|Saturday evening, September 23rd, 2023 Harbourtown Sound was invited to sing at the annual "Taste of the Arts" event held in the Woodstock Art Gallery. This event was a sell-out, featuring tastings provided by local vendors such as chocolatiers, craft breweries, cheesemakers, and purveyors of all kinds of food.|
The chorus sang 3 songs as the doors opened, welcoming patrons to the event. The chorus then broke out into 2 quartets, Hindsight, and the Oddity, leaving the remainder to form a VLQ. These groups roamed the 3 floors of the art gallery providing beautiful harmonies wherever they went.
At 9:15 the chorus reconvened on the 3rd floor singing 3 more songs to a thrilled audience who shouted "one more song" over and over until we agreed to do so. The Mayor of Woodstock was there (pink jacket in the photo) as well as a trio called D'Eve Archer (down in front).
It was a truly memorable evening for the participants and patrons alike. I believe we are invited back for the "Lighting of the Tree" ceremony in November.
Bike For Mike
We had a VLQ of 13 Harbourtown Sound singers that came out for the 13th annual Bike For Mike "Music and Motion' event in Hamilton. This annual event provides 5 different routes, varying in length from 75 km to 5 km, for individuals, families, and teams to ride and raise funds through ride sponsorship, The funds are used to help realize the organization's aspiration to get 100% of students who live close enough to walk or wheel to and from school daily. Riding a bike and participating in music make us feel better in the present, and protect us in the future. Both activities have a great impact on brain health.
June 3rd Harbourtown Sound Spring Show
June 3rd, 2023, Harbourtown Sound presented what may be their finest show ever. With guest performers, The Steel City Rovers and 'Shoptimus Prime, the show was a raving success. We even had a set from the remarkable Tonal Canons.
In the foyer after the show, the crowd was abuzz with congratulations and compliments for all the performers they encountered.
It is such a boost for the chorus when our audience gets excited by how much we have upped our game thanks, to our skilled and dedicated leadership, and the world-class coaching we receive.
Next stop -The Barbershop Harmony International Convention in Louisville, KY!
On April 12th we lost a great barbershop ambassador, and friend to all he met.
Larry Armatage created his own video obituary last year, and the link to it is below.
The video really is typical 'Larry' upbeat, funny at times but most of all genuine and reinforces what we all knew about his unwavering love for Isabel.
Over the next few days, please take a couple of minutes to reflect on your time with a man that we were all proud to say that we knew.
In his own words, and with his own skillful editing, here is the link to Larry's obituary. LARRY ARMATAGE OBITUARY
|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.
|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.|
|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