Special Events

specialimg1 Wendy shows off ribbons and medals for chorus and quartet at Moonglow
specialimg2 Toronto Accolades' Flower Power Girls at Moonglow

AC&C -- May 26 to May 28, 2017

Our first year in Area Five! We loved the location — Nottawasaga Inn in Alliston, just a short drive from home, and no border crossings or money exchange. But were we going to feel like outsiders, crashing a family party? We needn’t have worried about that, because everyone was so friendly and welcoming!

A bunch of us lingered over a yummy buffet at the Inn restaurant late Friday afternoon, then attended the quartet contest in the Crystal Ballroom, where our director’s quartet, Skyfall, placed an exciting second. Back at our rooms, we hung door signs and held small nail-painting parties in the hallway, before heading to bed. Everything seemed so leisurely here, all taking place under one roof.

Saturday was chorus contest day — rehearsals in the morning, on stage before 1 p.m., then evaluations from the judges later in the afternoon, after learning that we had come third and qualified for International Competition, in spite of the qualifying mark being raised 3% over last year.

The Saturday evening buffet dinner and Moonglow had a High School Club theme, so the Accolades went as Flower Power Girls from the Sixties. During the evening, Jo Anne was recognized with a certificate for sponsoring a new member to the Accolades, and Normi was honoured with a certificate for her 30 years in Harmony, Inc. The dinner and Moonglow were held in the Trade Centre attached to the Inn, because Area Five’s numbers had almost doubled with the addition of our southern Ontario choruses, so the Inn itself could not accommodate us all. Unfortunately, acoustics for the evening’s proceedings were not good in the Centre, and it was also not an inviting venue to stay in to socialize afterwards. But room parties and singing in the Inn itself were being discouraged. On the positive side, it meant more sleep on Saturday night so that people were wide awake and eager for the Educational Classes being offered on Sunday morning. It was also easier to stay for classes, knowing that the drive home afterwards was a short one.

Next year, Area Five’s AC&C will be held at the Delta Toronto East Hotel at Hwy 401 and Kennedy Road. You can’t get much closer than that! And we won’t be worried about our acceptance into the Area Five family, because we have already been welcomed with open arms and will continue to feel more and more at home with our new family with each passing year.

specialimg3 Our coach, Renee, relaxes with the Accolades at our cozy Cedar Glen retreat.
specialimg4 Normi receives her 30 year pin from our newest Life Member, Wendy.

Retreat Weekend -- March 31 to April 2, 2017

Our second annual retreat weekend was held at Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre in Schomberg this year. Thanks go to our President, Nancy, who was instrumental in reviving this tradition last year and again this year, and worked hard to make the weekend a success. A few brave souls ventured out to explore the nature trails upon their arrival on Friday afternoon, in spite of the rainy weather, while others had private coaching sessions with our coach for the weekend, Renee. After dinner, the full chorus had its first coaching session on our two contest songs in the large, warm lounge with the huge stone fireplace on one side and large picture windows on the other side. Then it was off to bed, in preparation for a full day on Saturday.

The chorus received more valuable coaching from Renee on Saturday, including some coaching by sections. We also took time to record “O Canada” and “Star Spangled Banner” as audition tapes, and small sections of other songs to be blended into a sample recording of our work.

After dinner, we moved back into the lounge to conduct our Installation of the Board and also recognize our award winners for the past year. Renee acted as Installation Officer and Patrice acted as the Chorus Membership Representative.

After the award presentations and formal installation of the Board, we enjoyed the rest of the evening with games, karaoke, wine, snacks and good conversation. Ana and Nicole organized this part of the evening, and more than a few chorus members were willing to oblige us with some crazy karaoke before we turned the screen outward and everyone started singing along to the words of the songs.

Sunday morning we pulled everything together that we had learned over the weekend, in one last coaching session, before having lunch and heading back home. Thanks go to our director, Wendy, our coach, Renee, and all who helped organize this successful retreat weekend.

See the Our Members page for a complete list of this year’s award recipients and the 2017-2018 Board of Directors.

specialimg5 Feelin' groovy!
specialimg6 Showtime!

"Feelin' Groovy" Chorus Show -- April 10, 2016

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, the curtain opened on a couple of dozen colourfully decked out hippies singing “Feelin’ Groovy”, and our 2016 chorus show took off from there. Jordan Travis, the grooviest hippie of us all, was our emcee for the first half, quickly changing hats (or should I say wigs) near the end of Act One to perform with his award winning quartet, Supertonic. These special guests took to the stage again at the beginning of Act Two, along with our director’s own quartet, Skyfall. The Accolades then returned in more formal attire to perform a few more songs, concluding with a couple of passionate and uplifting favourites, “At Last” and “Hallelujah”. After extended applause from the sold out audience, we adjourned to the lobby of the lovely York Woods Library Theatre to greet our guests and enjoy refreshments with them.

But this was no one day event, by any means. Our preparations started almost a year earlier, when we began searching for a site for our show. Then a theme was chosen, and there was a search for new songs, which the chorus learned through the fall and winter months. Meanwhile, we were also on the search for a good guest performer, and were very fortunate, indeed, that Supertonic agreed to participate in our show. Script had to be written for show emcees, and a PowerPoint program had to be put together to project our program on the screen the day of the show. Choreography, sets, costumes, publicity, tickets, refreshments — everyone was involved in making sure this day was a success. And it was all worth it, to enjoy those performing moments on the stage and feel the audience response. Hey! We’ll just have to do it again sometime soon!