Welcome to The Canary Pages - The WholeNote’s 21st annual directory of Ontario choirs.

We hope you’ll enjoy browsing these profiles where choirs introduce themselves, in their own words. Are you new to the region, maybe a lapsed chorister looking to sing again? 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 large choruses, 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 rich world of choral music just waiting for you to discover and enjoy. Profiles will be added on an ongoing basis, so please check back frequently for additions and updates.

For information on how to join the Canary Pages (or any of our other "Who's Who" directories, contact canary@thewholenote.com or phone Karen Ages at 416-323-2232 x26.

canary sitelinkGail MacLennan

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Achill Choral Society 2022Achill is a 65-member mixed-voice community choir, which strives to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. We perform a vibrant array of choral music: classical, contemporary, and traditional.

Our artistic director, Shawn Grenke, is also director of music at Eglinton St. George’s United Church in Toronto and the collaborative pianist to the Elmer Iseler Singers. Nancy Dettbarn is our outstanding collaborative pianist. This year we are celebrating our 40th anniversary and will be joined by exceptional guest artists.

From September to May, we rehearse weekly at Westminster United Church in Orangeville, and perform two concert series a year in Alliston, Bolton or Orangeville.

New members are always welcome. To join Achill, simply email us! Visit us at our website or on Facebook.

canary sitelinkKathleen Allan

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Entering into our 50th year of enlivening Toronto's arts community, the award-winning, semi-professional Amadeus Choir consists of auditioned voices from Toronto and surrounding areas. The Choir champions the best of choral music and premieres works of Canadian and international composers through a self-produced Toronto concert series, guest performances, and special events. Known well beyond Toronto through tours, festivals, recordings, and national and international radio broadcasts, the Choir collaborates with many professional performing arts organizations in the GTA. Led by artistic director Kathleen Allan, The Amadeus Choir is proud to take a leading role in educating the next generation of choral musicians by providing workshops for conductors, composers, and students.

canary sitelinkMeriel

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Bel Canto Singers is a four-part adult community choir. Under the guidance of our accomplished music director, Michael Morgan, members enjoy the rewards and challenges of a varied repertoire including classical masters, Broadway and movie tunes, opera choruses and pop songs.

Two choral concerts are performed each year, in May and in December (for Christmas). Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9:30pm, from early September through May at Scarborough Bluffs United Church, 3739 Kingston Road.

We invite experienced and committed choristers to contact us about membership. Please visit our website.

canary sitelinkRobert Hennig

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For over 35 years, as a non-audition community choir located in Brampton, Ontario, we have shared our voices to bring the joy of music with the community. We sing a variety of music from classical choral to contemporary popular music.

BFS has performed with various groups over the years, such as the Brampton Children’s Chorus and St. Roch's High School Choir, to the Great Lakes Symphony Orchestra.

We rehearse on Tuesday nights from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at St. Joseph of Nazareth Church in Brampton. It's a fun, energizing social time at our rehearsals. We encourage those that may not have a music background but enjoy music to come out and give us a try!

For our upcoming season, we are preparing Caribbean-style music mixed with traditional scores for a holiday concert. Then later in the season, a Mozart-inspired concert.

canary sitelinkIan Davies

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20200325213630 ccc 2017 crop tightFounded in 1996 by Dan Surman, BFA, B.Ed, the Canadian Celtic Choir is a London-based SATB choir that has built a solid reputation as one of the most in-demand choirs in SW Ontario. Our artistic director and conductor is Paul Grambo, BMus, MMus and we are accompanied by Stephen Holowitz, B.Mus, B.Ed.

Our repertoire features songs primarily from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, and the Maritimes. Recipient of the Mayor’s Award from the City of London for our cultural contributions to the city, the CCC won Most Popular Classical Choir at the Forest City London Music Awards in 2015. Tours are planned every 3-4 years and Newfoundland is next in 2025. Our most recent CDs are: A Celtic Noel (2013), and Celtic Inspiration (2014) and are available from our website. More recent recordings are available on our YouTube channel.

canary sitelinkCheryll Chung

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Cantabile Chamber SingersWith an emphasis on fostering new talent and an inclusive choral community, Cantabile Chamber Singers is a choir committed to enlightening audiences and attracting a new generation of Canadians to the resonance and enrichment of choral music through a combination of informed interpretation, bringing light to social causes, engaging audiences and innovative programming. Three concerts are held each year and we frequently collaborate with musical groups in the GTA.

