It’s choir time!


It is hard to belive that August is almost over and the September Startup is about to begin, but the new choir season is just around the corner. The first rehearsal of the 2011-2012 season is Tuesday, September 6th, 7:30-9:45pm at St. Margaret’s Cedar Cottage Anglican Church, 1530 E. 22nd Avenue (at Dumfries, near the corner of Kingsway and Knight), in Vancouver. 

Come start your September off right: catch up with old friends, eat snacks, meet new friends, touch base and find out what the choir year is going to look like, and oh yeah, sing!  Everyone is welcome: New members, old members, not-sures, friends, etc.

Our first performance will be at the Walk For Life in Stanley Park which is on Sunday September 18th.  Therefore the first two choir rehearsals, Sept 6 & Sept 13, will focus musically on preparing the choir to sing in support of the walkers.   We’ll learn some fairly quick and easy new music as well as review some music pulled from last year so that we’ll be ready to perform on the 18th.  The following Tuesday, September 20th, is the rehearsal when we’ll really start turning our attention to the music for the next big concert, set for January 21st, 2012.

[If you think you might be interested but don’t think you will be able to commit to an entire season, consider joining us for just the next few rehearsals and the Performance on September 18th.  OR, if you want to join us but your September is just too hectic, join us after the Walk For Life or whenever you can. We accept new members any time of year.]

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!

“Can You Picture That?”

The Muppet Movie (yes the original one from 1979) is playing at Robson Square the evening of Monday, August 8.

Dennis L will be “Moving Right Along” to that showing along with Chris and several others, and says: I’d love you to be there, too! “Never Before, Never Again” will the opportunity present itself to watch this movie on a big screen with all my friends, and I intend to enjoy it to the full. “I Hope That Something Better Comes Along” than the weather we’ve been having, but I intend to be there rain or shine.

Please be there with me, and we’ll watch the show and sing along from “Rainbow Connection” to “The Magic Store” and every song in between.


Don’t forget about our Choir Potluck at Herb’s house this weekend, Saturday July 16th at 6pm. Contact Herb at to RSVP & get directions & details.

Also coming up on Tuesday July 19th is the and the 2nd and last rehearsal for our performance at the Outgames opening ceremonies (which take place the following Monday, July 25th). It is not too late to join! NOTE: Rehearsal on Tuesday is NOT in our usual venue. Rehearsal is at the Vancouver Film School at 198 W. Hastings (on the corner of Cambie Street) at 7:30pm.

Out in Harmony will be at the Outgames!

The Outgames are being held during the last week of July in Vancouver this year, and Out in Harmony will be performing at the opening ceremonies! We are inviting all our friends to come join us as we form a mass choir to kick off this exciting event and show the world what a great choral city Vancouver is.
We will be performing O Canada as well as one other piece.  We will be holding 2 rehearsals prior to the Opening Ceremonies, and everyone participating needs to come to at least one rehearsal (though preferably both).

Rehearsals: Tuesdays at 7:30pm at the Vancouver Film School – 198 W. Hastings -  Tuesday July 12th and Tuesday July 19th.  Everyone participating MUST attend at least one of these rehearsals.

Performance: Monday, July 25th at 6pm – Vancouver Art Gallery

Please pass this on to all your singing friends who may be interested, and email our director Nicki at if you are planning on participating or if you have any questions.

This is going to be so fabulous!  We look forward to seeing everyone and taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity to gather together, sing, and show the world how Vancouver is brimming over with both music and pride!

What’s it LOL about?

Sometimes we take ourselves far too seriously. We get caught up in
our jobs and our to-do lists and what’s on the news, and we forget to
pause and simply relax.

Stress is something everyone wants less of, and what is one of the
best stress relievers? Laughter! Shared laughter loosens
inhibitions, releases tension, produces endorphins, strengthens
friendships, and creates lasting memories. With this in mind, Out in
Harmony brings you an evening of lightness and humour. Here you will
find puns, dry wit, satire, classical spoofs, childish silliness, and
the kind of toe-tapping tunes that will have you grinning as soon as
you hear them.

So sit back, forget your troubles for an evening, and enjoy the show.

Date: June 11th, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Central Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, B.C.

The Song that Goes Like This

At our recent “Looking Back, Looking Forward,” concert, choir member Nelz A offered the following words about “The Song that Goes Like This.”

In every Broadway musical — especially the ones composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber — there’s always this excruciatingly insipid love song that is incredibly long, constantly changes keys, and has insanely high notes. Such a song was parodied in the Monty Python musical comedy Spamalot.

We first performed this song at our OUT ON STAGE concert. I remember we were giggling through our first rehearsal of this song. I was a bass when I first sang this, and I had fun. Now I’m singing this as a tenor painfully trying to hit that E in the lyrics, when it’s really a G. But all in good fun. We all enjoyed singing this song as it is a testament of our sense of humour and fun singing together all these years.

At this point, you may be curious what the hell is this song. Well, it’s The Song That Goes Like This.


Peace! Nelz A, Lauryn H, Michael T and Ben L

Mark your calendar for our upcoming concert!

Come join us for Out in Harmony’s upcoming concert “Looking Back, Looking Forward” in which we’ll be celebrating our greatest hits from the past twenty years. Those who have attended our concerts over the years will recognize many familiar favourites, and those who are joining us for the first time will find that their toes are tapping, too!

Where and when:
Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 7:30pm at Central Presbyterian Church, 1155 Thurlow Street

Retro, Antique, Timeless, Historic, Blast-from-the-past, Nostalgic, Renew-Reuse-Recycle, Memory Lane, … Whatever you want to call it, it means picking the best songs from the past, and polishing them anew for the present. Our choir was founded 20 years ago this fall, and during the past year we have looked at who we’ve become over the years and how the group has changed since we began in 1990. We have re-imagined our name, our mission, and our hopes for the future. In choosing the theme and music for our upcoming concert, we took a look back over the repertoire of the last 20 years and picked out the best of the best: the gems, milestones, and the favourites of both audiences and singers. We’ll be dusting off such classics as “Some of My Best Friends are Straight”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and “Va Pensiero”, along with many more. We hope you will come join us as we take a trip down memory lane and enjoy this glimpse into where we’ve come from and how we’ve transformed over the past 20 years.

Ticket prices are still $15 for adult admission and $10 for Students & Seniors, plus subsidized tickets are available for $7. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

If you are interested in volunteering, advertising, singing with us, or basically want to contact us for any reason, drop us a line at We’d love to hear from you!

Everything old is new again!

I saw a young woman on the street today who looked like she had stepped out of a magazine – from about 1986.  I don’t think she was alive when her look was first in style, but she looked back, found elements that spoke to her and made them her own.  While there are some ideas (and fashions) that are best left in the past, there is also a lot worth keeping from times gone by.

Our choir has a new name – we are newly and outwardly expressing who we are and who we want to be.  We are also hitting a milestone: our choir formed 20 years ago this fall.  This is a perfect time to take a small pause, and look back over the life of our group, bringing forward some of the elements that have worked for us and helped us grow into the group we are today.  So our next concert, taking place January 22, 2011, will be comprised of some of the great music that we have sung and enjoyed throughout the last 20 years.  I’m looking forward to revisiting some favourites, and introducing our newer singers to some gems from our early days.

This is where you, our singers both past and present, and our audience, come in.  Which songs have been your favourites, over the years?  Is there a tune you heard us sing once and wish we would do again, or an encore that keeps bringing a smile to your face?  I’d love to hear about it.  I’d especially appreciate input from those who were at our concerts in the early days!