We’re selling tea!

Out in Harmony is thrilled to be partnering with Tealeaves for our February fundraiser. They’ve even created the Rainbow Blend in our honour! Orders must be placed by February 28. We hope you’ll join in!

To start fundraising for Out In Harmony, click on the following link and create your new member account: https://www.tealeaves.com/customer/account/login/.

Once registered and logged in, you can shop for whichever teas you like, but be sure to try the Rainbow Blend – custom blended exclusively for Out In Harmony.  (This link is the only way to get to our custom blend – it doesn’t show up when you browse the site.)

When you are ready to check out, enter the Promotion CODE: Harmony, and be sure to click on “verify code” below.

Complete your Billing & Shipping Information. In the Shipping Method section, please select the option: Free Pickup (Harmony). This will ensure that your order is added to the OIH fundraising group. Tealeaves will donate 25% of all sales in this fundraising group to Out in Harmony.

Orders will be distributed via the choir at the end of the fundraising period. If you are not a choir member yourself, please make a note of the choir member you are associated with in the Order Notes section next to Shipping Method. For those that don’t have a connection with a member please state in the Order Note section next to Shipping Method, “place order with Clemie”.

ORDER DEADLINE: Friday, February 28, 2014

ORDER DELIVERY: Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 The choir member that you are connected with or Clemie will pick up your order at choir rehearsal on the eve of Tuesday, March 11th, 2014. Said member will arrange a time after that for you to receive your order.

Thank you for supporting the choir, and enjoy your tea!

It’s About Time!

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Are the days dragging you down, speeding by too fast, or maybe doing both at the same time?  Prepare to put some pep in your step with Out in Harmony’s concert, It’s About TimeJanuary 25th at our new venue, the Unitarian Church of Vancouver.

We will be reflecting on the nature of time and how important a single moment can be, and doing so via snappy music, good friends, and warm hearts.  You’ll hear us channelling Jim Croce while wishing we could save Time in a Bottle, agreeing with Snoopy that Suppertime is the very best time of day, and crooning along with Billy Joel in For the Longest Time. So join us for a great time by Steppin’ Out with your favorite Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, Lesbian, & Friends community choir at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver on Saturday January 25th.

WHEN:                       7:30pm Saturday, January 25, 2014

WHERE:                    Unitarian Church of Vancouver, 949 West 49th Ave (corner of 49th & Oak)

Getting There:         Accessible by #17(Oak Street) Bus or #49 (49th Ave) Bus.   Nearest Skytrain Station is Langara-49th Station.  Free parking available.

Venue is wheelchair accessible.  The doors open at 7pm, and tickets are available at the door, from Little Sister’s Book Emporium, or through choir members.  There will also be a raffle draw during the concert and a complimentary reception afterwards.

As always, keeping our concerts accessible in all ways is a priority for us, so our ticket prices remain only $15, or we also have $10 concession tickets available.  Children 12 and under are admitted free, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Please note also we are always looking for volunteers.  Please email denise.garzon@gov.bc.ca by January 10th if you are interested in volunteering.

It’s that time again!

Hi there, friends of Out in Harmony!  Can you believe that choir starts in two weeks?  We hope that you can join us this year, and that you’ll invite any of your friends that might like to check us out.  Our first rehearsal will be Tuesday, September 3, at 7:30.  We’re still rehearsing in the wonderful space at St. Margaret’s Cedar Cottage Anglican Church, 1530 E 22nd Ave., just off the corner of Kingsway and Knight.  Answers to frequently asked questions about the choir can be found here.

Before we get back to singing, we’re going to have some non-musical fun!  Next Tuesday, August 27, starting at 7:30, we’ll be at the church with board games.  Come and reconnect with choir folks after the summer!  Bring snacks, and friends who might be interested in meeting some of us before they jump into singing!
Our next major concert is on January 25, and is entitled “It’s About Time”.  The songs are all about, well, time – the passage of time, important moments, etc.  Chances are, there’ll be a familiar song you’re happy to see, and something new to catch your interest.
I hope you have a good couple of weeks, and I look forward to seeing your bright shining faces soon!

PRIDE!

Hooray for PRIDE season!

Out in Harmony will once again have a booth at the Vancouver Pride Festival at Sunset Beach on Sunday August 4th.

