CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR, Tuesday, December 12th, 7 – 8pm. Tupper Auditorium (419 E 24th).

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on November 29th, 2017

On Tuesday, Dec 12th, 7pm Charles Tupper Auditorium (419 E 24th) will be alive with the sounds of the season as the VCS choirs along with audience for the Vancouver Food Bank. This is the third CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR to benefit the GVFB.

VCS choirs will provide family entertainment and also lead the audience in an hour long program of some rousing seasonal music. Invite your family, friends and neighbours.

Join the Fun!! The enthusiastic and spirited sound of the VCS choirs is the heart of this event but it’s a fantastic opportunity for the public to join in on many songs in this high energy show. For the Hillcrest neighbourhood especially, this is a fantastic way to reach out and support a charity during this time of year. Last December, the VCS choirs raised $2000.00 after expenses.

Admission is by donation ($10 – 20.00 suggested amount). All proceeds (after expenses) will go to the Greater Vancouver Foodbank (no food items please).

“And then, they’ll do something I (Grinch) hate most of all. Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small, will stand close together with Christmas bells ringing. They’ll stand hand in hand, and those Whos will start singing.

With each $1 VCS Choirs donate, GVFB can purchase at least $3 worth of nutritious groceries and fresh produce for the thousands of people they support each week. Family and friends are welcome!

Member of the BC Choral Federation, BC Kodály Association and Choral Canada.

VANCOUVER CANSING CHOIRS: TO THE SPIRIT OF SONG, 7pm, Friday, Nov 17, Charles Tupper Auditiorium.

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on October 29th, 2017

Vancouver’s unique multi-generational choir and Gerda Blok-Wilson (Artistic Director) and Kevin Eng (Assistant conductor, accompanist) will present their season’s first performance, To the Spirit of song Friday, Nov 17, 7pm, Charles Tupper Auditorium. Admission is by donation ($10 – $15.00 suggested amount). The choral celebration will include four youth choirs and an adult choir.

The songs will include Canadian Music Educators Association 50th Anniversary award winning piece, I am Song by Jen McKen, Sing by Pentatonix, and Sing for Joy (Judas Maccabaeus) by George F. Handel. The mass choir will be Craig Hella Johnson’s arrangement of I Love You/Wonderful. The audience will have a chance to sing too: I’m singing in the Rain.

This hour long uplifting program with both youth and adult singers depicts VCS choir’s passion and love of music and how it speaks to the soul of our singers and our audiences in many wonderful ways. We hope you can join us!!

Member of the BC Choral Federation, BC Kodály Association and Choral Canada.

Twitter: @vancansing

Website: www.cansing.ca

Vancouver CanSing Choirs, a multi-generational group

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on August 19th, 2017

VCS in the Vancouver Hillcrest neighbourhood, began in 2010 and is comprised of 4 youth choirs and an adult choir (all ages) and provides opportunities for youth and adult musical collaborations and music-making.

The choirs rehearse and perform separately at Cityview Church (4370 Sophia St) but one of the highlights is the multi-generational singing that is built into the rehearsal and performance format. Each session creative programming provides for children to perform with adults (many who are parents).

The approximately one hour long performance is built around a big theme. Songs for each choir are chosen from this theme including several mass choir selections which include multi-generational singing with different youth groups and adults and youth. The connection between the singers and audience is also of key importance and for each performance there is at least one audience sing along song that fits the theme.

The rehearsals run for a period of 8 – 10 weeks and then all the choirs come together to perform for each other, friends, family and general public. The finale piece is always a mass choir selection with five choirs performing together. The final rehearsals are an exciting way to grow musically and socially.

The philosophy of the community group is “if you can talk, you can sing.” The program is for people who have had previous experience singing and those who can carry a tune but would genuinely like to learn how to sing. The music is eclectic but chosen from the finest choral songs with a preference to Canadian composers. The development of singing skills and overall musical learning is a key aim along with social interaction.

The sense of community and joy derived from this choral approach has been exciting for both youth and adult singers. In just a few years, the choir has made great musical strides. The full membership has grown from 25 singers to approximately 140 singers per session.

Here are five favourite mass choral selections that have worked well:

All Choirs

We Rise Again arr Stephen Smith

Hallelujah arr Emerson

Land of the Silverbirch arr Gerda Blok Wilson

Light One Candle arr Cormier

Let the River Run arr Craig Hella Johnson

 

Youth

All the Little Rivers Larry Nickel

Oleana arr Gerda Blok-Wilson

On the Back of an Eagle Nancy Telfer

Yesu Ni Wangu arr Ruth Morris Gray

Path to the Moon Eric Thimann

Announcing Vancouver CanSing’s 8th season. Come sing with us!