We believe in setting high artistic standards amongst our singers, engaging in cultural diversity through our programming, and to promote music written by living and young composers of the present.

We have toured across Canada, participated in various festivals and have been featured in The WholeNote magazine, Choirs Ontario and Chorus America 'Voices" publication. We have a CD available on iTunes and Spotify! You can find us on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Please Subscribe!

canary sitelinkBruce Morrow

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Chorus York is a mixed voice choir for adults of all ages, based in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Led by our passion for singing, we strive to inspire the growth and enjoyment of choral music in our community through the performance of a variety of choral music ranging from Bach to Broadway, Show Tunes to Classical. We are a sought-after community choir that welcomes diversity in its membership and is recognized for performance excellence and strong community ties. Singers who are interested in joining Chorus York may email for additional information.

canary sitelinkArianne Schaffer

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Launched in 2010, City Choir is an exciting non-auditioned SATB choir. We have five Founding Directors - Waleed Abdulhamid, John Millard, Patricia O’Callaghan, Greg Oh, and Suba Sankaran, as well as our Guest Directors - Shannon Butcher, Sophia Grigoriadis, and Jacqueline Teh.

Open to all who love to sing, we perform music of many styles, as well as original compositions. We give two concerts and two cabarets a year. We have sung at the Tranzac Club, the Drake Underground, the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, with the Mixed Choir in “Apocalypsis” (Luminato Festival), and in the “SING!” a Cappella Festival.

canary sitelinkHelen Nestor

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Common Thread Community Chorus 2023Common Thread: Community Chorus of Toronto is a non-audition chorus that 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. One of our goals is to encourage people to sing in their everyday lives.

canary sitelinkTaylor Sullivan

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The Cummer Avenue United Church choir has returned to our newly renovated building at the corner of Cummer Ave. and Yonge St. Final work on the building, including the refurbishment of our three manual Casavant pipe organ is to be completed this spring. We are a group of volunteer singers, supported by professional section-leads, that provide strong musical leadership for Sunday morning worship services throughout the year. We offer a flexible program with a combination of small group ensembles and full choir. Plans are also in place for concerts and other musical events encompassing a wide range of musical styles.

canary sitelinkAlan Gasser

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Echo Womens Choir 2023Celebrating our 32nd year, Echo is a 40-voice, non-auditioned community choir, open to women from all walks of life. Echo performs at city-wide grassroots events, and traditionally holds Fall and Spring concerts. Echo aims to build community with a strong, varied, and vibrant singing culture. Repertoire includes music from worldwide village singing traditions and newly commissioned music. Echo keeps membership fees accessible to all.

Our next session begins Tuesday, September 5, at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto, by the Eaton Centre. We rehearse Tuesday evenings and the occasional Saturday. To join us, register on our website - Singing with Echo. Please enjoy our latest Winter Concert 2022 videos and more!

canary sitelinkEsther Farrell

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The Edison Singers 2023The Edison Singers, a fully professional chamber choir, began in 2019 and were immediately challenged by the starts-and-stops that all performing arts groups faced during the pandemic.

So our 2022/23 season was literally our second new beginning. In November 2022, our first international recording was released under the NAXOS label and titled The First Nowell. The recording received a 4* review in the BBC Magazine. Concerts of Rachmaninoff's Vespers and a delightful offering of Folksongs & Spirituals, rounds out the season.

2023/24 will see Verdi's Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, 'Winter Carols', MacMillan's Seven Last Words, and a Western/Indigenous crosscultural weekend forum of chats and music.

We have an outstanding ensemble of singers - their energy, spirit and commitment to our choir is remarkable and truly inspiring.

canary sitelinkLauren Mayer

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Etobicoke Centennial Choir 2023Now in its 55th season, Etobicoke Centennial Choir (ECC) is an auditioned SATB community choir that enriches both choristers and audiences with inspired performances of diverse repertoire, ranging from classical masterpieces to contemporary compositions and popular music.

