Posts Tagged ‘Gerda Blok-Wilson’


Sunday, November 29th, 2020

For a number of years the Vancouver Cansing Choirs held a benefit concert for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank on the first Tuesday of December. In the spirit of the season, families and friends contributed generously, for a total of about $3500. Sadly, in-person singing is not currently permitted due to the COVID19 pandemic. We can’t count on the special atmosphere of a live concert to open hearts and wallets. But the Food Bank still needs our help more than ever–demand is up and fundraising events challenging.

So we offer the next best thing–a virtual performance, “Here Comes a New Day!”, looking forward to the hoped-for beginning of the end of COVID19 sometime in 2021. Truly, a New Day!

We are asking you to support the Choir’s commitment to the essential work of the Food Bank by making a contribution and promoting the cause to family and friends. Please share the URL for this event,, with people you know who love music and helping people in our community access the nutritious food they need (or by using the sharing options–Facebook, Twitter and email– provided above). Gerda has warm memories of her own childhood in Prince George when her father suffered a prolonged illness and the food hamper from a local charity made Christmas possible for her family.

Thank you in advance for joining the Cansing Virtual Food Drive! And best wishes for this unusual holiday season and better times in 2021. We hope you enjoy the songs. Stay safe.

Gerda and Kevin.

PS You’ll find more information about the choir here: . We’ve got our hearts set on getting the adult choir back to normal in September, 2021. Let us know if you’re interested in joining.

VCS Adult Choir Virtual Registration for Oct 13th – Dec 1st.

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

The Vancouver Cansing Adult Choir invites singers to register a Virtual Choir session, HERE COMES ANOTHER NEW DAY Tuesday, October 13 – December 1st. Rehearsals will be 8 – 9:15pm.


VCS is excited about singing again and having the opportunity to connect with friends while being physically distanced.

The sessions will cover vocal warm up and technique, learning the text, learning specific parts and many other vocal and choral techniques. Gerda Blok-Wilson (Artistic Director) and Kevin Eng (Assistant director and accompanist) will be in the same room so it will be easier to hold the rehearsal format while singers are on mute (because of the latency effect).

Following registration, singers will receive their music via pdf and will be given instructions on how to record so that we can put together and share a few songs at the final meeting time, Dec 1st.

Click: TOMORROW IS A CHANCE TO START OVER. This was recorded during the March to June Covid closures.

While VCS is based in the Vancouver Hillcrest neighbourhood this will be a virtual program so singers can register from other communities. Feel free to invite your friends and family!


Friday, May 29th, 2020

The VIRTUAL CLOWNS PROJECT with members of Vancouver Cansing Youth choir (ages 10 – 14), Hillcrest Neighbourhood, Gerda Blok- Wilson and Kevin Eng was a creative learning journey (Zoom meetings, recording) during these challenging Covid 19 times in April and May, 2020. It was great to produce a recording of the project for learning purposes. Nothing is even close to perfect! Super hard for us as conductors.

Although there are many things that might have been done differently, it was a great way to connect with the singers more individually via electronics. They’re so creative!

Even when back to in-person rehearsals, the Zoom sectionals, etc can be an efficient way to work with smaller groups on projects we might not be able to do during “normal” times, for example, meeting up with composers!

The full virtual project is posted at:

Vancouver Cansing Adult Choir May 5th Final Zoom/Virtual Recording

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

“Soon you’ll be through the dark!” Last night was Vancouver Cansing Adult Choir’s final ZOOM Check-in which included our VIRTUAL RECORDING of Hilary Grist’s “Tomorrow is a Chance to Start Over” (arrangement by Larry Nickel and available through Cypress Choral music) – It was one of the pieces that was scheduled to be performed at our May 5th Spring Show. The lyrics seemed to work for these difficult times.

The recording was created with individual recordings from our non-auditioned singers who range from totally novice to proficient. Kevin Eng spent a lot of time editing files together and I created the video component. Both of us learning lots of stuff!

Not perfect nor better than being together but I’m so proud of the VCS members for journeying with Kevin Eng and me through this totally new experience.

Like other choirs, the Vancouver Cansing Community Choirs have had to hold “social distancing” rehearsals since mid-March.

The whole Covid situation has felt like moving from one unknown to the next. I continued rehearsals by providing a weekly learning plan which included individual SATB rehearsal tracks for each song (which I make), rehearsal notes for skill development, listening examples, bios on the composers and review of previous pieces (mostly for familiarity). We held short Zoom meetings once a week for sectionals and good chats.

We look forward to singing together in the same space and performing the other songs we’ve rehearsed. Hugs to all

VANCOUVER CANSING CHOIRS: HERE’S TO SONG, 7pm, Friday, Nov 22, Charles Tupper Auditorium.

