Echo Spring Concert, O Sister! with special guest david sereda

Sunday, May 5, 2024, 3pm
Church of the Holy Trinity
19 Trinity Square, Toronto next to the Eaton Centre

Sunday, May 5, 3pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto, beside the Eaton Centre
19 Trinity Square, Accessible MAP
Tickets $25. purchase here with Zeffy 
$15. Seniors, Children
Underwaged PWYC (
or cash at door)
Don’t forget to bring some cash to buy raffle baskets tickets!

david sereda is a singer-songwriter whose moving music has been heard in concerts and festivals across Canada. Whether a cappella, solo at the piano, or with his stellar ensemble, david’s joy of singing is irresistible. His unique songs draw from folk, gospel, soul, jazz and pop. His lyrics are rich in meaning and emotion. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta he now lives in Grey County,
Ontario near Georgian Bay. 
“david sereda’s range as a singer-songwriter is breathtaking.” 
(The Chronicle-Herald, Halifax, NS)

Questions? Please contact Anne: [email protected]
www.echochoir.ca

Behnaz McCallum

Second Soprano

Behnaz McCallum is a relatively new member, having joined Echo in the fall of 2023. She is very enthusiastic about the singing with the choir, and agreed to share her impressions with others who might be looking for a similar experience.

Behnaz is a retired audiologist with over thirty years of experience, twenty of which were spent working in a private hearing clinic. She is definitely an auditory person. Behnaz holds a graduate degree from Tehran University and a doctorate from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. She found helping people with their communication problems very rewarding, but took early retirement during the Covid pandemic. Behnaz now has time for a wide range of activities including painting, studying piano, and singing. She practices yoga and meditation daily, as she has for many years.

Although she had never sung in a choir before joining Echo, Behnaz plays the Persian frame drum, or Daf. This instrument is used in folk music, and is an important component of Sufi music, which is very spiritual and uplifting.

Behnaz learned about Echo through a newspaper ad. She had always wanted to sing in a choir, and the fact that Echo is a women’s choir and requires no experience and no audition appealed to her. She became a member and participated in her first concert In December, which she found to be a lot of fun.

Following is an excerpt from our conversation.

Echo: What do you like about singing with Echo?

BM: When I started going to rehearsals, I thought, this is what I want: some community, different kinds of music, progressive music; when you care about different people with different orientations, that’s nice…I like the songs, the repertoire. There is always an interesting mix of music. Last season I liked guest artists Andrew Craig and the gentleman from South Africa [Bongani Magatyana]. When Andrew played that drum …I was jumping up and down. I kind of let go…I never sang in front of people before… but the choir actually holds you. I felt supported, and held by the choir and I just let go.…I feel very joyful when I sing.

Echo: You lead a very busy life in retirement, taking care of mind, body and soul. In addition to singing with Echo, you also study piano and paint. Can you talk a little about this?

BM: I have done Persian calligraphy in the past.  After attending a painting class in Alberta during a visit with relatives, I found a class with the TDSB [Toronto District School Board] and started drawing and painting. I haven’t stopped yet. I enjoy the colours…I work from a picture and put my own impression in it. With no place to store canvases, I started painting on paper. I don’t paint to sell.

Echo: Do you have any suggestions on how to improve Echo? Is there anything you would like to see?

BM: I enjoy what we do, but I would like to do more socializing. Food is a way to connect. I enjoyed the ice breakers at the beginning of the session. They gave us a chance to get to know each other.

I’m glad I found this group. If something doesn’t come up, I will be a member for a long, long time.

Behnaz lives in Toronto with her husband and their Beagle Terrier, Piper.

Interview by Christine Boyanoski

Echo Fundraiser Silent Auction Donors

Special Guests Turkwaz, Tranzac Club Feb. 22, 2024

Stephen Goring Registered Massage Therapist (416) 535-3512 26 Russett Avenue Toronto, ON M6H 3M3

Boomerang Pilates Boomerang Pilates and Wellness – Home

Confluence Concerts Confluence Concerts

Nightwood Theatre Nightwood Theatre – Canada’s flagship feminist theatre since 1979.

