Cantabile pays tribute to Canada’s indigenous peoples with North Star

Cantabile presents Tribute to Truth and Reconciliation

North Star
Saturday November 3, 7:30 PM, The Spire
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Cantabile pays tribute to Truth & Reconciliation and Canada’s indigenous peoples in North Star. The opening concert of the season will feature Words, Stories, Truth, awarded Choral Canada’s ‘Outstanding Composition 2018′, by Anishinaabe poet Vera Wabegijig & Mark Sirett. The Trilogy, which was commissioned by Canada 150 for the choirs of the Western University, was recently awarded “Outstanding Choral Composition 2018” by Choral Canada.

On the Programme

The Children’s Choir, Young Women, Young Men, Men’s Choir and Women’s Chorus are joined by an ensemble of flute, oboe, violin, cello, bass, percussion and pianists Michel Szczesniak and Clare Miller in this special concert inspired by Canada’s indigenous peoples, which marks the opening of Cantabile’s 23rd season of choral activities.

The programme includes the iconic Canadian soundscape, Miniwanka, by Canada’s venerable R. Murray Schafer, plus works by a host of contemporary Canadians that display a wide variety of compositional styles and techniques. These include three young, inventive composers, Sarah Quartel, Mishaal Surti and Kelly-Marie Murphy, and well-known established composers such as Srul Irving Glick and Brian Tate. The poetry set by these composers includes words by the celebrated Mohawk author, Pauline Johnson, Inuit poet, Rae Witvoet, plus a number of anonymous Inuit, Algonquin and Salish poets.

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Special guest for the evening will be Vera Wabegijig, who will offer a Q and A prior to the show.  As a poet, writer and film-maker, Vera has received awards from the Canada Council, BC Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council and most recently was recipient of the 2016 Chalmers Arts Fellowship award. Her writing has been printed in many anthologies; she has been featured at the Ottawa International Writers Festival, Canadian Spoken Word Festival, VerseFest, Talking Stick Festival and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Cantabile in the Community

Join Cantabile’s Men’s & Women’s Choruses for Evensong at St. George’s Cathedral

Beautiful music on a Sunday afternoon, including Charles Stanford’s Psalm 150, the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by T. Tertius Nobel, and Hail, Gladdening Night in the glorious setting of St. George’s Cathedral and accompanied by Michael Capon, organ.

Sunday, October 21, from 4:00 to 4:45 PM
St  George’s Cathedral





Inspiring Women
An evening at The Isabel celebrating the achievements of women from Queen’s University and in the community.

The Cantabile Women’s Chorus will perform ‘Hark! I Heard the Harps Eternal’, (arr. Alice Parker), ‘Here in My Heart’ by Canadian composer Sarah Quartel, the stirring ‘Warrior’ by Kim Baryluk, another Canadian, and a gospel classic, ‘Stand Upon the Rock’ arranged by Cantabile Honorary Patron and acclaimed conductor/composer Rollo Dilworth.
Also on the programme, Kristin Cochrane, CEO of Penguin Random House, Kris & Dee and poets Alyssa Cooper and Linda Stitt.

Thursday October 25, 7:30 PM
The Isabel Bader Centre
Admission is by donation.

Cantabile Annual General Meeting






Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given for the Cantabile AGM on Monday, Oct 22, 6:30 pm. Interested choristers (age 18 & over) and parents are welcome to attend as voting members of the association.  Members of the community who are neither choristers or parents may become a member of the association and entitled to vote upon purchase of membership of $1 available at the door. In addition to reports for the 2017/18 season and approval of the budget for the year, there will be the election of new Board members.
If you are interested in serving on the board please contact Chair Christa Bracci at: Any other questions may be directed

Wonderful Recognition for our choirs and Artistic Staff!

Over the past several months Cantabile’s Youth Singers, Assistant Musical Director and Founding Artistic Director have all been recognized for their outstanding work.

In June our Assistant Musical Director and Cantabile alumnus Geoffrey Sirett won a Dora Award for his highly acclaimed starring role in The Overcoat, a co-production of Canadian Stage and Tapestry Opera. The new opera played to rave reviews in Toronto before moving to Vancouver for another sell out run. The opera is slated to become one of the most notable new operas in the modern canon, and Geoffrey’s performance was remarkable – nuanced, moving, funny and perfectly sung.

In June our Youth Singers were awarded first place in the Ontario Music Festival Association provincial finals, and moved on to the national finals taking place this summer. The teens wowed the panel with their “Outstanding performances!… extremely polished and well executed…thank you!”


Last, but certainly not least, congratulations to our founding Artistic Director Dr Mark Sirett! ‘Truth’, set to words by Vera Wabegijig, has won Choral Canada’s ‘Outstanding Choral Composition’ for 2018.  The three movement work was commissioned by Gloria Gassi, Voice faculty, conductor of St. Cecilia Singers and alumna with the assistance of Western’s Canada 150 fund. Inspired by the events surrounding the efforts of Justice Murray Sinclair in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Ms. Gassi’s aim was to highlight the themes of forgiveness and healing so that the “truth of our common experiences will set our spirits free.” Read about the composition and the award. 

Congratulations one and all – thank you for helping to show the country what a musical hotbed Kingston is!

The Cantabile Summer Chorus presents In the Evening












Relax & enjoy an hour long concert on a beautiful June night with Cantabile’s special ‘summer chorus’.

Friday June 15, 7:00 pm
The Spire, Sydenham St United Church

The Cantabile Summer Chorus presents an hour-long concert entitled “in the evening”, with music that is perfect for a beautiful June night. This special two-week choir camp for adult singers, which is directed by Mark Sirett, will present music by Bach, Victoria, Rachmaninoff, plus selections of  Liebslieder Waltzes (“Love Waltzes”) by Brahms,  and Canadian folk songs. Contemporary selections include “Let the River Run” by Carly Simon, “When the Earth Stands Still” by Dan MacDonald, and Bruce Sled’s rhythmic and upbeat “Jing-ga-lye-ya”.  Joining the choir will be Clare Miller, piano; with a guest appearance by pianist, Michel Szczesniak for the Brahms Waltzes.

Admission is free;  donations at the door would be appreciated.