This! is Canada – Virtual Choir

Experiences Canada is dedicated to finding innovative ways to connect young Canadians at a time when so much continues to keep them apart. Nothing brings young people together more than music!

The This! Is Canada – Virtual Choir, is made up of youth age 11-17 from across Canada, with a passion for singing. All voices and abilities welcome!  No prior experience necessary.

We are excited to announce that applications are now open for another This! is Canada – Virtual Choir! To accommodate the holiday season we’ll be running 2 x 6 week sessions running from Oct 12 to Nov 16, and Feb 1 to March 8. You are invited to sign up to one or both sessions!

Sign up today and release your inner rock star!

 

HOW IT WORKS:

Participants have weekly group rehearsals via Zoom (held Tuesdays at 7pm EST). Sessions are conducted primarily in English, but translation is available for French speaking participants on request. The choir is led by Lee Hayes, a professional voice coach and music teacher. At the end of each month, time is set aside for youth to present their own projects about music and their communities.

Over 6 weeks, participants will learn two Canadian popular music pieces. Everyone is encouraged to submit vocal recordings of their parts, plus photos and/or videos to go into a group choir video for each song! All recordings will be mixed and presented as music videos.

Youth will also be required to complete two assignments: a daily life profile video; and another creative project e.g.- photo gallery, video, or website featuring an aspect of the music culture and history in their community that they will share with each other. These projects will also be uploaded to our  This! is canada – Interactive map.

The Songs:

Youth participants will learn 2 distinctly Canadian Songs over the 6 weeks of rehearsals. Songs for the upcoming choir are still being decided but we do have a few guidelines for choosing the songs:

  • All the songs have to be by Canadian artists.
  • We want wide representation and relevance in content.
  • We choose songs we think our singers would know and love!

The Team:

Voice Coach: Lee Hayes

Award-winning Canadian songwriter and CFMA nominee Lee Hayes is a full-time singer, songwriter, arranger, choir director, and voice teacher. Lee is known internationally for her A Cappella groups Malaika and Cantarra, and on Showtime for her song “I Should Have Been David Duchovny’s Bride” (Californication). Based in both Ottawa and Vancouver, Lee is Canada’s busiest choir director and vocal coach. Since the pandemic, Lee has formed an online choir (VOX Virtual Choir) that has members from all over Canada, the US, and South America.

As a performer, Lee has toured Canada, the US and the UK, and has appeared on several international radio and television shows (CBC, CTV, CJOH, the New RO, BBC, ABC, WTN). Lee has over 250 a cappella arrangements in 3-7 part harmony to date. Many choirs around the world have licensed and performed her arrangements.

Accompaniment/Technical Production : Rob Cosh

Rob Cosh is an audio engineer/ producer/ composer/ voice over artist. He has been mixing and mastering audio for music and video for over 20 years. His recording/mixing credits include: Brad Sucks, The Peptides, and many more independent artists from across North America.

Rob Cosh co-founded the 613 Casual Choir in 2013. Since that time, and along with partner Lee Hayes, the 613 Casual Choir has become a tremendous success, consistently drawing hundreds of singers from all over the Ottawa region and beyond to joyful, community-driven sing-along events. Rob & Lee continue to host the 613 Casual Choir virtually on a regular basis, and participants attend from not only Canada but from around the world!

Rob has also released music under his own name, as well as “thehipcola, Slither, Flaming Tiger”, to name a few.. While most likely to be found in the studio sculpting sound, he’s also been spotted meditating, camping, and tuning pianos.

Past Songs

Check out the amazing songs created by our first This! is Canada Virtual Choir:

 

Scars To Your Beautiful (Alessia Cara)

Scars To Your Beautiful was chosen because of the powerful message, and also because the artist, Alessia Cara, is a strong female role model.  The video reflects the message of how we can be so self-critical in superficial ways, and how affirming positive choices can be.

