Spirit's Call Choir Benefit Concert for Status4 "Voices in Common" Friday May 10th 7:30 pm Elmwood High School 505 Chalmers Ave.
With guest performances by Status4 Founder/musician Officer Kevin Gibson, music teacher Gentil Misigaro and the kids from Status4
$16 - adults
$5 - youth age 5 to 17
Donation tickets are also available - for those who cannot attend in person and want to support Status4 and Spirit's Call Choir.
Tickets available from Margaret Tobin (204) 488-0078 and other choir members
Status4 is a perfect fit for Spirit's Call Choir's support.
Status4 encourages inner city kids to "Be Yourself and Free Yourself" - by giving them free opportunities for music and the arts and a safe place to be and belong.
Status4 & Spirit's Call Choir have a similar vision - welcoming everyone and supporting each person to find voice, confidence, harmony & community through singing.
For this special "Voices in Common" concert - for the first time ever - Spirit's Call Choir is doing the concert with guest performances from the organization the benefit is supporting! Thus the title "Voices in Common"
The concert is being held in the neighbourhood where Status 4 was born - & where the kids and families who come to Status4 live and go to school.
Status4 founder Constable Kevin Gibson was named "Top Cop" in the city of Winnipeg Police Department by the Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg in 2012.
"Kevin" - as he is known to the kids - patrolled the East District of the city for the bulk of his 25 years of service in law enforcement. He earned this high honour for the way his love of music and dedication to the community combined to result in the creation of Status4.
To Winnipeg's emergency responders - "STATUS4" MEANS "ON THE SCENE"!
Kevin has certainly been "on the scene" in seeing a need and providing a creative solution.
Spirit's Call Choir is being "on the scene" by singing to support this remarkable grassroots organization.
We hope you will join us and be "on the scene" for this special concert on Friday May 10th!
Check out Spirit's Call Choir's story on the MTS On Demand video "As One Voice"
MTS TV customers can click the On Demand button on the MTS remote. Go to Winnipeg On Demand - Arts & Culture. Click on "As One Voice" - a video about choral singing in Winnipeg. It features 7 different choirs - including Spirit's Call Choir.
New members are welcome at the start of each season: Spring Season – January to May
Time: 2 pm – Orientation for new members on Sunday, January 16, 2011 Full choir – 2:30 to 4:30 pm – January 16th & weekly
Location: Unitarian Church 603 Wellington Crescent (at Maryland/Academy - looks like a house!)
Membership Fee: Standard membership fee is $60 for the spring season. Members may pay more or less, depending on current circumstances.
For more information or to join, please contact: Dawn Lazar (204) 488-0495 firstname.lastname@example.org
Choir fees pay for the director, rent, music, photocopying, bursaries and other expenses. Fees are flexible, depending on current circumstances. Spirit's Call Choir welcomes everyone. All contributions are confidential and equally respected.
We're delighted to welcome Jeremy Vallance as the musical director of Spirit's Call Choir. Jeremy took over in the middle of the Spring 2006 singing season when director Michael Kurek had to leave the choir due to illness.
Jeremy first learned about Spirit's Call Choir when he did a piece about the choir for his "day job" with SHAW TV. Jeremy brings to us his energy, enthusiasm and love for Spirit's Call Choir - along with his extensive musical background and the experience from his previous career as a school music teacher.
Special invitation to people affected by cancer to join Spirit's Call Choir
Spirit's Call Choir is partnering with Manitoba Artists in Healthcare (MAH) to extend a special invitation to people affected by cancer to "Sing for the health of it!" with the choir this year.
Research with people affected by cancer has shown that singing in community helps to releive distress, anxiety and fatigue and improve a sense of well-being and connectedness.*
Those affected by cancer and other health and personal challenges already have found that participating in Spirit's Call Choir can foster a sense of well-being, meaning and community. All of this contributes to a balanced state that can be helpful in supporting healing. Click here to view feedback from one of our members.
Anyone affected by cancer who is interested in this special invitation is welcome to contact Spirit's Call Choir's Program Director Margaret Tobin to find out more: email@example.com or 488-0078
* Traer, C. (June 2003). Sowelu Singers - A Journey to Wholeness. Presented at CAPO (Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology) national conference. Banff, Alberta.
This is what members have to say about Spirit's Call Choir:
"Thanks so much to Margaret and Spirit’s Call Choir for the support and consideration of new, and often, uncertain singers. I was definitely one of those uncertain singers, when I joined, and with the love, support and encouragement of many beautiful angels, I'm becoming more and more certain all the time. It's a miracle what Margaret and Jeremy and the whole choir do. Spirit’s Call Choir provides such a feeling of love and safety, for people like me, who could barely let out a squeak before. And now....I'm actually letting people hear me sing. It really is a miracle!! And it's having wonderful benefits for the rest of my life, too. I'm speaking up more, and feeling more empowered in general. And the JOY!! Singing brings me such joy. Thank you so much, Spirit's Call Choir!" Robbin RainSong (alto)
"Having sung with pleasure as a child I allowed my singing voice to go mostly silent in public after a discouraging comment in school. After many years of not being able to reach the high notes, I have rediscovered the pleasure of singing as an alto. In Spirit's Call Choir, we sing for joy with enthusiastic and talented singers and wonderful conductors who have supported many "newbies" to listen and discover their voices." Dorcas Wehner (alto)
"I had sung in the bathtub in my early years but any remnants of a singing voice, or so I believed, had disappeared over the next fifty plus years. I had never previously sung with a choir and only attended at the invitation of a close friend. I expected that the occasion would be rigorous and demanding and that I would be made less than welcome because of my inability to carry a tune. I was surprised by my experience. I was made very welcome and the singing is celebratory, lively, good for my soul, and much fun. The Choir helps keep me young, and I am delighted to be a member of a valuable, close, supportive community." John Buchanan (bass)
Spirit's Call Choir featured at World Peace Partners Concert - September 21, 2012
September 21st in Winnipeg
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 5550 WORLD PEACE PARTNERS ("ROTARY WPP") MUSIC FOR PEACE, JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
CONCERT SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2012 AT 7:00 P.M. RELATED EVENTS ON SEPTEMBER 19TH AND 20TH, 2012
St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, St. Vital Road, evening of Wednesday September 19, Music and Prayers
Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, Wellington Crescent, evening of September 20, Mediation
Cathedrale de St. Boniface, evening of September 20, Prayers
Culminating event, a concert organized by Rotary WPP at Jubilee Place, 173 Talbot, just off Henderson Highway, Friday, September 21, Music, featuring Spirit's Call Choir, Lisa Marie Tucker and Jerry Mills, for invited guests only.
