Cayuga residents join Virtual choir performance of O Canada

Cayuga residents join Virtual choir performance of O Canada

To The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—InstaChoir is incredibly excited to announce its newest project. One of the largest virtual choirs ever assembled is celebrating our great country by performing our national anthem, O Canada. Scheduled to launch on July 1 – Canada Day – the recording features over 300 singers from all over Canada and around the world, ranging in age from 9 to 80 years old!

“InstaChoir launched in 2019 to bring people together in person to build stronger communities and give anyone who loves to sing an opportunity to experience beautiful vocal harmony,” said Jordan Travis, founder and director of InstaChoir. “Most of us won’t be able to celebrate Canada Day the way we normally would this year, and we want to help people connect with each other. It is our hope that this virtual choir performance will bring all Canadians together, either as performers, or simply by enjoying our tribute to Canada.”

InstaChoir’s virtual choir performance of O Canada will amaze you. For this project, individual singers recorded their parts in isolation and then technicians coordinated the audio and video, weaving them into a single recording. The result sounds as if choristers are singing together in person.

Claire and Charles Gillyatt of Cayuga are among those performers.

“I was very proud to be a part of the previous Virtual Choir, recorded in isolation,” said Charles of singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah previously with InstaChoir. “I am honoured to take part in the performance of O Canada, also done in isolation and in time for July 1.”

Claire added, “I too was very impressed with the recording of Hallelujah and was enthused to take part in the celebration of Canada. This is a wonderful experience, bringing everyone together in song, while still remaining apart!”

Dan Austin, a high school music teacher in Guelph, participated in the InstaChoir project with his two children, Chloe, 12, and Joey, 9. Austin said, “It has been a beautiful experience for me, as a dad, to be able to enjoy and share the love of singing in a safe, inclusive environment with my kids.”

InstaChoir is streaming this recording for everyone and they hope that it will be shared far and wide, not just on Canada Day, but whenever it is appropriate. Listening to this performance will make you proud to be Canadian!

For more information about InstaChoir, visit InstaChoir.ca, or to view past InstaChoir experiences, check out youtube.com/JordanTravis.

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