

canary sitelinkJason Locke, minister of music
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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 1-6), Youth (grades 7-12), 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 Modern Gothic sanctuary for two morning services each Sunday and numerous special services, events and concerts. The accomplished Senior choir, with 25-30 talented singers enriched by section leaders, is attentive to musical detail and expressiveness to enhance worship, singing Renaissance to the 21st century, a cappella to orchestral accompaniment, spirituals to Bach cantatas.

canary sitelinkPauline McKenzie

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The Jubilate Singers is a mixed-voice community choir of about 30–35 voices with both a non-auditioned main choir and an auditioned chamber choir. We sing choral music from the Renaissance to the present, in original languages and reflecting the cultural diversity of Toronto. We perform three concerts a year, plus community concerts at seniors’ residences and community centres. Our 2019/20 season features Navidad Nuestra by Ariel Ramirez in an all–Latin American program, a concert themed “Seas,” and a concert “Of Love and Nature.” We rehearse Tuesday nights near Yonge and Lawrence. Interested singers are encouraged to sit in on a rehearsal; auditions for the chamber choir are available. A welcoming, friendly experience, and music you won’t hear anywhere else.

canary sitelinkPeter Sullivan

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King Edward ChoirFounded in 1952 by Jean Dobson, Barrie’s King Edward Choir began as a ladies’ choir, named after the school in which they practised. Today it is a group of 50 dedicated musicians encompassing all voices, under the leadership of artistic director, Oliver Balaburski. We strive to present a repertoire that is broad and engaging to both chorister and audience; recent years have seen performances of works by Britten, Mozart, Bernstein, Freedman, Rutter, Handel and Dvořàk, with offerings of Renaissance motets, Spirituals, folk songs and show tunes. King Edward Choir frequently collaborates with other artists and groups, and enjoys community sing-outs. Rehearsals for our three annual performances take place Monday nights. Open auditions occur each September, but new members are welcome any time!

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