GATHER
OUTDOOR CHORAL FESTIVAL

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ABOUT

To celebrate a much-anticipated return to in-person choral singing after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, MCA will host a FREE outdoor choral festival to bring Manitobans together for a celebratory day of singing. GATHER will take place on Saturday, October 1 on Treaty 1 Territory at the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg.

 

The festival will feature performances of Manitoba choirs and vocal ensembles, musical acts, workshops for singers, and opportunities for reconnecting with community members. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sample food and drink from food trucks, peruse crafts and products in the local artisan market, and flex their creative muscles in spaces devoted to making art.

 

We invite everyone in the Manitoba choral community and beyond to bring their lawn chairs or blankets to the park and celebrate with us in person at this exciting FREE event!

VENUE

The festival will be held at the Lyric Theatre in beautiful Assiniboine Park, Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets and please dress for the weather! The event will be going ahead rain or shine!

The washrooms beside the Lyric Stage are fully accessible. The festival area will be entirely on grass, which can be uneven terrain. ASL interpretation will be provided for the finale performance and 50/50 raffle draw starting at 5:00pm.

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MAP OF THE PARK:

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SCHEDULE

Join us for the whole day, half the day, or for as long as you'd like! There is something for everyone at GATHER.

09:30
Mindful Yoga for Singers Workshop - Blue Rose Yoga & Voice
10:00
Buffalo Gals
10:40
St. James-Assiniboia Divisional Senior Concert Choir
11:00
Rainbow Harmony Project
11:30
Juvel
12:10
Assiniboine Chorus
12:30
Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute Chamber Choir
12:50
Gratitude Song Workshop - Cory Campbell
14:00
Those Guys
14:30
Ecco Singers
14:50
Fort Richmond Collegiate Senior Choir
15:10
Margaret's Choir
15:45
CMU Chamber Choir & UofM Upper Voices
16:25
Quarry Choristers
17:15
JP Hoe - Finale Performance

9:30am - 6:00pm​​ - Food Trucks, Festival Market, Outdoor Games

​​​9:30am - Mindful Yoga for Singers Workshop

Start the day off with Rose van der Hooft, MMUS, Y200H+, MBSR, of Blue Rose Yoga and Voice as she leads a workshop that will strengthen the connection between mind and body for expressive singing that “truly resonates the soul”. Focussing on breath calms the mind and heightens concentration, in order to let go of distractions and be fully present in the moment.

10:00am - 5:00pm - Arts & Crafts Tent

12:00pm - 3:00pm - FREE Face Painting (Face Creations by Laurel)

 

12:05pm - Early Bird Raffle Draw
 

12:50pm - Gratitude Song Workshop

Join Anishinaabe traditional drummer and singer Cory Campbell as he shares teachings and leads attendees through a learning of the original song Gratitude. Originally commissioned by the U of M Concert Choir (Dr. Catherine Robbins, Director), Gratitude is a song dedicated to reconciliation and healing and has been gifted to all Manitoba singers. It expresses a spirit of gratitude, or profound thanks, in the languages of the Traditional Peoples of Manitoba: Anishininiwak, Dakota, Dene, Ininiwak, Anishinaabeg, and the Métis Nation. Read more about the project on MCA's website here.

5:00pm - GRAND PRIZE Raffle Draw

VENDORS

Peruse our local vendor booths while you listen to some great choral music! Do some shopping, grab a bite to eat, and connect with some great community service organizations!

ARTEL Studio
Blue Rose Yoga
Coco e
Color Street
Colosimo Coffee Roasters
Evani Gems
Face Creations by Laurel
Fired Up Wood Fired Pizza
Gibson's Glass and Art
Homemade Creations by Pat
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Manitoba Choral Association Merch Table
Manitoba Music Educators' Association
Mariants Crystals
Mini Donuts & More
North End Women's Centre
Rainbow Harmony Project
RePurpose204
Rescued Hearts
Studio Smeulders
Those Guys Merch Table
Tugging at Your Artstrings
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

SPONSORS

MCA is able to hold this exciting event in large part thanks to generous financial support from The Winnipeg Foundation.

 

MCA is still seeking more sponsors for the festival. Interested in supporting this exciting event? Contact MCA for more details

 

MCA is grateful to our festival sponsors:

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RAFFLE

Enter our GATHER 50/50 raffle to support MCA's work in The Singing Province. All proceeds will support valuable programs and resources for Manitoba singers, students, choral directors, and choirs!

 

EARLY BIRD BONUS: Purchase your tickets by 12:00pm on October 1 and be entered to win an MCA Swag Package ($95 value)!

The GATHER raffle is only open to residents of Manitoba or those currently within the province of Manitoba. Licensed by Liquor, Gaming & Cannabis Authority of Manitoba: Licence# LGCA-3923-RF-38665