The following schools will be competing for the title of 2020 Show Choir Canada Champions:
Morning Session (9:00am to 12:30pm) Doors open at 8:30am
Unionville “Synergy”, Markham, ON (Arts/Comm/Intl)
Etobicoke School of the Arts “Splash”, Etobicoke, ON ( Arts/Comm/Intl)
St. Francis Xavier SS”SoundFX”, Mississauga, ON (Non-ACI Small Ens)
York Mills CI “Cheat Notes”, Toronto, ON (Non-ACI Small Ens)
Music Academy of WNY “Shout”, Lancaster, NY, USA ( Arts/Comm/Intl)
Edgewood HS “Sophisticated Ladies”, Ellettsville, IN, USA ( Arts/Comm/Intl)
Afternoon Session (2:00pm to 5:30pm) Doors open at 1:30pm
All Saints Catholic HS “Flash”, Ottawa, ON ( Non-ACI Small Ens)
Beaconsfield HS “Crescendo”, Beaconsfield, QC (Non-ACI Small Ens)
Pickering HS “Euphonix Show Choir”, Ajax, ON (Non-ACI Small Ens)
Milton Show Choir “Flash”, Milton, ON (Juniors)
Music Academy of WNY “Roar”, Lancaster, NY, USA (Juniors)
St. George’s School of Montreal “G Major”, Montreal, QC (Non-ACI Large Ens)
Evening Session (7:00pm to 10:00pm) Doors open at 6:30pm
Edgewood HS “Music Warehouse”, Ellettsville, IN, USA (Arts/Comm/Intl)
J. Clarke Richardson “Vocal Thunder”, Ajax, ON (Non-ACI Small Ens)
Milton Show Choir, “Gleam”, Milton, ON (Arts/Comm/Intl)
Centre Stage Theatre School “CS Show Choir”, Burlington, ON (Arts/Comm/Int)
Our Lady of Lourdes “The Pitches”, Guelph, ON (Non-ACI Large Ens)
Don Mills Collegiate “Northern Lights”, Toronto, ON (Non-ACI Small Ens)
Guest Performance/Awards Ceremony (10:30pm to 11:30pm)
Guest Performance and Awards Ceremony open to all ticket holders from any session.
Choir Bios: High School
Unionville “Synergy”, Markham, ON
Synergy Showchoir is a student run club lead by grade 12 students, Michelle Cheuk, Aryaan Kanji, Carina Bianchini and Iman Vellani. It features students from Unionville High School, many from various art programs like drama, dance and vocal. This energetic group is very excited to come back for another year at Showchoir Canada and show what Synergy Showchoir is all about!
Etobicoke School of the Arts “Splash”, Etobicoke, ON
Splash from the Etobicoke School of the Arts, founded by the late Paul Aikins, is very excited to return to Show Choir Canada after being named the 2019 Grand Champions. Splash has a rich history performing around the Greater Toronto Area and abroad internationally, earning five Championship titles at Show Choir Canada and is the only Canadian show choir to win multiple accolades at FAME Show Choir Competitions in the United States. Under the new direction of Jacques St-Pierre and Shannon Hamilton, with choreography by Mike Weaver, Splash returns to the Show Choir Canada stage to present their set Swing!, conceived by Paul Aikins and Mike Weaver to celebrate the excitement and joy felt through swing music and dance. Splash is honoured to continue Paul Aikins’ legacy and would like to dedicate this year’s set to his memory.
Music Academy of WNY “Shout”, Lancaster, NY, USA
The Music Academy of WNY Show Choirs, directed by Jena Abati, are comprised of 86 students across four age groups; Elementary, Juniors, Roar, and Shout. SHOUT, the High School competitive division, was last year’s runner up at Show Choir Canada. This group is comprised of students ages 13-17 from all over Western New York. They have sung for numerous community events, benefits, parades, and scholarship programs. Some notable performances include National Opera Week, the televised Variety Kids Telethon with Janien Valentine, Darien Lake Music competition, Disney World, and soon the World Heritage Festival in NYC and Cedar Point Music in the Parks.
