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.

Listening Files Nov 3

Hi folks.

These are listening files for WORDS STORIES TRUTH converted to MP3 files. (The ones in the drop box are too large to post on this site.) The name is above each selection.

Warrior Drum Mixed – SA

Warrior Drum Treble Alto

Warrior Drum Treble Soprano

We Are Standing

We Are Standing Mixed S/A

We Are Standing Treble Alto

We Are Standing Treble Soprano

We Are Standing T/B

Words of My Ancestors

Words of My Ancestors S/A

Words of My Ancestors T/B

Words of My Ancestors Treble Alto

Words of My Ancestors Treble Soprano

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

September Open Rehearsals!

Join Us This Fall!

Do you love to sing? Are you looking for an extraordinary musical experience? Sing with Cantabile! Join us for our September Open Rehearsals, and you can see for yourself.




The first rehearsal for the Junior Choir is Friday September 21, from 4:15 to 5:15, in the upper hall at the The Spire, 82 Sydenham St. Children ages 8 & 9 years of age are welcome to drop by the rehearsal with their parents: join in the singing, learn about the season and our organization, and if interested, do a quick and friendly audition for inclusion in the choir.

No appointment needed, and for more information, email

The Open Rehearsals for the Children’s & Teen Choirs have concluded, however, if you or a family member or friend would like to speak to us about becoming involved this season, please email