Four ScotianAires singers to partake in Virtual Choir performance of O Canada

HALIFAX: Four members of a Nova Scotian women’s barbershop chorus group will be part of a virtual choir performance of O Canada with more than 300 other voices.

Joan Langley; Debra Gilbert; Tanya Reid; and Adele Merritt are members of the Atlantic champion ScotianAires, based out of Halifax.

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,” says Jordan Travis, founder and director of InstaChoir, in a release.

“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.

Dan Austin, a high school music teacher in Guelph, Ontario, participated in the
InstaChoir project with his two children, Chloe, 12, and Joey, 9.

“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,” said Austin.

InstaChoir is streaming this recording for everyone and we 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!