Ontario District Spring Convention

Belleville, Ontario will once again host hundreds of barbershop singers from around the province for the annual spring 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 quartets from the weekend will advance to the Barbershop Harmony Society International Quartet Competition in Orlando, FL in July. Top scoring eligible choruses, seniors quartets, and novice quartets win their respective Ontario District titles for 2018. 

April 13-14, 2018 - Belleville, ON

Hosts: Hamilton Harbourtown Sound

Theme: TBD

Headquarters Hotel: Fairfield Inn and Suites - 407 N Front St, Belleville, ON, K8P 3C8

Contest Site: Maranatha Church - 100 College St W, Belleville, ON K8P 2G3




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 entry to 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 partial registrations for a single session 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. 

If you are competing in the mixed quartet contest, your quartet and all of its members must be registered with the Mixed Barbershop Harmony Association and your quartet must be entered in the contest. 

Contests this Spring

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

Judging Panel

  • CA/ACA - Rob Arnold (ONT), Dick Powell (MAD)
  • MUS - Anthony Bartholomew (SWD), Steve Tramack (NED)
  • PER - Brian O’Dell (JAD), Gary Plaag (MAD)
  • SNG - Matt Gifford (BHNZ), Chad St. John (JAD)