400 Choristers from Across Canada to Present Free Unisong Concerts June 29th to July 1st

    OTTAWA, June 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The 13th Annual Unisong Festival invites
choristers representing all provinces to Ottawa to sing their own repertoire
and join in several magnificent massed concerts.
    Children, teens, university, and adult choristers form a powerful massed
intergenerational ensemble that will present wonderful patriotic Canadian
music on July 1st, Canada Day.
    Individual choirs will also perform June 29th and 30th.

    - July 1st Canada Day 10:00a.m. Massed Unisong Choral Concert conducted
      by Nova Scotia's Jeff Joudrey, in Southam Hall, National Arts Centre.
      (Doors open at 9:30a.m.) Free
    - July 1st, 2:30p.m. Massed Unisong Choir will combine with the National
      Arts Centre Orchestra conducted by Pinchas Zukerman in Southam Hall.
      (Doors open at 2:00p.m.) Free
    - June 29th 8pm Rideau Park United Church, 2209 Alta Vista at Cunningham.
      Free. York Region Children's Chorus (Toronto, Ontario)
      Twillingate Island Children's Choir (Newfoundland)
      Alberta Heartland Chorus (Alberta)
    - June 29th 8pm St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (82 Kent at Wellington)
      Chantant Youth Ensemble (Amstrong, BC)
      Chor Omega Pictou District Honour Choir (Nova Scotia)
      Pemigewasset Choral Society (Plymouth, New Hampshire.)
    - June 29th 8pm St. Paul's Presbyterian Church 971 Woodroffe Avenue. Free
      Weyburn STARS Show Choir (Saskatchewan)
      Richmond Youth Honour Choir (British Columbia)
      Tuesday Night Singers (Johnville, N.B.)

    In 1996 when Canada's breakup seemed possible Lois & Don Harper said
"Somebody should do something" and "We're somebody, what can we do?" and so
was born the idea for Unisong, a contraction of United in Song, "to
demonstrate through music that Canada works best when Canadians work
    Choristers come to Ottawa as proud representatives of their community,
region, and province. After rehearsing together, sightseeing together, eating
together, and performing together, they return home as confirmed musical
ambassadors of a united Canada, impressed with their national capital and
their federal government. As co-founder Lois Harper says "That's harnessing
the power of music to do good."

    Other Unisong Performers: July 1st National Arts Centre Lobby Stage
    9:30am Pemigewasset Choral Society, Plymouth, New Hampshire
    11:00a.m. South Branch African Drummers, Kemptville, Ontario

    Lawrence Freeman Lane
    12:30pm & 2pm South Branch African Drummers, Kemptville Ontario.
    For info contact Don Harper at Arts Bureau for the Continents Festivals
    Inc, 2121 Carling Ave, Suite 202A (Office level), Ottawa 613-234-3360,
    Fax 613-236-2636, 1-800-267-8526 mobile number: 613-762-0865

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For further information: Don Harper, (613) 234-3360

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