Coal Mine Theatre www.coalminetheatre.com

Young Centre for the Performing Arts  youngcentre.ca

National Ballet of Canada  national.ballet.ca

Mosaic Yoga  Studio  mosaic yoga toronto – Classes that keep you open, resilient, rejuvenated, and curious

Toronto Symphony Orchestra TSO.CA

david sereda! Join us for a day of singing!

Saturday, March 23, 10am to 3pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto, beside the Eaton Centre
19 Trinity Square, Accessible MAP
Cost $30. Purchase ticket here with Zeffy or sliding scale cash at door.
Pot-luck lunch, bring something to share.

david will lead us through call and response as we learn inspiring traditional and new songs by ear, no music reading required.  From his original songs about our volatile time to Spirituals that carried Freedom Seekers along the Underground Railroad, this is music to move your hearts and minds. 
 
The workshop begins with a thorough warmup to wake up and tune in to our voices, breathing and bodies. Come and be part of a daylong community chorus – and feel the joy of connecting through music.  

david sereda is a singer-songwriter whose moving music has been heard in concerts and festivals across Canada. Whether a cappella, solo at the piano, or with his stellar ensemble, david’s joy of singing is irresistible. His unique songs draw from folk, gospel, soul, jazz and pop. His lyrics are rich in meaning and emotion. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta he now lives in Grey County,
Ontario near Georgian Bay. 
“david sereda’s range as a singer-songwriter is breathtaking.” 
(The Chronicle-Herald, Halifax, NS)

Questions? Please contact Anne: [email protected]
www.echochoir.ca

New Videos ECHO!! Revived 2024

Andrew Craig & Bongani Magatyana Canada Council for the Arts Digital Now

In September 2023, the multi-talented Andrew Craig offered a dynamic workshop for choir members at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto. Echo welcomed members of the Toronto Children’s Concert Choir (TC3),
with whom we’ve collaborated in past years.

Video Here

This was part of a pandemic initiative by Echo to expand its engagement with a diversity of communities in Toronto and the GTA. The video is part of the ECHO!! Revived project, funded by a Canada Council for the Arts Digital Now grant.
We are deeply grateful for this government commitment to Community Music
and the Arts in Canada; and we acknowledge ongoing support
from the Toronto Arts Council.

In October 2023, Echo hosted a visit by South African choral composer and teacher Bongani MagatyanaIn conjunction with the Toronto Children’s Concert Choir (TC3), our choir shared workshops with Chief Dan George Public School and Sistema Toronto, besides an evening workshop for our own choir and a
full-weekend public workshop.

Video Here
This was part of a pandemic initiative by Echo to expand its engagement with a diversity of communities in Toronto and the GTA. The video is part of the ECHO!! Revived project.

Videos directed, filmed and edited by Carlos Coronado
www.coronadofilms.ca

Echo Spring Fundraiser, Feb. 22 with Turkwaz

Echo Spring Fundraiser
Thursday, February 22, 7-10pm, 2024
Tranzac Club
, 292 Brunswick Ave. Toronto MAP

You’re invited to join us for a fabulous night of music with
Turkwaz, Echo and other Special Guests!

Tickets $30. can be purchased at the door or on-line here with Zeffy 

Cash bar, free snacks and fabulous Silent Auction!
All proceeds support Echo, a non-profit community choir and registered charity.
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Turkwaz  is Sophia Grigoriadis, Jayne Brown, Maryem Tollar and Brenna MacCrimmon, four vocalists who individually have contributed widely to the Toronto world music scene and beyond. Their work together focuses on interpretations of songs primarily from Greek, Turkish, Arabic and Balkan traditions with forays into other genres when the inspiration moves them.

With gentle accompaniment provided by qanun, tambura, ukulele and various forms of hand percussion, the songs and the voices remain front and center.
Their debut album “Nazar” was nominated for a 2017 Juno, two CFMAs and made the Top of the World list in Songlines magazine in April 2018.

They have performed at the National Arts Center and Chamberfest in Ottawa, Calgary Folk Festival, Open Ears Festival (Kitchener), Silence  (Guelph), Mill Race Festival (Cambridge), Shelter Valley Folk Festival (Grafton),  Mission Folk Festival (BC), Summerfolk (Owen Sound), Cultura (North York), Luminato (Toronto), as well as at numerous venues in and around Toronto including the Small World Centre, The Burdock, COC Bradshaw Amphitheatre and the Aga Khan Museum.

