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.
Our Vision: Continually learning and growing to create beautiful harmonies for the enjoyment of all.
Our Mission Statement: The Toronto Accolades is a diverse group of women who find joy in a cappella singing, while supporting, challenging and inspiring each other, and enriching the life of our community.
Our Values: Commitment, Community, Respect, Working Together
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.
Harmony, Inc. holds Area Contests in May and an International Contest in November, for those choruses and quartets qualifying in their Area Contests. The Accolades have participated in a number of International Contests in Canada and in the United States.
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.
A portion of what we earn from our paid performances goes 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