Recent News

Better Than Front Row

  • Posted on: 1 September 2016
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

While sitting in a convention auditorium watching a contest, have you ever had these thoughts?

"My scores usually track with those of the official panel. I wonder how I'm doing today";
"I plan to apply this fall to become a judge -- it would be great if I could do a practice judging session somewhere to ensure that it's the right path for my barbershop future";
or simply, "It sure would be fun to judge an International contest!"

Good Morning, Barbershoppers and Friends!

  • Posted on: 2 August 2016
  • By: Roger Wilson

The Northumberland Hills Chapter (Ganaraska Chordsmen), newest Chapter in Ontario District, has developed an unique relationship with a local radio station, Northumberland 89.7 FM, in Northumberland County. The Chapter V.P. of Public Relations, Rick Faulkner, hosts a weekly radio show featuring Barbershop chorus’ and quartets. The show also showcases upcoming events and activities of the Society in general as well as the happenings of the Ganaraska Chordsmen. The show is featured between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. to catch the morning driving listeners.

Ontario Well Represented at International Barbershop Competition

  • Posted on: 11 July 2016
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

Ontario District was well represented by four quartets and two choruses at the Barbershop Harmony Society's 78th International Contest last week in Nashville, TN.

On Tuesday, Those Meddling Kids placed 14 in a field of 30 of the best youth (under 25) quartets from around the world. Top spot in the competition went to Pratt Street Power from Mid-Atlantic District with a score of 82.0.

Landmark H4S Donation for East York Barbershoppers

  • Posted on: 21 June 2016
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

At the conclusion of Happy Together, East York Barbershoppers' show in May this year, the chorus was thrilled to be able to present a $7500 cheque to Harmonize for Speech (H4S) through its Chairman, George Shields, and Treasurer, Bruce Dibble.  This allowed H4S to fund two initiatives that were in jeapordy.  And with that cheque the East York Chapter has now donated a total of $500,000 since the charity was founded in 1977.

Read the whole article here.

Calling All Seniors - The Ontario Seniors Chorus

  • Posted on: 9 May 2016
  • By: Ken Fisher

Calling All Seniors! At the mid-winter convention in San Antonio in January, 2017 the Society will introduce a new event, a Seniors Chorus Festival/Competition. For this inaugural event, 5 senior choruses will be invited by the Society to participate. The invitations will be determined by scores from a 2-song performance at the fall convention in each district. The House of Delegates approved the formation of The Ontario District Seniors Chorus at the April 2016 meeting.

Harmony Kings win big and so does their director

  • Posted on: 18 April 2016
  • By: Ontario District Webmaster

By Shaun Gregory, Huron Expositor

Barbershop music--in the 1930s, the tune, shoo doop shooby doo, broadcasted from numerous street corners across North America.

No instruments were needed, just some rhythm and sheer singing power. On April 9, the Seaforth Harmony Kings kept the nearly century-old a cappella style of melody active. They ventured to Scarborough Ont. with one thing on their mind-gold.  After losing last year by a nose hair, they knew what was needed to walk away victorious.