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Sing! Toronto Vocal Arts Fest Returning for 10 Days of Concerts & Workshops in Late May

Sing! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival is returning from May 24 to June 2, 2019. It’s a celebration the best in a cappella music from around the world. Now heading into our eighth year, its organizers say they are bringing a star-studded line-up of international headliners and industry experts to Toronto for performances, workshops, and free events.

For ten days, says the festival, “the amazing sounds of the unaccompanied human voice come together for… glorious singing featuring pop, jazz, folk, gospel, choral, world, barbershop, and classical music.”

Featured groups this year include Britain’s The Swingles, some of Canada’s leading a cappella groups, including Countermeasure, FreePlay, Retrocity, Hampton Avenue, The Watch, a SING! Mass Choir conducted by Kurt Sampson (of Toronto’s Juno Award winning Cadence), celebrated Canadian singers Heather Bambrick, David Sereda, Patricia O’Callahan, up and coming groups The Ault Sisters, Wibi, The Yonge Guns, Onoscatopoei, and many more.

Choirs, ensembles, and individual singers are welcome to register and participate in Sing! Public Workshops on a cappella singing and in the mass choir performance.

Attendees can choose from 10 ticketed concerts, seven free concerts, and a variety of workshops, or buy a full festival pass.

As well, school music programs are invited to be part of Sing!’s 8th annual Schools Workshop Day on Friday, May 24th at the Young People’s Theatre (165 Front St. E., Toronto).

This year, as part of the "African Harmony and Rhythm in Song" workshop, a special guest group from Africa will share its cultural heritage with students at an all day workshop exploring African song and rhythm, creating a strong sense of togetherness. The group will teach participants several melodies, and then lead them in: creating harmonies, African style; adding different rhythm sections to the songs through clapping of hands; pronouncing and using the clicks common in African languages as musical tools; and discussing where the songs fit in the culture of its people.

The full 2019 workshop schedule will be announced soon.

For more information, go to www.singtoronto.com.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.