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The Ontario District is one of the seventeen districts of the Barbershop Harmony Society throughout the United States and Canada, and is the only all-Canadian district. It is committed to serving and supporting its 33 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.

By Benjamin Stein, Beat Columns

The human voice is an astonishingly versatile instrument, capable of an infinite variety of tones, timbres and inflections. Something primal in us is touched by the extremes of range in the sound of a coloratura soprano or a basso profundo; the virtuoso melismatic technique of a Hindustani or R&B soloist; the mysterious, elusive harmonies of Tibetan and Tuvan throat singing; and the street-corner, sandpaper tones of Tom Waits, Billie Holiday and Joe Turner.

Young Guns, a representative of the Ontario District are participating the SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival preview show at Nathan Philips Square May 21st between 12:30 - 1:30 pm. Barbershop quartets and VLQ's can strut their stuff all weekend, May 30/31 at the Distillery. For complete details of the Festival: www.singtoronto.com.

After a fantastic weekend of barbershop, the Ontario District crowned a new District Chorus Champion and qualified two quartets for the BHS International Competition in Pittsburgh, PA this July. The Barrie County Chordsmen were named the district chorus champions with a score of 758, an average of 63.2. ON Q! quartet was crowned as the 2015 Ontario District seniors quartet champion, and Replacement Parts won the contest novice competition. 

By Martin Banks, BarbershopHQ

Every quartet has their favorite Valentine stories, but here’s a little twist that only started on Valentines day from Doug Drew of the Ottawa, Ontario Chapter.

By Cathy Dobson, Sarnia Journal

Nothing says “I love you” like a barbershop quartet showing up in your bedroom with an early morning singing Valentine.

“That was funny,” recalls baritone Ian Crosbie, who has been delivering singing Valentines with his fellow Bluewater Chordsmen for 15 years.

“We had a morning booking at a house where a husband wanted us to sing to his wife,” he recalls.  “She had no idea and was still in bed.

Since the weather has been so cold it's time to begin thinking of warmer weather, and what better way than to enter the Ontario District Spring contest to be held at Global Kingdom Ministries in Scarborough in April. Entries are now open for the following contests:
  • Ontario District Chorus Contest
  • International Preliminary Quartet Contest
  • Ontario District Seniors Quartet Contest
  • International Preliminary Collegiate Quartet Contest
  • Ontario District Novice Quartet Contest

Everyone knows Gordon Lightfoot as a huge recording star, and a Canadian Legend, but most don't know him as a Barbershop Harmony Quartet Singer?  George Shields, Director Emertus of EYBS certainly does, as he has known Gord for over 60 years. Gordon attended much of the 2013 International Barbershop Convention held in Toronto, so 50 East Yorkers and friends attended the first of Gordon's four shows at Massey Hall. George went searching through his legendary archives and was able to find the original program from a Quartet Contest held 60 years ago (Nov.

By Shelly Koren, Shalom Life

When picturing a Barbershop Quartet the first thing that comes to mind (at least for myself) is a black and white 50's movie or Homer, Apu, Seymour and Barney a.k.a. The Be Sharps. While the genre itself seems to be nothing more than a fond memory, a couple of performances by the Yonge Guns, a Toronto-based a cappella group, showed me exactly how exciting and prevalent it actually is.

John Wilkie presents Paul Tamblyn Award 2014 to Dave Campbell

Dave Campbell, director of the Middlesex Centre and Seaforth chapters of the Ontario District, has been awarded the Paul Tamblyn Music Educators award. The award was presented by John Wilkie, Board Member for Sing Canada Harmony, at the Western Division Charity Christmas Concert in early December.

By Daniel R. Pearce, Simcoe Reformer
A local barbershop quartet is $300 richer after coming in second place in a tongue-in-cheek music video parody contest to promote farming.

The four won for a spoof of Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie, called Wait Till the Sun Shines Mikey.

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