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 sitelinkSharon of Burlacoff

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Kingsway Children s Choir and Drum Ensemble Kingsway Chamber SingersDiscover the joy of choral singing at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music! Venturing outside the bounds of traditional choir training, the Kingsway Children’s Choir & Drum Ensemble is a unique, liberating choral experience for children aged 7 and up. Directed by a professional music educator with extensive choral conducting experience, the choir explores vast repertoire spanning world music, folk songs and classic choral works. Weekly rehearsals are an invigorating musical work-out encompassing voice and body warm-ups, vocal technique, singing skills and drum circle. For more experienced singers, the Kingsway Chamber Singers offers an enriched, multi-part choral experience. Throughout a 30-week season, both choirs take their music to a variety of stages, including festivals, recitals, and corporate and community events.

canary sitelinkMark Toews
416-489-1551 x28; 416-515-8326

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LPCCC sings at weekly Sunday worship services, September to June, and rehearses Thursday evenings. Consisting of 25 members, including professional section leads, the choir also presents special seasonal musical offerings. John Rutter’s Requiem was performed on April 19. On May 10, our “Fridays@8” Concert Series presents Missa Gaia (Earth Mass) by the Paul Winter Consort with the LPCCC, instrumental ensemble and special guests, members of Vox Youth Choir.

The choir has commissioned anthems from composers including Bob Chilcott, Ruth Watson Henderson and Paul Halley and has recorded several CDs. The Lawrence Park Handbell Ringers rehearse Tuesday afternoons from September to May and are directed by Mark Toews.

canary sitelinkRenée Bouthot

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Founded by soprano and conductor, Renée Bouthot, Lirit Women’s Chamber Choir is a Toronto-based group of experienced choral singers. Committed to exploring the joy and vast range of Jewish music, whether through Jewish texts, themes, or composers, they perform one major concert per year, as well as smaller community events. Funded by the Judy Dan Arts and Education Award, Lirit welcomes singers of all backgrounds and interests. Rehearsals take place Mondays evenings at Temple Emanu-El in North York, from October to June, with a two-month winter hiatus. Lirit is always looking for more altos and sopranos to join this lively group. Please call to arrange a stress-free meeting and audition.

canary sitelinkMelanie Van den Borre

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London Pro Musica ChoirLondon Pro Musica is an auditioned, mixed-voice choir based in London, Ontario, Canada. LPMC is an inclusive and multi-generational, member-managed adult choral organization under professional leadership, dedicated to engaging audiences by providing and promoting artistic excellence in the London area and beyond, through education, outreach and high quality performances of choral music.

We perform an extensive range of classical music - from the medieval to the contemporary - both for accompanied and unaccompanied voices.

canary sitelinkSteve Winfield

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Lyrica Chamber ChoirFounded in 2000 by the late Natalyia Gurin and directed since 2005 by Steve Winfield, Lyrica Chamber Choir of Barrie strives to present eclectic and evocative programs of excellent choral chamber music. The 40 singers of Lyrica demonstrate a strong desire to present artistically varied choral programs with a high degree of musicianship to the community of Barrie and surrounding area. Recent highlights include performances of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, Ola Gjeilo’s Dark Night of the Soul and Josef Rheinberger’s Missa in G “St. Crucis” Op. 151. Professional soloists and instrumental musicians regularly join Lyrica for performances. Our accompanist, Brent Mayhew, enhances the choir’s performances.

canary sitelinkCharles Demuynck

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Masterworks of Oakville Chorus and OrchestraWe are a community-based group, dedicated to performing the great works of the Western Classical tradition, particularly sacred works for choir and orchestra. We have a strong commitment to artistic excellence and are proud to preserve and continue a great musical tradition. Masterworks is an extraordinary community group – with a chorus of over 100 voices and a commitment to performing the most challenging choral works. Masterworks exists with the enthusiasm of its choristers and orchestra players, which is the hallmark of its performances.

canary sitelinkSandy

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MCS ChorusMCS Chorus, a chamber choir of 35 auditioned voices, is Mississauga’s only adult choral organization committed to the choral classical repertoire.

