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Volume 19 Issue 8 - May 2014

  • Text
  • Choir
  • Toronto
  • Jazz
  • Arts
  • Concerts
  • Theatre
  • Musical
  • Choral
  • Singers
  • Festival
Includes the 2014 Canary Pages directory of choirs.


CANARY PAGES● Singing OUT! The Lesbian and GayChorus of Toronto (LGBTQ Chorus)ST. SIMON-THE-APOSTLE PARISH CHOIR…comparable to that which is made of the voyces of Men where…Singing Out is Toronto’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender, and Queer Community Chorus. Weare a mixed-voice, non-auditioned chorus – a rarityin LGBTQ communities across North America.But Singing Out is more than just a choir. Above all,Singing Out is a community. Our mission is PRIDE.MUSIC. BELONGING. We are proud of who weare, of our history, and of our accomplishments.We show our pride through music that entertainsas it speaks to us and about us, to our audiencesand to the wider community. We create a warm andwelcoming space where everyone who enjoys singingand learning can find a place to belong and have fun.We welcome different levels of experience, as well asdiverse backgrounds and identities. We sing together,and we sing out.CHARLIE ANDREWSexecdirector@singingout.comsingingout.comtheWholeNote 2014/15 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY● Rainbow ChorusWaterloo-WellingtonThe Rainbow Chorus began as a queer-positive spacefor people to get together to sing and perform. Sincethen we have grown to an SATB choir of close to 50members. Based in Guelph, the Rainbow Chorusgathers LGBT people and friends from the Waterloo-Wellington region, including many small townsthroughout central-western Ontario. We are thelargest LGBT choir outside of a major centre. Wehave performed at Unison festivals, Carnegie Hall,Pride celebrations, GSA conferences, our two annualconcerts and many outreach and public awarenessevents – all as an amateur, non-auditioned choir.Along the way we have become a strong, supportivecommunity – a lot like family – for our members. Thisyear we celebrate our 20th anniversary.SUE● Ruckus: The UTSC Alumniand Community ChoirRuckus: The UTSC Alumni and Community Choiris a non-auditioned mixed-voice Choir. Foundedin the spring of 2013 by Brian Chang, the choir ishosted by the Department of Arts, Culture and Mediaat the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.The choir provides a place for voices who have gonethrough the music program and for anyone whowants to continue to engage with music. The ensemblehas performed at UTSC as well as at the ScarboroughGuild Alive with Culture festival and ScarboroughCivic Centre. Singing a variety of contemporaryworks with a respect for diversity in music, the choircontinues to provide an empowering, anti-oppressive,accessible, fun and dynamic environment formusic. Rehearsals follow the UTSC term schedule.BRIAN● Serenata ChoirOur choir is known as Huronia’s Choral Jewel!Membership is open to all adults in the community.Our repertoire includes, in addition to classical choralcompositions, music adapted for choral presentationfrom jazz, folk, blues, rock, Broadway and popularmusic. We respond to requests from the communityto perform in support of charity and other local initiatives.We are governed by a volunteer Board (of eightmembers) whose mandate is to maintain a balancebetween artistic priorities and fiscal responsibility.In order to provide quality choral performances tothe community at affordable prices, we raise fundsto support choir expenses through business advertisingand an annual silent auction, and by attractingcorporate and individual sponsors.MONICA● Serenata SingersThe Serenata Singers are 70 retired musicians singingfour-part harmony in our 38th season. Under thedirection of Joshua Tamayo, our amazing youngconductor, we tackle a wide selection of musicincluding classical, show tunes, pop, folk andopera. Rehearsals are Wednesdays during the dayfrom September to May at Wilmar Heights Centre,963 Pharmacy Ave. In early May we present twoconcerts at the Chinese Cultural Centre’s theatrein Scarborough (“Timeless Classics II,” May 6 and7, 2014). The choir welcomes new members with afriendly audition.JOSHUA TAMAYO,● St. James Cathedral Parish ChoirThe St. James Cathedral Parish Choir is a volunteerchoir of mixed voices. There are four paid sectionleaders. The Parish Choir sings at the 9am SundayEucharist at St. James Cathedral every week andrehearses on Thursday nights from 7pm to 8pm.VICKI ST.● St. Michael’s Choir SchoolSince 1937, St. Michael’s Choir School has served theArchdiocese of Toronto by educating and training theboys’ choirs that sing every weekend at St. Michael’sCathedral. Founded by Monsignor J.E. Ronan, theschool is unique in offering an enriched academicprogram, including extended French instruction, integratedwith a lively ministry of sacred music. Choirsfrom St. Michael’s Choir School perform annually ontour and at many local concerts and events. Duringthe school year, they sing three weekly Masses at St.Michael’s Cathedral. School alumni are active inToronto and beyond, performing in choral groups,operas and more. St. Michael’s Choir School acceptsboys grades 3 to 12. Auditions are held yearly betweenJanuary and March.KATE ROSSER-DAVIES416-397-6367 x6043events@smcs.on.casmcs.on.ca42