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on June 10th, 2017

The Vancouver CanSing (VCS) 2017 fall choir session registration is open! All rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 12th, Cityview Church, the Hillcrest neighbourhood. We welcome new members (youth and adult) who love to sing and perform. Please share via email, Facebook, Twitter, newsletters so the word gets out to people who are keen to sing! To register, see the choirs below and click for information and instructions.

Level 1 (ages 5 & 6) FULL (email gwilson@cansing.ca for wait list)

Level 2 (ages 7 & 8) FULL (email gwilson@cansing.ca for wait list)

Level 3 (ages 9 – 13)

Level 4 CHORthemo (advanced choir) (ages 10 – 17).

*New members need to audition for this advanced choir (see information on website).

Adult Choir (non-auditioned)

The choirs will be rehearsing for the 70 – minute show, TO THE SPIRIT OF SONG, Friday, November 17th, 7pm and will feature thematic songs from the classic, jazz, popular, musical theatre and folk genre. While many pieces are still being selected, the show will feature some fantastic mass choir selections including  Changes (women’s choirs), Stand by Me (men) Bonse Aba (Adult & Chorthemo) Sing (Advanced youth choir) & Kusimama (Mass Youth choirs). The VCS mass choir of 150 voice will perform I Love You/What a Wonderful World. A more detailed list of music repertoire will be sent to registrants at the end of June.

What a delight to see the wonderful work being done here! CanSing is comprised of various choral groups of varying age groups, all of whom sing separately but also engage in multi-generational music-making.  I could not help but be swept away by the spirit of community.  The joy and sense of belonging in the room was undeniable. Dr. Jeanette Gallant

Member of the BC Choral Federation, Choral Canada and the BC Kodály Association

 

The Vancouver CanSing Youth Choirs will present the musical, TRICK ME ONCE, May 23rd, 7pm and May 26th, 7pm, Cityview Church

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on April 27th, 2017

The Vancouver CanSing Youth Choirs will present the musical, TRICK ME ONCE, May 23rd, 7pm and May 26th, 7pm, Cityview Church

Trick Me Once May 6th background ReductionThe Vancouver CanSing Youth Choirs will present the musical, TRICK ME ONCE, May 23rd, 7pm and May 26th, 7pm, Cityview Church (4370 Sophia St). Admission is by donation ($10 – $15.00 suggested amount to cover professional fees, rent, choir expenses). The musical play was written by Gordon Long (script) and six original songs by Gerda Blok-Wilson (music) in 2007 and has been performed by youth ages 11 – 18 for schools and communities. The choirs will also perform school shows 10:30am & 1pm, May 26th.

Come to a time when the world was just beginning!” Imagine what would happen if that legendary trickster from the Northwest Coast, the Raven, were to come face-to-face with his equally-sly counterpart from the Interior, the Coyote? What would happen if the two of them were entrusted with the weather?  Is there even the slightest chance that they would get along?

Not the slightest chance.

When it comes to messing up the weather, global warming has nothing on these two masters of tom-foolery, when they set out to trick each other, using the weather as their battle ground.  Between the heat and the cold, the rain and the sun, when these two get rolling, nobody has a chance.  Not even the audience!

The show will be approximately an hour in length. We hope to see you!

Vancouver CanSing is a member of the BC Choral Federation, BC Kodály Association and Choral Canada

*I am always so impressed with your performances…Elana Goldberg (General Wolfe Elementary)

*We love your shows! Jessica Wilkes (Van Horne Elementary School)

VCS Adult Choir presents COME SING AND BE JOYFUL Tues May 9th, 8pm

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on April 20th, 2017

Vancouver CanSing Adult Choir presents COME SING AND BE JOYFUL, Tuesday, May 9th, 8 – 9pm, Cityview Church (4370 Sophia St – 5 Mins East from Main & 28th). Admission is by donation (suggested $15 – $20.00 to cover rent and professional fees). The choir will perform seasonal songs by Antonio Vivaldi, Srul Irving Glick, Larry Nickel, Billy Joel, Harold Arlen and more.

Spring poster 2Special guest and returning VCS Choir soloist will be Emmanuelle Lyons, third year UBC opera Singer.