 

Northern lights (The Jerry Cans)

Northern lights by the Jerry Cans is a fun, driving song about life in the far north, with incredible imagery and an anthemic vibe!  The video has a nature-driven theme, with scenes from all over Canada, but personal to our choir members.

 

Un Canadien Errant (Whitehorse)

Un Canadien Errant was a surprising choice in that it is so traditional, but this version (by Whitehorse) puts a new spin on the song. This video was to portray our love for our country, the wistfulness of missing loved ones during this pandemic, and our ties to our home.

 

Blinding Lights (The Weeknd)

Blinding Lights by the Weeknd was our ‘dessert’ song, a song with so much speed and movement. Our singers had a lot of fun with moving lights and spinning backgrounds. It’s the last song we worked on as summer approached and health restrictions were easing. There’s a strong sense of freedom and excitement!

SUPPORT THIS! IS CANADA – VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

We know that many families have been severely impacted by the pandemic, and we need your support to ensure no youth is left behind due to changes in their family’s financial circumstances, cultural concerns or geographical or technological disadvantages.

You can help ensure our programs are accessible to all. Please consider making a donation, allowing youth to stay connected and participate in our virtual programs.

Virtual Choir Application:

Note: Participant fees are $50 for 1 x 6 week session, or $75 to sign up for both sessions. This covers rehearsals, all music and other materials required, plus optional participation in the virtual exchange program. These fees will be due once accepted into the program.

Experiences Canada is dedicated to ensuring full access to its program regardless of geography, ability or economic circumstance. Limited special measures funding requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you have any questions about the virtual Choir or the application process, please contact us at: communications@experiencescanada.ca

Applications close Sunday October 3.

Weekly rehearsals will be Tuesdays at 4pm Pacific time (7pm ET, 8:30 NL), and un from Oct 12 to Nov 16, and Feb 1 to March 8.

Virtual Choir application
Address / Adresse *
Address / Adresse
City / Ville
State/Province
Zip/Postal
I identify my gender as / Genre: *
Applications are open to youth 12-17 years old.
Which 6 week session would you like to sign up to (you may select both) / À quelle séance souhaitez-vous vous inscrire:

Tell us about yourself / Parlez-nous un peu de vous

What is your singing experiences / Quelles sont vos expériences en chant: *
List as many that apply
Do you sing high, medium, or low? / Chantez-vous haut, moyen ou bas?
Do you play a musical instrument? / Jouez-vous d’un instrument de musique?
eg: Possible scheduling conflicts

Collection and Use of Personal Information

As the parent/guardian, I hereby give my consent for EXPERIENCES CANADA to collect the personal information required for submission to the EXPERIENCES CANADA Virtual Choir. I understand that this personal information is required for the purposes of selection and program delivery and that it will only be used by EXPERIENCES CANADA or disclosed to select third parties who are acting as suppliers, service providers or who provide funds to EXPERIENCES CANADA and who have agreed to protect the personal information supplied by EXPERIENCES CANADA.

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En tant que parent/tuteur, j’autorise EXPÉRIENCES CANADA à recueillir tous les renseignements personnels requis pour participer à la Chorale virtuelle d’EXPÉRIENCES CANADA. Je comprends que ces renseignements personnels sont nécessaires aux fins de sélection et d’exécution du programme et qu’ils ne seront employés que par EXPÉRIENCES CANADA ou divulgués à des tierces parties qui agissent à titre de fournisseurs, de fournisseurs de services ou de bailleurs de fonds pour EXPÉRIENCES CANADA et qui ont accepté de protéger les renseignements personnels transmis par EXPÉRIENCES CANADA.

