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Gathering of Choirs

Saturday, 4 May 2019
Knox Presbyterian Church, Westport
Workshop 9:30 am with Nicola Oddy $10pp
Choir Festival 1:30pm    Open to the Public *
Mass Choir 3:30pm Open to the Public*
  • Public Entrance by donation with all funds going to the Rideau District High School Instrument Repair Fund
WAC Gathering of Choirs V2

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Workshop with Nicola Oddy 9:30 am

$10 pp – Registration starts at 9am (cash or cheque only please)

Singing in Community: The Breath, the Vowel, and Aerodynamics led by Nicola Oddy

Experience the difference it makes when the vowel shape we make creates an aerodynamic environment that enables us to project, stay in tune, increase our range and inject energy into our sound!  We’ll spend the morning trying techniques for exploring the breath and vowel shape and notice the difference in the result.

Choral Festival 1:30

The afternoon will be songs, songs and more songs.

Each choir will have 20 minutes to sing songs of their choosing.  The Westport Arts Council is expecting to see a wide variety of music and it is sure to be a great afternoon.  A panel of 3 choral experts from the area will be available to provide constructive feedback and next steps to take your choir to the next level.

Mass Choir from 3:30

The festival concludes with a mass choir singing 3 selections.

Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen, Arranged by Roger Emerson

Here’s to Song – Allister MacGillivray, arranged by Lydia Adams

You’ll Never Walk Alone with Climb ev’ry Mountain – Hammerstein & Rodgers, arranged by Mark Hayes


Lunch from 11:30am – 1pm  WAC has arranged a Festival Lunch Buffet at the Cove Country Inn $15.99 plus HST&Gratuity as an option for festival participants. There are plenty of eating establishments, picnic tables and benches around the village. Please be back at the church by 1pm.

PARKING: We suggest you park in the Community Centre/Arena Parking Lot.

VOW Parking Choir 2019


Email the Westport Arts Council.


MUSICwestport Kick Off Party

WAC Jaron V4


Just as popular as the festival day itself, the MUSICwestport Kick Off Party presents Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything. Forget what you know about violin, Freeman-Fox reimagines boundaries and expectations and gives you no choice but to take his mutant species of music on it’s own terms. 
This event always sells out fast! Early booking is essential.
$50 + HST Buffet + Show
Call The Cove for reservations 1.888.COVE.INN.

MUSICwestport After Hours

WAC After Hours V3

Saturday, 18 August 2018

8-10pm The Cove

$10 cover

Dance into the night at The Cove after festival day! MUSICwestport After Hours presents DJ Mike Sitchon.
DJ, promoter, and all-around music lover,DJ Mike Sitchon hails from Burridge, ON via Toronto. He spent years holding down residencies at many of Toronto’s major nightclubs including The Guvernment, Phoenix and Roxy Blu, all the while promoting his own shows and DJing special events with such luminaries as Jamiroquai & Salt-N-Pepa making appearances on internationally acclaimed shows such as Electric Circus on MuchMusic! Mike has had a lot of time to develop his sound. For him, it’s all about great music and making you happy…just playing the tracks!

24 March: East Coast Kitchen Party

WAC Kitchen Party 2018 Final24 March 2018      $10      Kids Free!
1-4pm      The Cove
The WAC Fundraiser classic is back in all its East Coast, foot-stompin’ fun! With live music from The Fiddlesheads, silent auction, and 50/50 draw, it’s an occasion to pull out your fancy rain boots and bust a move for the arts. Reservations are recommended! Call The Cove to book: 612-273-3636.


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