Joing the Greater Toronto Chapter
Join us in Song
WHY JOIN MEGACITY CHORUS?
Friendships & Camaraderie
First and foremost, it’s about having FUN! We’re in this hobby because it’s a great creative outlet. Long-term friendships are formed here which extend beyond the rehearsals. It’s like playing a team sport – you feel a sense of togetherness when working towards a show or competition.
It’s Great Stress Relief
People’s jobs and lives are busy, hectic and stressful. Once you get up on the risers and start to sing, the rest of the world melts away. This is our night out, where it’s just us guys making great music together.
What’s a typical rehearsal like?
We start with vocal warm-up exercises, learn new songs and polish existing repertoire. But it’s not all serious, all the time. While we perfect our craft we laugh and joke around with the type of ribbing banter you’d see in the dressing room of a men’s pick-up hockey league.
Top Notch Musical Training
You don’t have to know how to read music to enjoy singing here. We provide learning tracks to help you learn your part. There’s also ongoing training in vocal production, stage presence and choreography from some of the best coaches in the world, all in a warm, supportive and engaging environment.
Sense of Accomplishment & Confidence
Four-part a cappella, ie. singing and holding your own part against three other parts, is a skill that takes time to develop. It’s similar to being on a rowing team – you’re developing yourself while remaining in sync with the rest of your team.
When we learn a new song, we go from reading notes on paper to a fully polished piece where we hit all the right notes combined with all the right choreography. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment when we can move our audiences to tears or bring them to their feet. Not to mention the adrenaline rush when competing onstage.
Opportunities to Perform Some Great Gigs
Over the past few years, members of MegaCity Chorus have performed at several high profile events and places. Here are just a few:
onstage with Tom Green at Roy Thomson Hall for the 2004 Canada’s Walk of Fame which was televised to a nationwide audience
the national anthems for various corporate clients, the Toronto Raptors (at the Air Canada Centre) and the Hamilton Tiger Cats
Gala opening of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes Christmas Extravaganza at the Hummingbird Centre
delivered a personal Singing Valentine from Sonia Rodriguez of the National Ballet of Canada to her husband, Olympic figure skater and world champion Kurt Browning
singing in St. Petersburg, Russia as part of a cultural exchange, performing at the nation’s top venues and giving master classes
various shows at Casino Rama, the North York Centre for the Performing Arts, the Mississauga Living Arts Centre, and Casa Loma
In 2013 the International competition will be held in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre, where there choruses from around the world will compete. Imagine yourself performing in front of a crowd of 12,000 to 14,000 people at the ACC. We hope you’ll be singing onstage with us!
Did you know it’s been documented that singing actually has great health benefits too? It helps you develop better lung capacity, and exercises the muscles of the upper body. The act of learning something new, such as how to sing this genre, practicing new music, and nailing down the moves and choreography helps build new pathways and neurons in the brain. Recent scientific research has shown that keeping both the mind and body active, and maintaining social ties all help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia later on in life. You’ll get all of that here.
So if you’re a guy who likes to sing and have been looking for a creative outlet, then come to one of our upcoming Guest Nights and see what we’re all about. You’ll get a chance to learn some of our songs and belt out a few tunes with us. If you would like further information then please contact us or call Marshall at 905-764-3731.
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