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A Brief History of North Lakeshore Chorus

Performing concerts in historic Ontario church venues since 2012, the North Lakeshore Chorus was not named as such until 2014. A SATB Community Choir drawing from experienced singers from the greater Toronto, Kingston and Cobourg regions, all on the north shore of Lake Ontario, choir members first sang together in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Concerts followed in 2013 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation on June 2nd, 1953.

After a successful concert series in June of 2014, which paid tribute to the soldiers of the First Contingent of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and the 100th Anniversary of the start of the Great War on August 4th, 1914, the choir embarked on a highly successful 10-day tour of the Maritimes in August. This was the catalyst for tours to England, France and Belgium in 2015 to pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the deployment of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on the European Continent in 1915, and to Newfoundland in 2016 to pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the horrific losses suffered by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment at the Battle of Beaumont Hamel on July 1st, 1916.

2017 saw concerts in Kingston, Cobourg, Whitby and Wellington to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation on July 1st, 1867, as well as a choral tribute in Wellington to honour the memory of Pte. Thomas Clifford Wilson, who was killed at the Battle of Passchendaele on November 4th, 1917, and had grown up on the farm in which the Producer Michael Korn now lives.

2018 saw choir members traveling to England, France, Belgium, Germany and Scotland on a two week tour to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. There were also two concerts in Ottawa on November 10th; one at the Canadian War Museum and the other at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral. Many singers also attended the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial.

Members of the choir are very excited about the prospect of traveling to Italy in June, 2019 to pay tribute to the Canadians who took part in the Italian Campaign from 1943 – 1945. Leanne Piller will conduct the choir, Jacqueline Mokrzewski will accompany on the piano and Garret Rodgers will play the bagpipes. The 2019 Tour promises to be a very memorable one.
The choir will also present a series of three Ontario concerts in September in Cobourg, Scarborough and Picton to pay tribute to the 80th Anniversary of the Royal Visit to Canada in 1939 and the 80th Anniversary of the start of the Second World War on September 10th, 1939.

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