Welcome to The Canary Pages - The WholeNote’s 18th annual directory of Ontario choirs.

We 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.

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, and will be published in our upcoming September 2020 issue. For more information contact canary@thewholenote.com or phone Karen Ages at 416-323-2232 x26.

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canary sitelinkTimothy Healey

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20200410130634 LR Fourth Edited 2019 Chorus PictureA Cappella Niagara is a vibrant male chorus performing four-part harmony in the Niagara region. As a member of our chapter you’ll not only experience the fun and fellowship of singing with the chorus and maybe a quartet, but you will also spread joy through performance, enriching your life and the lives of others. We share the delight of music at the Candlelight Stroll, Santa Claus parades, senior homes, district convention, annual Corn Roast, and other events. In February, our quartets deliver Singing Valentines to that special someone. Today, barbershop singing is a lot more than old tunes - we sing a wide range of styles, contemporary songs and fine arrangements.

It’s a sound that appeals to men of all ages and all walks of life. You’ll find four-part harmony is a little challenging, very creative, and a lot of fun.

canary sitelinkGail MacLennan

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20200405083809 ChoirAchill is a 75-member mixed voice, auditioned choir composed of singers dedicated to becoming better musicians. We are based in Caledon, just east of Orangeville and have been performing since 1982. Our repertoire ranges from challenging classical works to contemporary and traditional pieces. Our artistic director, Shawn Grenke, is also the associate conductor and accompanist of the Amadeus Choir and accompanist of the Elmer Iseler Singers. Shawn enjoys working with amateur singers and endeavors to bring out the best in every one of Achill’s members. Achill performs two concert series a year with performances rotating between Alliston, Bolton and Orangeville. Rehearsals are held September through April each Wednesday at 7pm. For more information email us or visit our website.

canary sitelinkD. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor

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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 Karl Jenkins’s Stabat Mater, Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: A 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 sitelinkAllison Luff

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Amadeus ChoirEnlivening Toronto’s arts community for 46 years, the award-winning Amadeus Choir is a semi-professional choir of auditioned voices. Led by the dynamic artistic director and conductor Kathleen Allan, the choir champions the best of choral music through a self-produced Toronto concert series, guest performances, and special events.

The choir is known for programming major classical works with orchestra, as well as works by Canadian and international composers. The Amadeus Choir actively engages in educational and community outreach through choral workshops. Regular rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights in the Don Mills and Lawrence area.

Auditions are scheduled May 23 to 26. Depending on recommendations from the Ontario government, auditions may be held virtually. Please email us for more information.

canary sitelinkJoanne Eidinger

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Annex SingersNow in its 40th year, The Annex Singers is a spirited 65-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 Choir, a smaller ensemble drawn from the main choir, is dedicated to presenting gems from the chamber repertoire. We provide ongoing professional development to all choir members and encourage young singers with a sponsorship program. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church, 383 Huron St.

Please visit our website to arrange your audition.

canary sitelinkTim Stacey

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20200331103123 online 2636Named Promising New Adult Ensemble in the 2019 Choral Canada National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, Avanti Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Rachel Rensink-Hoff, is a community-based SATB chamber choir based in Niagara. We are dedicated to presenting intimate choral performances of exemplary quality in genres ranging from the Renaissance to present-day, emphasizing the works of living composers.

Our concerts typically feature an eclectic range of old and new musical styles, from small-scale compositions to extended choral works. We strive to build an enthusiastic audience base through inspired thematic programming. We offer three concerts each season as Ensemble-in-Residence at Brock University with additional performances in collaboration with area ensembles and festivals.

canary sitelinkKam

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Bel Canto Singers is an auditioned, four-part community choir with singers of various ages. Under the guidance of our accomplished music director, Leanne Piller, members enjoy the rewards and challenges of a varied repertoire including classical masters, Broadway show and movie tunes, opera choruses and pop songs. Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7pm to 9:30pm, from September to May at Scarborough Bluffs United Church, 3739 Kingston Rd.

We perform concerts in December and May as well as occasionally at seniors’ residences throughout the year. While experienced and committed choristers are always welcomed, the choir is actively seeking members to add to its tenor and bass sections.

Friendships and fun are woven through all of our activities, including workshops that help improve our musical skills. Please join us!

canary sitelinkIan Davies

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20200325213630 ccc 2017 crop tightFounded in 1996, conducted by Paul Grambo (also emcee) and accompanied by Jean Willadsen, the 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. Our repertoire features songs primarily from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, and the Canadian Maritimes. Recipients of the Mayor’s Award from the City of London for our cultural contributions to the city, we won the Most Popular Classical Choir at the Forest City London Music Awards in 2015.