ECC offers a challenging and supportive choral experience, facilitated by our music director, collaborative accompanist and professional section leads. Rehearsals are held every Tuesday, September to June, from 7:30pm to 9:45pm at Humber Valley United Church in Etobicoke. New singers are always welcome! Some choral experience and the ability to read music is required.

After a joyous and successful return to live performance, plans for another exciting season of music-making in 2023/24 are being finalized.

canary sitelinkVivian Moens

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Exultate Chamber SingersExultate Chamber Singers is an auditioned group of 30 skilled singers who perform a variety of chamber choir repertoire, both a cappella and accompanied, including many works by Canadian composers. Enriched by its members’ strong musicianship, varied ages, cultural backgrounds, and academic and professional credentials, Exultate forms a passionate, committed ensemble with a wide-ranging repertoire.

Under the direction of artistic director Mark Ramsay, the choir presents an annual four-concert series. In addition, the choir commissions and records new works, collaborates with guest artists, and supports aspiring young music professionals with singing and conducting opportunities. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church, 383 Huron St. Please contact Exultate for audition information.

canary sitelinkJane Stoltz

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Grand Harmony Womens A Cappella Chorus 2023Welcome to Grand Harmony Women's Chorus! We are excited to have you join us in our passion for vibrant four-part a cappella singing. Our multi-award-winning Kitchener-Waterloo show choir is composed of nearly 40 talented singers of all ages, and we can't wait to share the joy of music with you.

Thank you for joining us - we are thrilled to have your energy and enthusiasm as part of our chorus. Let's make beautiful music together!

We empower every voice by enriching the singing experience through education, performance, and competition. Welcoming diverse singers, we create a safe, inclusive, and friendly environment. We are Sweet Adelines 2022 Regional Award Recipients!

canary sitelinkAlbert Wong

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Choral singing contributes to health and happiness. Come sing with us! Harbourfront Chorus is a non-auditioned community choir that meets weekly. We perform a wide range of music that spans from early Renaissance music to contemporary popular songs. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 7:30pm to 9pm at the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre, located at the south-east corner of Queens Quay W. and Bathurst St. from September through May. Please get in touch for more information.

canary sitelinkRon Cheung

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Healey Willan Singers is a women's ensemble with singers coming from all over the GTA region and beyond. The ensemble presents a two-concert season, in December and April. Repertoires range from Chant by Hildegard von Bingen to the latest by Canadian composers, with emphasis on women's composers and lyricists. Our biennial concert, featuring women's composers and poets, is not to be missed. The choir rehearses and performs at Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 151 Glenlake Avenue, Toronto. If you are looking for a small, friendly and relaxing group to make beautiful music, come and join us.

canary sitelinkMatthew Otto

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Incontra Vocal Ensemble is a choral-arts collective of like minded artists comprising conductors, composers, pedagogues, professional-level singers, and emerging artists. Founded in 2013 by Matthew Otto, Incontra (Latin for “encounter”) offers exceptional performance 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 repertoires 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 sitelinkPat Keating

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The Jubilate SingersThe Jubilate Singers is a mixed-voice community choir of 30–35 voices under the direction of Isabel Bernaus. The choir specializes in choral world music sung in original languages and reflecting the cultural diversity of Toronto. We present three concerts a year, plus free community appearances. Our 2023/24 season includes “The Power of Music” in November; a Latin American concert featuring Ariel Ramirez’s Misa criolla with Rodrigo Chavez and Sikuris St. Lawrence in March; and Aharon Harlap’s Requiem and the Fauré Requiem.

We rehearse Tuesday nights. Interested singers are encouraged to sit in on a rehearsal; experienced singers may then book an audition. Those who are not ready to audition may join our Choral Development program for additional training and mentorship. For details, please visit our website.

canary sitelinkMatthew Boutda

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Music is central to worship at Leaside United Church. The rich music program includes the Chancel Choir and the Junior Choir.