MCS Chorus offers a diversified season of extensive community engagement events and ticketed concerts performed with chamber orchestras, instrumental ensembles and soloists. This wide range of programming contributes a strong and unique voice to the cultural fabric of the city.

MCS is dedicated to bringing the choir’s performances into the communities of Mississauga under the dynamic leadership of artistic director Mervin William Fick.

canary sitelinkDr. Patricia Wright
416-363-0331 x26

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Metropolitan United Church ChoirsThe auditioned 32-member Metropolitan United Church Choir has eight lead singers, rehearses Thursday evenings and sings on Sunday mornings and special occasions, September through June. Repertoire is Medieval through 21st-century. Singers must have sight-singing ability. A waiting list exists; contact our director in late spring or early fall to join. The Festival Choir adds 10 to 15 singers to the core choir and rehearses Sunday afternoons for six weeks prior to Good Friday. Past concerts have featured Bach, Mozart, Fauré, Duruflé, Gilles and others. The Metropolitan Sparklers (ages 4 to 6), Choristers (7 to 11), Great Heart Ensemble (vocal and instrumental, ages 12 and up) and Metropolitan Handbells are groups open to all.

canary sitelinkBill McLean

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This dynamic four-part community choir has entertained audiences in Halton Region and beyond. The 50-member choir performs two major concerts annually, often including premier guest soloists and musicians. We also enjoy performing at numerous local events. Our director, Rachel Cleland, is expanding our already varied repertoire. From classical to contemporary, sacred to secular, we sing it all. Rehearsals are Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 9:30pm, from September to June. A love of singing, some sight reading and a sense of humour are all you need to become a Milton Chorister.

canary sitelinkJenny Johnston

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Mississauga Festival Chamber ChoirMississauga Festival Chamber Choir (MFCC) was formed in 2008 as a smaller branch of the large ensemble, Mississauga Festival Choir (MFC). This 26-voice, auditioned choir delights audiences with intimate and challenging works of music, their most recent being The Wound in the Water by Kim Andre Arnesen with string orchestra. MFCC performs an annual concert, as well as various performances throughout the season, serving as an ambassador for MFC. They reach out to the community in a variety of venues from the Port Credit Library to Hammerson Hall. All experienced choral singers are now welcome to audition, as it is no longer a requirement to sing with MFC to be part of Mississauga Festival Chamber Choir.

canary sitelinkJenny Johnston

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Mississauga Festival ChoirWith over 150 singers, Mississauga Festival Choir is the largest and most spirited community choir in our city. Our Mission is to enrich lives through music by way of performance, education and outreach, while valuing excellence in choral music. Under the leadership of David Ambrose, MFC also host three subsidiary choirs: Mississauga Festival Chamber Choir, an auditioned group which explores intimate and challenging works; Resonance, a non-auditioned choir for youth and young adults aged 15-28 directed by Bob Anderson (resonance.mfchoir.com), and Raising Voices - an intergenerational choir of music lovers to provide the therapeutic value of music to people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their caregivers.

canary sitelinkDeanna Di Lello
416-924-6211 x250

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Love to sing? Prefer rehearsing during the day? Join us and fill your life with the joy of singing in harmony! A fun-filled, relaxed environment. No experience or sight-reading necessary. Meets Tuesday afternoons, 1:00-2:30 pm. Learn vocal technique, sing a wide variety of musical styles, stretch yourself. Includes a spring concert. Conductor: Asher Farber. Accompanist: Clive Walton. Conveniently located near Spadina TTC station.

canary sitelinkDeanna Di Lello
416-924-6211 x250

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MNjcc Community ChoirTackle world, jazz, classical, Jewish, folk, Canadian, gospel and pop music. Our 75-member auditioned SATB choir meets Wednesday evenings, Sept - June. Rehearsals are well-structured and singers learn skills in different musical genres, expression, blend, vocal production, and reading. A wonderful community of dedicated singers. Annual Spring Concerts in the Al Green Theatre. Ensemble and Cabaret opportunities. Good supportive learning materials. Conductor: Mark Ramsay. Assistant Conductor: Briony Glassco. Accompanist: Asher Farber. Conveniently located near Spadina TTC station.

