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Welcome to VOCA Chorus of Toronto

Welcome to our home on the web! Here you will find information about upcoming concerts and events, as well as details about our artistic staff, guest artists, and past concerts. If you haven’t already done so, please join our mailing list so you’ll be the first to know when we have something new to share.

 

 

What people are saying about us…

“What a thrill that concert was – ALL of it!… I was in seventh heaven during the performance of Magnificat for Turning… a SUPERB performance… brought tears to my eyes.”

— Donald Patriquin (2011)

“I listened to Winter Solstice with pleasure… stellar work with those opening chords… the quality that delighted me most was the sense of narrative… I think it is one of the most ‘loving’ premieres I have ever had…”

— Stephen Hatfield (2012)

“That was a very special concert tonight … a completely inclusive, unpretentious, deeply moving experience.”

— Larry Beckwith (2014)

 

 

VOCA’s 2018 – 2019 SEASON

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

On Saturday, October 6, 7:30 pm at the Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Ave., join VOCA Chorus of Toronto soprano Emily Vick Agnew and artistic director Jenny Crober (at the piano) for “It’s a Grand Night For Singing!” – a fun, music-filled tribute to the brilliant team of Rodgers & Hammerstein! Our show, a fundraiser for VOCA, will include 3 of our talented leads as guests: Sonya Harper Nyby, Janaka Welihinda and Nicholas Borg.
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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Mark your calendars for the VOCA Chorus of Toronto’s “WINTERSONGS” concert: 7:30 pm, Saturday, December 8, 2018.

VOCA will present an engaging and eclectic array of seasonal songs that evening, featuring Celtic and other choral and instrumental selections, with music by Sarah Quartel, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Mark Sirett, Matthew Emery, Jenny Crober, La Bolduc, David Mooney and others.

Our special guests will be Sybil Shanahan (cello) and Celtic multi-instrumentalists Saskia Tomkins (violin, nyckelharpa, Celtic harp) and Steáfán Hannigan (Irish flute, bodhrán, Uilleann pipes).

Please see our PERFORMANCES page for more details.

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Our 9th Annual VOCA CABARET / SILENT AUCTION on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Estonian House, 958 Broadview Ave. will feature several of our multi-talented choristers (including some of our professional leads) as soloists, in duos and in larger ensembles, performing an eclectic array of serious (and silly) musical theatre, jazz, classical, folk and other selections.

Our ever popular Silent Auction will be highlighted at this fully licensed event, which will also feature complimentary savoury and sweet snacks.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm. Our Cabaret will begin at 7:00 pm.
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Our Upcoming Concert


Saturday, April 27, 2019

On Sat., April 27, 2019, 7:30 pm at our EARTH, SEA & SKY II concert at Eastminster United, the VOCA Chorus of Toronto will present a spirited choral celebration of Earth Week, featuring jazz musician Paul Winter‘s stunning – and more timely than ever – tribute to the Earth: the Missa Gaia / Earth Mass. This remarkable work combines divergent musical styles and instrumentation with haunting recordings of a lone tundra wolf, singing Humpback whales and harp seal calls.

We’ll also be performing Cree composer Andrew Balfour‘s riveting Ambe, a wide range of inspiring selections by contemporary Canadian composers Paul Halley, Sarah Quartel and Matthew Emery, and compelling works by Ola Gjeilo and others.

Some of Canada’s most outstanding jazz and classical musicians will be joining us as our guest artists: Alana Bridgewater, vocalist, Colleen Allen, sax, Shawn Grenke, organ, Roberto Occhipinti, bass, Mark Kelso, drums & percussion and Juan Carlos Medrano, percussion.

This will be an extraordinary evening of music… a concert not to be missed!

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Our Previous Concert

Saturday, May 5, 2018

At our Saturday, May 5, 2018 DREAMSONGS concert, the VOCA Chorus of Toronto was thrilled to present the Canadian Premiere of DREAMWEAVER, a remarkable major work by the world-renowned composer, Ola Gjeilo, featuring our accompanist Elizabeth Acker, with soprano soloist Ellen McAteer and the VOCA Chamber Strings Orchestra.

We were joined by several other guest artists that evening: Jason Fowler, guitar; Jeremy Potts and Jennifer Burford, violin; Alex McLeod, viola and Mary-Katherine Finch, cello.