Performances

UPCOMING EVENTS


SPRING 2024

“Earth, Sea & Sky III”: May 11


⭐️ Join the VOCA Chorus of Toronto on Saturday, May 11 for “Earth, Sea & Sky III”, a vibrant & eclectic choral & instrumental celebration.

Our concert will feature stunning selections by JUNO-nominated Cree composer Andrew Balfour, including *Anang (A Star)” (commissioned and premiered by VOCA and recently published by Cypress Music); glorious works, including Tundra and “Across the Vast, Eternal Sky” by Ola Gjeilo for chorus, string quartet and piano; Cree Dene composer Sherryl Sewepagaham‘s compelling Waniska (Wake Up!); London, Ontario’s Sarah Quartel‘s joyous soprano/alto “Songbird”; and Peter Schickele‘s exuberant tenor/bass sea shanty, “Jonah’s Song“.

Other works will include Canadian singer/songwriter Wade Hemsworth‘s classic, the “Log Driver’s Waltz; a powerful and evocative setting by David Dickau of Canadian poet Archibald Lampman‘s “Voices of Earth“; and spellbinding, sea-themed selections by two Nova Scotians: an excerpt from Scott Macmillan‘s “The Celtic Mass for the Sea” and Donna Rhodenizer‘s “The Love of the Sea”.

(*We were thrilled that the international choral Facebook page ‘The Choir Project’ recently posted Anang (A Star), featuring VOCA’s April 2022 world premiere and background information by Artistic Director Jenny Crober: https://www.facebook.com/TheChoirProject/posts/Anang/AStar.)

Our fabulous, versatile guest artists will be Alex Cheung, violin/fiddle, Suhashini Arulanandam, violin, Laurence Schaufele, viola, mandolin, Sybil Shanahan, cello, and Jamie Drake, percussion. *They’ll also be performing lively reels arranged for string quartet by Alex Cheung.

Artistic Director: Jenny Crober

Collaborative Pianist: Dakota Scott-Digout

Professional Leads: Soprano Noelle Slaney, mezzo Amanda Weatherall, tenors Evan MorinAdam Wicks & Carlo Cormier & baritones Parker Clements & Lachlan Mason (*Find out more about our artistic staff here: VOCAChorusofToronto/ArtisticStaff.)

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. at Jackman (near Chester subway; fully accessible)

Tickets (Eventbrite): $30; $15 Students: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voca-chorus-of-toronto-earth-sea-sky-iii-sat-may-11-2024-tickets-859928799187

More info.: 416-947-8487https://www.vocachorus.ca

Flyer, Promo Design: Jenny Crober

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The VOCA Chorus of Toronto is a registered charitable organization. If you are unable to attend our concert (or even if you’re able to attend), please consider donating to VOCA using this link: https://www.vocachorus.ca/support. Donors will receive a charitable tax receipt and recognition in our concert programmes.

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We would like to express our appreciation to the Ontario Arts Council and The Rotary Club of Toronto for their invaluable support of ‘VOCA SiX’, an outreach and community engagement initiative involving our choir’s professional leads.


WINTER 2024

14th Cabaret/Silent Auction: March 2

⭐️❣️Come to the Cabaret! Tickets are still available: online until 2:30, then at the door. Hope to see you there! ⭐️

Join the VOCA Chorus of Toronto on Sat., Mar. 2 for our 14th Annual Cabaret / Silent Auction!

Our CABARET will present a wide variety of wonderful acts (solos, duos and ensembles) and instruments (voice, piano, flute, guitar and harmonica) featuring jazz, musical theatre, opera, folk and pop selections. Numerous, multi-talented VOCA choristers will be performing that evening, along with most of our professional staff, including artistic director/pianist/coach Jenny Crober, soprano Noelle Slaney, mezzo Amanda Weatherall, tenors David Walsh, Evan Morin and Adam Wicks, and baritone Lachlan Mason.

