The Toronto Accolades are a group of friendly, enthusiastic women singers of all ages and varied occupations, with a wide range of musical and non-musical backgrounds. We come from all over the Greater Toronto Area and gather every Thursday evening to share our love of music and singing at Earl Bales Community Centre, 4169 Bathurst. St., just south of Sheppard Avenue.
We sing a cappella, in four-part harmony, primarily in the barbershop style. We are always learning new songs to add to our repertoire of ballads, show tunes, folk and popular music. We learn from a combination of sheet music and audio learning tracks, so it is not necessary to know how to read music.
Our director, Wendy Arnold, has been directing us since the year 2000 and sharing her vast barbershop experience. Coaches are also brought in on a regular basis to work with the chorus. Classes and workshops are also available through Harmony, Inc., for those who would like to learn more about music and improve their singing skills.
Harmony, Inc. holds Area Contests in May and an International Contest in November, for those choruses and quartets qualifying in their Area Contests. In the past, the Accolades have participated in International Contests in St. John, New Brunswick, Hershey, Pennsylvania, Orlando, Florida, Windsor, Ontario, Verona, New York, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Our 25-member chorus puts on a show every other year. Throughout the year, we secure bookings to perform for retirement residences, businesses and community organizations. We also raise funds for the chorus by volunteering at bingo sessions through Charitable Gaming at Rama Toronto East.
We like to sing at community celebrations, health care facilities, and charitable events for worthy causes. In the past, a portion of what we earn from our paid performances has gone to support organizations such as the Autism Society, Sing Canada, the Brain Tumour Association, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada, and the York Centre for Children, Youth and Families. This year, we are supporting Sistering, a multi-service agency for at risk women in Toronto who are homeless or precariously housed
We always welcome new singers. Come to one of our rehearsals any Thursday to see if the Toronto Accolades would be a good fit for you. You'll want to email our membership chair first to make sure we aren’t away singing at an area function on the evening you wish to visit.
Elsie Rueter: 416-250-9840,
FUNDS PROUDLY RAISED THROUGH CHARITABLE
GAMING AT RAMA TORONTO EAST