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  • 1st Annual Show - May 7 The Ganaraska Chordsmen are tuning up for their first annual show: Celebrate Harmony!, an evening of superb a cappella singing. Award winning quartets and choruses promise to make this the ...
    Posted 5 Feb 2016, 08:30 by Ganaraska Chordsmen
  • Candles 'n' Carols
    Posted 20 Nov 2015, 12:29 by Ganaraska Chordsmen
  • Chapter Incorporated!
    Posted 18 Nov 2015, 14:35 by Ganaraska Chordsmen
  • Probus Cobourg Nov 5, 2015 We were warmly received by the Cobourg Probus Club on this, only our second, appearance. Click on the picture to see more photos.
    Posted 7 Nov 2015, 12:43 by Ganaraska Chordsmen
  • Standing 'O' for our debut! Reviews"...the audience realized your singing was as good[or better], than anything offered that night. Both songs were difficult but your group made them sound quite polished. ""...the performance ...
    Posted 5 Oct 2015, 20:22 by Ganaraska Chordsmen
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1st Annual Show - May 7

posted 4 Feb 2016, 19:02 by Ganaraska Chordsmen   [ updated 5 Feb 2016, 08:30 ]

Ganaraskal WinkThe Ganaraska Chordsmen are tuning up for their first annual show: Celebrate Harmony!, an evening of superb a cappella singing. Award winning quartets and choruses promise to make this the preeminent barbershop singing event in Northumberland for 2016!
 http://yongegunsquartet.com/
Aces of Harmony Chorus

The Aces
of 
Harmony
Peterborough
Shaken Not Stirred Quartet
 
Shaken, Not Stirred
2010 Ontario District Champions
 

Saturday, May 7 7PM
Calvary Pentecostal Church
Durham Shores Chorus of The Sweet Adelines
Durham Shores Chorus of The Sweet Adelines, 2015 AA Division champs
401 Croft St., Port Hope

Tickets $20 (students $10), available from Ganaraska Chordsmen members and by contacting: ganaraskals@gmail.com
Rick 289-829-0901 
Roger 905-800-1283

Candles 'n' Carols

posted 20 Nov 2015, 12:29 by Ganaraska Chordsmen

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Chapter Incorporated!

posted 18 Nov 2015, 14:32 by Ganaraska Chordsmen   [ updated 18 Nov 2015, 14:35 ]

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Probus Cobourg Nov 5, 2015

posted 6 Nov 2015, 12:46 by Ganaraska Chordsmen   [ updated 7 Nov 2015, 12:43 ]

We were warmly received by the Cobourg Probus Club on this, only our second, appearance.
Director Lynn Brown paced us through our six numbers.
Click on the picture to see more photos.

Standing 'O' for our debut!

posted 30 Sep 2015, 15:51 by Ganaraska Chordsmen   [ updated 5 Oct 2015, 20:22 ]

Reviews

"...the audience realized your singing was as good[or better], than anything offered that night. Both songs were difficult but your group made them sound quite polished. "

"...the performance of "Hallelujah" was the best large ensemble singing of the night . It was surprisingly (shockingly?) good ! It "raised me up" !"

- comments from two of the quartet judges
We surprised the audience of mostly barbershop singers when we wrapped up the recent Novice Quartet Festival. If we exceeded their expectations for a new chorus, so did their response outstrip ours! Ganaraska Chordsmen performed in public for the first time at the Festival held at the Port Hope Lions' Centre on Sept 25. While it was primarily a quartet competition among Barbershop Harmony Society chapters from Quinte, Peterborough, Oshawa and Northumberland Hills plus the Sweet Adelines Northumberland chapter, their respective choruses added to the entertainment. 

We sang Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (arr. Jordan Travis) followed by You Raise Me Up (words & music by Brendan Graham & Rolf Løvland, arr. Joe Liles). Both are inspirational and coupled with an unexpectedly good performance under our award-winning director Lynn Brown roused much of the audience to its feet after each one. No other chorus was so warmly applauded.


Novice Quartet Festival Sep 25

posted 10 Sep 2015, 18:40 by Ganaraska Chordsmen   [ updated 10 Sep 2015, 18:40 ]

Novice Quartet Festival Sep 25, 2015 Port Hope Lions Centre

Logo Evolves

posted 31 Aug 2015, 09:16 by Ganaraska Chordsmen   [ updated 16 Oct 2015, 13:16 by Tom Holden ]


We are getting green shirts with the logo embroidered on the front. The low brightness green of the logo as it was below does not contrast well with the shirt colour so a "neon" green thread was selected. That makes it pop out nicely, even against a white background so the online logo has been tweaked accordingly. For added online fun, click on the image above to open it alone in your browser to see one of the Ganaraskals "wink".
This new logo (above) will appear on our first publicity brochure come September, 2015 and on our website and other materials replacing the initial one (below) previously used only on the website banner. 
Perhaps the earlier tried too hard to respond to too many objectives:
  • blue to represent the waters and green for the forests in the Ganaraska region 
  • shapes to reinforce those representations
  • indicate that we are about music, particularly singing
  • sense of fun
The result was arguably rather busy. Flipping the bass clef to represent the letter "C" worked but the treble clef was ambiguous - looking more like a "S" than "G". But that did lead to the invention of other uses for the rotated bass clef in the new logo: as the letter "G" and as emoticon-like symbols for four "Ganaraskals" standing for the four parts of Barbershop harmony. 

The new logo is cleaner and more fun while preserving the blue and green colours symbolic of the Ganaraska region. It works better on a variety of backgrounds and fits a circle better. 

Searching with Google for similar images of rotated and mirrored bass clefs turns up no prior usage so these "Ganaraskals" and letter substitutes may be first ever. 


A Cappella Fellas on 89.7FM

posted 19 Aug 2015, 12:56 by Ganaraska Chordsmen   [ updated 29 Sep 2016, 07:43 ]

Listen to Northumberland Community Radio 89.7FM for 15-25 minutes of a cappella singing every Thursday around 7:30 AM, presented by Ganaraska Chordsman Rick Faulkner in the "A Cappella Fellas" segment of Jim Glover's morning show. Call into or email the radio station to express your support that it continue. Northumberland 89.7

Rehearsals at Terry Fox PS, Cobourg

posted 19 Aug 2015, 12:44 by Ganaraska Chordsmen   [ updated 31 Aug 2015, 12:00 ]

The Ganaraska Chordsmen will be rehearsing at a new location starting September 15: the Music Room at the Terry Fox Public School in Cobourg. It has excellent acoustics with permanent risers to let the Music Director hear and see all members of the chorus better than ever. We will have this room throughout the 2015/16 school year on all nights the school is open, unless it is required for school use. Terry Fox PS is conveniently located near the Burnham St./401 interchange, has lots of parking and is fully accessible.

For our formative year, we have been fortunate to have been allowed by the Port Hope River's Edge Condominium Board to use their party room. It has served us well but cannot handle the significant expansion of the chorus we aim for in the coming months.

History of Port Hope Chapter expanded

posted 25 May 2015, 14:13 by Ganaraska Chordsmen   [ updated 25 May 2015, 14:13 ]

See Port Hope Chapter for the article from the 50th anniversary publication of the Ontario District.

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