York Mills CI “Cheat Notes”, Toronto, ON
York Mills’ show choir, Cheat Notes, is celebrating ten years of performances and is so excited to make their epic comeback for the Show Choir Canada 2020 Championship. Choreographed by hardworking and skilled students, their collaborative efforts allow them to ignite like fireworks on stage, with direction by Ms. Pamela Maxwell-Steele and an excellent accompaniment by pianist Nathan Vinokur. Cheat Notes has performed for seniors residences over the years, and it has become an on-coming tradition on making their days brighter with the help of a smile. You will be found at the edge of your seat by the end of this compelling performance surrounding the theme of unity. Being true to yourself is so beautiful, so do not live in regret and let your colours shine through.
St. Francis Xavier SS “SoundFX”, Mississauga, ON
Sound FX is a completely student-run show choir. With vocal arrangements and choreography by grade eleven students Halima Banuso and Marian Pillay. And supervised by Carrie Weir, Franca Angeli and Mikhail Jabir. Representing St. Francis Xavier Secondary School of Mississauga, Ontario, the group of 21 hard-working performers are excited to present this year’s show. The French Revolution completely altered the social and political structure of France. It introduced a movement of liberty and freedom for all. Although the revolution led to the infamous “reign of terror” the ideas and reforms will forever remain. Each character portrays the rise of the oppressed and the blinding chase of power that often results in a divide within society. But in the end, was it all worth it? Sound FX presents: Revolution.
Edgewood HS “Sophisticated Ladies”, Ellettsville, IN, USA
Sophisticated Ladies is celebrating its 34th exciting year in 2020. As one of the nation’s most established unisex ensembles, they have attained Grand Champion status, and captured many caption awards, in several contests over the years. Over these past two decades, they have been privileged to compete in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Orlando. In 2020, Sophisticated Ladies will be competing at Twin Lakes, Bishop Dwenger, Franklin Community, Homestead, Lafayette Jefferson, and South Dearborn. Their 2020 season will culminate with a trip to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where they will represent the state of Indiana in the Show Choir Canada Championships invitational. They are comprised of forty-four singer/dancers and a backup band of eleven. They wish the best of luck to every choir performing today!
All Saints Catholic HS “Flash”, Ottawa, ON
And now it is time to take it back, way back, to a simpler time and a simpler place, but a place where teens still faced the same issues in love and relationships that they do today. With 5 dedicated teacher directors, fantastic student choreographers and music arranged by the whipflASH student band; All Saints has put together a fantastic show for you. The highly experienced band accompanies a predominantly novice group of flASH choir members in their Show Choir Canada debut! Welcome to the Grand Central Diner!
Beaconsfield HS “Crescendo”, Beaconsfield, QC
BHS Crescendo is celebrating its twelfth-year anniversary! Founded in 2008 under the direction of Ceri Howe with choreography by Maria Anna Mavrekefalos. This year our group is an all-girls powerhouse of 18 hard-working and multi-talented performers from grade 7-11. BHS Crescendo is thrilled to be back for our fourth appearance at Show Choir Canada. We are excited to debut our new set “Mean”: should you change who you are to fit in? Through music from musicals and new arrangements of pop hits we explore the cruelty of cliques in pursuit of popularity, and ultimately learning the value of being true to yourself.
Pickering HS “Euphonix Show Choir”, Ajax, ON
Euphonix Show Choir is very excited to be part of Show Choir Canada! The ensemble is an auditioned group of students ranging from Grades 9 through 12. Throughout the year, Euphonix has performed for their school community, and has inspired students to join the vocal music program and explore the wonderful world of singing. Their director, Ms. Lynne Smythe, is thankful for, and proud of these students who have worked so hard this year! The theme this year is DREAMS… The black hole of our reality. Born out of darkness, dreams take us away. They start as flickers of light. Light that is sometimes jagged, and spirals out of the dimness. From this single flicker, an idea is sparked. This idea grows into a spark of colour that explodes with emotion, takes us to a far away lands in which we Seize the Day and where anything is possible. Dream big, my friends, because in this life, YOU are the ‘Greatest Show’.
St. George’s School of Montreal “G Major”, Montreal, QC
St. George’s Glee Club, G Major, is participating for the ninth time in a row at Show Choir Canada Championships under the artistic direction of Performing Arts Department Head Candace Grynol and technical director Aaron Stamboulieh. The full club consists of 75 students and they perform a full-length sold-out show at Montreal’s DB Clarke Theatre every May. Founded in 1930, St. George’s School of Montreal is a private co-educational, non-denominational school that provides student-centred education of the highest quality within a spirited, engaging, creative and cooperative environment.
