Ontario District Fall Convention

Brantford, Ontario will host hundreds of barbershop singers from around the province for the annual fall convention of the Ontario District of the International Barbershop Harmony Society. More than just a weekend of singing four-part a cappella barbershop harmony, it is a weekend of serious competition for quartets and choruses from across Ontario under the watchful eyes and ears of a panel of judges from across North America. Qualifying choruses from the weekend will advance to the Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Competition next July in Orlando, FL. Qualifying seniors quartets from the weekend will advance to the Barbershop Harmony Society Seniors Quartet Compeition next January in Orange County, CA. Top scoring eligible quartets and novice quartets win their respective Ontario District titles for 2017. For the first time, the district will also be introducing a Mixed Chorus Competition. Stay tuned for more details.

October 27-28, 2017 - Brantford, ON
Hosts: Simcoe Gentlemen of Harmony
Convention Theme: The Maple Leaf Forever
Headquarters Hotel: Best Western Brantford Hotel And Conference Centre - 19 Holiday Dr, Brantford, ON N3R 7J4
Contest Site:  The Sanderson Centre - 88 Dalhousie St, Brantford, ON N3T 2J2

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All attendees must register for the convention, regardless of whether they are competing or not. Competitors may require additional entry steps depending on which competitions they are competing in. Full registrations, including family discount registrations, are available using the forms below or by following the link in the sidebar.

Registration Forms: PDF | Word

Partial registrations for a single session will be sold for all 3 contest sessions at the convention registration desk. Friday night partial registrations for a single session will be available starting at 5:30 Friday evening. Saturday afternoon and evening single-session partial registrations will be available starting at 10:30 Saturday morning. Saturday evening partial registrations will also be available at 6:00 Saturday evening.

Price is as follows:
  • Adults $30/person/session
  • Students $15/person/session

For more information about convention registration, contact the Convention Registrar, Hayley Sziklasi - ont_district_reg@rogers.com

Competitor Entry

If your chorus is competing in the chorus contest or performing for score only, your chapter secretary must enter your chorus for the competition, and your individual chapter, district, and society dues must be up-to-date. For more information or clarification talk to your chapter secretary.

If you are competing in the quartet contest, your quartet must enter through the BHS Barberscore. Click the link in the sidebar for more information.

If you are competing in the mixed chorus contest, your chorus and all of its members must be registered with the Mixed Barbershop Harmony Association and your chorus must be entered in the contest. This can be done using the link in the sidebar.

Contests this Fall

  • Ontario District Quartet Contest
  • International Preliminary Chorus Contest
  • International Seniors Preliminary Quartet Contest
  • Ontario District Fall Novice Quartet Contest
  • Ontario District Mixed Chorus Contest, sanctioned by the Mixed Barbershop Harmony Association

Judging Panel

  • Contest Administration - Don Stothard (SLD), Bob Lawson (RMD)
  • Music - Joe Cerutti (MAD), Jay Dougherty (JAD)
  • Performance - David Leeder (SWD), Mike Louque (CSD)
  • Singing - Brian Barford (JAD), Brett Littlefield (FWD)