By John Riedl
You may have heard by now that Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. It’s been in all the papers.
With activities and events scheduled throughout the country all year, Huntsville will also share in the joy of the occasion with many activities of its own. A great way to kickstart the party would be to come and see the Huntsville Community Choir as they present “O Canada Eh?”.
“What better way to recognize our home and native land than to sing some of its history and honor some of the great talent that has been born through us,” says John Riedl, President of the Choir. “We are offering a celebration in song taking our audience across this great land of ours, showcasing some of its talented artists and revealing some of the country’s fascinating stories in song. We’ll journey to an East coast harbour, labour alongside loggers in Quebec, feel the sway of wheat in Alberta, do some squid jigging in Newfoundland and much more. We’ll spend a fair amount of time in Ontario and even praise the black fly. Okay, so maybe praise is a little strong. Let’s just say we’ll sing about the black fly.”
The choir will also be doing selections from some of Canada’s best known and influential artists including Joni Mitchell, Ian and Slyvia, Blue Rodeo, and, of course, Huntsville’s own Hawksley Workman.
The choir’s guest this concert will be the Huntsville High School Chamber Choir, featuring more Canadian music and an original piece from one of its members.
So let’s get this party started. The Huntsville Community Choir presents “O Canada Eh?” on Friday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 27 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for students; children under 12 are free. Tickets are available at Treasures and Trophies or at the door. “O Canada Eh?”: songs ‘bye’ and ‘aboot’ us Canucks!
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