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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.

Looking Back - 1962 - Intro

  • Posted on: 25 March 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

By Waldo Redekop - Ontario District Historian

Over the years of being the district historian, I have accumulated quite a collection of many different items. A lot was as a result of the editorials that I wrote while editor of The Trillium asking people to preserve history and if they wanted to part with it, I would take it (much to the dismay of Donna). However, with the new web-master, Michael Black, being able to preserve material in an electronic format, I should be able to remove a lot of things from my basement.

Barrie County Chordsmen celebrating four decades in county

  • Posted on: 25 March 2017
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

By Susan Doolan, Special to Postmedia Network

The Barrie County Chordsmen marks 40 years with a style of singing that is enjoying a resurgence thanks to movies like Pitch Perfect and the Grammy Award-winning pop group Pentatonix, who catapulted to fame after winning the 2011 American television singing competition The Sing-Off.

In the lead up to the Barrie group’s spring concert, the chordsmen have opened the doors to all men to participate in vocal workshops.