Celebration 150

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:30 pm
River Run Centre

On November 4, 2017, the Guelph Chamber Choir and four guest choirs celebrate Canada and Ontario’s 150th anniversary with a gala concert featuring 240 singers and internationally acclaimed Guelph folk singer James Gordon. These singers of all ages give voice to Canada’s and Ontario’s history, culture and spirit in this collaborative concert.  Choirs partnering with the GCC include the Guelph Community Singers, the Guelph Youth Singers, the Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington, and the University of Guelph Choirs. Each choir will perform individually, and five choirs will sing together as a massed choir. As well, James Gordon and the choirs, together with audience members, will sing songs that celebrate our wonderful province and our country with its diverse peoples.  James Gordon has been commissioned to compose music for this event.

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6:30 pm on stage at the River Run Centre

Dr. Gil Stelter, retired University of Guelph professor,
presents a fascinating image of Guelph in 1867
through slides, history and stories

Guest Artists

James Gordon, Canadian Singer-Songwriter

Guelph Community Singers

Guelph Youth Singers

Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo-Wellington

University of Guelph Symphonic Choir

James Gordon is a Canadian songwriter/playwright/musician/producer and community activist. He was the founder of the seminal Canadian folk trio Tamarack.  He has released 40 albums, and has written more than 1500 songs. He’s toured relentlessly around the world, and created a dozen theatre works with his distinctive material covering social justice, environmental and heritage topics. He was a weekly contributor to Arthur Black’s “Basic Black” CBC radio program, and has had more than 100 artists cover his songs. His song “Frobisher Bay” has become a Canadian classic and is sung by choirs everywhere. His new album “Sunny Jim” on Borealis Records reached #2 in Canada in the roots genre for airplay. Often referred to as a “poetician”, James is also a city Councillor in his home town of Guelph Ontario.


Guelph Community Singers

Back in 2009, a small group of enthusiastic Guelph singers decided to launch a new community choir in the basement of a local church. They knew they’d need 21 members to break even and make the choir a go. But would there be enough interest?

Fifty-six people showed up ready to sing.

Since then, we’ve grown up to become a fun loving, accessible and secular community choir over 100 voices strong – and we’re always looking for new people to join us.

We’ve performed at Storm hockey games, city events, St. Patrick Day celebrations and at our popular winter and spring concerts. We’re always looking for new ways to sing for the community. But our main goal? To share the joy of music and singing together with others in the Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge area.


Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo Wellington is a community chorus that welcomes members of all genders, sexualities, and gender expressions – and allies of the LGBTQ+ community. We invite members from all levels of experience who enjoy singing a diverse repertoire of choral music, no audition required. We strive to create a supportive community for our members to join together in song and have fun. We promote inclusion and awareness of the LGBTQ+ communities of Waterloo-Wellington throughout concerts and community involvement. The Rainbow Chorus is a charitable; not for profit organization that depends on financial supports from its members, sponsors and communities.



Guelph Youth Singers (GYS), formed in 1991, has become a high profile representative of the City of Guelph in the field of choral music and is now in its 27th season of providing the children of Guelph and surrounding area with a professional level of musicianship through choral music. Comprised of four main auditioned choirs and several specialized choral groups, GYS brings together children and youth ages 6 – 19+ for a musical adventure like no other.  Choir III, (performing tonight,) is further subdivided into Cantabile Choir and Chamber Choir. Chamber Choir members are senior choristers of Choir III who have been chosen for their advanced singing and reading ability. They rehearse both with Cantabile Choir and separately each week, allowing them to prepare extra, more challenging music. Weekly instruction includes vocal technique, theory and sight singing, and is augmented with workshops by guest clinicians in drama, movement and voice throughout the year. GYS III performs up to five major concerts per season as well as workshop, festival, corporate, community and guest performances and enjoys an annual tour, excursion or choir exchange. For more information, contact Guelph Youth Singers at 519-821-8574, or visit our website at guelphyouthsingers.com.


University of Guelph Symphonic Choir

The Symphonic Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Choir of the University of Guelph have a long and illustrious history as representatives of choral music in the Guelph community. Recent choral-symphonic performances have featured Mozart’s Requiem and Vespers; Verdi Requiem; Handel’s Messiah and Hospital Foundling Anthem; Orff’s Carmina Burana; Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms; Fauré’s Requiem; Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle; Honneger’s King David; Jenkins’ The Armed Man, a Mass For Peace; and Bach’s Wachet auf and Magnificat. The Chamber Singers were internationally recognized in 2012, winning 3rd place in the Mosbach, Germany International Chamber Choir Competition.  Siren, the Women’s Choir, has been featured at the National Conference of the Voice of Women for Peace and the Canadian Peace Alliance in Toronto; won third place from 78 entries across Canada in the Contemporary category of the CBC Radio Amateur Choir Competition in 2006; and represented the University of Guelph at Podium 2012 in Ottawa.