The Chancel Choir consists of a group of approximately 20 voices. This includes a professional core and volunteer singers. The choir provides musical leadership at the Sunday 10:30am weekly worship services, and rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

The Junior Choir, under the leadership of Nancy Stewart, provides musical leadership and sings anthems several times a year. We rehearse on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:15pm.


canary sitelinkIan Davies

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London Pro Musica Choir 2023London Pro Musica Choir was founded in 1970 as a chamber choir, organized and run by its members. LPMC was the first, and remains the oldest, unaffiliated concert choir in London with a current membership of approximately 40 singers. The choir has been led by some of Canada’s finest conductors, including Brian Jackson, Howard Dyck, Ken Fleet, Dr. Vicki St. Pierre, Dr. Charlene Pauls and Marcus Howard. Our current Artistic Director/Conductor is Paul Grambo, B.Mus, M.Mus and our accompanist is Hayoon Kim, B.Mus, M.Mus, M.Ed.

Milestones in our history include winning the CBC Choral Competition Award, the recording of 9 CDs, premiering and recording many new works by Canadian composers such as Oliver Whitehead, Gerald Bales, Lydia Adams, and local musicians including Andrew Petrasiunas and Rod Culham.

canary sitelinkJonathan Oldengarm
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Metropolitan United Church 2023Metropolitan United Church (est. 1818) fosters sacred music in downtown Toronto. All are welcome, inclusive of faith, race, gender, and sexual orientation. Met’s programme includes regular services, two concert series, and five ensembles. Met Choir: mixed volunteer and professional adult group, rehearsals Thursday evenings, services on Sunday mornings and feast days. Met Choristers (dir. Dr. Jennifer Martyn): children’s choir, rehearsals on Sunday mornings. Met Handbells: a fun-loving, three-octave Level 3 ensemble, rehearsals Thursday evenings, performances five times per season. Met Silver Band (dir. Fran Harvey): English-tradition brass band, rehearsals Tuesday evenings. Great Heart (dir. Dr. Ben Stein): youth band, performs pop music around social-justice themes. For info, email Director of Music Jonathan Oldengarm.

canary sitelinkBill McLean

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Milton Choristers are a four-part adult community choir who have entertained in the Halton Region for over 54 years. Our season runs from September to June with two major concerts, often including premium guest soloists and musicians. We sing a wide-ranging repertoire from classical to contemporary. Rehearsals are Tuesday nights from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, 170 Main St. East Milton. A love of singing, some sight reading and a sense of rhythm, as well as a sense of humor are definite assets.

The choir is dedicated to helping expand each person's musical ability, however members are also encouraged to spend time outside rehearsals to learn the music. Electronic midi files by section are also available for your learning assistance.

canary sitelinkBrenda

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Mississauga Chamber SingersThe Mississauga Chamber Singers bring clarity and intimacy to great choral masterpieces from a wide range of A Capella works to timeless works for choir and orchestra.

Led by Artistic Director, Mervin William Fick, the choir presents dynamic within a widening scope of the classical choral repertoire.

The Mississauga Chamber Singers performs a diverse season of extensive community engagement events, multi-generational musical education programming and ticketed concerts in a variety of performance spaces within the city.

canary sitelinkLaurent Thibault

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North Halton Community SingersThe North Halton Community Singers, with some 60 amateur singers, started in 1971. Rehearsals are at the Acton Heritage Town Hall every Monday night and we perform at various venues in Halton Hills. The choir is led by interim director Eleanor Wallace (Spring 2023) who has had a long and distinguished career as a music teacher in Georgetown and Oakville.

A non-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, the North Halton Community Singers is a registered charity performing a variety of musical genres, including classical, pop and folk, and from sacred to secular. It has performed at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, the Mississauga Living Arts Centre, and also in Holland and Ireland.

See the website for recorded virtual performances, and our history.

canary sitelinkChoir Manager

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Oriana Womens Choir 2023Oriana is an auditioned ensemble of 24 amateur upper-voice singers who perform at a high artistic standard. The choir has a 50-year history, and this is our 12th season with artistic director Mitchell Pady at the helm. Oriana explores the possibilities in choral music for upper voices, collaborating with diverse artists to push the boundaries of typical musical expectations for upper-voice choirs. We foster the creation of Canadian choral music, regularly commissioning works from Canadian composers. In rehearsal we are focused but friendly, and maintain an inclusive, respectful and supportive environment. Oriana presents a three-concert series every year, and we welcome potential new singers to attend a rehearsal prior to scheduling an audition. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays, 7:30pm to 10pm in the Sheppard-Yonge corridor.

canary sitelinkCynthia Hawkins

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Pax Christi Chorale 2023Pax Christi Chorale is a vital and ambitious 100-voice community choir that attracts a diverse base of passionate singers from across the GTA. We value partnerships and connections to enhance our knowledge, expand our reach, and strengthen relationships within and outside the choral community. The choir champions great choral music and performs a wide range of repertoire, from great historic masterpieces to newly commissioned works. Our overarching aim is to experience the deep joys of choral singing, and to communicate that joy to our audience.

