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Stairwell Carollers perform in Stittsville on June 17

(press release)

The Stairwell Carollers are proud to present an afternoon freewill offering concert at Stittsville United Church, Saturday June 17th, at 2:30pm.   The concert is a “sparking initiative” hosted by the Stittsville United Church and will feature a variety of madrigals, masses, motets and modern pieces ranging from the Renaissance to Contemporary.

With sacred and secular repertoire from all eras, this concert has something for all choral music fans and aficionados.  Highlights will be the Missa brevis by Lotti, their most viewed sacred work on YouTube, as well as Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, Lauridsen’s Contre qui Rose, Whittacre’s Sleep and many more. The repertoire also includes an original work by their own director Pierre Massie, Qui creavit celum.

Pierre founded the group in 1977, singing Christmas carols in the stairwells of residences at the University of Ottawa during exam time.  The choir would start at the top of the residence stairwell and work their way to the bottom, attracting the attention of students who would emerge from studying in their rooms to listen to the carols.  The group also performed everywhere in Ottawa, in malls, on buses, carolling along the market and sparks street.

It was during one of their impromptu performances at Bayshore shopping center that Stittsviller Gord Atkinson, then the voice of CFMO radio, heard the choir and invited them to sing live on CFMO for their Christmas Exchange Telethon.  It was during this first appearance on radio with Gord Atkinson that the group got its name.  There was a little air space at the beginning of the broadcast and the group was asked its name at the last minute. Up until that point, the choir, then only ten singers, did not have a name.  The Stairwell Carollers was quickly suggested, based on its beginnings singing in stairwells, and that has been the choir’s name ever since.  Mr. Atkinson also had a lot of involvement in the choir’s production of a fundraising album for Ronald McDonald House in 1986, an initiative which raised over $53,000.

Beginning in September 2017, The Stairwell Carollers will celebrate their 40th year of song in the National Capital Region. To commemorate this milestone, they have many ideas for events, workshops and activities. Any offering you may decide to give at this concert goes toward helping make these initiatives a reality.

There are several levels of donations available and some come with perks.  More information is included on our website at HELP US REACH OUR GOAL


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Goulbourn Jubilee Singers celebrates 40th anniversary

(PHOTO: The Jubilee Juniors performing on stage at a December 2016 Christmas performance.)

The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers are celebrating  a big anniversary this year.  This community choir has been active in Stittsville for 40 years and is a true gem of a program offering non audition, low cost and inter-generational programs. Continue reading


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West Ottawa Ladies Chorus plans a colourful performance on December 3

(Photo: The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus at Bridlewood Trails retirement residence.)

(press release)

They are not a gospel choir, but the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus does not shy away from singing with gusto ‘Jesus, What A Wonderful Child’. Toes will be tapping and bodies swaying.

A Christmas Kaleidoscope is a colourful concert delivering a virtual mosaic of music celebrating winter and the holiday season layered in four-part harmony. First and second sopranos lift notes gently to the rafters while first and second altos provide warm undertones.

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West Ottawa Ladies Chorus: Invitation to join open house rehearsals

(via West Ottawa Ladies Chorus)

Get your voice out of the bathroom and automobile and bring it to a music rehearsal. The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus is having Open House Rehearsals. You can experience how a director brings out the best in each voice, hear what the chorus sounds like when learning new pieces and join in to try a little singing yourself or sit back and listen. This is a chance to meet others who love to sing and mingle. Among laughs and hugs witness how these 34 ladies of all ages put it all together. Continue reading


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West Ottawa Chorale and Ladies Chorus to present joint Christmas concert

(press release)

St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Kanata will be filled with sounds of Christmas as the West Ottawa Chorale joins the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus to blend their voices in joyous song. A dedicated audience regards this annual performance as their inspiration and the best start to the season.

Guest tenor and bass singers enhance the four-part harmony of the WOLC chorus members as over 50 voices swell to present traditional music from around the world. A medley of familiar Christmas carols (A Wreath of Carols) to a 12th Century traditional French carol (The Friendly Beasts) to a traditional Polish carol (Lulajze, Jesuniu),  plus ‘Star Carol’  a challenging choral number arranged by John Rutter.

Under the direction of Robert Dueck, each singer strives to reach his high standards of vocal excellence. “It is enjoyable to practice and hear ourselves sing a fuller harmony with the men.  For some of us, we’re really stretched in our lower voices.  I’m sure the variety this brings makes the concert more interesting and enjoyable to the audience as well.” Jocelyne Wise

Treat yourself and your family and/or friends to a truly wonderful Christmas experience. Performances are Sat. Dec. 5th at 7:00 pm and again on Sun. Dec. 6th at 2:30 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 20 Young Road in Kanata.  Advanced tickets -$15 are available from choir and Chorale members as well as at Gaia Java – 1300 Main Street Stittsville; Kanata Barbershop  2 Beaverbrook Road Kanata;, and Robin’s Nest  98 Mill Street Almonte.  Tickets at the door are $20.


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West Ottawa Ladies Choir brings the past alive

(press release)

The West Ottawa Ladies Choir (WOLC) will raise their voices in recognition of the armed forces that fought bravely to keep our country free. On November 11, WOLC will join in song with residents of the Stittsville Retirement Living Residence. Tunes familiar to the audience will bring back memories and get toes stomping as the melodies of The White Cliffs of Dover, Pack up Your Troubles and Grandfather’s Clock and many more fill the halls. Continue reading


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