The Choir plans a tour every three years (next tour in 2023). Our two most recent CDs are: A Celtic Noel (2013), and Celtic Inspiration (2014) and are available from our website. Our conductor emeritus is William “Bill” Zadorsky (retired June 2020).

canary sitelinkHollie Stewart

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20200307123639 curtain call20/21 is Cantabile's 25th season, the first for new artistic director Geoffrey Sirett. "Stories" offers five themed concerts featuring stories/poetry and eclectic choral repertoire to enhance the narratives.

First is "After the War" on November 7, words and music dedicated to remembrance and reflection. On December 18 and 19, Cantabile will present Dickens' iconic A Christmas Carol, accompanied by choral selections. On March 6, honorary patron and friend to Cantabile and its audiences Bob Chilcott will be in residency to lead the teen and adult choirs through repertoire he has hand-picked for them. On April 17, Cantabile's youngest choristers will present the culmination of a year-long project, with the children creating and performing their own musical story. On May 29 and 30, Cantabile celebrates its legacy with 25 works - one from each of our 25 seasons.

canary sitelinkRebecca Campbell

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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 on our website, or Facebook.com/TheCellarSingers or Twitter/@cschoir. For more information, contact us at our email or at 705-718-4124.

canary sitelinkElaine Rose

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Choralairs Choir of North YorkThe Choralairs are a non-profit, charitable 50-member, four-part harmony adult choir who sing a variety of popular, jazz, folk, Broadway show tunes and seasonal songs. 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! Our rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from September to June at Edithvale Community Centre on Finch Ave. West. We have been singing for seniors for over 55 years and perform regularly at senior citizens’ residences in the GTA. For more information please visit our website. New members are welcome to join us in September 2020.

canary sitelinkDiana McAdorey

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20200512105247 ChorusNiagaraC3 Earth TothePhoto2020 023Chorus 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 since 1963, 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). Chorus Niagara performs in the beautiful, state-of-the-art Partridge Hall in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St.Catharines. Our artistic director is Robert Cooper, CM. View our flash mob with over 52 million views on YouTube. Visit our website, and for our children’s choir: www.chorusniagaracc.com.

canary sitelinkMary-Lou Montgrain

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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 “Celebrate the Season,” a program of seasonal songs, and “Romantic Melodies,” a program of love songs for Valentine’s Day. Our 2020-2021 season will run from September to June, and end with a collaborative concert with the Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra in June. Auditions run throughout the year, and new members are always welcome. Please send inquiries to info@chorusyork.ca.

canary sitelinkAndrew Adair

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Church of stmary 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 9am directly before the service; regular attendance is not mandatory. One Sunday per month at 4:30pm, the meditative Solemn Evensong and Benediction are 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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Music 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.

In August of 2019 the choir travelled to the UK to sing for one week residencies at both Gloucester and Chichester Cathedrals.

canary sitelinkHelen Nestor

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20200401095158 CT ChorusCommon Thread: Community Chorus of Toronto is a non-audition 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. We sing for social justice and to build community.

canary sitelinkTaylor Sullivan

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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 morning at 9am, 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 Avenue.

canary sitelinkSara Martin

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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 & 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 3rd CD, NewWorks, with selections received through the first 10 years of its national choral composition competition.

The 20/21 season is “Earth As Home,” which emerges from the three-year “Road to Refuge” series that DaCapo just completed, related to ideas of home (“Displacement,” “Resettlement,” “Renewal” ). The 20/21 theme will expand “home” to the global and celestial home, with a focus on environmental care and repair. Guests: James Mason, Jan Overduin, Catherine Robertson, Jennifer Enns Modolo.

canary sitelinkJennifer Kirner

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20200404143901 85202608 1521476034677257 6071888321116635136 nDuly Noted is a Toronto-based a cappella ensemble, singing everything from madrigals to Shawn Mendes. We are currently 10 women strong but have had up to 12 members and as few as 8. One of our primary mandates is to support charities while sharing our love of singing. To date we have raised over $14,000 for local GTA charities. Find out more about us and when we are performing on our website.

canary sitelinkAlan Gasser

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Echo WomensCelebrating its 29th 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. The artistic director is Alan Gasser. Echo is in the process of hiring an assistant conductor due to the departure of co-director Becca Whitla. Echo aims to build a strong, varied and vibrant culture and community through song. Repertoire includes music from worldwide village-singing traditions and newly commissioned music.

