Gay choir aims to hit the right note
Organizers looking to start a ‘very open, non-threatening’ men’s choir for Halifax
Nova Scotia is no stranger to international hockey. The world’s best have faced off in the same Atlantic cities four times in the past 15 years. HALIFAX—THE best female hockey players in the world will face off in Nova Scotia in 2020 when Halifax and Truro host the 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation Women’s World Championship.
It’s the second time the province will host the tournament, and the eighth time Canada has welcomed the best women’s hockey teams from around the world.
Halifax mayor Mike Savage is thrilled to host the event. And Truro mayor Bill Mills said it will raise the town’s profile on the world stage.
Truro hosted the 2017 World Jr. A Challenge, while Halifax hosted the IIHF World Championship in 2008, the IIHF Women’s World Championship in 2004 and IIHF World Juniors in 2003. Tim Callahan-cross is passionate about ensuring Halifax has an established gay men’s chorus by early 2019.
The executive director of the Nova Scotia Choral Federation is actively encouraging interested men and gender non-binary individuals wishing to sing in a lower voice chorus to attend their inaugural meeting Thursday evening.
“We’re a very musical province. Choral music is an integral part of this province’s culture and it’s kind of ironic that there isn’t a gay men’s chorus, so it really is time,” Callahan-cross said in an interview.
“They (gay choruses) are about the singing, they’re Tim Callahan-cross is one of five local men hoping to establish a Halifax Gay Men's Chorus. The inaugural meeting is Thursday.
about quality singing. But it’s also very much about community and about the opportunity to socialize in a very open, non-threatening environment. You’re there to sing and have fun, and in any choir that builds incredible community.”
The Halifax Gay Men’s Chorus (HGMC) is the brainchild
of Callahan-cross and four other local gay men.
He said there was a Halifax queer men’s chorus several years ago, but it didn’t last.
“Our plan of course is to create a chorus that’s going to be long-standing and hopefully have a 20-year history and beyond,” he said.
Callahan-cross said the impetus WWW.THESTAR.COM for moving forward was the successful bid earlier this year by the Halifax-based lesbian-feminist chorus the Women Next Door.
They’re hosting the 2022 Unison Festival, Canada’s LGBTQ2 choir festival. The goal is to have the new gay men’s chorus join the women’s chorus as Halifax hosts for the national event.
Another piece of the puzzle popped into place when Callahan-cross attended Choral Canada’s national meeting in St. John’s, N.L. this summer.
The Vancouver Men’s Chorus performed, and their “show-stopping” performance mesmerized Callahancross.
“When I was talking to their director, there were a few of us from Halifax and Willi (Zwozdesky) basically said, ‘Why isn’t there a gay men’s chorus in Halifax?’ and I said I know we need to start one. That was another impetus,” he recalled.
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