At 7:30 pm, Host Emily Vick Agnew will masterfully lead us through a magical evening of music-making & camaraderie in a spacious venue with cabaret seating, stage, sound, lighting & cash bar. At 7:00 pm, audience members can begin placing bids at the Silent Auction.

VOCA’s SILENT AUCTION will feature an eclectic array of items, including music coaching sessions, tickets & passes to museums, galleries & concerts (including an opening night gala), a house concert, a day in the wood shop, a sailing trip, one-of-a-kind artwork & crafts, toy store gift card, flower arranging workshop, scrumptious home-baking, fine wine… & much more. *Payments can be made using cash, credit, cheques or e-transfers.

Savoury appetizers will be presented at each table, along with some sweet treats from the wonderful DOUGH Bakeshop (https://www.doughbakeshop.ca).

Tickets ($35) can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/vocas-14th-annual-cabaretsilent-auction-tickets-821735201107. (If there is a particular table, group or performer you’d like to sit with, please note this in your ticket purchase. For more info., contact John Meadows (jgmeadows@gmail.com.) *Tickets will also be available at the door.

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2024

Time: 7:30 pm {*Doors will open at 7:00 pm.}

Venue: RIGA HALL, Latvian Canadian Centre (just S. of Eglinton), 4 Credit Union Drive, Toronto (*FREE PARKING!)

Artistic Director / Event Coordinator: Jenny Crober

Collaborative Pianist / Coach: Jenny Crober

Host: Emily Vick Agnew

Riga Hall Coordinator: Tom Roedding {w. Mara Berzins}

Silent Auction Organizers: Betsy Wimbs, Leslie Sinclair, Chrissy Doig, Holly LeClair, Emily Vick Agnew

Sound: Fabio Migotto, Jack Tassé

Stage Manager: Jack Tassé

Tickets: John Meadows

Flyer Design: Naomi Shewchuk, w. Jenny Crober

Eventbrite, Other Promo & Publicity: Jenny Crober

This is a key fundraising event for the VOCA Chorus of Toronto. If you are unable to attend our Cabaret / Silent Auction (or even if you’re able to attend), please consider donating using this link: https://www.vocachorus.ca/support. (Donors will receive a charitable tax receipt and recognition in our concert programmes.)


FALL 2023

“Songs for a Winter’s Night”: Dec. 16

*We were thrilled that our “Songs for a Winter’s Night” concert was officially SOLD OUT! A huge thank you to the many people who purchased tickets for what was a wonderful evening of seasonal music!


On Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 pm at Eastminster United Church, the VOCA Chorus of Toronto presented “Songs for a Winter’s Night”, a vibrant, warm and eclectic Winter celebration. 

We were thrilled to introduce Dakota Scott-Digout, a highly in-demand pianist, coach and clinician, who is also the principal and touring pianist with the Toronto Children’s Chorus, in his concert debut as VOCA’s collaborative pianist.

Our programme included a tribute to the legendary Gordon Lightfoot: artistic director Jenny Crober‘s choral arrangement of his heartwarming Song for a Winter’s Night, featuring guitarist Jason Fowler (https://jasonfowler.ca/bio), a highly regarded singer/songwriter, session/touring guitarist and producer, who also performed solo selections by this iconic Canadian musician along with other works with our choir. Frequent VOCA guest Jamie Drake (https://jamiedrake.ca/bio), a renowned percussionist, drummer and composer who is now Assistant Professor of Percussion at Queen’s University, will also joined us that evening.

We presented a variety of winter-themed music, including traditional tunes and selections evoking the Northern Lights, star-laden skies, travelling carollers and songs about peace by composers Ola GjeiloMark SirettDon MacDonald, Morten Lauridsen, Ed HendersonJake Runestad, Donald Patriquin and Conrad Susa.

Our carol sing with audience rounded out the evening – a perfect way to welcome the holiday season!

