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Looking Back - 1964 - Part I

  • Posted on: 17 July 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

By Waldo Redekop - Ontario District Historian

In 1963 we hosted the international convention in Toronto. I don’t have a copy of the 1963 District Directory, but by 1964 I see we have a number of new chapters.

No longer listed are:
Cornwall - Monday - 8:00. Pres-Ralph Villiers. Dir-Bill Brown.
Welland - Tuesday - 8:30. Pres-Dwight Moffatt. Dir-Norman Fisher.

Ontario shines in International Barbershop Competition

  • Posted on: 11 July 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

The Ontario District was well represented at last week's 2017 International Convention in Las Vegas, NV. Three Ontario quartets competed in the quartet contest. 'Shoptimus Prime and Test Drive placed 47th and 40th respectively, with solid performances during the quarter-final round. Yonge Guns became the first Ontario District quartet in over 20 years to advance to the semi-final round, and ended up in 14th place. The last Ontario quartet to place that high in International competition was Rumours in 1985.

Harmony Ranch Completes Upgrades

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

Harmony Ranch, the 88-acre private recreation club for members of the Barbershop Harmony Society, has completed a number of upgrades to their facilities. The campground and trailer park is currently putting the finishing touches to a new “Recreation Pad” that will provide a new surface for tennis, pickle ball, dances, and other activities. A new, modern fencing enclosure was erected around the swimming pool, and new boardwalks and sitting areas have been installed on the HR Nature Trail. Last year, the children’s creative playground was upgraded with a new colour and design.

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.