canary sitelinkDeanna Di Lello
416-924-6211 x250

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8 weeks devoted to different genres: Broadway (fall), pop (winter), and folk (spring). Enjoy diverse repertoire, vocal technique, and train your ear to harmony. Leave each rehearsal with a song in your heart. No experience or audition required. Join any or all. Meets Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm. Conductor: Alex Fiddes. Conveniently located near Spadina TTC station.

canary sitelinkD. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor

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Nathaniel Dett ChoraleThe Nathaniel Dett Chorale is a 21-voice SATB professional choir based in Toronto, dedicated to performing Afrocentric music of all genres, including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. Founded by artistic director D. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor in 1998, the NDC is Canada’s premier performer of Afrocentric composers and a touchstone for the education of audiences and communities regarding the full spectrum of Afrocentric choral music. The mission of the NDC is to build bridges of understanding, appreciation and acceptance between communities of people through the medium of music. The Chorale has a three-concert season in Toronto, tours extensively each season and has released several CDs and DVDs. The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is artist-in-residence at the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research.

canary sitelinkMatthew Jaskiewicz

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Oakham House Choir SocietyFounded in 1984, the 80-member Oakham House Choir specializes in the large-scale masterpieces of the choral repertoire. This is one of the few Toronto choirs where amateur singers perform regularly with a professional orchestra (the Toronto Sinfonietta). The choir has a diverse membership of Ryerson University students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as singers from outside the university; it is led by its founding music director, Matthew Jaskiewicz. Rehearsals begin in early September and take place on Monday evenings on the Ryerson campus. We give our main concerts at the end of November and April, often at Calvin Presbyterian Church. For more details, please visit our website. Experienced choristers are invited to contact us by email for information about openings.

canary sitelinkKatherine Hamilton

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Oakville Choir for Children and YouthFor 25 years, Oakville Choir has provided exceptional music education and leadership training to young people. We believe that providing a fun, safe and educational space for youth to express themselves encourages them to find their voice and use it as a force for good in this world. Currently, we offer a collaborative and comprehensive choral music education program to nearly 300 young people, exploring a wide range of repertoire, diverse musical programming, and high standards of performance. We are proud of the choral collaborations that we have created with other arts and community organizations, both locally and internationally through our touring program. We continue to focus on empowering all youth to use their voice to lead, connect, learn, and build confidence in our community.

canary sitelinkAlan Gotlib

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Oasis Vocal JazzOasis Vocal Jazz, Toronto’s longest-running close harmony ensemble, has been making a unique contribution to the city’s artistic life since 1985. Influenced by pioneers Lambert, Hendricks and Ross and inspired by modern-day masters of the genre such as New York Voices, Take 6 and Toronto’s own Cadence, we enjoy sharing our love of vocal jazz with a wide range of audiences. Whether performing in community or corporate events and charitable fundraisers, or putting on our own concerts backed by some of the city’s top jazz instrumentalists, we have always valued both the pursuit of musical excellence and the joy of making music with each other. We are always looking for new voices to add to our blend. For more information, contact us. Why not become a fan of our Facebook page?

canary sitelinkChoir manager

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Oriana Women’s Choir is an auditioned ensemble of 30 - 40 amateur female singers who perform at a high artistic standard. With artistic director Mitchell Pady, Oriana explores the possibilities in choral music for the female voice, collaborating with diverse artists to push the boundaries of typical expectations for women’s choirs. We foster the creation of Canadian choral music, regularly commissioning works from Canadian composers for women’s voices. In rehearsal we are focused but friendly, and maintain an inclusive, respectful and supportive environment. Oriana presents a three-concert series every year, and tours regularly. We welcome potential new singers to attend a rehearsal prior to scheduling an audition. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, 7:30-10pm in the Sheppard-Yonge corridor.

canary sitelinkLisa Griffiths, managing director

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Orpheus’ vision is to celebrate the transformational power of choral music as an agent of social change and a passionate medium of artistic expression. The 65-voice choir, under artistic director Robert Cooper, champions the new and unusual in choral performance, commissioning and introducing new works and performing overlooked masterpieces. Working frequently with living composers and singing a wide range of repertoire styles in concerts with high production values, Orpheus has introduced audiences to many fascinating and accessible works from the current generation of leading composers. Orpheus supports young emerging vocal talent through its highly respected Sidgwick Scholars Program and Vocal Apprentice Program for high school singers. We welcome enthusiastic singers for an “expect something different” experience.

canary sitelinkDanielle McCandless

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Pax Christi ChoraleHailed by critics and audiences alike as one of Canada’s finest oratorio choirs, Pax Christi Chorale delivers stirring performances with great polish and total conviction.

