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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)

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to public health mandates related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to postpone our “STAR SONGS” concert at Roy Thomson Hall on April 9th.  Fortunately, this landmark event will be reschedulled in 2021 – Date TBA. 

We also had to postpone our “STAR SONGS” Spring concert at Eastminster United on May 9th, but are hoping to perform this performance – public health protocols permitting – in April 2021 – TBA.  

We wish to express our sincere thanks for your support and understanding under these unprecedented and uncertain circumstances, and very much look forward to seeing you at our upcoming performances.  

 

VOCA’s 2020 – 2021 Season

 

BROADWAY NORTH

Saturday, November 14, 2020

On Saturday, November 14, 7:30 pm, join the VOCA Chorus of Toronto’s Emily Vick Agnew, soprano and Jenny Crober, artistic director (and principal cabaret pianist) for “BROADWAY NORTH” – a fabulous tribute to musicals with a Canadian connection, and a VOCA Chorus fundraiser.

Sharing the stage with co-hosts/directors/performers Jenny and Emily will be several special guests, including all of VOCA’s professional staff: Elizabeth Acker (pianist), Dallas Chorley (soprano), Lindsay Connolly (mezzo), Kevin Mulligan (tenor), Lee Clapp (tenor), Jacques Arsenault (tenor on-leave), Parker Clements (baritone) and Korin Thomas-Smith (baritone). Also featured will be VOCA’s Tom Roedding (baritone) and recent Sheridan Musical Theatre grads Liam Crober-Best (tenor) and Tevra Plamondon (soprano).

Our cabaret / VOCA fundraiser will be a virtual delight, featuring a variety of solos and duets, stories and background info., along with trivia games, quizzes and a raffle or two… all in an intimate setting (what could be more intimate than your own living room?).  

Tickets (online only) are only $20.00: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/broadway-north-voca-cabaret-fundraiser-tickets-125721316843

If you are unable to attend the cabaret – and even if you can make it – and would like to donate to the VOCA Chorus of Toronto, we would be very grateful.  You can make a payment in one of three ways:

– By cheque to the VOCA Chorus of Toronto c/o Mark Gold, 86 Harcourt Ave., Toronto ON M4J 1J2.

– By INTERAC e-transfer to payments@vocachorus.ca

– By making a donation online:      https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/vocachorus/

All donations will receive a charitable tax receipt, as well as recognition in our concert programmes.

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ROY THOMSON HALL!

Postponed until Spring 2021 – TBC

More exciting news for the VOCA Chorus of Toronto for Spring 2020!  We’re thrilled and honoured to have been invited to perform a concert as part of ROY THOMSON HALL’s 23rd Annual Choir & Organ Concert Series on Thursday, April 9, 2020, 12:00 pm at Roy Thomson Hall!  (https://www.roythomsonhall.com/tickets/voca-chorus-of-toronto/)

VOCA will be performing “STAR SONGS”, a choral and instrumental celebration of stars and the night sky, featuring works by Paul Halley, Kurt WeillĒriks Ešenvalds, Eleanor Daley and others.  

We’re also thrilled to be featuring a world premiere, “Anang (The Star)”, written in Obijway and English by the renowned Cree composer, Andrew Balfour.  (http://cameratanova.com/16/about-us/artistic-director/)

VOCA will be joined by 3 fabulous guest artists, all of whom have previously performed with our ensemble: Shawn Grenke, organ, Colleen Allen, sax and Jamie Drake, percussion.  

We hope to see you at this free concert, our Roy Thomson Hall debut!

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STAR SONGS

Postponed until Spring 2021 – TBC

On Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 7:30 pm, the VOCA Chorus of Toronto will present “STAR SONGS”, our annual Spring concert at Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Ave. at Jackman/Chester Station).

VOCA will be presenting a choral and instrumental celebration of stars and the night sky, featuring an array of reflective, lively and inspiring selections by Paul Halley, Eleanor Daley, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Kurt Weill and others.

We’re thrilled that our concert will also feature a newly commissioned work, “Anang (The Star)” by the renowned Cree composer, Andrew Balfour.  (http://cameratanova.com/16/about-us/artistic-director/)

Our fabulous guest artists, all of whom have previously shared the stage with VOCA, will be Shawn Grenke, organ, Colleen Allen, sax and Jamie Drake, percussion.    