Edgewood HS “Music Warehouse”, Ellettsville, IN, USA
Music Warehouse is celebrating its 44th spectacular year in 2020! This ensemble has gained national recognition through competing successfully, and gaining Grand Champion status, in various contests throughout the United States. Over these past four decades, they have been privileged to compete in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Orlando. They have also been recognized by the General Assembly of the state of Indiana for excellence in music. In 2020, Music Warehouse will be competing at Twin Lakes, Bishop Dwenger, Franklin Community, Homestead, Lafayette Jefferson, and South Dearborn. Their 2020 season will culminate with a trip to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where they will represent the state of Indiana in the Show Choir Canada Championships invitational. They are comprised of forty-eight singer/dancers, a backup band of eleven, and a crew of six. They wish the best of luck to every choir competing today!
J. Clarke Richardson “Vocal Thunder”, Ajax, ON
Vocal Thunder is ready to go “full storm” this year by bringing out all the elements in our 2020 show, “Fire Beneath the Storm!”. With a mix of styles, genres, and tempos, these talented students from J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate in Ajax, Ontario have created a show that will surely “fire you up”! With student arrangements and choreography, Vocal Thunder has poured their hearts and souls into creating a show they are proud to call their own. We are so grateful for the support of our families, school and community, as well as our awesome alumni. Thank you, SCC for having us and for all the hard work that goes into this event. We are overjoyed to be a part of it!
Milton Show Choir, “Gleam”, Milton, ON
Milton Show Choir operates multiple community-based show choirs in Milton, Ontario. Their senior choir, Gleam, consists of 27 dedicated high school students. Under the musical direction of Melanie Silva and Bob Hall, the group performs at local community events and stages an annual “Gleeful” Showcase each spring. Milton Show Choir’s Gleam can’t wait to participate in Show Choir Canada’s 2020 Nationals!
Centre Stage Theatre School “Centre Stage Show Choir”, Burlington, ON
Centre Stage Theatre School’s Show Choir was formed in 2016, under the leadership of school founder and artistic director Helen Zdriluk. In its first three years, the choir performed mainstage productions at Centre Stage in Burlington, participated in Creative Acts at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, and took part in Show Choir Canada. Now in its fourth year, the choir features 22 performers ranging from 9-18 years of age, working under the direction of Jennifer Zdriluk and Beth Marquis. While Helen unfortunately passed away in Spring 2017, we endeavour to continue her vision of bringing together a wide variety of students to perform popular and musical theatre repertoire in a creative and collaborative environment. Our performance this year, conceptualized by choir member Megan Macfarlane, explores the challenges of developing an identity within a complex world and the value of working across differences.
Our Lady of Lourdes “The Pitches”, Guelph, ON
Our Lady of Lourdes, “The Pitches”, are back and thrilled to be bringing a brand-new performance to the Show Choir Canada stage. With a theme based on inclusivity, The Pitches are prepared to bring an energetic and emotional performance based on the real-life experience of one of our members. With a talented and spirited cast of 28, a mix of both junior and senior performers, all are excited to show off their contagious positivity and energy. Under the musical leadership of musical director Anne Marie Kane and student choreographers, The Pitches dedicate countless hours of rehearsal to arrange a set that best shows the excitement and emotion of what we have come to know and love as a true Show Choir Canada performance.
Don Mills Collegiate “Northern Lights”, Toronto, ON
Northern Lights from Don Mills Collegiate in Toronto is thrilled to be back at Show Choir Canada, having participated in 2014, where they won the Best Small, Non-Arts category and in 2016 where they won Best Band. Formed in 2002, they are Ontario’s longest-running high school Show Choir. They perform both locally and internationally, where recent festivals and competitions include the Baystate Show Choir Festival (Easton, Massachusetts) this past November and the New England Show Choir Showdown (Andover, Massachusetts) last spring. They are under the musical direction of Cathy Whiteside, with choreography by Michelle Brewer and pit band direction by Jamie Bird.