Congratulations to all the winners of these awards. Their efforts exemplify hard work and dedication to Barbershop singing.
The Barbershopper of the Year Award has been bestowed every year since 2006 to recognize exceptional commitment and service by members of Harbourtown Sound to the ideals of barbershop singing.
All winners of the award have demonstrated their dedication by exemplifying the mission of the chorus: to support local charities, while serving, educating, and entertaining community, business, and charitable organization members, as well as senior citizens and schoolchildren in the greater Halton-Hamilton region.
The Legacy Award is conferred infrequently to members who have made an outstanding contribution to the chorus, and to the world of barbershopping.
The winner of our 2020 Sandy Bell Award is Tony Barton, a member of our bass section. Tony joined the BHS in 1978, singing with the Oakville Entertainers, where he first met Ron Fitchett and Fred Lilley. In 1996 he met a fresh-faced kid named Jordan Travis and a somewhat older Ted Byers. These contacts led him inevitably to Harbourtown Sound.
Having previously won the award in 2006, Jordan deservedly joins an exclusive club of repeat-winners, alongside Sandy Bell and Dale Wood. The founding artistic director of Harbourtown Sound in 2003, Jordan is the guiding force behind all we do. Music and teaching are his passions, especially vocal music.
Andy Dennett is recognized for his outstanding contributions at both the Chapter and District levels. In the words of his nominator, “He's always quick to lend a hand, and does every job with an energy and passion that few possess…an 'everyman' guy, blessed with talent, drive, passion, and an approachability that typifies the ideals of Ontario barbershop."
The Harbourtown Sound Legacy Award for 2018 is awarded to Bruce Bonnyman.
Bruce was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, and took to music like a duck to water. Early on, he learned to play clarinet, saxophone, and piano, and studied harmony at the Royal Conservatory of Music. At the age of 89, he has been a barbershopper for more than 70 years.
His wish for everyone is that we may never grow too old to respond to the caress of a Barbershop chord.