Friday, November 15th, 2019

We hope you can join the youth and adult Vancouver Cansing Choirs (Hillcrest Neighbourhood) for HERE’S TO SONG, Friday, Nov 22, 7pm, Charles Tupper Auditorium. Admission is by donation ($15 – $20.00 suggested amount).

The 60 minute show will be filled with a variety of songs including selections by Canadian songwriters and composers Allister MacGillivray, Lydia Adams, Jean McKen, Stan Rogers, Ron Smail, Erica Phare-Bergh, Hilary Grist, Larry Nickel.

Two highlights will be 60 youth choir singers performing “Revolting Children” (Matilda) and 125 singers in the mass choir performance of MacGillivray’s HERE’S TO SONG.

Along with Gerda Blok-Wilson (Artistic Director) and Kevin Eng (Assistant conductor, accompanist), we hope to see you!

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

Twitter: @vancansing

VANCOUVER CANSING CHOIRS: WE ARE THE MUSICMAKERS, 7pm, Friday, Nov 16, Charles Tupper Auditiorium.

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Chase away the November rains and join the youth and adult Vancouver Cansing Choirs (Hillcrest Neighbourhood) for WE ARE THE MUSICMAKERS, Friday, Nov 16, 7pm, Charles Tupper Auditorium. Admission is by donation ($15 – $20.00 suggested amount).

The songs will include selections from GF Handel, Brian Tate, Gene Maclellan, Jim Papoulis and a mass choir selection of Enya’s Echoes in Rain by Gerda Blok-Wilson. It’s a tradition for the audience to sing at our shows and you will have a chance to burst into song on All I have to do is Dream by (Everly Brothers).

Along with Gerda Blok-Wilson (Artistic Director) and Kevin Eng (Assistant conductor, accompanist), we hope you can join us!

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

Twitter: @vancansing

Website: www.cansing.caMusic Maker 8 X 11

VCS Youth Choirs present The MOZART PHENOMENON MUSICAL May 22nd and May 25th, 7pm, Cityview

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is perhaps the most recognized composer of all time.  He is not only known as one of the most famous child prodigy in music history but also as a brilliant composer in his adult life.  The Vancouver CanSing CHORthemo and Level 3 youth choir, directed by Gerda Blok-Wilson and accompanied by Kevin Eng  will present performances of THE MOZART PHENOMENON, Tuesday, May 22, 7pm (Community Show), and Friday, May 25th, 10:30am & 1pm (School Shows) and 7pm (Community Show), Cityview (4370 Sophia St). Admission is by donation (suggested $10 – $20). 

Crazy, zany and eccentric Mozart’s personality and music speak to everybody, of any age and on any level of musical experience.  This 50 minute musical play explores the wonders of Mozart’s life and music in a fun way.

The audience will be transported back to the 18th century along with the two main characters, Katrina and Karla, and their new found friend, Mozart.  From touring Europe with his older sister, Nannerl, and playing for kings and queens in the great courts as a young child to his continual search for employment, family life, development of his operas and the mysteries behind his death, the audience will enjoy discovering the phenomenon of Mozart’s life and music.

The choir is a member of the BC Choral Federation, BC Kodaly Association and Choral Canada.

Do you love to sing? Come sing with us! For information:



VCS SOAR, Tuesday, February 27th, 7pm, Tupper Auditorium

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Vancouver CanSing Choirs will explore songs that “Soar” Tuesday, February 27, 7pm, Tupper Auditorium (419 East 24th). Including works by Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, Giuseppe Verdi. Jeanette Gallant, Brian Wilson & Mike Love (Beach Boys), John Lennon and Paul McCartney (The Beatles), Justin Hurwitz (La La Land), there will be a premiere performance of “Rise Up” by Gerda Blok-Wilson.

Along with the final mass choir piece “The Rhythm of Life” (Sweet Charity), performed by 150 singers from five choirs, the uplifting songs in this approximately one hour show promise to be appealing to all choir friends and family.

Admission is by donation. Suggested amount is $10 – 15/person. We hope you can join us!

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

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

Monday, 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.


CATCH THE DREAM, Friday, November 18th, 7pm, Tupper auditorium (419 East 24th Ave)

Monday, October 24th, 2016

catch-the-dream                                                                                                                 The Vancouver CanSing Choir in the Hillcrest neighbourhood conducted by Gerda Blok-Wilson and accompanied by Kevin Eng will present the approximately 60 – minute show CATCH THE DREAM, Friday, November 18th, 7pm, Tupper auditorium (419 East 24th Ave). The concert with both youth and adult choirs will feature songs such as from the classic (Dies Irae – Mozart Requiem), popular (I Got a Name – Jim Croce), musical theatre (Nightmare Before Christmas medley) and many more. The mass choir selection will be Baba Yetu (Civilization IV) and a choral arrangement of Carly Simon’s Let the River Run (150 voices).

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.