The Choir in Concert with Kathryn Calder

The Choir in concert Sat., Jan 23 at Alix Goolden Hall
The Choir in concert Sat., Jan 23 at Alix Goolden Hall

There’s something very powerful about hearing 100 voices in unison. There’s a certain intangible quality — an emotional energy — when those voices create harmony and provoke dissonance. And I look forward to that feeling every Tuesday night when I join the tenor section of The Choir at the Oaklands Community Centre.


The Choir is a non-auditioned community singing program by Larsen Music, led by manager Marc Jenkins. When I joined The Choir when it began, back in January 2013 (then led by Anne Schaefer), Jenkins was a fellow member of the tenor section. A year later, he found himself directing a chorus of friends and fellow music enthusiasts. What was supposed to be a temporary arrangement became a calling. Jenkins now creates most of the original arrangements The Choir sings — four section harmonies for songs by the likes of Alvvays, St. Vincent, Talking Heads, Radiohead, Jonsi, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Spoon, and Kathryn Calder, who will be performing with us this Satrurday, Jan. 23 at the Alix Goolden Hall.


The Goolden is the perfect setting for a chorus of this magnitude — our voices are no match for our rehearsal space and are begging for a chance to be unleashed upon its acoustic altar.


The concert also features the mini-choir and a solo set by Calder (The New Pornographers). Proceeds will go to the ALS Cycle of Hope: Doors at 7pm, show at 7:30pm. $15. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are available from a member or at $18 at the door (cash only).


The Choir has performed with Adam Cohen, Pharis and Jason Romero, Choir!Choir!Choir!, Aidan Knight, Sara Marreiros and on the main stage at Rifflandia. It is accompanied by Danuel Tate on piano.


To get on the waitlist (I waited a year to get back in after the birth of my son), visit



Words by Mary Ellen Green