By checking “Yes” I indicate that I freely give my consent to the collection and use of personal information of this participant as set out above. // En cochant « Oui », j’indique que je donne mon libre consentement à la collecte et à l’utilisation des renseignements personnels, tel que décrit ci-dessus. *
I understand that my child may have the opportunity to express himself/herself verbally or in written form, create or appear in photographs and/or video recordings at any point during the EXPERIENCES CANADA virtual choir, individually or as part of the group. / Je comprends que mon enfant peut avoir l’occasion de s’exprimer verbalement ou par écrit, de prendre des photographies/de produire des vidéos, ou d’y figurer, à tout moment dans le cadre du programme de Chorale virtuelle d’EXPÉRIENCES CANADA, individuellement ou en groupe. *

Formulaire de demande – Chorale virtuelle:

Remarque : Les frais de participation sont de 50 $ pour une séance de six semaines ou de 75 $ pour s’inscrire aux deux séances. Cela comprend les répétitions, toute la musique et tout le matériel requis, ainsi que la participation facultative au programme d’échange virtuel. Ces frais seront exigibles une fois qu’ils auront été acceptés dans le programme.

Expériences Canada s’engage à assurer un accès complet à son programme, peu importe la géographie, les capacités ou les circonstances économiques. Les demandes de financement de mesures spéciales limitées sont examinées au cas par cas.

Si vous avez des questions au sujet de la chorale virtuelle ou du processus de demande, veuillez communiquer avec nous à l’adresse communications@experiencescanada.ca.

Les candidatures se terminent le dimanche 3 octobre.

Les répétitions hebdomadaires auront lieu les mardis à 16 h, heure du Pacifique (19 h, HE, 8 h 30, T.-N.-L.), du 12 octobre au 16 novembre et du 1 février au 8 mars.

Virtual Choir application
Address / Adresse *
Address / Adresse
City / Ville
State/Province
Zip/Postal
I identify my gender as / Genre: *
Applications are open to youth 12-17 years old.
Which 6 week session would you like to sign up to (you may select both) / À quelle séance souhaitez-vous vous inscrire:

Tell us about yourself / Parlez-nous un peu de vous

What is your singing experiences / Quelles sont vos expériences en chant: *
List as many that apply
Do you sing high, medium, or low? / Chantez-vous haut, moyen ou bas?
Do you play a musical instrument? / Jouez-vous d’un instrument de musique?
eg: Possible scheduling conflicts

Collection and Use of Personal Information

As the parent/guardian, I hereby give my consent for EXPERIENCES CANADA to collect the personal information required for submission to the EXPERIENCES CANADA Virtual Choir. I understand that this personal information is required for the purposes of selection and program delivery and that it will only be used by EXPERIENCES CANADA or disclosed to select third parties who are acting as suppliers, service providers or who provide funds to EXPERIENCES CANADA and who have agreed to protect the personal information supplied by EXPERIENCES CANADA.

//

En tant que parent/tuteur, j’autorise EXPÉRIENCES CANADA à recueillir tous les renseignements personnels requis pour participer à la Chorale virtuelle d’EXPÉRIENCES CANADA. Je comprends que ces renseignements personnels sont nécessaires aux fins de sélection et d’exécution du programme et qu’ils ne seront employés que par EXPÉRIENCES CANADA ou divulgués à des tierces parties qui agissent à titre de fournisseurs, de fournisseurs de services ou de bailleurs de fonds pour EXPÉRIENCES CANADA et qui ont accepté de protéger les renseignements personnels transmis par EXPÉRIENCES CANADA.

By checking “Yes” I indicate that I freely give my consent to the collection and use of personal information of this participant as set out above. // En cochant « Oui », j’indique que je donne mon libre consentement à la collecte et à l’utilisation des renseignements personnels, tel que décrit ci-dessus. *
I understand that my child may have the opportunity to express himself/herself verbally or in written form, create or appear in photographs and/or video recordings at any point during the EXPERIENCES CANADA virtual choir, individually or as part of the group. / Je comprends que mon enfant peut avoir l’occasion de s’exprimer verbalement ou par écrit, de prendre des photographies/de produire des vidéos, ou d’y figurer, à tout moment dans le cadre du programme de Chorale virtuelle d’EXPÉRIENCES CANADA, individuellement ou en groupe. *

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