Under the artistic direction of Dr. Elaine Choi, Pax Christi Chorale presents four concerts in 2023/24, including “Christmas Through the Ages” and “Children’s Messiah” in December, and the Canadian premiere of Robert Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories.

canary sitelinkPeg McCracken

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Peterborough Singers 2023The 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 we 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. For the 2023/24 season we will be performing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and The Songbook of Elton John.

Rehearsals are held Wednesday evenings from September to May in Peterborough. We are especially looking for tenors and basses for our 2023/24 season.

canary sitelinkCharlotte

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Serenata Singers is a 50-voice, four-part adult community choir who has been entertaining audiences for over 45 years! Serenata’s repertoire covers a wide range of music, including classical, Broadway tunes, pop, and folk. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday mornings, from September to May, at Scarborough Bluffs United Church, 3739 Kingston Rd., Scarborough. During the year, we perform at seniors’ residences and the season crescendos with two concerts held in the spring. The choir warmly welcomes new members in every vocal range. Anyone interested in joining a fun and caring choir is encouraged to visit our website for further information.

canary sitelinkTafelmusik

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Tafelmusik Chamber ChoirThe Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, specializing in historically informed performances of baroque and classical repertoire, was formed in 1981 as a complement to the Tafelmusik Orchestra. Under the direction of its founder, Ivars Taurins, the choir has been praised for its clarity, nuance, and brilliance.

Founded on the pillars of passion, learning, and artistic excellence, Tafelmusik brings a fresh perspective to historically informed performance.

From dynamic live performances at Jeanne Lamon Hall in Toronto’s historic Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre and stunning Koerner Hall, to international tours, award-winning recordings, and inspiring education programs, Tafelmusik is a musical powerhouse with a reputation for thrilling and delighting audiences.

canary sitelinkVlad Bortnowski

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Toronto Beach Chorale 2023An auditioned concert choir, Toronto Beach Chorale attracts highly motivated singers with excellent musical skills. Besides our concert season, we participate in community events, collaborating with other groups and artists to enhance the quality of life in our neighbourhood. Our choir is a vital musical presence in the Beach, with a reputation for artistic excellence. We work with professional orchestras and ensembles, and we engage professional and emerging soloists in principal solo roles.

Our Artistic Director, Mervin W. Fick, has been transforming choirs, inspiring individuals and raising performance levels of community, church and professional choirs for over 35 years. One of the greatest gifts that Mervin brings to performances and to us, singers under his direction is his skill to inspire truly joyful singing.

canary sitelinkLucas Harris

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Toronto Chamber ChoirToronto Chamber Choir has held a prominent place in Canada’s early music scene since 1968. An accomplished group of 30-40 auditioned singers, TCC specializes in Renaissance and Baroque repertoire, working with period instrumentalists, but also exploring music from other time periods and cultures. TCC usually gives two evening concerts and two afternoon “Kaffeemusiks” that contextualize our repertoire through narration and a multimedia component.

Rehearsals happen Wednesday evenings with occasional Saturday “retreats” featuring guest presenters. Adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols subject to review (vaxxed, masked, distanced), we rehearse in person at Church of the Transfiguration. We are currently seeking new members. Auditions are held anytime by arrangement with the director. We welcome diversity in our membership.

canary sitelinkSasha Anderson

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Toronto Childrens Chorus 2023Under the baton of internationally acclaimed conductor Zimfira Poloz, the Toronto Children’s Chorus is recognized worldwide as a leading choral organization for children and youth. We are committed to offering exceptional choral music education, while cultivating collaboration, leadership, self-discipline, and commitment to excellence. We have four distinct programs: KinderNotes, Training Choirs, Main Choir and Toronto Youth Choir.

