Tradition & Innovation

cantabile choirs at a concertFor two decades, the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, under the direction of Dr. Mark Sirett, have created superb memories for countless choristers, parents, volunteers and audiences.  Deeply felt and resonant still through the mists of time, these memories will be celebrated during our 20th anniversary season. Join us for this year-long festival of cherished memories past and newly forged, delivered with Cantabile’s hallmark blend of innovative programming and musical excellence.


3 or 5 Concert Passes will be available July 15. You can purchase through our secure website, by calling 613 549 0099, or by mailing in an order form. If you are not on our mailing list, please call or email to have a season brochure mailed to your home!
For our 21st season, we are throwing open the doors to one and all with Festival Seating. Concerts in 2016/17 will remain general admission, on a first come, first seated basis.

Our Season

hope & gloryOur women's choirHope & Glory   Saturday Nov 5, 2016
Cantabile launches its 21st season in a regal salute to Her Majesty and the sublime choral traditions of Her realm. A vast array of choral works by British composers from the Renaissance to the present day has become the mainstay of the world’s choral repertoire: Tallis, Britten, Rutter, Taverner, Jenkins and even the Beatles!
All but the Junior Choir perform.

Christmas with Cantabileo christmas treeO Christmas Tree
Friday Dec 16 7:30 pm
Saturday Dec 17, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
In the words of one of our patrons, Cantabile Christmas concerts “transform our souls, heal our hearts, make our imaginations soar and offer peace to our weary spirits…” Bathe in the breathtaking beauty of these candlelight concerts imbued with the magic and nostalgia of the holiday season.

Evening performances feature all but the Junior Choir. The Matinee features all choirs.

the drinking gourdOur Men's choirThe Drinking Gourd
Saturday Mar 4, 2017
During the American Civil War ‘the drinking gourd‘, more commonly known as the Big Dipper, helped to guide fleeing slaves north along the Underground Railroad to Canada and freedom. Cantabile warmly welcomes to the podium one of the most dynamic conductors on the world stage today, André Thomas. A brilliant composer, arranger and author and director of the World Youth Choir plus festivals worldwide, he is one of the leading authorities on Afro-American music. Be sure to join Cantabile for this evening under the electrifying baton of André Thomas.
Adult and Teen choirs perform

Our Children's Choirit takes a villageIt Takes a Village
Saturday April 8, 2017
It takes a village to raise our children. And Cantabile firmly believes that village should be filled with the joy of singing! The sparkling, spirited voices of the McGill Conservatory Children’s Choir, directed by Penni Clarke and the Ottawa Children’s Choir, directed by Allison Prowse, join Cantabile’s Junior and Children’s Choirs in a joyous concert that celebrates the boundless energy and promise of youth.
Juniors and Children perform.

good cheerDr. SirettGood Cheer
Saturday May 27, 2017
Founded by Champlain in 1606, The Order of Good Cheer held weekly celebrations of good food, drink and musical entertainment to help brighten the long winter nights in Canada. Cantabile celebrates our nation’s 150th birthday with the invigorating sounds of the Québecois group, Bon Débarras. On their guitars, banjo, violin, washboard and harmonicas, and integrating foot percussion, jig and body percussion, the trio creates musical atmospheres that transcend boundaries and ages. Adult and Teen choirs perform.

All performances take place at Sydenham Street United Church.
Single tickets for all concerts are available here.