Gay choir aims to hit the right note

Or­ga­niz­ers look­ing to start a ‘very open, non-threat­en­ing’ men’s choir for Hal­i­fax

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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.

N.S. wins bid to host 2020 IIHF Women’s World Cham­pi­onship in Truro and Hal­i­fax

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