The Northumberland Hills Chapter (Ganaraska Chordsmen), newest Chapter in Ontario District, has developed an unique relationship with a local radio station, Northumberland 89.7 FM, in Northumberland County. The Chapter V.P. of Public Relations, Rick Faulkner, hosts a weekly radio show featuring Barbershop chorus’ and quartets. The show also showcases upcoming events and activities of the Society in general as well as the happenings of the Ganaraska Chordsmen. The show is featured between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. to catch the morning driving listeners.
The Ontario District is one of the seventeen districts of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the world's largest all-male a cappella singing organization, and is the only all-Canadian district. It is committed to serving and supporting its 31 barbershop chapters, over 60 quartets, and over 1200 members throughout Ontario, and it is committed to promoting the Society's mission of bringing men together in fellowship and harmony to enrich lives through singing. Member choruses and quartets are encouraged to perform throughout their communities in support of worthwhile civic, cultural, educational, and charitable endeavors.
Ontario District was well represented by four quartets and two choruses at the Barbershop Harmony Society's 78th International Contest last week in Nashville, TN.
On Tuesday, Those Meddling Kids placed 14 in a field of 30 of the best youth (under 25) quartets from around the world. Top spot in the competition went to Pratt Street Power from Mid-Atlantic District with a score of 82.0.
At the conclusion of Happy Together, East York Barbershoppers' show in May this year, the chorus was thrilled to be able to present a $7500 cheque to Harmonize for Speech (H4S) through its Chairman, George Shields, and Treasurer, Bruce Dibble. This allowed H4S to fund two initiatives that were in jeapordy. And with that cheque the East York Chapter has now donated a total of $500,000 since the charity was founded in 1977.
The Ontario District's international representatives were sent off in style at the 30th annual Pep Rally in Mississauga yesterday evening. Twelve quartets and ten choruses performed in a night of celebration and fundraising hosted by the Association of Ontario Champions (AOC).
Calling All Seniors! At the mid-winter convention in San Antonio in January, 2017 the Society will introduce a new event, a Seniors Chorus Festival/Competition. For this inaugural event, 5 senior choruses will be invited by the Society to participate. The invitations will be determined by scores from a 2-song performance at the fall convention in each district. The House of Delegates approved the formation of The Ontario District Seniors Chorus at the April 2016 meeting.
For the third straight year, Scarborough hosted hundreds of barbershop singers from around Ontario for the annual spring convention of the Ontario District of the International Barbershop Harmony Society. SNAP Scarborough was there to conver the event. Check out their great images here!
Photo by Nathanel Rookwood
By Shaun Gregory, Huron Expositor
Barbershop music--in the 1930s, the tune, shoo doop shooby doo, broadcasted from numerous street corners across North America.
No instruments were needed, just some rhythm and sheer singing power. On April 9, the Seaforth Harmony Kings kept the nearly century-old a cappella style of melody active. They ventured to Scarborough Ont. with one thing on their mind-gold. After losing last year by a nose hair, they knew what was needed to walk away victorious.
After a fantastic weekend of barbershop hosted by the Toronto Chapter, the Ontario District crowned a new district seniors quartet champion and district chorus champion and qualified a number of quartets for 2016 International competitions.
Yonge Guns, Test Drive, and Supertonic quartets all qualified for the International Quartet competion this July in Nashville, with Aristocrats quartet also earning scores that place them in strong contention for a wildcard spot in the contest.
By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today
PORT HOPE - The Ganaraska Chordsmen welcome you to the first concert they have self-produced as a chartered organization.
In fact, part of the May 7 show at Port Hope's Calvary Pentecostal Church is the official presentation of their charter to operate as a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society by district president Frank Knoll of Mt. Brydges, Ont.
“It will be a good show, no question about it,” Ganaraska Chordsmen president Ted Devonshire stated.