The Kingston-based women’s choir, She Sings!, will be hosting To Canada, With Love, a musical tribute to the country we all call home, on Saturday, Nov. 18.
She Sings! is presenting the event in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
“Because most of the 150th events have taken place during the year, we decided, instead of doing a Christmas concert this year, to do this instead in November,” said Cristina Duchesneau, member of She Sings!, a military spouse, and former Department of National Defence employee.
She Sings!, 45 strong with members from all backgrounds and ages, is directed by Martha Hill Duncan. Duncan is a composer, singer, and pianist. Two of her original pieces will be performed during Saturday’s event, including the world premiere of a musical number composed specifically for the evening entitled “Lady’s Slipper.”
Special guests for the evening of Nov. 18 include Kelly Trottier, the internationally acclaimed fiddler, singer and step dancer; Andy Thompson, musician and composer of scores for more than 300 Canadian films; Les Casson, percussionist who played in the acclaimed Night Sun ensemble for many years; the Eccentric Vocal Ensemble and the Kingston Youth Choir.
Close to 20 pieces are planned for the evening, with 12 being performed by She Sings!
All of the musicians represent Canada well, says Duschesneau, because they are of various backgrounds, cultures, and ages.
“There are a lot of Christmas events going on, but this is something for those who want to experience something different. It’s really a love song to Canada and our history. It’s the history of Canada told with music because it’s going to be music from all over Canada, from the north the south the east and west, Canadian composers. That’s what we’re going to be singing, and all of our artists are Canadian. It’s all about Canada really,” stated Duschesneau.
To Canada, With Love will take place Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sydenham Street United Church, Kingston, Ontario.
General admission is $25; student tickets are $15.