|Soprano Melissa-Marie Shriner is well known as a versatile performer in recitals, concerts, and self-produced shows throughout southern Ontario and upstate New York. In 2018, she was thrilled to be nominated for an Establish Artist Award for the St. Catharines Arts Awards.|
Her jazz endeavours include a recording, A Christmas Love Song, a throw-back to the classic Holiday recordings of the 1940's and 1950's.
Ms. Shriner holds a solid reputation as a vocal pedagogue through Melissa Shriner Music Studio in Jordan Station, and serves as vocal/choral workshop clinician at various high schools in the Niagara Region. She has performed with Harbourtown Sound on previous occasions, and we are delighted to welcome her back to this year’s Christmas show.
|Jamie and Joy MacPherson are the married partners of Side By Side, and have also appeared with Harbourtown Sound on many occasions. Twice Canadian National Banjo Champion, Jamie has performed with Peter Appleyard, Jeff Healey, CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce, Toronto’s Breakfast Television, and is a regular member of both the Ragweed Jazz Band and the Hot Five Jazzmakers.|
An accomplished accordion player, Joy is also a life member of the Canadian Dance Teachers Association. She established the Joy Booth School of Dancing in the east end of Toronto, which ran for forty-nine years.
See the link below for a 2-minute promo video - highlighting some feature instrumental numbers with a brief introduction by Gordon Lightfoot.
For more information watch:
Side By Side Video
John Graham Swanson
Fire Chief's Memorial Service
Sat. May 7, 2022
The OAFC represents the Chief Fire Officers from 441 Fire Departments across the province in leading innovation and excellence in Public and Life safety.
The chorus sang God Save the Queen and O Canada, followed by Let There Be Peace On Earth and Hallelujah. Following the service, chorus members sang All Of Me, together with a number of familiar song tags.
Harbourtown Sound has performed at the OAFC convention several times in the past, in keeping with its mission to support community, business, and charitable organizations, as well as senior citizens and school children, in the greater Halton-Hamilton region. This was the first OAFC memorial service held since 2019 because of Covid restrictions, and in that time, twenty-eight Ontario Fire Chiefs have died.
Bike for MikeSunday May 1, 2022
On Sunday May 1st, a quartet from our chorus entertained the crowds at the Bike for Mike event in Hamilton. We may add that they got to drive around in an amazing bike we feel is perfect for a barbershop quartet!
A big thanks to Paul Wagg (bass), Ed Johnson (baritone), Ron Coulter (lead), and Richard Heuss (tenor) who entertained the crowds at the Bike for Mike event today. We hope you stayed dry and enjoyed riding the perfect quartet bike as well as singing up a storm! Troupers all, in the true HTS spirit.
At Bike for Mike, the mission is to get kids physically active on a daily basis because of the transformative effect this can have on the way they experience the world. We do this by creating better opportunities for them to walk/wheel to school. This is the one activity that we can think of that benefits their physical, cognitive, and mental health, their independence, and teaches them the value of environmental stewardship. Our aspiration is to get 100% of students walking/wheeling to and from school on a daily basis.
Harbourtown Sound presented a virtual 2020 Christmas show, Home for the Holidays, which ran on YouTube from 11 – 31 December 2020, and which was viewed more than 1650 times. ... more
Attached is a copy of a press release sent to a number of local and regional media outlets, as well as to provincial and international BHS outlets, regarding a Canada Day InstaChoir performance led by Jordan Travis.
Please share this information with your own social media contacts and people on your email contact list.....the more viewers who see the performance, the better! The release has already been posted on our website, and will be posted on our Facebook page.
Thank you, and stay safe!
Good morning, HTS members, and friends of the chorus,
Attached is a copy of a press release sent to a number of local and regional media outlets this morning, as well as to provincial and international BHS outlets, regarding decisions taken by the chorus with respect to the COVID-19 restrictions mandated by the province.
Please share this information with your own social media contacts and people on your email contact list. It has already been posted on our website, and will be posted on our Facebook page.
Thank you, and stay safe!
|Harbourtown Sound Men’s Chorus|
Wins Gold at Ontario District Competition
HAMILTON, ON – 20 October 2019 – Hamilton’s premier a capella men’s chorus, Harbourtown Sound, has won Gold at the 2019 Ontario district convention of the international Barbershop Harmony Society. The convention took place in Brantford, Ontario from 18 – 20 October 2019.
The win entitles the chorus to represent Ontario at the BHS world championship competition, which will be held in Los Angeles, CA in July 2020.
This is the fifth time Harbourtown Sound has won the right to represent Ontario internationally. At our most recent competition, in Orlando, FL in 2018, we finished twenty-fourth in the world out of eight hundred choruses.
We will present our annual Christmas show, North Pole’s Got Talent, at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, 23 November, at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
Thank you to all our families and friends for your wonderful support.
|Hard as it is to believe, 2019 marks the fifteenth year in which the men of Harbourtown Sound have been making music and making friends.|
You won’t want to miss our annual spring show to mark this grand anniversary. Once again, it will be at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, and tickets may be requested from chorus members now.
Special guests are Rhythmfoot, a fiddle-playing, step-dancing family who will amaze everyone attending.
Tickets may be purchased from any chorus member.