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Volume 20 Issue 8 - May 2015

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CANARY PAGESWelcome to the THIRTEENTHedition of The WholeNote’s annualCanary Pages, as we continue toprovide an opportunity for SouthernOntario choirs to introducethemselves to individuals of all agesseeking places to sing or listen tosome music, in every genre and atevery level of skill and commitment.The 116 choirs in our directory thisyear cover an incredible range ofmusic-making: choirs that havethrived for decades, new groupsbreaking energetically into the scene,powerful choruses of hundreds ofvoices, small and intimate chamberchoirs, children’s groups, ensemblesenhancing worship and choirsconnecting communities across theprovince. So, if you are new to thearea, a lapsed chorister looking tostart singing again, on the hunt fornew musical challenges or thinkingof taking the plunge for the very firstCANADIAN CHILDREN’S OPERA COMPANYtime, this is the perfect place to start.And if a choir you are involved withmissed the deadline for this printedition, it can still apply to the onlinedirectory all year round.If flipping through the physical pagesdoesn’t strike your fancy, be sure tocheck out,where we have a search function thatallows you to narrow your search bylocation, audition type, choir size, agerange and more! Happy perusing!THE 2015 CANARY PAGES TEAMPROJECT MANAGER Karen AgesDIRECTORY SALES & SERVICES Adrienne SurteesPROJECT EDITOR Sara ConstantPROOFREADER Kevin KingLAYOUT & DESIGN Susan SinclairWEBSITE, SURVEYS & MAPPING Bryson WinchesterFor more information contactcanary@thewholenote.comor phone Karen at 416-323-2232 x26.●The Achill Choral SocietyThe Achill Choral Society began as a communitychoir in 1982, drawing members from an area northwestof Toronto. We gather Wednesday evenings torehearse repertoire. Our membership is around 85 andwe are a mixed, auditioned adult choir. Each Christmasand spring, we perform concerts in the churches andhalls of our communities, including Alliston, Beeton,Bolton, Bradford, Caledon, Caledon East, Orangeville,Shelburne and Tottenham. We are led by A.Dale Wood. His lifelong musical career also includesdirecting the Georgetown Choral Society and GeorgetownChildren’s Chorus, as well as teaching lessons inpiano, voice, organ and composition. Thanks to thecommitment and vision of our director, the choir maintainsan excellent standard of performance, attractingguest soloists and accompanists of the highest calibre.CATHERINE● All Saints Kingsway ChoirAll Saints Kingsway Choir provides musical leadershipat weekly Sunday morning Eucharists, FestivalEvensongs, community outreach projects and concertsyear-round. The choir has toured notable UK cathedrals,recorded two CDs and performed throughoutToronto. Recent performances included BenjaminBritten’s A Ceremony of Carols; festal celebrations withthe drumming ensemble Beyond Sound Empijah andthe Michael Occhipinti Jazz Quartet, and MauriceDuruflé’s Requiem with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale.New members are always welcome to the Music atAll Saints Kingsway family. Come and be a part of afantastic choral and instrumental creative community.BRAINERD BLYDEN-TAYLOR,director of music416-233-1125● Amadeus Choir of Greater TorontotheWholeNote 2015/16 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORYA part of Toronto’s arts community for 41 years, theaward-winning Amadeus Choir comprises a membershipfrom all parts of the GTA and surrounding areas.Led by conductor and artistic director Lydia Adamssince 1985, the ACGT performs the best of choral musicand premieres works of Canadian and internationalcomposers through a self-produced Toronto concertseries, guest performances and special events. Known wellbeyond Toronto through tours, recordings and nationwideand international radio broadcasts, the AmadeusChoir partners and collaborates with many professionalperforming arts organizations in the GTA. The Choiralso engages in educational and community outreachthrough choral workshops for students, music educators,composers and conductors. Annual auditions are heldin May and June. Phone the choir office for information.OLENA JATSYSHYN, GM416-446-0188olena@amadeuschoir.comamadeuschoir.comC2

