Spirit's Call

To honour our founder Margaret Tobin, the Spirit's Call Choir has been renamed Margaret's Choir. Visit our website at:


Upcoming Choir Events

Margaret's Choir - CanU Benefit Concert 2014
Notice to Choir members and new members
Spirit's Call Choir Spring 2014 Benefit Concert
Article: Great Beginnings by Heather Emberley
Spring season - Starts Sunday January 12, 2014

Spirit's Call Choir 6th annual benefit concert for NEST - Nov 30, 2008 (photo by Dianne Renick)
Spirit's Call Choir 6th annual benefit concert for NEST - Nov 30, 2008. (photo by Dianne Renick)

Recent Choir Announcements

Spirit's Call Choir - Global Harmony Initiatives - May 2014 Report
Start of Fall season - Sunday September 8, 2013
Spring season - Starts Sunday January 13, 2013
Fall season - Starts Sunday September 9, 2012
Spirit's Call Choir - featured in MTS documentary
Spring Season - Starts Sunday January 15th, 2012
Fall Season - Starts Sunday September 11th, 2011
Spring Season - Starts January 16, 2011
Musical Director - Jeremy Vallance
Spirit's Call Choir CD - Together in Harmony
Special invitation to people affected by cancer to join Spirit's Call Choir

About the Choir

Welcome to Spirit's Call Choir!
About Spirit's Call
Photo Gallery
Spirit's Call Choir Music Website
Quotes From the Choir
Online Brochure
Public Relations and Media Inquiries
Member Survey Results (May 2002)
Thank-You Note (November 2001)

Recent Choir Events

Fall Benefit Concert Announcement
Benefit Concert Announcement
Benefit Concert for the North Point Douglas Women's Centre - December 9, 2012
Spirit's Call Choir featured at World Peace Partners Concert - September 21, 2012
Spirit's Call Choir featured at World Peace Partners Concert - September 21, 2012
International day of peace concert

September 21st in Winnipeg



  1. St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, St. Vital Road, evening of Wednesday September 19, Music and Prayers
  2. Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, Wellington Crescent, evening of September 20, Mediation
  3. Cathedrale de St. Boniface, evening of September 20, Prayers
  4. 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

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 tobin@cc.umanitoba.ca or 204-488-0078.
Spring 2012 Benefit Concert
10th Anniversary Concert - December 11th, 2011
Culture Days - October 2nd, 2011
Mother's Day Benefit Concert
Sing for your life! with Shivon Robinsong
Shivon Robinsong - back by popular demand!
Spirit's Call Choir at St. Vital Centre - December 19, 2010
8th annual benefit concert for NEST - Sun. December 12, 2010
Hands of Hope : Benefit Concert - Saturday May 8, 2010 @ 7:30pm
2009 NEST Benefit Concert & CD Launch
June 6, 2009 - Benefit Concert
Spirit's Call Choir - Singing at the Winnipeg Art Gallery
Record-Breaking Holiday Sing Along!
Spirit's Call Choir - Special Community Event
Spirit's Call Choir CD Launch
Tsunami Relief Contribution

Choir in the News

Article in Winnipeg Free Press, December 3, 2014 -
Choir finds joy and sorrow in transformation

[December 2014]
CBC Radio Interviews Margaret Tobin, Co-Founder & Program Director of the Spirit's Call Choir
[April 2010]
CBC Radio Interviews Spirit's Call Member Martha Epstein
[March 2008]
CTV Article and Video, May 21, 2007 -
Winnipeg choir joyfully celebrates mediocrity

[May 2007]
Excerpt from Winnipeg Free Press Article, June 15, 2005 -
Choir Heeded Spirit's Call to Record CD by Morley Walker

[June 2005]
Ad in Winnipeg Free Press, June 12, 2005 -
The Spirit's Call Choir by Fred Brick

[June 2005]
Spirit's Voice Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 1 by Clark Kenyon
[February 2004]
Article in Winnipeg Free Press, February 3, 2004 -
I Traded My Shower Cap for a Choir Uniform by Heather Emberley

[February 2004]
Article in Winnipeg Free Press, January 29, 2003 -
MAGICAL Melodic Mix by Carolin Vesely

[January 2003]
Article in The Aquarian, Winter 2002, Vol 9, Issue 4 -
The Spirit's Call Choir by Syd Baumel

[Winter 2002/03]
Article in Manitoba Journal of Counselling
Special Issue on Expressive Arts, Vol. XXVIII No. 3
"Spirit's Call Choir - The Choir for People Who Thought They Couldn't Sing" by Margaret Tobin

[June 2002]
Press Release #2
[December 2001]
CBC Radio Interview with Terry MacLeod
[November 2001]
Press Release #1
[October 2001]
Spirit's Call Newsletter
[Summer 2001]

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