You’ll be able to find us at booth #17, which is near the end of the row of booths backing up against Beach street, at the end farthest from the main stage.  We will have friendly choir folks there just waiting to say hello and wish you a merry-&-gay pride, tell you all about the choir and what we are up to, and offering the opportunity to just hang out with other choir friends and enjoy the Pride festival.

We look forward to seeing you there!

OiH – Fluevog Fundraising Frenzy

Come one, come all (or at least come the number of people who fit into the Granville Fluevog store – 837 Granville, between Robson and Smithe)!  John Fluevog is helping Out in Harmony fundraise!  For any merchandise purchased from the Granville Fluevog store on June 20, 2013 between 7 and 9 pm, John Fluevog will donate half the purchase price to Out in Harmony. For serious. HALF. We are calling it the “Out in Harmony Fluevog Fundraising Frenzy”.
OK, I know what you’re thinking.  ”Surely this is too good to be true.”  Well, no it’s not, and don’t call me Shirley. John Fluevog has a long history of being a philanthropist and community-minded guy, and Out in Harmony recognizes a great fundraising opportunity when we see one. Like right now.
Now you’re thinking, “Not only does he make brilliant footwear and accessories, but he also gives money to charity? How can John Fluevog be so stinkin’ awesome?”  Honestly, I just. Do. Not. Know.
It this event unbelievable?  Yes. It is amazing?  YES.  Est-ce que c’est incroyable? Mais bien sur, mes amis!  We don’t even care if you want to use French so terrible that it makes your grade 10 French teacher cry herself to sleep at night with a bottle of Dubonnet (coughMmeGauthiercough). Just show up to the Granville Fluevog store on June 20 between 7 and 9 pm and buy a pair of the coolest kicks that your eyes have ever seen and your feet have ever felt. You’ll be treating yourself AND helping out a good cause AT THE SAME TIME.
Aside from awesome footwear and accessories for purchase, there might also be some stealthy song singing from the choir, and little snacky and drinky things too. (Malheureusement, il n’y aura pas de Dubonnet, Mme. Gauthier.)
Trust me. It’s going to be fun. If I were you, I’d plan on sticking around for the whole “shoe-bang”…

A concert not to be missed

What a glorious concert!  It was a packed house with standing room only and unforgettable performances.  The concert theme of AS SEEN ON TV was a blast for singers and audience members alike, with TV songs and jingles from the 50s through today.  Nostalgia and singing-along ran rampant throughout the performance, and unexpected commercial breaks added surprise and delight.  —And that isn’t even mentioning the unexpected marriage proposal (and acceptance!) that occurred on stage after one of the solo performances.  Many congratulations to our two newly engaged choir members!

And looking ahead…

IT’S ABOUT TIME is the theme for our next concert, Saturday January 25, 2014, and it will be at a new location!   (Central Presbyterian, our venue of many years, has exciting plans for a full-scale renovation coming up – wonderful in many ways, but it means our next few concerts will be held elsewhere).  We are very pleased to announce our new concert venue will be the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, which is at the corner of 49th Ave and Oak Street.  It has a bigger concert space so everyone will get a good seat, plus a parking lot and is conveniently on 2 bus lines for easy transportation access.  We are very excited, and we hope to see everyone there.  Mark your calendars now!

As Seen On TV

Love it or hate it, we can’t deny that television has changed the world.  It educates us, entertains us, and bombards us with advertisements; It divides us, brings us together, and makes the most distant places seem nearby;  It shapes our view of the world, affects what we consider to be important issues, expands our horizons with new ideas, tells us what to think, and challenges us to think for ourselves . 

Please join Out in Harmony as we sing favorite songs, jingles, and themes from television shows both old and new.  It will be a toe tapping walk down memory lane as we resurrect both childhood favorites and current hits, and you will leave singing songs you thought you had forgotten as you head home at the end of the night.  “As Seen On TV” will be held Saturday, June 15th at 7:30 pm at Central Presbyterian Church (1155 Thurlow Street -which is wheelchair accessible).  Tickts are $15 with $10 concession tickets also available.   You can get your tickets from choir members, at Little Sisters’ Emporium, or at the door.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact denise.garzon@gov.bc.ca by June 3rd.