Who Is Invited?
All partners of Rotary WPP such as Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Friends of Canadian Museum for Human Rights, University of Winnipeg, University of Manitoba, Canadian Mennonite University, Universite de St. Boniface, the performers on September 21, the first 3 venues listed above hosting and organizing their own events September 19 and 20, and the Sponsors of the closing event, volunteers and Rotary Clubs will each be allocated tickets to assigned seats to distribute to their chosen guests. The objective is to fill the theatre with guests committed to making a contribution to peace, justice and human rights. A volunteer collection will be taken at the closing event for purposes of gauging perceived interest and to raise seed money for the 2012 event.
Why September 21st?
International Day of Peace (IDP) recognized by the United Nations occurs September 21 every year and is celebrated by many organizations around the world. Rotary WPP is hosting its third consecutive annual concert for peace, justice and human rights, once again. The goal is to have people in the heart of Canada, plant more seeds for peace, justice and human rights and to inspire more understanding and acts of kindness for the next 364 days following.
Vision For The Future
The vision of Rotary WPP is for this week, in future years, to have more and more venues and to plant, nurture and grow more and more seeds until a critical mass of people in the heart of Canada are setting an example for the world of peace, justice and human rights in action. The vision is to expand the audience, through the wonders of technology, throughout the planet, on request of Grassroots people anywhere, who want to become world peace partners with Rotary WPP through service and example.
David G. Newman, Q.C. Co-Chair of Rotary International District 5550 World Peace Partners Committee PitbladoLaw firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Info Re: concert ticket distribution
Please confirm numbers of tickets you require before Sept 7th. Tickets will be distributed after that date - based on the number of tickets allocated to Spirit's Call Choir by Rotary WPP. If numbers requested exceed allotted tickets, a wait list will be created. Depending on number of tickets used by other partners inviting guests, additional tickets will likely be available for distribution by Sept 14th. Please leave your contact information for follow up after September 7th with Margaret at email@example.com or 204-488-0078.
Spirit's Call Choir at St. Vital Centre - December 19, 2010
After its sold-out annual fundraising concert the week before, the Spirit's Call Choir decided to do a Random Act of Culture similar to other performances seen on YouTube. We set it up with St. Vital Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba and about 50 of our 150 members showed up Sunday afternoon to sing for about 5 minutes. For a choir whose mission is to spread the joy of singing, it was a blast and we received a great response from the people around us. We even made the evening news on CBC! Many thanks to the choir members and the staff at St. Vital Centre who made this a great experience.
Proceeds for Winnipeg Harvest food bank from the 4th annual Spirit's Call Choir Holiday Sing Along were record-breaking!
$517 cash from raffles, bake sale and donations
330 lbs of food
Winnipeg Harvest was thrilled that we partnered for them for our 4th annual Holiday Sing Along which was held on December 11, 2005. This is the MOST food and money we have ever collected from any of our Holiday Sing Alongs so far.
Thanks to all who attended, contributed, organized and SANG to make the Holiday Sing Along so festive and successful!
Spirit's Call Choir - Special Community Event Saturday June 24th afternoon
Spirit's Call Choir will be singing at a tree planting celebration for the greening of North Point Douglas.
All are welcome to join us for this Summer Solstice celebration of greening, singing and a potluck picnic!
A special opportunity to meet, sing and celebrate with Spirit's Call Choir and support an important community event! Come and check us out to see if you'd like to join the choir for our fall singing season!
If you've always loved to sing OR always thought you couldn't - Spirit's Call Choir could be for you!!
Time & specific location for June 24th TBA.
This will be Spirit's Call Choir's spring season finale! We take the summer off. We will start our Sunday singing gatherings again on September 10th.
Spirit's Call Choir welcomes new members:
Sunday September 10, 2006 2pm - orientation for new members 2:30 to 4:30pm - full choir Unitarian Church 603 Wellington Crescent (at Maryland/Academy - looks like a house!)
Thanks to Laura Davis, the choir's Social/Spirit Team Coordinator (& Mover & Shaker par excellence!) for organizing the "Neighbour to Neighbour" Tsunami Relief contribution campaign with the Red Cross that Spirit's Call Choir also contributed to last year. There were many opportunities to contribute to this important global relief effort and many in our community-minded choir also made other donations. However, this cause fit perfectly with Spirit's Call Choir's vision to support personal and choral and GLOBAL harmony so we were delighted to be able to offer this special contribution opportunity.