Recent Events


  • Spring Show Guests: 'Shoptimus Prime
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 5 Mar 2023
    In their time together, 'Shoptimus Prime has facilitated youth a
    cappella workshops, opened for Juno Award winners, busked on the
    downtown streets of Toronto, recorded music for an award-winning
    video-game soundtrack, performed alongside college a cappella
    ensembles, and disseminated the infectious joy of singing to thousands of people, from all walks of life.
  • Spring Show Guests: The Steel City Rovers
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 5 Mar 2023
    The Steel City Rovers perform dynamic and expressive music that is a unique composite of traditional Celtic music and North American styles, including bluegrass, folk, and roots. They stand out for their powerful, emotive vocals and engaging entertainment, headlining large festival stages, giving intimate concert performances, educating in a variety of workshop and master-class settings, and performing internationally with symphonies.
  • Melissa-Marie Shriner -Christmas Show Guest
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 28 Nov 2022
    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.
  • Side By Side -Christmas Show Guests
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 27 Nov 2022
    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 - In Memory
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 19 Oct 2022

    John Graham Swanson
    September 22nd, 1946 - October 19th, 2022

    It is with deep sadness that we share the news that our brother in song, Graham Swanson passed away suddenly.  Graham was an enthusiastic singer, a deeply caring man, and great friend to all who met him.  He will be so sorely missed by all of the chorus, and of course, his loving family.  Graham Swanson's sudden death occurred while on holiday in Egypt with his loving wife Lydia and their circle of friends.

    Graham was a much-loved and committed brother with the Harbourtown Sound for 7 years, singing with us on our local shows and the international stage and he helped out in many ways whenever asked.

    As Graham said in his book, “Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened”. ❤️

    Our thoughts go out to Lydia and the family in their time of loss.  We will miss Graham on the risers, and think of him as we share our harmony.

    A full obituary can be found at Smith's Funeral Homes

  • Fire Chief's Memorial Service
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 7 May 2022

    Fire Chief's Memorial Service

    Sat. May 7, 2022 
    Harbourtown Sound performed for the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs at its annual memorial service on 8 May 2022.  The service wrapped up a week-long OAFC convention at the International Conference Centre in Mississauga.

    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 Mike
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 1 May 2022

    Bike for Mike

    Sunday 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.

  • Virtual Valentines 2021
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 9 Apr 2021

    Virtual Valentines 2021

    Sun, 14 Feb 2021 
    As part of our Singing Valentines outreach, hundreds of people from around the globe received personalized Valentine messages from loved ones, and were thrilled to listen to our chorus sing ... more
  • Home for the Holidays - Christmas 2020
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 9 Apr 2021

    Home for the Holidays - Christmas 2020

    Tue, 1 Dec 2020 
    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
  • Canada Day InstaChoir
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 29 Jun 2020
    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!
  • COVID-19 Cancellations
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 6 May 2020
    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!

    Brad Burt
  • CHCH Toy Drive
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2019
    CHCH Toy Drive
    Feel free to share this press release about our upcoming Christmas events with anyone who might be interested.
  • 2019 Christmas Show Press Release
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 11 Nov 2019
    Feel free to share this press release about our upcoming Christmas show tih anyone who might be interested.
  • BHS Competition Press Release
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2019
    The attached press release about the recent BHS competition in Brantford was sent today to a number of local and regional media outlets.
    Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be interested.
  • HTS Wins Gold
  •  Date Posted: Sun, 20 Oct 2019
    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.

  • BHS Ontario Convention
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 11 Oct 2019
    Attached for your information is a press release sent today to several local and regional media outlets regarding the upcoming BHS district convention in Brantford.
    Feel free to share the release with any and all who may be interested.
  • Sandy Bell Tribute
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 27 Aug 2019
    Attached is a tribute in memory of Sandy Bell---
  • June 2019 Newsletter
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 23 May 2019
    Attached is the June 2019 issue of HARBOURTOWN soundwaves, a quarterly newsletter for members and friends of our chorus. 

  • Spring Show 2019
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 29 Apr 2019
    Attached please find a press release regarding our upcoming spring show, which was sent to the Hamilton Spectator for its 'Too Good to Miss' section.
  • Spring Show Press Release
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 11 Apr 2019
    Attached please find a press release regarding our upcoming spring show, which was sent today to several print and broadcast media outlets.
  • HTS 15th Anniversary Show
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 20 Feb 2019
    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.

  • HTS Show at St. Luke's
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2018
    The Parish Church of St. Luke in Burlington will host a Christmas concert by Harbourtown Sound, Hamilton’s award-winning a capella chorus, on Sunday, 16 December, 2018, at 3:00 pm.
  • Performance at Woodview Health Centre
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2018
    Hamilton’s award-winning a capella barbershop chorus, Harbourtown Sound, will be performing a special Christmas show for children at the Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services in Waterdown on 19 December 2018.
  • Rotary End Polio Now Concert
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 26 Nov 2018
    Here is a press release sent today to several regional media outlets about our special show yesterday for Rotary's End Polio Now campaign.
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