Under the leadership of artistic director David Bowser, the award-winning choir aspires to build on its strengths and accomplishments to achieve new levels of performance and audience engagement. Collaborations with outstanding guest artists and partners give audiences and performers a deep appreciation for choral masterworks and new Canadian music.

The Pax Christi Chamber Choir placed first in its category in Choral Canada’s 2017 national competition for amateur choirs.

We champion great choral music among a diverse community. We have an inclusive philosophy and welcome audience members, choristers, from all backgrounds and walks of life.

canary sitelinkAlice Malach

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Penthelia SingersFounded in 1997, Penthelia Singers has earned a reputation for presenting high quality, innovative concerts of choral repertoire in a multitude of styles and languages. A vibrant ensemble of women, we are committed to excellence in performing culturally diverse and musically sophisticated repertoire spanning the Renaissance to the 21st-century. The choir seeks opportunities to collaborate with special guest artists such as Suba Sankaran (world music), Raigelee Alorut (Inuit throat singing) and Steve Mancuso (Brazilian capoeira) to workshop different styles of music, as well as work with many talented instrumentalists who support our performances. Penthelia Singers is a welcoming group of women committed to high standards of music-making, diversity, community outreach and enjoyment through the learning process.

canary sitelinkPeg McCracken, business manager

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The Peterborough Singers was founded in 1993 under the energetic and creative leadership of founder and music director Sydney Birrell. We are an auditioned 100-voice choir of adults and youth which attracts members and audience from Peterborough, the Kawarthas, Northumberland and locations along the lakeshore. We generally perform four concerts per year: a Yuletide concert, Handel’s Messiah, an oratorio, and one concert dedicated to music outside the box of regular classical programming. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings from September to the beginning of May at Murray Street Baptist Church in Peterborough. Auditions take place in May and September.

canary sitelinkJenny Johnston

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ResonanceFounded in 2016, Resonance is the newest member to the Mississauga Festival Choir family directed by award-winning conductor, Bob Anderson. Resonance is a non-auditioned choir for youth and young adults ages 15 to 28. Each season they have performed their own concert, as well as collaborating in concerts with several choirs and ensembles around the Greater Toronto Area. Their most recent performances were with the Toronto Symphony, the Mississauga Symphony, A Few Good Men, and the Elmer Isler Singers. For information visit their website.

canary sitelinkStephanie Martin, artistic director

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Schola Magdalena is a six-voice ensemble singing medieval polyphony, chant, and new music for women’s voices. Ensemble-in-residence at the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Toronto, we have recorded two CDs (available on iTunes) and have toured from Chicago to Chicoutimi, from Waterloo to Waupoos. Our past season centred around touring and holding workshops with amateur singers interested in learning about Gregorian chant and the music of Hildegard von Bingen. In the coming year, we look forward to a return to Prince Edward County. For details, please visit our website, our Facebook page, or check out our Bravo Video on YouTube.


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Serenata Singers is a 60-voice, four-part community seniors’ choir. This fall we begin our 44th year, under the guidance of our accomplished choral director, Ms. Leanne Piller. Serenata’s repertoire covers a wide range of music, including classical, show tunes, pop, folk and Canadiana. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday mornings from September to May at Wilmar Heights Centre, 963 Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough. During the year, we sing at seniors’ residences and the season crescendos with two concerts held in the spring. The choir welcomes new members in every vocal range. An informal, non-threatening voice screening process is performed by our choral director to properly place voices and maintain our performance standards.

canary sitelinkAlexander Veprinskiy

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Shevchenko ChoirThe Shevchenko Choir is an integral part of the Shevchenko Musical Ensemble with the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra. Although its roots lie in the Ukrainian community, through more than our 65-year history, we have evolved into a multicultural choir whose repertoire reflects the diversity of our society, including folk songs, classical and original works. Currently, the choir presents its own choral concert each year; performs 2-3 times at Seniors Residences; and appears with the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra, including instrumental and vocal soloists, as part of the full Ensemble.