This is the final concert of the season for the adult choir. If you are interested in singing with a choir September 2017, come join our group. We are awesome! Click VCS Adult Choir information

Member of the BC Choral Federation, BC Kodály Association and Choral Canada

www.cansing.ca

VCS Level 1 & 2 choirs present LEMONADE and Songs. Friday, Mar 3, 7 – 7:45pm & Tuesday, Mar 7, 5 – 5:45pm Cityview Church (4370 Sophia St.).

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on February 25th, 2017

Lemonade and songs invitationFri, Mar 3, 7 – 7:45pm & Tues, Mar 7, 5 – 5:45pm Cityview Church (4370 Sophia St.), the Vancouver Cansing Level 1 and 2 choirs, Hillcrest neighbourhood, will present LEMONADE and Songs. Everyone is welcome. Admission is by donation. Suggested amount is $5.00 to cover expenses.

The show will feature a few songs from the Level 1 and 2 choir year and a 20 minute musical called LEMONADE by John Jacobsen and John Higgins. Join in the fairytale frenzy when Chicken Little, the a Little Pig, Humpty Dumpty, the Cat with a fiddle, Little Bo Peep, Little Girl Blue and a host of other characters are having a bad day! With the help of a cheerful Mother Goose, they learn to make the best out of life’s ups and downs.

Bring your family and friends!

When the world gives you sunshine, don’t live in the shade. When the world gives you lemons…make lemonade!

Vancouver CanSing Choir, youth and adult, is a member of the BC Choral Federation, Choral Canada and BC Kodaly Association.

CANADA EH. Tuesday, February 21st, 7 – 8pm, Charles Tupper Auditorium

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on January 31st, 2017

Canada Eh 150Tuesday, February 21st, 7 – 8pm, Charles Tupper Auditorium (419 East 24th Ave), the Vancouver Cansing choirs, Hillcrest neighbourhood, will come together to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with the show, CANADA EH.

Conducted by Gerda Blok-Wilson and accompanied by Kevin Eng, the show will feature Canadian songs from the classics (“Psalm 47”, Srul Irving Glick), popular (“Everything I do”, Bryan Adams), musical theatre (songs from Anne of Green Gables and Hair), folk (“Northwest Passage” and “Fogarty’s Cove” by Stan Rogers) and many more. A feature piece, “Winter 1819”, was arranged for VCS Adult Choir by Toronto based recording artist, Paisley Jura and the mass choir selection will be “We Rise Again” (the Rankins).

Bring your family and friends! Come celebrate with us!

Everyone is welcome. Admission is “pay what you can” (suggested amount $10- $15.00/person to cover expenses).

Vancouver CanSing Choir, youth and adult, is a member of the BC Choral Federation, Choral Canada and BC Kodaly Association.

Vancouver Cansing Level 3 space available, Tuesday, Jan 3 – 17

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on December 21st, 2016

level-3-postVCS Level 3 choir (ages 9 – 13) has a few spaces for interested singers. Rehearsals for the Winter session’s show CANADA EH will begin Tuesday, Jan 3-17, 6 – 7:15. The songs will include selections from ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, We Rise Again (Rankin family) and Hockey Song. Please spread the word to family and friends!

For information: http://cansing.ca/projects/choir-level-3/

 “What a delight to see the wonderful work being done here! CanSing is comprised of various choral groups of varying age groups, all of whom sing separately but also engage in multi-generational music-making.  I could not help but be swept away by the spirit of community.  The joy and sense of belonging in the room was undeniable. I am impressed by the obvious musical strides this organization has made in a few short year… Bravo!!!” Dr Jeanette Gallant

 “The kids were fantastic – the sound carried so well, even the soloists. And the choreographed numbers were so cute. The adult choir was flawless…. Brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for bringing so much joy to the neighbourhood.” Beth Ringdahl

Member of the BC Choral Federation, Choral Canada and BC Kodaly Association.

CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR, December 13th, 7 – 8pm, Charles Tupper Auditorium (419 E24th).

by Gerda Blok-Wilson on November 21st, 2016

posterThe Vancouver CanSing Choirs, Gerda Blok-Wilson and Kevin Eng will present CHRISTMAS IN THE AIR, a short program of seasonal songs and audience singalong, Tuesday, December 13th, 7 – 8pm, Charles Tupper Auditorium (419 E 24th).  Admission is by donation ($10 – 15.00 suggested amount). All proceeds will go to the Greater Vancouver Foodbank (no food items please). With each $1 VCS Choirs donate, GVFB can purchase at least $3 worth of nutritious groceries and fresh produce for the thousands of people they support each week. Family and friends are welcome!

Member of the BC Choral Federation, BC Kodaly Association and Choral Canada.