 

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RECENT EVENTS

 

POPCORN & PLAYBILLS

Friday, October 11, 2019

On Friday, October 11, 7:30 pm at The Social Capital, 154 Danforth Ave., (2nd floor), join VOCA Chorus of Toronto soprano Emily Vick Agnew and artistic director Jenny Crober for “POPCORN & PLAYBILLS”, a music-filled tribute to movie musicals.  

We’ll be featuring several special guests, including three of our wonderful professional leads, Lindsay Connolly (mezzo), Parker Clements (baritone) and Kevin Mulligan (tenor), along with several multi-talented grads of Sheridan’s renowned Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program, Liam Crober-Best (tenor), Tevra Plamondon (soprano), Aidan Burke (baritone) and Gunho Kwak (baritone).  

Our cabaret / VOCA fundraiser will be a delight for the senses, featuring a huge variety of solos, duets and larger ensembles from movie musicals from past to present, complete with vintage costumes & video projections – all in an intimate setting with cabaret-style seating, fully licensed bar… & FREE POPCORN! ______________________________________________________________________________

 

COMFORT & JOY

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Mark your calendars for 7:30 pm on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Eastminster United Church (310 Danforth Ave. at Jackman/Chester Station) for VOCA’s eclectic and engaging choral celebration of the season, “COMFORT & JOY”.

We will present Antonio Vivaldi’s magnificentGloria”, with soloists Dallas Chorley, soprano and Lindsay Connolly, mezzo soprano, as well as Ralph Vaughan Williams‘ lush setting of folk carols, Fantasia on Christmas Carols”, featuring baritone Parker Clements, accompanied by guest artists, the VOCA Chamber Orchestra

A wide variety of seasonal selections in our 2nd half will include works by Ola Gjeilo (“The Rose“), Elise Letourneau (“Ave Maria for Mary Tevlin“)Mark Sirett (“Christmas in Carrick“)Pentatonix (“Carol of the Bells“), Karen Rymal (“Maoz Tzur”), a quirky version of “Jingle Bells”, and our finale by Karl Jenkins (“In Dulci Jubilo”), which will feature all of our performers.

Our ever-popular, annual carol sing-along, fabulous raffle and scrumptious home-baked goods sale will round out this evening of music… a perfect way to welcome the holiday season!

Hope to see you there!

*https://mailchi.mp/23e2dd24eb3a/join-the-voca-chorus-of-toronto-for-comfort-and-joy-on-sat-dec-7-2019?e=11b02b39a6

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10th ANNIVERSARY CABARET

VOCA 2020 Cabaret and Silent Auction

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Come celebrate the VOCA Chorus of Toronto’s 10th ANNIVERSARY CABARET / SILENT AUCTION!

VOCA’s major annual fundraiser – our landmark, 10th Anniversary event – will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 in The Grand Hall at The Estonian House, 958 Broadview Ave., at Fulton Ave.  (*Free parking!)

Our Cabaret will feature performances by numerous choristers, including our professional leads, along with some special guests.  Soloists, duos, and larger ensembles will perform a vast array of musical theatre, jazz, classical, folk and other vocal and instrumental selections – both serious and silly.  We’ll also be featuring folk dancers in full costume.

Our ever-popular Silent Auction, which will feature a huge array of offerings, will be highlighted at this fully-licensed event, which will also feature complimentary appetizers, as well as a scrumptious 10th Anniversary cake – designed and baked by one of our sopranos – courtesy of Dough Bakery on the Danforth.

Doors will open and the Auction will begin at 7:00 pm.  Our Cabaret will begin at 7:30 pm.  Tickets are available online and via choristers.

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SPRING 2019

 

EARTH, SEA & SKY II 

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 presented a spirited choral celebration of Earth Week. Our featured work, jazz musician Paul Winter‘s remarkable – and more timely than ever – tribute to the Earth, the “Missa Gaia / Earth Mass”, combined divergent musical styles and instrumentation with haunting recordings of a lone tundra wolf, singing Humpback whales and harp seal calls.

We also performed 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 joined 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.