A non-audition choir, its rehearsals are held Sunday mornings (10:00-12:30am) at Borochov Cultural Centre, 272 Codsell Ave.

Our highly talented conductor, Alexander Veprinskiy, blends the choir and orchestra into a unique musical ensemble.

canary sitelinkCathy

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The Society of Singers is a non-auditioned SATB choir that rehearses Wednesdays from 1-3pm at Blythwood Road Church (80 Blythwood Rd.). Under the direction of Peter Ness, we sing a wide repertoire of music ranging from classical and gospel hymns to traditional ballads to show tunes to swing numbers. We perform one or two afternoon concerts per month at Toronto seniors’ residences, where we are always much appreciated. If you love to sing and are looking for a happy, relaxed choir that is still serious about music, you are warmly invited to drop in to any Wednesday rehearsal or to contact us (by email, preferably) for more information.

canary sitelinkScott Pietrangelo

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SoundCrowd. Photo by Dahlia KatzSoundCrowd, Toronto’s first large-scale a cappella ensemble, made its concert debut alongside former Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page on Danforth Music Hall in November of 2016. Under the direction of founder and artistic director Scott Pietrangelo, they have since performed at notable public venues around the GTA (Princess of Wales Theatre, The Opera House, Jane Mallett Theatre, Richmond Hill Centre for the Arts), hosted sold-out concerts, created viral YouTube videos, performed at Carnegie Hall with choirs from around the world led by Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing Off), and have shared the stage with such notable artists as DCappella, Cadence, Lorraine Segata, Countermeasure, Retrocity and cast members from the original Toronto production of “Les Miserables”.

canary sitelinkKenneth Hull

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Spiritus Ensemble is a semi-professional choral-instrumental ensemble of 18 voices plus an orchestra of varying size that performs mainly the liturgical music of J.S. Bach and other liturgically-conceived music. We perform four or five times a season in Kitchener-Waterloo, sometimes in concert and sometimes in a Bach Vespers format. Rehearsals take place on the two or three Saturday mornings preceding each performance. Performances are on Sundays at 4pm. The principal works for the 2019/20 season will be Bach’s Cantatas 76, 116, the St John Passion and Handel’s Messiah.

canary sitelinkDaniel Webb

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The thriving, growing and inclusive church of St. Clement’s, Yonge/Eglinton is recruiting new members for its three choirs. Our robed choir of 22 sings at our 11am service and rehearses on Thursday evenings. This choir is led by six professional singers and explores the treasures of the Anglican choral repertoire across six centuries of music. We have sung in English, Latin, German, Norwegian, Welsh and Russian and recent performances have included double-choir motets by Tomkins and a number of pieces specially commissioned by St. Clement’s, or written for us. We work hard but have a lot of fun. The standard is exacting but we don’t audition - we’d prefer you to give us a try and see how we find each other! St. Clement’s also has a pick-up choir at its 9am service and a Youth Choir that rehearses on Thursday afternoons.

canary sitelinkEva Mekis


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St. Elizabeth Scola Cantorum is a Hungarian chamber choir with a membership of about twenty singers. Our vocal repertoire consists mainly of a cappella sacred, classical and folk compositions in Hungarian, Latin and English. The choir was founded by George Zadubán in 1995 and since 2005 is directed by Imre Oláh.