● Annex Singers of TorontoThe Annex Singers of Toronto is a vibrantcommunity choir delivering an eclectic repertoirewith spirit and sophistication. Now in its 36th season,the 60-voice choir performs classical and contemporaryrepertoire, including premieres of Canadianworks. The Annex Chamber Choir is a 20-voiceensemble drawn from the larger choir, presentingworks from the chamber repertoire. Director MariaCase’s dynamic leadership and programmingcontinue to invigorate the choir, attracting newmembers and wider audiences. We typically presenttwo formal concerts each year and close the seasonwith a cabaret. Experienced singers should contactour membership coordinator through our website toarrange an audition. We rehearse Monday eveningsat St. Thomas’s Church, 383 Huron St.RICHARD PARTINGTON416-968-7747rparting88@gmail.comannexsingers.comBACH CHILDREN’S CHORUS● ASLAN Boys Choir of Toronto● Bach Children’s Chorus● Bel Canto SingersThe ASLAN Boys Choir is built upon the twin principlesof musical excellence and healthy characterdevelopment for young men. Since its formation afew years ago, the choir has grown into a lively organizationwith a reputation for imaginative concerts.In addition to many musical activities, the boys areinvolved in science experiments and visits to places ofinterest that support our wider educational platform.Conveniently based in midtown Toronto, theASLAN Boys Choir always welcomes boys aged 7to 13 and their families to participate in our musicmakingand community. The 2015/16 seasonincludes an “ASLAN Lessons and Carols” concertwith a brass ensemble in December, several performancesin conjunction with the Sick Kids hospital anda short trip to Ottawa.THOMAS● Bach Chamber Youth ChoirThe Bach Chamber Youth Choir, now in its 20thseason, is an award-winning SATB choir for boys withchanged or changing voices and girls aged 16 yearsand up. Award-winning conductor Linda Beaupré hasled BCYC to first place honours at the local, provincialand national levels of the Canadian Federationof Music Festivals. As the senior level of the BachChildren’s Chorus, BCYC performs at two annualconcerts at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Additionalperformances include a cabaret-style concertand a benefit concert. BCYC rehearses Sunday eveningson the Danforth, by Chester Station. Auditionsare held in May and November. Interested youthare welcome to observe a Sunday evening rehearsal.JANE GREENWOOD416-431-0790info@bachchildrenschorus.cabachchildrenschorus.caBach Children’s Chorus, now in its 27th season,is an award-winning organization of three treblevoicechoirs and one mixed voice choir (BachChamber Youth Choir – see separate listing). Ledby founder and artistic director Linda Beaupré, anaward-winning Toronto conductor and clinician,these choirs have a membership of 200 young people,aged 6 and up. Training is offered in vocal technique,sight-singing and theory. BCC rehearses weekly inScarborough, performs as a Company-in-Residenceat the Toronto Centre for the Arts and appears regularlyat Toronto events. Each choir participates inweekend festivals, workshops and concerts with otheryouth choirs and world-renowned clinicians. BCChas released six solo CDs and has won provincialand national choral awards.JANE● Bach Elgar Choir of HamiltonThe Bach Elgar Choir is the leading symphonicchoir in the Hamilton/Burlington region and thesecond-oldest choral organization in Canada. Thechoir presents a three- or four-concert season of classicaland contemporary repertoire with both organand orchestral accompaniment and outstandingCanadian soloists. Now entering its 110th year, theBach Elgar Choir is planning another interestingand varied season for 2015/16 and invites interestedsingers to come and join us and enjoy the stimulationand experience of our outstanding conductor AlexanderCann. We have openings in all sections andwould welcome you! For an audition call 905-527-5995 or send us an e-mail.DAVID DUFF/PAM COLLINS905-527-5995info@bachelgar.combachelgar.comDirected by Linda Meyer, the Bel Canto Singers isa 40- to 50-voice, community-based SATB choir thatprovides good music, fun and fellowship. Auditionsto determine voice range are required. We performtwo concerts per year, fall and spring. We also singin seniors’ residences and at fundraisers for otherorganizations. Repertoire is varied and includes folk,movie music, swing, spirituals, Broadway and classicalselections. Rehearsals are 7:30pm to 10pm, Tuesdays,at St. Nicholas Anglican Church, Warden andKingston, Birchcliff.JULIA● Bell’Arte SingersDirected by Brenda Uchimaru, Bell’Arte Singersis a choir of advanced amateur singers, music educators,music students and professionals who value thecommunity created by making music together andsharing this music with others. The choir performsa mix of global and traditional choral repertoirefrom all periods and integrates into its performancesthe work of other artists through dance, multimediaand storytelling. The choir performs three concertsper season. Rehearsals are Saturday mornings from10am to 12:30pm at the Toronto Mennonite Centreon Queen St. E., in the beautiful Beach neighbourhoodof Toronto.ANNE LEE416-850-0904manager@bellartesingers.cabellartesingers.catheWholeNote 2015/16 CANARY PAGES DIRECTORYC3

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