MAKING HARMONY with CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR!

Community-building through music.

Where there is a will and a place made for creativity, the arts can flourish and change the world. My recent personal experience singing with Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir!, even just for a few months, has shown me this is true. The arts can open our eyes and hearts in so many ways, bringing people together in a creative cause. Music, for me, is especially emotional and powerful; singing in three-part harmony as part of a group is not only fun and therapeutic regardless of your ability, but the good vibes spread far beyond those nights in the back room of Clinton’s bar, creating new friendships, memories and inspiration about what’s possible to achieve as a group coming together.

Through music, C!C!C! is a force for good, enriching the lives of the Choir members and our communities. Whether it’s simply by making people smile as they stop to listen on nights that Choir takes their harmonies outside to Bloor Street West, or by cheering on a Choir member who is inspired by all the love in the room to propose to his beloved partner right then and there, or by pulling off large community Choir nights to raise funds for charitable causes, Choir! Choir! Choir!’s music inspires good-will and more caring, supportive communities — and we could all use more of that in our lives.

Recently, more than $60,000 was raised by Choir! Choir! Choir! to support a Syrian refugee family coming to Toronto. And, just announced today, the Choirmasters have orchestrated a major tribute in memory of Prince at Massey Hall that will benefit Regent Park School of Music as well as Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall’s Share the Music program. Amazing! Kudos to C!C!C!’s charismatic leaders Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman (aka DaBu) for giving Toronto Choir! Choir! Choir!. I’m amazed at what can happen when people come together to share a creative endeavour. It’s a privilege to be even a small part of the harmony.

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

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THEATRICAL IMPRESSIONS

The wonder and awe I experienced as a spectator watching my first live theatre performance happened when I was about eight or so, and it made a huge impression. It was a production of Anne of Green Gables at the Huron Country Playhouse, a wonderful, intimate summer theatre in a converted barn near Grand Bend, Ontario. I remember having a hard time believing at first that those were real live people up there on stage! But they were! How could they get up in front of so many people and remember all those lines? The actors and set design captivated me and my eyes were opened to the magic and creativity of live theatre. What’s your favourite memory of an eyeopening arts experience?

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