The choir’s activities include an annual Christmas concert, spring concert and Lenten Meditation in addition to smaller Hungarian performances. We rehearse Monday evenings at St. Elizabeth RC Church, 432 Sheppard Avenue East at Bayview.

canary sitelinkJessie-Ann Baines

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St. James Cathedral Parish ChoirIf you enjoy singing a wide range of motets that span five centuries - from the sublime offerings of Byrd, Palestrina, and Tallis to the composers of today via Healey Willan, John Rutter, Saint-Saëns, and Charles Gounod - there is no better remedy for your craving than the exhilarating membership of a cathedral choir of like-minded volunteers with an appetite for musical challenges and artistic companionship. This social group of singers rehearses each Thursday from 7 to 8pm, and comprises sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. Director of music Robert Busiakiewicz welcomes enquiries from those who might like to join the ranks, or those who simply want to give singing a try in a relaxed rehearsal setting. The choir sings at the 9am Cathedral Eucharist each week. We warmly welcome all genders and ages.

canary sitelinkVirginia Evoy, executive director

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The St. James Town Children’s Choir, founded in 2007, welcomes children from grades 3 to 8 from St. James Town and surrounding neighborhoods. The choir’s artistic directors over the years have many years working with children’s choirs, many of them music specialists from the RCM and Toronto District School Board. Over the years, the choir has sung with professional choirs, at sports events, in long-term care facilities, in schools and community events, and has collaborated with professional musicians (e.g. Ensemble Vivant, Suba Sankaran). The repertoire is secular, diverse, inclusive, fun and musically enriching. Music literacy and performance opportunities are a priority.

Choristers are welcomed for September 2019. Information is available on our website and questions may be directed to ed.rotm@gmail.com, or 416-421-8518.

canary sitelinkWanda Thorne

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St. Michael’s Choir School was founded in 1937, with the purpose of providing sacred music for services at St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica. St. Michael’s Choir School is an all-boys school from grades 3 through 12 located in downtown Toronto. Comprised of between 250-300 students, St. Michael’s Choir School is a centre for musical and academic excellence. It is one of only six choir schools in the world affiliated with the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. Each student attending the Choir School is accepted on the basis of a vocal audition and sings in at least one of the school’s choirs. Each St. Michael’s Choir School student is trained in music theory, vocal and instrumental music. In addition to weekly Masses and numerous annual concerts, SMCS choirs tour regularly and perform at various local events.

canary sitelinkJohn Stephenson, director of music

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St. Olave's Anglican Church ChoirThe Choir at St. Olave’s Anglican Church sings music for Communion, Morning Prayer, and Evensong services in the English choral tradition (Berkeley, Byrd, Elgar, Howells, Leighton, Stanford, Willan). While our focus is on British and Canadian composers, we also sing motets by Palestrina and Victoria, and choral music from the 18th to 21st century. Rehearsals are on Thursdays, 7:30-9pm and Sundays at 9:30am for the 10:30am service. Evensongs are sung by our Choir or visiting Choirs approximately once a month. We are an auditioned Choir made up of volunteers and paid leads, and have a passion for what we do.

canary sitelinkTafelmusik

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Tafelmusik Chamber ChoirThe Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, specializing in baroque and classical performance practice, was formed in 1981 to complement the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Under the direction of Ivars Taurins, the Chamber Choir has become one of the most fêted in North America, awarded the Healey-Willan Prize in 1991 for its consistently high level of artistic achievement and for its unique contribution to choral art in Canada, and described as “the best period-performance choir anywhere in the world” (The Globe and Mail).

The choir has made several critically acclaimed recordings, including a live-concert CD of Handel’s Messiah, which was nominated for a 2013 JUNO Award. Tafelmusik’s annual performances of Messiah and “Sing-Along Messiah” have become an established part of Toronto’s holiday tradition.

canary sitelinkKathy Dixon, membership director

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Tempus Choral SocietyTempus Choral Society is a very welcoming, 100-voice SATB un-auditioned community choir based in Oakville, led by director Brian Turnbull. Our repertoire encompasses contemporary, Broadway, Great American Songbook, gospel, classical and jazz. This year, we celebrate our 20th anniversary. We love to travel and to reach out to our community. Tempus has sung Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center, performed Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem at Carnegie Hall, as part of an international choir of auditioned singers. In 2015, Tempus4Us (our 60-voice children’s choir) and Tempus Jazz Choir were formed, with help from an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant. After our 2018 European singing tour, we are headed to the Baltics in 2020. New members are heartily welcomed in September and January; please visit our website.

canary sitelinkCraig Pike

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That ChoirThat Choir is one of Toronto’s most exciting a cappella ensembles, combining high-calibre performance with storytelling through choral music. Founded in 2008 by artistic director Craig Pike, That Choir now draws together close to twenty auditioned singers with diverse backgrounds in culture, work and study.