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Artistic Director/Conductor: Jenny Crober

Collaborative Pianist: Dakota Scott-Digout

Guest Artists: Jason Fowler, guitar; Jamie Drake, percussion

Section leads: soprano Noelle Slaney; mezzo soprano Zoitsa (Zoë) Gotziaman; tenors David Walsh & Carlo Cormier; baritones James Coole-Stevenson & Lachlan Mason

Tickets: $30 Gen. Adm., $15 Students at Eventbrite

Flyer, Promo Design: Jenny Crober


RECENT EVENTS


FALL 2023

“It’s About Time” Fall Cabaret: Oct. 29


On Sunday, October 29 at 7:30 pm, join co-producers Jenny Crober and Emily Vick Agnew for “It’s About Time”, our Fall Cabaret / VOCA Chorus of Toronto Fundraiser.

This annual event will feature VOCA’s professional section leads along with a special guest, performing a wide variety of musical theatre, pop, folk and classical selections about time.

Host/soprano Emily Vick Agnew and artistic director/collaborative pianist Jenny Crober will be joined by soprano Noelle Slaney, mezzo Zoitsa Gotziaman, tenors David Walsh and Carlo Cormier, and baritone Lachlan Mason, as well as special guest, tenor Kevin Mulligan. Some of the myriad mix of selections will include songs by Kurt Weill, Claude Debussy, Jason Robert Brown, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gaetano Donizetti, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Stephen Sondheim and Rodgers & Hammerstein, along with Newfoundland and Acadian folk songs.

*Try your luck with our 50-50 draw! *Challenge your mind with our musical quizzes.

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Co-producers: Jenny Crober & Emily Vick Agnew

Artistic Director / Collaborative Pianist: Jenny Crober

Host / Soprano: Emily Vick Agnew

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2023

Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: SoCap Comedy (Social Capital) Theatre, 154 Danforth Ave., 2nd Floor (above Black Swan Tavern, just E. of Broadview); Artistic Director/Owner: Ralph MacLeod

Sound: Rob Bartlett

Tickets: $25.00 at Eventbrite

Flyer, Promo Design: Jenny Crober

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*If you are unable to attend this special fundraising event – and even if you can make it – and would like to make a direct donation to the VOCA Chorus of Toronto, we would be very grateful. You can make payments by visiting our “Support Us page on this website.


SPRING 2023: “SHINING NIGHT”

* VOCA will be presenting a shortened version of our “Shining Night” concert at Roy Thomson Hall on Fri., Apr. 28, 2023 (orig. schedulled for Apr. 9, 2020), followed by the full performance at Eastminster United on Sat., Apr. 29, 2023. *

Roy Thomson Hall: Fri., Apr. 28

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VOCA was thrilled to have been invited to perform 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.  Our concert was postponed due to COVID.

At our rescheduled Roy Thomson Hall debut at 12:00 noon on Friday, April 28, 2023, we presented “SHINING NIGHT”, a choral and instrumental celebration of stars and the night sky, to close to 1,000 audience members. Works included selections by Eleanor Daley, Paul Halley, Kurt WeillNicholas Ryan Kelly, Richard Rodgers, Pärt Ussberg and others: https://www.roythomsonhall.com/tickets/voca-chorus-of-toronto/.

We also featured a stunning work recently premiered by VOCA, “Anang (A Star)” by JUNO-nominated Cree composer, Andrew Balfour (https://cypresschoral.com/…/andrew-balfour/anang-a-star/; http://cameratanova.com/16/about-us/artistic-director/).

Our guest artists – some of Canada’s finest instrumentalists, all of whom have previously performed with VOCA – were Shawn Grenke, organ & piano, Colleen Allen, sax and Andy Morris, percussion.

*VOCA presented an extended version of this concert on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 7:30 pm at Eastminster United. (See more info. below.)  


Eastminster United: Sat., Apr. 29

On Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 7:30 pm at Eastminster United Church, the VOCA Chorus of Toronto presented “SHINING NIGHT”, a vibrant and eclectic choral and instrumental celebration of stars and the night sky, which included works by Eleanor Daley, Kurt WeillNicholas Ryan Kelly, Frode Fjellheim, Paul Halley, Jacques Offenbach, Richard Rodgers, Pärt Uusberg and others.

