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The Ontario District is one of the seventeen districts of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the world's largest all-male a cappella singing organization, and is the only all-Canadian district. It is committed to serving and supporting its 31 barbershop chapters, over 60 quartets, and over 1200 members throughout Ontario, and it is committed to promoting the Society's mission of bringing men together in fellowship and harmony to enrich lives through singing. Member choruses and quartets are encouraged to perform throughout their communities in support of worthwhile civic, cultural, educational, and charitable endeavors.

Ganaraskals present Musical ABCs May 20

  • Posted on: 24 April 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

PORT HOPE - Following a sold-out first annual concert last year, the Ganaraska Chordsmen are pleased to present a second annual concert May 20 called Musical ABCs.

That would be A for a cappella (which is the musical style of those barbershop harmonies the group produces), B for banjo (the instrument on which Jamie MacPherson of guest act Side by Side is a champion) and C for comedy (provided by the Toronto-based group The Aristocrats).

Looking Back - 1962 - Part I

  • Posted on: 22 April 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

By Waldo Redekop - Ontario District Historian

The old district directories make fascinating reading. My oldest District Directory is dated 1962. Did you know that in 1962 we had 29 chapters which included the two newly licensed ones, divided into nine areas and four divisions? They were:

Western Division
Area #1 - Chatham, Wallaceburg.
Area #2 – London, Sarnia, Stratford (Licensed), Woodstock.

Music at the Benson

  • Posted on: 22 April 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

By Lois Ann Baker, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

The halls will be alive with the sound of music!

The halls at the Benson Centre anyway. Next Wednesday, April 26, Cornwall’s C-Way Sound Barbershop Chorus is hosting a free guest night beginning at 7 p.m. in an effort to introduce Cornwall to barbershop and to see if they can maybe wrangle a few new singers to join them.

Looking Back - 1962 - Intro

  • Posted on: 25 March 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

By Waldo Redekop - Ontario District Historian

Over the years of being the district historian, I have accumulated quite a collection of many different items. A lot was as a result of the editorials that I wrote while editor of The Trillium asking people to preserve history and if they wanted to part with it, I would take it (much to the dismay of Donna). However, with the new web-master, Michael Black, being able to preserve material in an electronic format, I should be able to remove a lot of things from my basement.

Barrie County Chordsmen celebrating four decades in county

  • Posted on: 25 March 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

By Susan Doolan, Special to Postmedia Network

The Barrie County Chordsmen marks 40 years with a style of singing that is enjoying a resurgence thanks to movies like Pitch Perfect and the Grammy Award-winning pop group Pentatonix, who catapulted to fame after winning the 2011 American television singing competition The Sing-Off.

In the lead up to the Barrie group’s spring concert, the chordsmen have opened the doors to all men to participate in vocal workshops.

Love is in the Air for Ontario Barbershoppers on Valentines Day

  • Posted on: 16 February 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

Love—and music—were in the air this Valentines Day as barbershop singers across the province took part in sharing the joy of barbershop for the annual Singing Valentines. In Holland Landing, a class at Park Avenue Elementary School got a treat as Dino Kotsikas joined Shenanigans Quartet to surprise his daughter with a song and a rose. Dino has only been a barbershopper for one week, having just become the newest member of the Upper Canada Chordsmen in Newmarket. Check out the video below, taken by Dino's wife, Anna.

A lifetime of song: Meet Mansfield Rogers

  • Posted on: 11 February 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

By Laura MacLean, Huntsville Doppler

At 91 years young, Mansfield Rogers still gets a thrill when he takes the stage to sing. Conquering the jitters, well, that never really goes away.

Singing has always been his thing, and it always will be. Mansfield found his voice when he was a small boy, probably before he was six years old. He remembers gathering around the fire every Sunday to sing with his family while his mother played the piano. He also recalls taking the stage for a Christmas concert and being totally nervous. Those long-ago memories still surface every now and then and they are ones he will cherish forever. They were just the beginning of a lifetime of memories built by doing what he loves to do.

Guelph barbershop chorus offers singing valentines

  • Posted on: 10 February 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

By The Guelph Mercury

It’s a unique way to say “I love you” on Valentine's Day. Don’t just say it; have someone sing it.

The Royal City Ambassadors men’s barbershop chorus is offering people the chance to do just that this Feb. 14, with its singing valentines.

“Just call the Ambassadors to arrange for a barbershop quartet to visit your sweetheart on Feb. 14 to sing a couple of songs and present chocolates and a rose,” a chorus news release said.

Leaders from around Ontario upgrade their skills at Leadership Academy

  • Posted on: 14 January 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

Leaders of barbershop organizations from around the province met in Scarborough, Ontario this past weekend to learn about leadership skills and their positions. 83 members representing choruses in the Barbershop Harmony Society, Sweet Adelines, and Harmony, Inc. were led by a faculty of 14 district leaders over the two days of the event. Attendees took classes and workshops related to membership, web presence, directing, improving vocal inefficiencies, district-supported charities, and other topics relevant to a barbershop chapter.