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Who are the toronto accolades?

Founded in 1968, Toronto Accolades is an all-female a cappella choral group singing four-part harmony in the barbershop style. We are members of Harmony, Inc., an international organization promoting friendship and personal growth through music and music education. Our repertoire includes a variety of music, both old and new, fast and slow. We put on shows, compete at Harmony, Inc. annual contests, and perform within the community. Please browse through our website to find out more about us.

 

OLG CHARITABLE BINGO

The Toronto Accolades love to perform, and miss singing at retirement residences and community events around the GTA.  Keeping members engaged and practising their repertoire is no small feat, when we can't get together to perform.  With the generous support of the Rama Toronto East Bingo and Gaming Centre, we've been able to hire coaches to attend many of our weekly ZOOM rehearsals, each one focusing on a different skill with a fresh perspective.  We've also been able to purchase new costumes, as well as new music and learning tracks, so we can emerge from the COVID-19 restrictions with an expanded repertoire of performance-ready songs.     

Though we have been unable to perform since March, that doesn’t mean we are not still thinking of the members of our community. With some of the funds we have received from Rama Toronto East during the time of COVID-19, the Toronto Accolades have donated to three charities working hard to support Torontonians struggling with food and housing insecurity: The North York Harvest Food Bank, The Salvation Army and Street Haven.

Thank you Rama for helping us to help others!

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We would normally meet every Thursday evening, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Earl Bales Community Centre, 4169 Bathurst St.  (Bathurst and Sheppard) for fun, friendship and song! We look forward to the time when visitors can come and experience the joy of a cappella singing with the Toronto Accolades once again.

In the meantime, we are connecting every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. on ZOOM.  We welcome anyone to join us on ZOOM, connect with our members and see what our chorus is all about.

Email our membership chair for more information. Join us and find your voice!

Contact Lisa Taylor: 647-886-1766,

 

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DIRECTOR SEARCH

Applications are being accepted up until December 15, 2020, for the position of Director of the Toronto Accolades.  If you are interested in applying, please contact Rhonda Mandelzys at president@torontoaccolades.com for more information. 

The chorus is continuing to meet each week on ZOOM to receive coaching from some of barbershop's top talent, rehearse repertoire, discuss singing techniques, and just connect with each other and socialize.  We are a friendly, welcoming group, and encourage anyone who is interested to check us out by joining one of our Thursday evening ZOOM meetings.


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IC&C

Nothing was going to stop Harmony, Inc. from holding International Contest and Convention this year, as over half the membership tuned in to enjoy it virually on November 6 and 7. The Opening Ceremonies were held on Friday evening, followed by an Afterglow Party of entertaining games, videos and a vote for People's Choice winners. Members were encouraged to wear their Derby hat, to pay tribute to Louisville, Kentucky, where this year's contest was supposed to take place. Saturday events ran all day, including education classes and an "un-contest" to which each chorus contributed one of their performance videos.  For fun, the Toronto Accolades chose to submit a video of the chorus singing "O Canada" at an OHL hockey game back in February -- a lifetime ago!  This year's Parade of Champions featured a host of championship quartets, as well as our 2019 chorus and quartet champions, A Cappella Showcase and Hot Pursuit.  Then came the Closing Ceremonies, and a hope to see each other for real next November in Kentucky!







 

 

Saturday events ran all day, including education classes and an "un-contest" to which each chorus contributed one of their performance videos.  For fun, the Toronto Accolades chose to submit a video of the chorus singing "O Canada" at an OHL hockey game back in February -- a lifetime ago!  This year's Parade of Champions featured a host of championship quartets, as well as our 2019 chorus and quartet champions, A Cappella Showcase and Hot Pursuit.  Then came the Closing Ceremonies, and a hope to see each other for real next November in Kentucky!



 

 

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Why not hire the Toronto Accolades to entertain at your next event?    Our chorus performs at corporate functions, community and charity events, birthday and Christmas parties, awards nights, engagements, weddings, and anniversaries.  We also have quartets and small groups within the chorus which sing for a variety of audiences, including businesses, community, civic and charitable organizations, retirement residences, church groups and social clubs throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

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