It's time for Chorus of the Month and this time, we have a Canadian choir with us, rocking their city to its foundation!
Who are you?
My name is Jamie and I run Cool Choir in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We launched in January 2016 and Calgary's first ever non-auditioned adult rock and pop choir - and I'm proud to have launched it. It's the first of it's kind in Calgary and therefore unique in a city with a population of 1.3 million people. We have three locations with nearly 400 members singing across the city weekly and I run the rehearsals at them all.
You've had a rather special project going on, haven't you?
Yes, Canada has been celebrating Canada 150 and last year I wrote an original song called '(Canada) I Feel Home' which celebrates all that is great about Canada and how it was formed over the years. I took hundreds of choir members who believed they "couldn't sing" and placed them in a recording studio to record the song... and we had a music video of the song made too!
'(Canada) I Feel Home'
Are you rehearsing for any performances right now?
We are preparing for our epic end of year show in June in a professional west-end style theater in Calgary - 2000 audience members, over 250 voices on stage accompanied by a live rock band and featuring guest artists singing with us too!
We also do some pretty unique performances from flashmobs in shopping centers and streets to recording music videos, backing original artists in concert and recording original songs in studios.
What are your plans for Cool Choir for the future?
In September we are expanding Cool Choir into Edmonton, three hours North. I won't be running it but I'm currently recruiting choir leaders. Over the next ten years Cool Choir will be across Canada in all major Canadian cities - I want to get Canada rocking out, singing and finding their voice :-)
Large plans for a choir! Make sure to follow Cool Choir's progress!
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