This talented group of singers has been the proud representative of the Ontario District at the Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Competition many times since their formation in 1998, earning an impressive number of medals, including the coveted gold during the 2013 convention held in our home town of Toronto! With 34 men on stage in Kansas City in 2000, they were recognized as the smallest chorus to ever receive a medal at the International competition and were considered to be instrumental in shifting the perceptions that a smaller chorus can compete at the highest levels within the singing society.
The Toronto Northern Lights is a dynamic group of men working towards a common goal of musical excellence to thrill and charm their audiences. The chorus attracts members from the complete range of ages, backgrounds and employment; from twenty-year-old university students, to business professionals, to men in retirement. Although Toronto is their home base, the chorus draws members from a large area, with men willing to travel more than 200 miles (in all seasons!) for rehearsals, just to be part of the excitement.
The chorus supports Harmonize 4 Speech, a registered Ontario charity which provides funds for treatment to people with speech impediments such as stuttering, as well as the Sing Canada Harmony charity established to unite Canadian a cappella singers through service to youth and children in schools and communities.
The Toronto Northern Lights Chorus is a registered Canadian charity, completely self-supporting with no outside grants or any other funding. To cover operating expenses, provide charitable support, and fund special initiatives such as attending international artistic festivals and conventions, we hold various fundraisers throughout the year and perform an annual spring show and Christmas show.
Traditionally, non-professional performers in all areas of the arts look to donors for financial assistance. The success of many artistic endeavours often depends on the generosity of patrons and corporate sponsors. The Toronto Northern Lights welcomes your financial support and offers multiple sponsorship options and benefits for you either as an individual or a corporate sponsor. Please visit www.northernlightschorus.com/support/ and review our sponsorship options.
As a Registered Canadian Charity, we can also accept donations and issue official tax receipts for them. If you would be interested in supporting the chorus, this route is an alternative way to do so. You can reach us using the form on the “Contact Us” page. For more information about tax receipts, please see the link below.