Recent appearances include the “City Carol Sing” at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, sharing the stage with Sir Christopher Plummer and Louise Pitre as a featured performer at the Shakespeare Globe Centre of Canada’s 25th Anniversary Gala at Casa Loma, featured performances in Barrie and Alliston, Ontario, and feature choir with international touring concerts: “Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience”, “Hans Zimmer Live on Tour 2017” (both at the Air Canada Centre), and “The Legend of Zelda” at the Sony Centre.

canary sitelinkDavid Garde

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Toronto Beach ChoraleToronto Beach Chorale (artistic director, Mervin W. Fick) is an auditioned SATB choir of up to 65 voices. Singers share a passion for great classical choral music, a strong commitment to sharing the gift of music, and engaging their community in quality musical experiences. TBC invites professional musicians, soloists, actors and arts organizations to join in 3-4 concerts per season. TBC organizes and participates in “Messiah for the City” - free concert for the United Way charities - and in many local community events. TBC’s Choral Scholars Program offers subsidy and training to singers aged 19 to 24. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7-9:30pm, September to May in the Beach area. Auditions are held in September and January. The ability to read music and choral experience are assets.

canary sitelinkBronwen Low

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TBCYC, founded in 2006 by artistic director Bronwen Low with drama instructor, Joanne Mitchell, has grown from a membership of 30 to over 150 children and youth (JK and up) from all over Scarborough and Toronto’s East End.

TBCYC welcomes all, regardless of ability, offering a high quality musical and dramatic experience within a supportive, fun atmosphere. Each year, TBCYC choristers are involved in concerts and events throughout the city. In the spring, they perform a fully staged musical production at a professional theatre. The 2019 show is “Shrek Jr., the Musical”

Past touring highlights include singing in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry and in the 2016 DCINY festival performance at Carnegie Hall. This July, they will perform at the Kennedy Center as part of the Serenade Choral Festival in Washington, D.C.

canary sitelinkLucas Harris

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Toronto Chamber ChoirBuilding on 50 years of concert performances, the Toronto Chamber Choir of around 40 skilled singers has held a prominent place in Canada’s early music scene since 1968. It specializes in renaissance and baroque repertoire, collaborating regularly with Toronto’s rich pool of period instrumentalists, but also with forays into other periods. Four concerts per season - two Saturday evening concerts and two Sunday afternoon “Kaffeemusik” presentations - explore the cultural context of our repertoire through narration, often with a special guest expert. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall with occasional Saturday “retreats.” Auditions for new volunteer members are held anytime by arrangement with the director, while auditions for our Toronto Chamber Consort section lead program are held in May.

canary sitelinkBonnie O’Sullivan
416-932-8666 x225

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Toronto Children's ChorusThe award-winning Toronto Children’s Chorus marks its 42nd season, and its 13th under artistic director Elise Bradley, this 2019/20 season. The chorus comprises a family of choirs: KinderNotes for children aged 3 to 6 (no audition required), four Training Choirs, Main Choir (four ensembles) and Toronto Youth Choir (aged 16 to 30). More than 400 choristers develop skills in vocal technique, sight-singing and music theory each year. Main Choir offers masterclasses and exceptional performance and recording opportunities, including with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The TCC offers KinderNotes and Training Choir programs in North York and Midtown. The Main Choir and Toronto Youth Choir rehearse at the Midtown location.

canary sitelinkDebby Neill Blyth

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The Toronto Choral Society (TCS) was founded in 1845, to foster a positive musical environment that enables members to learn and develop both musical ability and choral repertoire. The TCS aims to be an integral part of the community of Toronto, presenting important works from the traditional choral repertoire and exploring the music of the many cultures that make up our community.

The TCS has performed our last two Christmas Concerts to sold out audiences at Koerner Hall. The TCS rehearsals take place on Wednesday nights 7:30-9:30pm at Eastminster United Church,
310 Danforth Ave..

