Welcome!

The Ontario District is one of the seventeen districts of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the world's largest all-male a cappella singing organization, and is the only all-Canadian district. It is committed to serving and supporting its 31 barbershop chapters, over 60 quartets, and over 1200 members throughout Ontario, and it is committed to promoting the Society's mission of bringing men together in fellowship and harmony to enrich lives through singing. Member choruses and quartets are encouraged to perform throughout their communities in support of worthwhile civic, cultural, educational, and charitable endeavors.

2017 Pep Rally

  • Posted on: 19 June 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

The Ontario District's international representatives were sent off in style at the 31st annual Pep Rally in Mississauga yesterday evening. Eleven quartets and thirteen choruses performed in a night of celebration and fundraising hosted by the Association of Past Ontario Champions (APOC).

Mixed Choruses at a District Convention?

  • Posted on: 9 June 2017
  • By: Barry Towner

Who would have thought! Well, it is going to happen this Fall in Brantford.

This Spring the District had a mixed quartet contest, sanctioned by the Mixed Barbershop Harmony Association (MBHA), as part of their Friday night quartet contest. In order to compete, quartets had to join the MBHA ($20 USD per member plus $20 for the quartet – total $100 USD). Since we had fewer than 25 quartets on Friday night including the mixed quartets, it allowed us to have the International Prelim Quartet contest and the Mixed Quartet Contest in the same session. Judging by the overwhelming feedback from attendees (and the judges) it was a roaring success. Congratulations to Ripple Effect who won the inaugural contest and were the first recipients of the MBHA Ontario District Mixed Quartet Champion trophy.

Dragging Our Quartet Through The Mud Again

  • Posted on: 6 June 2017
  • By: James Essex-McIntyre

We're at it again!  Perpetual Emotion is doing the foam fest run again to help raise funds and awareness for Sing Canada Harmony.

This year, two things are different. Firstly, we are dedicating this run and all funds raised to our district's dear departed friend Andrew Shackleton. Secondly, it is our intent to do the 10k run this year, doubling the distance, obstacles and mud in hopes of doubling our event's success. 

Looking Back - 1962 - Part II

  • Posted on: 20 May 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

By Waldo Redekop - Ontario District Historian

Continuing with the 1962 District Directory I see that we had six Internationally certified judges.
Gerry Carne, Woodstock – Voice Expression
George Marks, Toronto ­– Secretary & Timer
John Cameron, London – Stage Presence
Maynard Margison, London – Balance and Blend
Jim Turner, London – Harmony Accuracy
Hilton Howe, Toronto – Secretary & Timer.

Making their own music: Barbershop harmony lives on in Hamilton

  • Posted on: 10 May 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

By Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator

It's seven o'clock on a Wednesday evening at Flamborough's Millgrove Community Centre and the first bugs of spring are starting to gather outside over the two baseball diamonds.

Inside the hall, about 70 men of various ages are mingling, trading jokes and sipping coffee. Toronto is still in the playoffs, so many are wearing Leaf jerseys.

Andrew Shackleton - 1966-2017

  • Posted on: 9 May 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

A message from Ontario District:

Sadness is touching us all today as we mourn the passing of our Ontario District President, Andrew Shackleton. To all who knew him, Andrew faced his illness with courage and a will to carry on in spite of knowing the prognosis. We all need to remember the smile on his face whenever he greeted us, as a man with a very personable nature and love of life. On behalf of Ontario District of the Barbershop Harmony Society, I express sincerest condolences to Andrew's family and close friends at this time of great loss.

Ganaraskals present Musical ABCs May 20

  • Posted on: 24 April 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

PORT HOPE - Following a sold-out first annual concert last year, the Ganaraska Chordsmen are pleased to present a second annual concert May 20 called Musical ABCs.

That would be A for a cappella (which is the musical style of those barbershop harmonies the group produces), B for banjo (the instrument on which Jamie MacPherson of guest act Side by Side is a champion) and C for comedy (provided by the Toronto-based group The Aristocrats).

Looking Back - 1962 - Part I

  • Posted on: 22 April 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

By Waldo Redekop - Ontario District Historian

The old district directories make fascinating reading. My oldest District Directory is dated 1962. Did you know that in 1962 we had 29 chapters which included the two newly licensed ones, divided into nine areas and four divisions? They were:

Western Division
Area #1 - Chatham, Wallaceburg.
Area #2 – London, Sarnia, Stratford (Licensed), Woodstock.

Music at the Benson

  • Posted on: 22 April 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

By Lois Ann Baker, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

The halls will be alive with the sound of music!

The halls at the Benson Centre anyway. Next Wednesday, April 26, Cornwall’s C-Way Sound Barbershop Chorus is hosting a free guest night beginning at 7 p.m. in an effort to introduce Cornwall to barbershop and to see if they can maybe wrangle a few new singers to join them.