The Toronto Accolades is a women’s vocal group, singing four-part a cappella harmony, primarily in the barbershop style. The chorus has about 30 members of all ages and backgrounds, and meets every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Earl Bales Community Centre for an evening of singing and fun. We also enjoy performing in the community, putting on shows and competing annually at contest.
A group within the chorus, calling themselves Who Let The Girls Out, does afternoon performances for which the whole chorus is not available. Smaller ensembles often come together, as well, to perform at street festivals, community events and chorus shows.
Founded in 1968, the Toronto Accolades is a chapter of Harmony, Inc., an international, non-profit, educational singing organization for women. Harmony, Inc. was founded in 1959 in Rhode Island, and is presently made up of 61 choruses in Canada and the United States. Harmony, Inc. holds area contests in the spring and an International Contest in November for those choruses and quartets that qualified in their area contests. Classes and workshops are put on at these events, as well as at other times of the year, for those who would like to learn more about music and improve their singing skills.
Wendy Arnold has been our director since the year 2000. We benefit from her knowledge and expertise, as well as from that of coaches who are brought in from time to time to help us.
We have an extensive repertoire of songs, both old and new, fast and slow, and we are always learning new ones. Members are given both sheet music and audio learning tracks of each song, so they do not have to know how to read music to belong to the chorus.
Check out the following pages for more information about us: Our Chorus, Our Director, Our Members, Our Quartets, Our Repertoire, Our Favourite Links.