Our season (both rehearsals and performance) begins in September and continues until May, performing a minimum of 3 concerts a year. If you would like more information please go to our website.

canary sitelinkKathleen Payne

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Toronto Classical SingersToronto Classical Singers is the only choir in the country dedicated exclusively to the great choral/orchestral repertoire. Now in its 28th season, the organization continues to celebrate and contribute to the glorious tradition of choral music with performances of Handel, Schubert and Vaughan-Williams over 2019/20. Known for its unique musical point-of-view and its diverse and high-quality programming, the choir features lesser-known and rarely performed pieces as well as the beloved vocal/orchestral repertoire. Led by founding conductor and artistic director Jurgen Petrenko, the choir has established a long-standing partnership with Talisker Players who accompany the choir in their presentations of the great choral masterpieces.

Auditions are in early September. Please visit our website to learn more about us.

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Toronto Mass ChoirThe Toronto Mass Choir is a Juno award-winning Gospel Choir made up of singers representing a cross-section of cultures and evangelical churches from across the GTA. The Toronto Mass Choir incorporates contemporary gospel, traditional gospel and Caribbean music influences and released 12 albums including their most recent release, “By Special Request.”

Led by artistic director, Karen Burke, TMC travels extensively both in Canada and internationally, performing original and beloved Gospel favourites in guest performances and several self-produced concert events. The Toronto Mass Choir also actively engages in educational and community outreach. Regular rehearsals are held on Friday nights and auditions are held periodically. Please email the choir office for more information.

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Toronto Mendelssohn ChoirThe Toronto Mendelssohn Choir celebrates its 125th anniversary with a gala concert in October under interim conductor David Fallis. The TMC has long been recognized for its grand symphonic sound, and for the clarity and precision of its interpretation of some of the greatest sacred and secular music ever composed. The 120-voice choir includes a professional core, auditioned volunteers, and apprentices (aged 17 to 22). The TMC performs over 20 concerts annually, including major choral works, “Festival of Carols”, and “Sacred Music for a Sacred Space” on Good Friday. It also performs regularly with the TSO, including annual performances of Messiah. The TMC is currently conducting an international search for a new artistic director - only the 8th in the organization’s 125-year history.

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The Chamber Choir is a chance to refresh vocal skills and study inspiring works of choral literature in the intimacy of a chamber vocal ensemble. Spend a week singing and rehearsing with acclaimed choral conductor, virtuoso recorder player and composer, Matthias Maute. Aside from daily choir rehearsals, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy sectionals with various vocal coaches.

Repertoire: Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor (excerpts); Abendlied by Rheinberger; José Maurício Nunes Garcia: Matinas do Apóstolo São Pedro; Juan García de Zéspedes: Convida

Dates: July 29 to August 3. Must be over 18 years of age. Tuition includes daily lunch and a ticket to all TSM Festival Concerts July 29 to August 3. Cost: $700 plus HST. Apply now on our website link.

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The Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir (TWMVC) was established in 1995 when its founding member and first president, Gwyn Roberts, gathered together a group of like-minded individuals of Welsh heritage, who sought to kindle the spirit of traditional Welsh male voice singing in their adopted country. The TWMVC proudly draws on the great Welsh tradition of singing hymns and songs; born of the mountains and valleys of Wales. At the same time, it emphasizes a multicultural context in its broad repertoire, which also includes spirituals; operatic arias, Canadian folk songs as well as Broadway show tunes and contemporary music. Our blend of traditional and contemporary music, all sung off book in accordance with tradition, appeals to a broad audience. We are always looking for new members to join our choir!

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The Upper Canada Choristers is a mixed-voice community choir with a diverse membership that interweaves fun with the commitment to musical excellence and vibrant community service. Performances feature collaborations with international choirs, local children’s choirs, and professional instrumentalists and singers. Cantemos is an auditioned a cappella latin ensemble within UCC. Led by artistic director Laurie Evan Fraser, the choirs perform three diverse choral programs annually. Weekly rehearsals for the Main Choir are Monday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. Cantemos rehearses on Saturday mornings from 10:30am to 12:30pm at 2 Romar Cres. The choirs sing up to 20 concerts annually in a variety of community venues.

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