Atlantic Voices: The Newfoundland and Labrador Choir of Ottawa is a community choir located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The choir was founded in the spring of 2002 by soprano Kristina Curren, a Newfoundlander once removed in search of her musical heritage, and alto Hannie Fitzgerald whose roots went back to Northern Labrador. Atlantic Voices is an amateur choir with a repertoire consisting mainly of Newfoundland, Maritime, and Celtic songs and music.
The goals of the choir are:
- to represent and showcase Newfoundland and Maritime music and culture in the Ottawa area;
- to provide its members with the opportunity to learn, rehearse, and perform choral compositions; and,
- to offer free of charge, musical entertainment to residents of retirement homes, hospitals, etc., via in situ community concerts.
Members of Atlantic Voices include singers from the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Ontario. Singers and musicians of all backgrounds and abilities are invited to join us and explore songs and music from both sides of the Atlantic. We play to our audience with passion and joy in the hopes of stirring hearts with the music and stories our songs convey.
Under the musical direction of Scott Richardson and accompanied by Elisabeta Cojocaru, the choir rehearses every Tuesday from early September until the end of May. We typically perform two major concerts a year: one at the end of January and one in May. We also participate in other events such as the Memorial for Beaumont Hamel on July 1st each year, the Mayor's Christmas Party and sing-outs at various seniors' homes in the area.
For complete details on who we are, please read our Constitution!
Atlantic Voices has its own in-house band, The Fumblin' Fingers. They play at various events around the city including all of our concerts. Just visit their website for all the latest news about where to find them next.