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Canadiana – not your average Canadian concert is coming to New West

Rainbow Chorus shining a spotlight on Canadian tunes at Sunday, Jan. 28 concert in New Westminster
The Rainbow Chorus is featuring Canadian music at its upcoming concert.

The Rainbow Chorus is featuring an evening of Canadian classics at its upcoming show.

Margaret Cormier, a member of the Rainbow Chorus of New Westminster, said the theme of the choir’s Season 4 performance is: Canadiana – not your average Canadian concert.  

“When selecting the music for this concert, we wanted to ensure that the songs were either written by or performed by Canadian artists,” Cormier said. “We looked beyond the tried and true and included songs by Tegen and Sara, (because shouldn't Everything be Awesome), Allister MacGillavray, as we have so many seas that surround this country, as well as songs by Carly Rae Jepsen, Leonard Cohen and Gordon Lightfoot among others. We have also included music adapted from North American Indigenous sources.”

The concert is on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at The Sanctuary on Sixth, at Queens Avenue and Sixth Street. 

Tickets are available through Eventbrite: $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, plus service charge. Tickets (cash only) will also be available at the door, $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors.  

As part of its upcoming concert, the Rainbow Chorus is hosting a sock drive. Attendees are encouraged to bring a pair of new socks (any size), with all socks being donated to the Union Gospel Mission in New West.

The Rainbow Chorus is a community-based chorus with about 63 members drawn from the LGBTQIA2S+ and allies community from around the Lower Mainland.

“We are a non-auditioned choir where everyone, regardless of previous experience, is welcome,” Cormier said. “As our mission statement says: Blending Voices, Changing Hearts.”

Rainbow Choir is directed by Frank Zeigenson, who has a vast experience as a choral/artistic director, piano and vocal artist, and teacher. 

Launched in March 2021, the choir has since held four concerts and two festive singalongs. It has also sang at two New Westminster Pride events, performed twice for the New Westminster Hospice Society and was invited to sing at St. Andrew's Wesley United Church for its Vancouver Pride service.  

“Our Season 4 concert is a chance for us to pay tribute to the Canadians whose songs are woven into our lives,” Cormier said. “We sing because we love it, and we hope our audiences enjoy it as much as we do.”