Our season runs from September to June. Rehearsals are held on weekday afternoons and evenings. Choristers enjoy exceptional performance opportunities, and our Main and Youth Choir collaborate with esteemed arts organizations like the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Auditions are held in the spring and the fall.

canary sitelinkDebby Blyth

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The Toronto Choral Society has been an integral part of Toronto’s history for more than 175 years. In order to go forward with the highest level of integrity, authenticity and good humour we need to expand our membership. Our new season begins in September, we will be preparing for our traditional Christmas concert (Koerner Hall) as well as a Spring concert of show tunes. We aspire to creatively reflect Toronto’s diverse culture through our music. If you like to sing in the shower and enjoy a weekly evening of socializing, you could be performing with us in the coming season and be a part of a unique musical experience. For info please visit our website!

canary sitelinkKathleen Payne

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Toronto Classical Singers 2023Toronto Classical Singers is the only choir in the country dedicated exclusively to the great choral/orchestral repertoire. Now in its 30th season, the organization continues to celebrate and contribute to the tradition of choral music in Canada.

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 Jurgen Petrenko, the choir gives audiences the opportunity to experience the power and majesty of the human voice featuring the full range of musical possibilities, with soloists and orchestra.

We invite singers to audition, tenors especially. Auditions are usually held in early September with rehearsals on Monday evenings, in mid-town Toronto.

canary sitelinkMatthew Jaskiewicz

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Toronto Concert ChoirThe Toronto Concert Choir (formerly Oakham House Choir) has been based at Toronto Metropolitan University (previously Ryerson University) for over 35 years. We specialize in large-scale choral masterpieces, and are accompanied by the Toronto Sinfonietta orchestra at our two major annual concerts. This season’s Christmas concert, on December 2 at Knox Presbyterian Church, will feature Schubert's Mass in G. We particularly welcome young singers and TMU students, but membership is also open to TMU alumni, faculty and staff, as well as to singers from outside the university. The choir is led by its founding music director, Matthew Jaskiewicz. Choristers willing to learn challenging repertoire are invited to contact us by email for information about openings. We practice weekly on the TMU campus.

canary sitelinkKathleen Stevenson, Director of Artistic Operations

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Toronto Mendelssohn Choir 2023The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is proud to be one of Canada’s oldest, largest, and best-known choral organizations. Under the incredible leadership of maestro Jean-Sébastien Vallée, 2023/24 promises to be a season full of exhilarating performances, including collaborations with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Through its performances, educational programs, and community engagement, the TMChoir aspires to introduce our audiences to choral masterworks from the past and present - making both renowned and lesser-known pieces available, accessible, and inspirational to all.

The TMChoir includes a core of 24 professional singers and 110+ auditioned and experienced volunteer choristers. Auditions take place in May and August. We welcome singers who identify as various races, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations.

canary sitelinkAlan Leonard Sadegursky

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The Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir (TWMVC) was established in 1995 by its founding member and first president, Gwyn Roberts. The choir continues to grow musically under the direction of William Woloschuk and his principal accompanist, Matthew Coons. Our blend of traditional and contemporary music, all sung off book in accordance with tradition, appeals to a broad audience. In September 2017, the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir was invited to perform at the NAFOW (North American Festival of Wales) Gala in Rochester, New York as the featured guest choir. The next travel stop was Newfoundland, in Atlantic Canada in July 2018; we performed four concerts in the east coast of this great country. The Choir is proud of its accomplishments and seeks to continue to grow by attracting new members and supporters.

canary sitelinkMembership Coordinator

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Univox Choir 2023Univox Choir is a mixed-voice community choir for young adults based in Toronto that offers spirited performances of choral music, both old and new. Performed works are primarily a cappella and span a wide range of the choral spectrum; Renaissance madrigals and motets, choral classics, modern composition, spirituals, and international folk songs. Our conductor is Malcolm Cody MacFarlane.

The singers come from a diverse range of musical backgrounds; most have sung in choirs at different times in their lives. Univox aims to fill the niche for young adults who wish to continue to have a rewarding choral experience with others in their age group.