Echo keeps membership fees and concert tickets accessible to all. To join Echo register on our website. “Winter Concert,” Sunday, December 6, 7:30pm at Holy Trinity.

canary sitelinkLes voix du coeur

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Voix du CoeurLes Voix du Cœur is a vocal ensemble of more than 40 amateur singers that, for 25 years, has offered lively concerts showcasing the richness of French popular songs from Canada and abroad. Our shows present choral singing and cabaret style numbers, combining music, theatre and dance in a highly entertaining performance. The only group of this nature in the GTA, we reach an ever-growing public, and we play a dynamic role in the French-speaking cultural community in Toronto.

Please visit our website to discover who we are and what we do, all in French!

canary sitelinkLauren Mayer

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Etobicoke Centennial ChoirEntering its 54th season, Etobicoke Centennial Choir (ECC) is a welcoming and inclusive community-based SATB choir. We perform three concerts per season, with diverse repertoire ranging from choral masterpieces to contemporary compositions and popular music. ECC offers amateur singers a challenging and supportive choral music experience, facilitated by our professional music director, accompanist and vocal section leads. Our 2020-21 season begins December 12 with seasonal music, including the Oratorio de Noël by Camille Saint-Saëns. On March 27, 'Offering' will include Cherubini’s Requiem Mass in C minor and Brahms’ Nänie. On June 12, ‘Musica Borealis’ features diverse vocal music from northern climes. New singers are always welcome. Rehearsals Tuesday evenings. Open rehearsals held on September 8 and in early January.

canary sitelinkVivian Moens

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Exultate Chamber SingersExultate Chamber Singers is an auditioned group of 28 skilled singers who enjoy performing a variety of chamber choir repertoire, both a cappella and accompanied, including many works by Canadian composers. The choir is under the direction of artistic director Mark Ramsay and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this 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 to 7:45 pm at St.Thomas’s Anglican Church, 383 Huron St. Please contact Exultate for audition information.

canary sitelinkLaurent Thibault

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20200407083104 Lavender 05GCS, 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 sitelinkSarah Hicks

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

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The Grand Philharmonic Choir, under the artistic direction of Mark Vuorinen, brings the enchantment of choral music experiences to our community. Our singers range in age from 7 to 80 years old and participate in one of four choirs: the adult main choir; the adult chamber choir; the youth choir; or the children's choir. We sing in Kitchener's acoustically superior Centre in the Square and in local church buildings. Through these performances, we strive to transform our community into a more harmonious and peaceful place.

canary sitelinkAlbert Wong

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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 2020/21 season begins Tuesday, September 15.

canary sitelinkRon Cheung

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The ensemble 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 season, the choir will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria with orchestra on December 5, 2020. On April 24, 2021, the ensemble will end their season with a concert of music chosen by the choristers in celebration of our 15th anniversary season. 

Auditions are held throughout the year. Apprentice conductor program is also available. Rehearsals and concerts are held at the Church of St. Martin in-the-Fields, located at 151 Glenlake Avenue (near Keele and Bloor Street West in Toronto).

canary sitelinkPauline McKenzie

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The Jubilate Singers are looking forward to our 52nd season. We are a community choir who offer opportunities for singers of varied interests and musical experience. Our chorus provides instruction and practice in sectional rehearsals. For singers who wish more challenge, joining the chamber group requires a friendly audition with our director.  Jubilate’s tradition is to sing music from a variety of traditions and time periods, in the original languages. We present three concerts each year, and also give performances at community centres and retirement residences.

Plans for the 2020/21 season include concerts on the themes of “Light” and “Dreams”, and Brahms’ German Requiem, in collaboration with the North York Concert Orchestra. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings near Yonge and Lawrence.

canary sitelinkMatthew Boutda

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The Leaside Chancel Choir provides musical leadership at weekly Sunday morning service at 10:30am, community outreach projects/events, and concerts year-round. The choir is made up of paid section leads and volunteer participants, and welcomes new singers throughout the year. Recent choral works have included Requiem by Eleanor Daley and The Seven Last Words by Heinrich Schutz. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, and offer an opportunity to develop musicianship through vocal instruction, while being a part of an open and welcoming community. In addition, our Junior Choir provides the ideal learning environment for young musicians.

