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!

Picnic & a movie

Our next Out in Harmony choir social event of the summer is a potluck-picnic and outdoor viewing of “Hairspray”. This is our final summer activity before we start practices again September 7th. [Woo Hoo!]  Come join us as we eat, catch up, and enjoy this great movie.

WHEN: Friday, August 27th, 2010, picnic starting at 6pm, “Hairspray” the movie at 8:30pm.

WHERE: Harbour Green Park (essentially at Cordova and Bute) and we’ll attempt red streamers or something like that so you all can find us.

WHO: current-/ex-/ & interested future choir members, friends, partners, and so on. -Basically anybody who wants to hang out, eat food, and watch/sing along with a movie under the stars.

BRING: Blankets to sit on and extra warm things to wear as it does get chilly after dusk; potluck dishes or other food contributions (with ingredients listed please); or simply your own self!

More info about the movie can be found here (sorry, I’m having trouble putting in links, but you can cut and paste these addresses):

  • About the outdoor viewing event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136054933077446&index=1
  • Trailer for the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkzcNF-jlWw
  • Sing-along version of “Come So Far, Got So Far To Go” (which the choir sang as an encore at our June concert) which is over the movie’s closing credits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D5NCUvIjBk&feature=related

Hope to see everyone there!

NOTE: POSSIBLE RAIN UPDATE —  In case it is raining as of 4pm on Friday the 27th, consider the above plan cancelled (because who wants to have a picnic in a muddy field?)  In such case, some of us will still be meeting at 6pm at the Blenz inside the Main downtown Library, Library Square at 345 Robson Street for a bit of a chat and warm drink, so come on by to join us if you are so inspired.  We’d love to see you.

We saw you at PRIDE

Thanks to everyone who helped make our booth a success at Pride on Sunday – Choir members, visitors, friends, and family – we couldn’t have done it without you!
The booth looked great with colourful signs, balloons, and brochures; choir members got to re-connect with each other as well as with other friends we hadn’t seen in a while, and we had lots of folks stop by the booth and learn more about us. We hope to see many of you in the fall when we start up again. Hooray!
In addition, thanks to generous donations by Big Bus and the Playhouse Theatre, we were able to hold a draw for some fabulous prizes: Sets of adult passes to Big Bus’s 2-day Vancouver Tour, and 2 tickets to see The Fantasticks at Playhouse Theatre. Congratulations to the winners!