Univox carries the core principles: musical excellence, social responsibility, and relationship building. Every year, Univox Choir selects a local charity partner to support.

canary sitelinkLaurie Evan Fraser

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20200407144724 UCC 19 cropped color adjustedThe Upper Canada Choristers is a mixed-voice community choir with a diverse, inclusive membership that interweaves fun with the commitment to musical excellence and vibrant community service. Past performances have featured collaborations with international choirs, local children’s choirs, professional instrumentalists and singers. Cantemos is an auditioned a cappella latin ensemble within UCC. Led by Artistic Director, Laurie Evan Fraser, the choirs perform two varied 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 rehearsals are generally on Saturdays. The choir streams rehearsals and has produced live-streamed concerts that are accessible on our website.

canary sitelinkNykola Parzei

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Vesnivka ChoirVesnivka Choir, award-winning women’s ensemble established in 1965 by founding artistic director Halyna Kvitka Kondracki, has delighted audiences with its rich repertoire of Ukrainian liturgical, classical and traditional folk music. Its regular concert season comprises three major concerts in the GTA including its popular annual Christmas concert. Vesnivka, together with its partner Toronto Ukrainian Male Chamber Choir (TUMCC), are often joined by area musicians and professional soloists. New singers for both choirs are welcome. Regular rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings at Trident Banquet and Conference Centre, 145 Evans Avenue, Toronto, 7pm to 9pm (Vesnivka); 7:30pm to 9pm (TUMCC).

canary sitelinkVictoria Shalygin

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VIVA Singers Toronto 2023VIVA Singers Toronto is a not-for-profit family of choirs with a mandate to give members, ages four through adult, the opportunity to achieve artistic excellence in a singer-centred, collaborative choral community.

VIVA offers diverse musical programming - including regular performance and international touring opportunities, chorister composition collaborations, musical literacy, Orff-based creation activities, an annual fall Performing Arts Camp and commissioned works and partnerships with distinguished musicians and composers.

We continue to advocate for all voices, and push for inclusivity to ensure that anyone who enjoys music is welcomed - and challenged - at VIVA.

canary sitelinkJenny Crober

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VOCA Chorus of Toronto 2022The VOCA Chorus of Toronto, a dynamic, auditioned ensemble under the direction of Jenny Crober, performs a wide range of repertoire (including Canadian premieres) in collaboration with superb guest artists. VOCA's season consists of concerts, cabaret fundraisers, outreach performances and workshops. Clinicians have included composer Ola Gjeilo, conductor Ivars Taurins and jazz vocalist Dylan Bell.

VOCA will feature a recently commissioned (and just published) work by JUNO-nominated composer Andrew Balfour, along with other contemporary, jazz and musical theatre selections at our "Shining Night" concert, with guests Colleen Allen, sax; Shawn Grenke, organ; and Jamie Drake, percussion. We will also be performing in Roy Thomson Hall’s Choir and Organ Concert series in April 2023. Rehearsals are on Mondays at Eastminster.

canary sitelinkRon Cheung

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Voices 2023Voices is a mixed voice chamber choir in Toronto, and the choir will celebrate our 25th anniversary season finale with a performance of J. S. Bach's Mass in B minor on Saturday, June 3, 2023. The choir performed music from plainchant to contemporary compositions in various languages. Voices presents a three-concert season in December, March/April and early June, plus other engagements throughout the GTA. Rehearsals are in downtown Toronto at St. Thomas's Church, 383 Huron Street, and our performing venue is in Toronto's west end at Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 151 Glenlake Avenue, near High Park. Auditions are available throughout the season.

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We are a mixed-voice, secular community choir serving Roncesvalles/Parkdale/Junction and surrounding communities. We perform two concerts per season as well as guest appearances at other community events, such as “Roncy Rocks" and the Roncesvalles Tree Lighting Ceremony. Music is a mix of pop, contemporary choral, folk, and musical theatre. Our vibe is fun and social, with a focus on community engagement and shared music-making. We have a mix of seasoned choristers and novices, and there are no auditions. We value diversity of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, education, and political perspective and are open to all. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings 7:30pm to 9pm at Roncesvalles United Church. Scholarships are available, with priority to equity-seeking folks. Accessible.

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Windsor Classic Chorale 2023Founded in 1977 by director emeritus Richard Householder, the Windsor Classic Chorale has become a core component of the local arts community, dedicated to achieving artistic excellence by maintaining a high level of musicianship with a rich palette of ambitious choral works. The "WCC" considers it a privilege to perform in the Windsor-Essex County community. Their love for choral music is what brings them together.

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