☀ 🔘 💗
 www.echochoir.ca   
Echo is grateful for the ongoing support of the Toronto Arts Council.

ChocoSol & Echo Fundraiser

Support Echo and enjoy the food of the Gods!

This is a new initiative that will be available year-round!
When you order coffee and chocolate from ChocoSol Traders:
You get a 15% discount from the retail price
Echo gets 15% of all sales
You can pick up your order at the flagship store, 1131 St. Clair W., or at St. Lawrence Market, Evergreen Brickworks or Wychwood Barns
or you can pay for delivery of your order 

How it works:
Go onto the website www.ChocoSolTraders.com
Select what you want to order

When you select to place your order, you enter EchoChoir

in the discount code box

Select pick up or delivery
Place your order and enjoy!

Orders usually take 2 – 4 days. They will contact you when it’s ready.

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More about ChocoSol

Our origins
The concept of ChocoSol was originally founded in 2004 in Oaxaca, Mexico, by Michael Sacco, and has been based in Toronto since 2006. The origin of our name has links to 3 languages: English, Spanish, and French. ‘Sol’ is from the Spanish word for ‘sun’ and refers to our first 1,000 kilograms of cacao that were roasted with solar power in Oaxaca. In French, ‘sol’ means soil, acknowledging that you must have the soil of the gods in order to have the food of the gods. In English ‘soul’ reminds us of the importance of conducting our work with a good mind and spirit. 
Our vision
A future in which our food system and practices are people-centred,
socially-just, ecological, and dignified. 
Our mission
To craft revolutionary chocolate that is good for mind, body, and soil.
To lead and inspire- while learning from and alongside- the craft chocolate industry
to continually improve its practices, values, and standards.
To work in partnership, collaboration, and co-operation with indigenous communities across the Americas to support community-focused ecological regeneration.
 
Learn more at www.ChocoSolTraders.com

Sing with Echo this Fall! Details!

Echo Spring Concert, O Sister! Special Guest david sereda
Sunday, May 5, 2024, 3pm, Church of the Holy Trinity 

Thank you for a fabulous concert! Echo begins a new season in the fall! See details below!

We begin this Fall Season at Holy Trinity Church,
You are welcome to join us starting early September 7-9pm
S-E accessible entrance.
at Church of the Holy Trinity Map
19 Trinity Square, Toronto (next to the Eaton Centre,
fully accessible, S-E door)

Now in our 33rd year, Echo is a community choir open to all women who can make the rehearsal commitment. Echo loves singing folk music from around the world, celebrating all the cultural traditions that are alive and vibrant in our city. We are social-justice oriented, audition-free, and anyone can join!

Rehearsals will be in-person on Tuesdays and the occasional Saturday.
We’ll have a workshop, open rehearsal, orientation for new members, sectionals, break-end singing and more!

Season Fees are $200. (Sept. – Dec. Winter Concert) 
We strive to make singing accessible for everyone.
Echo has a sliding scale policy. 

Register here or contact Anne know if you’re interested in joining this Fall in September
[email protected]

ChocoSol & Echo Fundraiser year-round! Support Echo and enjoy the food of the Gods!
 
This is a new initiative that will be available year-round!
When you order coffee and chocolate from ChocoSol Traders:You get a 15% discount from the retail price
Echo gets 15% of all sales
More details Here

Join us! Echo Spring Season Starts on Jan. 9, 2024

Our next (Spring)season begins on January 9, 2024
at Church of the Holy Trinity Map
19 Trinity Square, Toronto (next to the Eaton Centre,
fully accessible, S-E door)

Now in our 32nd year, Echo is a community choir open to all women who can make the rehearsal commitment. Echo loves singing folk music from around the world, celebrating all the cultural traditions that are alive and vibrant in our city. We are social-justice oriented, audition-free, and anyone can join!

Rehearsals will be in-person on Tuesdays and the occasional Saturday.
We’ll have a workshop, open rehearsal, orientation for new members, sectionals, break-end singing and more!

Season Fees are $200. (Jan. 9 – May 5 Spring Concert) 
We strive to make singing accessible for everyone.
Echo has a sliding scale policy. 

Contact Anne know if you’re interested in joining.
 
[email protected]

Photo: David Lister