City of Toronto 2013 Christmas Choral Celebration
Tuesday, December 24, 11:30 a.m.
Toronto City Hall
This year's event includes performances by:
- All the King's Voices
- Toronto Beaches Children's Chorus
- Toronto Mass Choir
- Tower Brass
- James Bourne, organist
This free festive event is for all ages. The concert begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Rotunda of Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West. Sign language interpretation will be provided.
All The King's Voices is a mixed voice, semi-professional choir that performs a wide variety of music from classical to contemporary. They have presented many great classical works with Mooredale Orchestra, Talisker Players and the Symphony Orchestra of Canada, and have appeared with such internationally acclaimed singers as soprano Measha Brueggergosman, tenor Ben Heppner and jazz singer Salome Bey. The choir has performed at Roy Thomson Hall, Glenn Gould Studio and Toronto Centre for the Arts, and were featured on CBC Radio with Bill Richardson, Andy Barrie and Richard Ouzounian, Citytv with Kevin Frankish and Jennifer Valentyne, and on JAZZFM. The group has also given concerts for Doctors Without Borders, The Children's Wish Foundation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and Black Creek Pioneer Village.
The Toronto Beaches Children's Chorus (TBCC) was founded by Artistic Director Bronwen Low in 2006 and has grown to over 120 kids and youth now in its eighth season. The choir provides both vocal and dramatic training, in a fun and supportive environment. The children learn a variety of music from all different genres, and enjoy bi‑weekly drama classes with actor Joanne Mitchell. The choir has four levels of instruction for kids ages 4 to 15 and performs at least three of its own concerts each year including a fully‑staged musical every spring. The TBCC has many invitations to sing for different engagements in the GTA and are thrilled to be back at City Hall again this year.
The Toronto Mass Choir (TMC) founded in 1988, continues to be on the cutting edge of the Canadian gospel music scene bringing its distinct gospel sound to the world stage. Now 30‑strong plus a four‑piece band, the not‑for‑profit choir consists of members between their 20s and 40s who are from various local church denominations. TMC's music incorporates contemporary gospel, traditional gospel and Caribbean music influences. Karen Burke, a Professor of music at York University, is the director of the choir along with her husband, Oswald Burke, who is the executive producer. Toronto Mass Choir continues its busy concert schedule, appearing on many radio and television broadcasts for stations such as CBC Radio One, Citytv, and FLOW 93.5 FM. TMC's travels abroad have taken them to several different countries including Poland, Romania, Italy and Barbados. TMC has also been a special guest at countless church services, festivals, award shows and venues.