St. Simon-the-Apostle Parish ChoirThe parish of St. Simon’s greatly values worshiprooted in the rich liturgical tradition of the AnglicanChurch, and the beauty and power of excellencein music. The Adult Choir is highly regarded, witha repertoire that extends from medieval chant to21st-century anthems, motets and spirituals. Thoughthe choir is largely volunteer, many of its membershave had extensive training or experience as choraland solo singers. Under the direction of RobinDavis, the choir provides musical leadership at theSunday 10:30am weekly worship service, includingfull mass settings. Carol Services are presented forAdvent and Christmas. Annual concerts feature majorworks, with soloists and instrumental ensemble. Thechoir’s repertoire includes a number of speciallycommissioned works.ROBIN SingersLooking for a summer choir to join? Look no further!The Summer Singers is a fun and music-lovingadult ensemble of over 60 voices. The choir meetsWednesday evenings 6:30pm to 8:30pm in June andJuly (eight weeks) at Bloor Street United Church, 300Bloor St. W., Toronto. Repertoire is a cool mix offolk, pop, standards, classical and more. An informalconcert is presented on the last evening. No audition.Membership for 2014 is 0.LINDA EYMAN, music director416-455-9238linda@thetorontosingingstudio.cathetorontosingingstudio.caTafelmusik Chamber ChoirThe Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, directed by IvarsTaurins, is one of Canada’s leading ensembles specializingin historically informed performances of themusic of the 17th and 18th centuries. Formed in 1981,it has been praised for its clarity, nuance and brilliance.The choir joins the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestrafor its subscription series at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre,George Weston Recital Hall and Koerner Hall, andfor its annual performances of Handel’s Messiah and“Sing-Along Messiah.” The choir regularly collaborateswith Opera Atelier. Auditions are held asrequired to fill vacancies.TALIA HARRISON-Marcassa416-964-9562 x226taliahm@tafelmusik.orgtafelmusik.orgTallis ChoirFounded in 1977, the Tallis Choir, directed by PeterMahon, specializes in renaissance choral musicbut performs a wide variety of musical styles. Thechoir will finish another highly successful season onMay 10 when the Cardinal Consort of Viols joins it…the voyces are good, and the same well sorted and ordered…for “The Merry Harp and the Viol.” The 2014/15season features “Songs of War and Remembrance”in October, “Purcell’s Messiah” in November, “LasMañanitas: A Baroque High Mass in New Spain”in March and “Triumphs of Renaissance France”in May. Guest appearances are also planned forBarrie and at the Sony Centre, Toronto. Rehearsalsare Wednesday evenings at Trinity College, Universityof Toronto.BEV JAHNKE416-467-5961bjahnke@sympatico.catallischoir.comTapestry Chamber ChoirTapestry Chamber Choir was founded in 1988 andhas developed into a desirable choir for singers as wellas a rewarding experience for our audiences. Underthe musical direction of Tony Browning, Tapestryenjoys “weavings of song” while exploring the artistryof composers of any period. Recent pairings with theYork Chamber Ensemble have been most successful.If interested in joining our choir (basses particularlywelcome) please contact us in August or earlySeptember. Tapestry presents concerts in December,March and June.CATHERINE BRYDON905-836-8589tapestrychoir@sympatico.catapestrychoir.caTempus Choral SocietyThe Tempus Choral Society is a 100-voice SATBcommunity choir based in Oakville and founded asa millennium project by director Brian Turnbull. Itsrepertoire encompasses contemporary, Broadway,Great American Songbook, gospel, classical and jazz.Tempus has sung with the Canadian Male OrpheusChoir and the Sankt Annae Youth Choir of Denmark,and at many festivals including the Charleston InternationalChoral Festival. Recently, Tempus attendedthe 2012 World Choir Games, where they placedthird in the jazz category. They most recently sangthe Messiah at the Lincoln Center on December 1,2013. Its choristers are an eclectic bunch with manymusical interests, which is why break-out groups,including a high-powered male quartet, add to thesparkle of Tempus performances.KARENA DE SOUZAtempuschoralsociety@gmail.comtempuschoralsociety.comThat ChoirNow in its sixth year, That Choir combines a highstandard of performance with storytelling throughchoral music, as one of Toronto’s most excitinga cappella ensembles. Formed in 2008 by artisticdirector Craig Pike and fourteen of his theatreschool classmates, That Choir now draws togethertwenty auditioned singers with diverse backgroundsin work and study. In addition to their annual selfproducedconcert series, That Choir was featured asthe special guest choir at Choirs Ontario’s weekendchoral festival Sing Ontario! in January 2014 and willbe opening the Colours of Music Festival in Barrie inthe fall of 2014. That Choir released their self-titled,debut album in the spring of 2012; it is available forpurchase through their website.CRAIG PIKE416-419-1756info@thatchoir.comthatchoir.comTimothy Eaton MemorialChurch Choir SchoolFounded in 1976 by David Ouchterlony, the TEMCChoir School introduces young singers aged 6 to18 to the joy of making music together. Under theenthusiastic direction of music director Elaine Choi,choristers perform music from many genres, fromclassical to gospel to jazz. Choirs perform at twoSunday services per month, September throughMay. The choir school also performs in communityoutreach performances, sings in Christmas eventsTEMPUS CHORAL LSOCIE SOCIETYtheWholeNote 2014/15 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORY43

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