Welcome to the 2018-2019 Choir Season!

Hello, friends. Did you know that Out in Harmony starts up again soon?  Rehearsals resume on Tuesday September 4, which is not that far away!  I hope you can all join us, including those of you we haven’t seen for a while.
New folks are welcome at any time, but it’s nice to get right in on the beginning of the new music, so this is a particularly great time for you and your friends to come out and try singing with us.

Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings, from 7:30-9:30 (with a short break for snacks and socializing in the middle).  We meet at St. Margaret’s Cedar Cottage Anglican Church, located at 1530 E. 22nd Ave, Vancouver.  It is at the corner of Dumfries Street, near the intersection of Knight and Kingsway, and easily accessible by the 19, 22, and 25 buses.

Please be aware that rehearsals are held in a scent-free environment, with no hemp, hazelnuts, guava or menthol allowed.  We like for everyone to be able to breathe!  We are also wheelchair accessible.

For those who were around last season (or want to learn some music really quickly!) we’ll be brushing up some of the last season’s music to perform at the AIDS Walk to Thrive on Sunday, September 23.  Mark your calendars now!  (We’ll be reviewing this music the last thing in the evening, during the first couple of rehearsals.)

Our next concert will be on January 26, and it will feature music written by those who tend to be outside of the spotlight: LGBT folks, people of colour, and women.  You can start thinking in advance about possible solo and small group ideas.  And for those who like to keep track of such things, the September job rotation is: Altos on set-up, Tenors on snacks, Basses on clean-up, and Sopranos taking a break.
(Though of course you all can feel free to bring snacks to the first rehearsal, as we’ll have a longer break in which to greet each other.  Please remember to list the ingredients on any snack you bring, and be sure that your snack does NOT include any hemp, menthol, guava, or hazelnuts).

This is going to be a great season, and we look forward to seeing you all!

Grease is the Word!

Choir members and all friends of Out In Harmony are invited to join the social butterflies for a second movie this summer. On Friday August 12th Grease with John Travolta and Olivia Newton John is playing and we’ll be there. (Hey, we even know the
music to “We Go Together” ;-)

There will be picnicing starting 6:30 p.m. on the grass close to the Coal Harbour Community Centre. To get there, just keep going towards the water, (Harbour Green Park 480 Broughton Street). The movie itself starts around 8:30 if you’re not able to join us for dinner.

Bring blankets to sit on and sweatshirts as it does get chilly, and nibbles (food of whatever sort, as always with ingredients labelled to help out those will allergies), or just your fabulous selves. Friends, sweeties, prospective choir members and the like are all welcome. We can’t wait to see you there!

More info at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=210014329043440

Out in Harmony Pride Booth

PRIDE weekend is coming up fast, and we need to once again have people
sign up to take a shift at the pride booth. (Sunday, July 31)

Ideally we like to see 2 people assigned to be at the booth at a time,
for 1-hour long shifts, so that nobody is left on their own nor has to
stick around for a long time when they’d rather be watching the parade
or exploring the festival. We need somebody present at the booth at
all times from set-up to take-down, so please, if you are going to be
in town, sign up to take a shift so we can make sure we are covered.
Being at PRIDE is great for our visibility and we usually get several
expressions of interest and a couple of new members each year out of
it, so please help us spread the word about how great it is to be part
of Out in Harmony.

What we need:

MORNING SHIFTS = 9-noon: Set up is usually 8:30 or 9. There are very
few people to hand out info to since the festival probably won’t open
until 11:30, but there are some fellow-venders wandering around.

DURING PARADE SHIFTS = Noon to 3pm: Traffic tends to be fairly light,
but picking up. It is nice to have several folks signed up for this
period so we can take turns watching both the parade and the booth.

MAIN FESTIVAL SHIFTS = 4-6pm: This is the busiest time for passing
out info about the choir. Take down will probably be 6:30.

To volunteer, reply to this post or contact the site (oihwebsite at gmail dot com) and we’ll put you in touch with Denise.

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 oihdirector@gmail.com 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!

Volunteer to LOL with us!

Out in Harmony needs a few non-choir volunteers for the concert to come early on June 11th to help with concert set-up and other easy duties. Volunteers will receive our undying gratitude and have an opportunity to see the concert for free. (For most volunteers, early means 5:30 p.m., with one or two a bit earlier than that.)

If you are interested, please email the volunteer coordinator at sarahelps@live.com by June 7 letting her know you’re interested and if there are any restrictions on what you can or can’t do. Thanks and hope to see everyone there.

Upcoming Appearance: Raise Your Pride!

Out in Harmony will sing at the “Raise Your Pride” fundraiser this Sunday, April 10, to help raise funds for the Royal City Pride Society and the Hospitality Project.

raise your pride

The show is open to the public and admission is by donation, so any friends and supporters of the choir would be welcome to take this opportunity to see us perform while supporting a terrific cause.

Individual Donors, 2009-2010 Season

Donors play an important role in helping us bring music to the community. Concert ticket sales cover only a part of our operating expenses, so charitable donations play a crucial role to the existence of the choir. Financial support allows us to rehearse and perform, serve our community, tour and cover operating costs.

We are deeply grateful to those of you who donate to ensure our success. Out in Harmony is registered federally as a charitable not-for-profit organization, and provincially under the Society Act of the Province of British Columbia.

Out in Harmony wishes to thank the following donors for their general financial assistance in our nineteenth season.

Sostenuto

Ben Lewis
Ramona Roberts

Profundo

Alyx Dellamonica
Christopher Johnston
George Fuller
Kevin Bespflug
Liz Hughes
Michael Thompson
Nicola Hamilton
Trikinetic Massage Therapy

Holiday invites to interested choir members

Concert tickets:

Aliqua is having a full length holiday show at the Vogue on Sunday, Dec 12th, at 7:30pm and OiH members are eligible for a special rate on tickets. Instead of $35, any member of a choir can get tickets for $25 each.

For more info: info@aliqua.com or call 604 809 3746 (Contact them soon… this is a limited time offer!)

The choir also has a link with some free song downloads:

https://rcpt.yousendit.com/999566571/7a5cefe3d2d6637a9c5410f0f0d8bdab

Carolling for a Cause:
F*ck Cancer invites singers to the Art Gallery for some carolling on December 16th; they’ve written some “revamped” carols that are all about early detection. They say:

It should be a really fun event, and we’d absolutely love “Out in Harmony” to be a part of it! We’re planning on having some media, bloggers, influencers etc in attendance to capture the moment, and it would be fantastic to have you…

Let me know if you’d like a sample of some of our song lyrics, but basically we’re just going to rally together for an hour or two and belt out some acapella christmas carols with “early detection” lyrics. We’re excited to hit the streets and hopefully inspire a few people to stay on top of their regular cancer screenings : ) You can check out our Facebook invite (sample lyrics are at the bottom of the thread!)