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

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.

Echo Winter Concert, Love is the Greatest Gift

Thank you for a great concert!
Sunday, December 3, 2023 7:30- 9:30pm
19 Trinity Square, Toronto, beside the Eaton Centre, Accessible MAP

Join us for our Winter Concert, Love is the Greatest Gift, with Special Guest Andrew Craig
part of the ECHO!! Revived, Canada Council project.
Artistic Director: Alan Gasser
Assistant Conductor: Katie White

Echo acknowledges the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council & Canada Council for the Arts

Bongani Magatyana Community Weekend Workshop with South African choirleader & composer (Oct 27-29) & Tues. Oct.24

Echo is sponsoring a very special workshop with renowned choirleader and composer Bongani Magatyana who is coming to Canada in October. Echo Choir has grabbed the opportunity to offer special public workshops with him, open to adults and teens of all voices and genders.

Renowned choirleader and composer Bongani Magatyana is coming to Canada in October, and the Echo Choir has grabbed the opportunity to offer a special public workshop with him, open to adults and teens of all voices and genders.

Mr Magatyana is a regular teacher with Village Harmony in the US. He leads choirs at home in Cape Town, and his beautiful and intricate choral pieces have been commissioned and sung by groups around the world, including Harvard University’s choirs.This workshop will feature songs in English and Xhosa, with beautiful harmonies in South African traditions.

The weekend workshop Oct. 27-29 event will take place at the Church of the Holy Trinity (beside the Eaton Centre, S-E Door) MAP
Holy Trinity is a fully accessible space, with accessible washrooms.

Specific times are 7PM-9PM on Friday Oct 27, 10AM-4PM on Sat Oct 28, and 1PM-4PM on Sun Oct 29. Tea/coffee will be provided on Saturday and Sunday. (Note that meals are otherwise not provided, nor is accommodation.)
Cost is $100 per person. Register below:

Register online here.

If you have questions, contact Rachel Bokhout ([email protected]), who is organizing this event.
We hope that you can join us for this special weekend. facebook event page

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7-9pm at Holy Trinity
Echo will also be hosting an open workshop with Bongani as part of our regular rehearsal plan.
For or those of you who cannot make the weekend workshops. Everyone is welcome!
Contact Anne if you’d like to join us: [email protected]
PWYC suggested $15. cash in hat or by e-trans.

Andrew Craig Workshop, Sat. Sept. 30, 10am-12:30pm

Join Echo for a workshop with Andrew Craig. at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto
by the Eaton Centre, Accessible, S-E Door MAP
All are welcome. This workshop is geared toward treble voices, free to Echo Members,
Guests PWYC suggested $15. cash in hat style or e-transfer (see below).

Andrew is the final guest artist to be featured in ECHO!! Revived, our eighteen month-long digital project funded by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Echo is very excited to host Andrew, a talented and versatile musician—singer, instrumentalist, composer and arranger, teacher—to name a few of his many creative activities. He has directed the music for Harbourfront’s tribute to Quincy Jones, performed twice for Nelson Mandela, and contributed to the public tribute for the late Oscar Peterson in 2008.

In 2013, Andrew founded Culchahworks Arts Collective, a Toronto-based arts organization that celebrates figures and events from African-Canadian, Caribbean-Canadian and African-American  cultural legacies. Dr. Martin Luther King, Bob Marley and Harry Belafonte have received large-scale tributes. Through Culchahworks, and in partnership with the Toronto District School Board, Andrew created the Warriors’ Chorus choir, as a way for young people of colour, who face unique challenges, to reclaim their heritage.

Andrew will be our Special Guest Artist at the Echo Dec. 3 Winter Concert, 7:30pm at Holy Trinity.

*e-transfer payment to  [email protected]
Question: What makes us happy? Answer: singing

Andrew Craig Fall 2023 Season

This fall 2023 we are looking forward to workshops and winter concert with special guest artist Andrew Craig.

Andrew is the final guest artist to be featured in ECHO!! Revived, our eighteen month-long digital project funded by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Echo is very excited to host Andrew, a talented and versatile musician—singer, instrumentalist, composer and arranger, teacher—to name a few of his many creative activities. He has directed the music for Harbourfront’s tribute to Quincy Jones, performed twice for Nelson Mandela, and contributed to the public tribute for the late Oscar Peterson in 2008.

In 2013, Andrew founded Culchahworks Arts Collective, a Toronto-based arts organization that celebrates figures and events from African-Canadian, Caribbean-Canadian and African-American  cultural legacies. Dr. Martin Luther King, Bob Marley and Harry Belafonte have received large-scale tributes. Through Culchahworks, and in partnership with the Toronto District School Board, Andrew created the Warriors’ Chorus choir, as a way for young people of colour, who face unique challenges, to reclaim their heritage.

Andrew will be conducting a workshop with Echo on Saturday, September 30 and will perform in Echo’s winter concert on Sunday, December 3. Echo will produce a high quality concert recording.

We are very grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Now grant, which made possible the ECHO!! Revived workshops and the filming of this concert.

photo: Kenneth Chou

Annabelle Chvostek Open Workshop Feb. 25, 2023

Thank you Annabelle for a great workshop!
Join us for a community choral singing workshop with singer-songwriter, fiddler and composer Annabelle Chvostek. In-person and Zoom 

Date and time  Saturday, Feb. 25, 10:00am-12:30pm, Toronto EST, 2023
Join Zoom Meeting

Location 
Church of the Holy Trinity 19 Trinity Square, MAP  (beside the Eaton Centre, accessible)
Echo is thrilled to be working with Annabelle Chvostek as a guest artist this term. 
Chvostek is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter, composer and producer whose musical achievements range from folk to jazz to indie pop. She has composed music for dance and film, co-written songs and toured with Bruce Cockburn, and was once in the band The Wailin’ Jennys. 
Annabelle will be teaching Echo and friends some new music. Sponsored by the Echo Choir as part of our Canada Council for the Arts ECHO!! Revived grant project, this workshop is open to adult and teen singers of all genders and all (or no!) experience. You do not need to be able to read music to participate. 

Participants are welcome in-person or on Zoom.
In-person participants are asked to wear masks. 

Payment: suggested $15. Or PWYC, cash in hat style, or 
Tickets can be purchased here: Eventbrite 

Maria Dunn Community Choral Singing Workshop

Join us for a community choral singing workshop with
singer-songwriter Maria Dunn. 
Visiting musician and composer Maria Dunn welcomes singers to this Toronto event.

When: Nov. 3, 7-8:30pm in-person and on Zoom
Where: College St. United Church, 452 College St, Toronto MAP

A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, 2022 Juno Award Winner Maria Dunn is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and unvarnished melodic songs about ordinary people. Her latest album Joyful Banner Blazing (2021) celebrates resilience, grace, gratitude, solidarity, joy and the love that fires our actions to make the world a better place.

Sponsored by the Echo Choir as part of our Canada Council for the Arts ECHO Revived! grant project, this workshop is open to adult and teen singers of all genders and all (or no!) experience. You do not need to be able to read music to participate.

We welcome participants either in-person and on Zoom.
*In-person participants are requested to wear masks.
 Tickets $15.ea can be purchased here: Eventbrite  
Echo and Common Thread members PWYC suggested $15. at workshop, cash in hat style.

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Echo Wine Fundraiser! Thank you for supporting Echo!

We will send you a reminder to confirm the pick up dates, either the weekend of Oct. 20-30 or Nov. 5-6,
East end – 81 East Lynn Ave.
West end – 589 Indian Rd.
or Tues. Nov. 1 at choir practice (Neighbourhood Unitarian on the Danforth)