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.

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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

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

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

Echo Chocolate Fall Fundraiser 2023, Peace by Chocolate

Thank you for supporting Echo!
We’ll let you know when your order can be picked up at the East and West end Toronto locations in traditional Echo style! The chocolate has not arrived yet, but we’re hoping soon.

Echo is proud to be partnering once again with Peace by Chocolate, a company founded by a Syrian family, whose chocolate business in their homeland was destroyed by war. When they settled in Antigonish, Nova Scotia as refugees they rebuilt their chocolate company and founded Peace by Chocolate in 2016. The company supports a range of non profit organizations and 3 – 5% of all company returns is now donated to the Peace on Earth Society, an organization registered in 2018 in Nova Scotia that contributes to peace building projects around the world. This fundraiser will be supporting Echo as well as Peace by Chocolate peace initiatives. Echo receives 20% of the profit!

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

Echo Spring Concert, Enough is Enough! Sunday, May 14 3pm Holy Trinity Church, 2023

Join Echo and local Guest Artist Annabelle Chvostek
for a musical call to justice and action, for our planet and our community.
This is part of the ECHO!! Revived, Canada Council project.

We are excited to be performing at our home base, the newly renovated
Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto  MAP
next to the Eaton Centre and Accessible.
Masks are recommended.

Tickets can be purchases at the door or through:  Eventbrite
Adult  $25
Seniors, Children $15
Underwaged PWYC

Led by Artistic Director Alan Gasser the concert will include a rich repertoire
of fierce social justice music from many traditions, Echo classics, Canadiana,
Shaker pieces, songs about climate justice, and music from our
favourite composers that speak to current challenges.

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Echo Fundraiser: An Evening with Gwen Swick & Caitlin Hanford & other special guests!

Thursday, April 20, 2023
7-10pm
Tranzac Club
, 292 Brunswick Ave. Toronto MAP

Tickets $20. can be purchased at the door or on-line through: Eventbrite

Echo is long-overdue for a live fundraiser!
You’re invited to join us on Thurs. Apr. 20 for a fabulous night of tunes with
iconic folk musicians Gwen Swick and Caitlin Hanford.

Free snacks, cash bar and fabulous Silent Auction!

Caitlin Hanford is an American-Canadian singer-songwriter living in Toronto. Gwen Swick, born in Winnipeg, is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and bassist, living in Elora. Both are members of Quartette, with Sylvia Tyson and Cindy Church, and of The Marigolds with Susie Vinnick. Their music is part bluesy, part jazzy, and part traditional country and bluegrass.

All proceeds support Echo, a non-profit community choir and registered charity.

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