We also featured a stunning work recently premiered by VOCA, “Anang (A Star)” by the JUNO-nominated Cree composer, Andrew Balfour (https://deadofwinter.ca/about-us/composer-and-artistic-director/). VOCA is thrilled that this gorgeous new work for choir, piano and percussion has now been published by Cypress Music Publishing, and that our sound file (from our April 2022 premiere) is the official recording on the website: https://cypresschoral.com/…/andrew-balfour/anang-a-star/!

Our fabulous guest artists – all of whom have previously performed with VOCA – were Colleen Allen, sax (https://www.colleenallen.caShawn Grenke, organ & piano (https://esgunited.org/music-leadership/) and Andy Morris, percussion (https://www.vocachorus.ca/about/guest-artists#morris).

VOCA’s wonderful section leads are: soprano Noelle Slaney, mezzo soprano Lillian Brooks, tenors Kevin Mulligan, Evan MorinLyndon Ladeur, and baritones Parker ClementsJames Coole-Stevenson.

*This concert will be our choir’s final performance with Elizabeth Acker, who has been VOCA’s brilliant and much-loved collaborative pianist for 18 seasons!*


13th Annual Cabaret: Sat., Mar. 4

On Sat., Mar. 4, 2023, VOCA presented our 13th Annual Spring Cabaret / Silent Auction – our first live VOCA Cabaret since March 2020!

Our CABARET presented a wide variety of musical delights – solos, duos, trios, small and large ensembles – featuring jazz, musical theatre, classical, folk and pop selections. Numerous VOCA choristers performed, along with most of our professional staff: artistic director Jenny Crober, collaborative pianist Elizabeth Acker (*in her final cabaret with VOCA), soprano Noelle Slaney, tenor Kevin Mulligan and baritone Parker Clements.  

The curtain opened at 7:30, when host Emily Vick Agnew masterfully led us through a magical evening of live music-making, quizzes, and camaraderie, all in a new, spacious venue with cabaret seating, stage, sound, lighting and cash bar.  Early admission (7:00 pm) allowed audience members to begin placing bids at the Silent Auction tables beforehand.

Our annual SILENT AUCTION featured an eclectic array of items, including music coaching sessions, a 2-hour sailing trip, a day in a wood shop, scrumptious home-baked goods, one-of-a-kind arts & crafts, jewellery, fine wine & champagne, tickets & passes to museums, galleries & concerts, a variety of gift cards… and much more. (*Payments were made using cash, cheques or e-transfers.) 

We welcomed our audience to our event’s new venue, which has tons of free parking onsite: Riga Hall, Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre, 4 Credit Union Drive, Toronto. 

*Tickets ($30) were available via choristers and online.  (Good news! Our live Cabaret ticket prices for this event hadn’t increased since 2011!)

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023 
Time: 7:30 pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm.) 
Venue: RIGA HALL, Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre, 4 Credit Union Dr., Toronto 
*Tickets: $30.00 (Purchase from choristers or online): 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vocas-13th-annual-live-cabaret-silent-auction-tickets-537973943547
Artistic Director / Event Coordinator: Jenny Crober
Collaborative Pianists / Coaches: Jenny Crober, Elizabeth Acker
Host: Emily Vick Agnew
Riga Hall Coordinator: Tom Roedding (w. Meta Baze)
Silent Auction Organizers: Noelle Slaney, Chrissy Doig, Betsy Wimbs, Leslie Sinclair, Emily Vick Agnew, Mark Gold
Tickets: Naomi Shewchuk; Tom Roedding
Flyer Design: Naomi Shewchuk (w. Jenny Crober)
Eventbrite: Jenny Crober, Emily Vick Agnew
Other Promo & Publicity: Jenny Crober 
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 *This was a key fundraising event for the VOCA Chorus of Toronto. If you are unable to attend our Cabarets / Silent Auctions, please consider donating to VOCA: https://www.vocachorus.ca/support.