SOUNDwaves March 2022

Type of post: Newsletter
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Posted By: David Wiener
Status: Current
Date Posted: Mon, 7 Mar 2022


Congratulations to Scott McCarthy, our Assistant Director, who has been awarded the 2021 Barbershopper of the Year Award.

Each year, the BOTY is awarded to a chapter member who has, during the previous year, most closely embodied the exceptional commitment and service by members of Harbourtown Sound to the ideals of barbershop singing.

The award has been bestowed in our chapter every year since 2006. All seventeen 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 our district.


We are immensely proud of the contributions of all our BOTY Award winners:

  2006    Ted Byers, Sam Sloane, Jordan Travis
  2007    Sandy Bell, Tom Carson
  2008    Sandy Bell, Garth Spencer
  2009    Dale Wood
  2010    Chris Seaward
  2011    Brian Mills
  2012    Barry Towner
  2013    Dale Wood
  2014    Pat Normally
  2015    Bob Lesiw
  2016    Vic Linka
  2017    Larry Armatage
  2018    Jim Boyd
  2019    Andy Dennett


Congratulations to a stalwart member of our bass section for many years and a tireless contributor to chorus committees and task groups, Bob Roach, who has been awarded the 2021 Sandy Bell Award.

The award is named in honour of our late president, Sandy Bell, whose contributions to the chorus over several years were unmatched.

Tony Martino and Tony Barton are the previous winners of the award since it was renamed in 2019 (formerly the President’s Award).

Bob has recently taken leave from singing with the chorus, and his contributions will be greatly missed.



Because Harbourtown Sound had qualified for the 2020 Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention in Los Angeles, CA (which was cancelled because of COVID, as was the 2021 Convention in Cleveland), we have been invited to compete in the 2022 International in Charlotte, NC, from 3–10 July. The chorus has accepted the invitation, pending further developments with the pandemic.

Under normal conditions, we would have had to compete at the 2021 Ontario District Fall Convention to earn a spot, but that Convention was also cancelled because of the ongoing pandemic. Since we resumed in-person rehearsals last fall (interrupted for a few weeks after Christmas), the chorus has been learning two songs to perform in Charlotte, a ballad and an up-tempo song.

If we are able to successfully launch a spring show, those songs and many others from our repertoire will be featured for our audiences.



Again this year, the chorus offered singing Valentines to all who wanted to serenade their loved ones. Unlike past years, however, these could not be offered in-person for fear of spreading the COVID virus. Not to be deterred, members recorded a love song that could be sent virtually, and there were many happy recipients on Valentines Day.

If you were not on the receiving end of one of the cards, here is a video clip of what you missed --- Sample Video



Harbourtown Sound, together with our sister chorus, A Cappella Showcase, thrilled two audiences with a wonderful Christmas Concert at Compass Point Bible Church on 4 December 2021. This was our first live concert in two years, and it was hard to know who was having more fun, the folks listening, or us up on stage.  We sang to a sold-out audience for our matinee performance, and another large crowd for our evening show.

Several members of the chorus also took part in a number of sing-outs during the Christmas season, visiting two Probus clubs, singing at a memorial service, and performing at the Burlington Market.

Two other planned sing-outs were cancelled when pandemic restrictions were changed, but the initiative was still successful in advancing our mission to be active in our community.



After an outreach by members of the chorus executive, Harbourtown Sound has been invited to sing in the City of Burlington 2022 Concerts in the Park series, on 24 August. Our 90 minute performance will run outdoors from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Central Park Bandshell in Burlington.

We hope many of our family and friends will plan to attend what is sure to be a wonderful evening of ringing chords and beautiful harmonies.



Ted Byers, President

Jordan Travis, Music Director

Scott McCarthy, Assistant Director

Mark Yung, VP Secretary

Jim Taylor, VP Treasurer

Vic Linka, Chorus Manager

Jim Boyd, VP Marketing

Brian Cameron, VP Membership



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