The Junior Choir rehearses Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:15pm. For more information, contact Matthew Boutda, director of music.

canary sitelinkNancy Knowles

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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 the professional leadership of Markus Howard, 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 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 sitelinkGord Bibby

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Men of NoteThe Men of Note four-part non-auditioned male voice choir of over 30 strong, based in Stouffville, Ontario, has recently celebrated 20 years of song. Our main desire is to have fun singing. Always hoping to grow, we invite men of all ages with a similar passion to join. We rehearse every Monday night at the Stouffville United Church, 34 Church St., Stouffville. Choir members hail from across the GTA, from Toronto to Uxbridge. Men of Note is built on a foundation of Fellowship, Community Service and a quest for musical excellence. Our goal is to provide music across many genres, to entertain locally and to develop musical connections with other choirs, both across Canada and abroad. Check out our website for more.

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 per choir year, 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 7:30pm 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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20200402140524 5209560Mississauga 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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20200402140256 1976301 origWith 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 to 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 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 sitelinkKatherine Hamilton

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For 26 years, Oakville Choir has provided exceptional music education and leadership training to young people. We believe providing a fun, safe and educational space for youth to express themselves encourages them to find their voice and use it 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, developing leaders one voice at a time!

canary sitelinkAlan Gotlib

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Oasis 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 sitelinkHelen Coxon

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OrpheusOrpheus seeks 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 accessible works from leading contemporary 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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Hailed 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 sitelinkPeg McCracken

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Peterborough SingersThe Peterborough Singers was founded in 1993 under the energetic and creative leadership of director Sydney Birrell. We are an auditioned 100-voice choir of adults and youth which attracts members and audience from Peterborough, the Kawarthas, and around the Lakeshore. We are committed to featuring new talent and each season introduce one or more emerging soloists. We perform four concerts each year: a Yuletide concert, Handel’s Messiah, an oratorio, and one concert dedicated to music outside the box of regular classical programming.

This season we will be performing the songs of Paul Simon, and we are fortunate to have a director, choir members, and friends who are adept at musical arrangement. Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings from September to May in Peterborough. Auditions take place in May and September.

canary sitelinkJenny Johnston

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Founded 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 Iseler Singers. For information visit their website.

canary sitelinkStephanie Martin

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Schola MagdalenaSchola 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.

canary sitelinkCharlotte

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Serenata Singers is a 60-voice, four-part, community seniors’ choir who rehearse during the day. This fall we begin our 45th year, under the guidance of our accomplished choral director, Leanne Piller. Serenata’s repertoire covers a wide range of music, including classical, show tunes, pop, and folk. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday mornings from September to May at Wilmar Heights Centre, 963 Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough.

Traditionally, 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 voice screening process is performed by our choral director to properly place voices and maintain our performance standards.

canary sitelinkSociety of Singers

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The Society of Singers is a non-auditioned SATB choir that rehearses Wednesdays from 1pm to 3pm at Blythwood Road Church (80 Blythwood Rd). Under the direction of pianist/composer Peter Ness, we sing a wide repertoire of music ranging from classical 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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SoundcrowdSoundCrowd (www.soundcrowd.ca), Toronto’s first large-scale a cappella ensemble, is the brainchild of artistic director Scott Pietrangelo. The group made its concert debut in 2016 alongside former Barenaked Ladies front-man Steven Page at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall. Since then, it has been featured guests on a national TV show (The Social), created viral music videos, appeared together with other notable Toronto-based a cappella groups (Cadence, Countermeasure, Retrocity), sang backup for Jonathan Antoine (Britain's Got Talent), opened for Disney's a cappella sensation DCappella, and performed at Carnegie Hall with choirs from around the world under the direction of Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing Off). SoundCrowd is releasing its debut album, All Voice No Limits on June 13, 2020.

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. Comprising 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 sitelinkKathy Dixon, membership director

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Tempus 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. Last year, we celebrated 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, 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 a successful 2018 European singing tour, we look forward to another adventure soon. New members are heartily welcomed in September and January; please visit our website.

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 an atmosphere of fun and hard work.

Each year, choristers are involved in concerts and events throughout the city. In the spring, they perform a fully staged musical production at a professional theatre. Select past shows: Shrek Jr, Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Oliver, and Fame. Past touring highlights include singing in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry, the 2016 DCINY festival performance at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center as part of the 2019 Serenade Choral Festival in Washington, D.C.

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