Archive for the ‘Congratulations’ Category

SHOUT OUT to members of the VCS Level 2, 3, 4 Youth Choirs!!

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

At CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR, a Greater Vancouver Fundraiser, members from the Level 2, 3,4 choirs raised $1070.00 with their singing, caroling! Fantastic effort everyone!!

Thank you so much to all the youth singers who participated, Cityview Church and to Kevin Eng and Andrea Westaway for their generous support with this project. Also, thank you to parents who volunteered to help and David Vaisbord for the group pictures!

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. Dr Seuss

Christmas in the Air Group

Thank you to VCS CLOWNS cast members for the wonderful, energetic storytelling!!

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

It was fantastic to watch everyone grow as singers and actors this year.  I’m so proud of you all.  You’ve given such joy to so many people.

 I’m always a bit sad when projects like CLOWNS end.  But as our final song reminds us: “The best in life is still to come.”

There were so many positive comments from the audience and I’m still getting emails. One child at the Friday concert said, “How do they learn all of that?”   

Also, thank you to parents for helping to make this second VCS musical happen and for the beautiful flowers!!  

 I’m already looking at musicals for next spring.  Ones that will stretch your acting and singing even more.  Cedar Shayel

Congratulations on two wonderful SEIZE THE DAY shows

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Seize the day 3 - 14On behalf of Erica (accompanist), Andrea (assistant), Lucy (assistant) and me, I have to say that it’s been amazing to see the skill development this year.  The Level 2 & 3 singers “wowed” the audience with their expression, part singing and choreography! 

The commitment to rehearsal and creating an engaging performance by most of our members was reinforced by the standing ovation at the evening show! Congratulations!!

 EricaFor Vancouver CanSing Choir’s third session this year, rehearsals for the musical, CLOWNS, begin Tuesday, April 1st, 6:15 – 7:15 (chorus) & 6:15 – 7:45 (acting schedule will be given out at 1st rehearsal).  The community shows will be 2:30 & 7pm, June 7th, Cityview.  There are plans for school shows, Friday, June 6th (TBA).

There is no audition for chorus.  Group auditions for acting roles will be held at 419 Aubrey Place, April 5th & 6th.  Just like last year, children will sign up for 30 minute segments.  Full details will be given out at first rehearsal.

Adult Choir and Level 1 choir will resume September 30th Cityview Church.  Early registration will be mid-June.

Vancouver CanSing Adult Choir: Tony Araujo GUEST CONDUCTOR

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

With his energetic and inspiring conducting skills, Tony Araujo (BC Boys Choir, Corpus Christi Choir, St Patrick’s Regional High School Choirs) had the ability to pull out the best of Vancouver CanSing Adult Choir (Gerda Blok-Wilson, Artistic Director) members during their first GUEST CONDUCTOR session.  He reinforced a lot of concepts including vowels, diction, tone and storytelling. 

 Thank you to choir members for their whole-hearted participation!! There was a great response from singers when Tony Araujo  asked them to try new exercises and concepts.  Sometimes choir members don’t respond with such SPIRIT!!

SEIZE THE DAY , Saturday, March8th, 2:30 & 7pm, Immanuel Baptist Church (109 E40th Ave) is  going to be a great concert!

Vancouver CanSing Choirs fun and holiday-spirited caroling!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Thank you to Vancouver CanSing Choir members who Christmas caroling at District Main Riley Park and Hillcrest Community Centre! 

 From the smiling faces, people joining in and dancing babies, your singing put the holiday spirit into many bystanders as well as our own group.

 Thank you to District Main Riley Park for the $150.00 donation.  It has already been donated to the Greater Vancouver Food bank (

Merry Christmas!!

Wishing good cheer to our neighbours!

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Thank you to the carolers who sang a pretty classy set of seasonal songs at Hillcrest Saturday, Dec 15th.  Wishing good cheer to our neighbours and getting into the Christmas spirit ourselves was a highlight for me and I know many of you.  Seeing the smiling faces and even people joining in on “Five hockey sticks” (Moose in a Maple Tree lyrics) was fantastic!  THANK YOU to Eileen Cervi and the skating club for so generously sharing their goodies with us and to Lorelei Lauten (Hillcrest Centre) for hosting us. 


We knocked everyone’s socks off!

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Tuesday, Jan 8th start up!

Congratulations to everyone for your fantastic performances at the HEART AND SOUL.
From diction, phrasing, vocal technique to expression, interpretation and teamwork all choir levels engaged the audience.

On behalf of the artistic team, Erica, Andrea, Erin (choreographer) and I, it was a pleasure rehearsing and conducting you!

Music has already arrived for the show, LOOK TO THE RAINBOW, Saturday, March 9th, 2:30 and 7pm – I’ll send samples in the next few days.

Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, January 8th. I hope to see everyone back for this exciting session which will culminate with all three choirs performing the a mass choir arrangement of the Voice – please share the news with friends and family. I’ve also confirmed that soloist, Emanuelle Lyons, will be back by popular demand.

If you can’t join us for this term, please let me know ASAP because music folders will be prepared next week.

Returning members do not need to re-register but payment can be made online: LEVEL 1, LEVEL 2, LEVEL 3 and ADULT CHOIR.

Thank you again and if I don’t see you before January, best wishes for a wonderful Christmas!!

Vancouver CanSing brings people together!

Friday, July 27th, 2012

 Vancouver CanSing “love to come together to sing as one” reports  Zoe McKnight in the Vancouver Sun article, July 23, 2012: The Power of Singing a Secular Hallelujah

 She writes:

“When conductor and music educator Gerda Blok-Wilson moved to East Van fromPrince Georgethree years ago, she found many of the choirs were auditioned and she wanted one completely open to the public.  She started CanSing in 2010 with 11 adults and 15 kids.  Those numbers have tripled, with 30 adults and 45 kids.  They cover classic, spiritual, folk and popular tunes, and are located in Riley Park, so most members can walk to rehearsal to get their “singers fix.”

“It’s more than I envisioned.  And for me it was a great way for me to meet people inVancouver,” Blok-Wilson said.

 Blok-Wilson hopes more people, even those who lack musical training, take part in singing.  “It’s only natural”, she said, “People sing with their families or they hum on the street.  But they do love to come together and sing as one.”

Vancouver CanSing “Singing Girls”

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Some of the Cansing members doing their thing at theWeber St block party on Canada Day!

Vancouver CanSing Concert congratulations and Tuesday, Jan 10th start up!

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Congratulations to everyone for your two Vancouver CanSing performances at the “I’ve Got the Music in Me” show.  I know many of you were taking the formal concert choral stage for the first time.  You made it an exciting event and a fantastic start to the 2011-12 season!!

 Rehearsals will start again Tuesday, January 10th for the next concert, “Feeling Good”, Saturday, March 3rd.   I hope to see everyone back for this exciting session (and we always welcome new members who love to sing) which will culminate with all three choirs performing again – please share the news with friends and family – poster attached!  Registration is now available online.  Thank you again and best wishes for a wonderful Christmas!!