Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Toronto Complaints Choir (& Shameless Self Promotion)

Shameless Self Promotion #2 (two in one day!):

The Toronto Complaints Choir
Part of World Stage
Harbourfront, Toronto

Featuring composer Bryce Kulak

So I'm in the Toronto Complaints Choir - a very cool community based project that took complaint suggestions from you the public (they received thousands!) Genius composer Bryce Kulak turned them into a fab song and has been the most patient choir director of our ragtag group of singers.

Look out for impromptu performances throughout the downtown area starting next week - March 21-26, with our final performance at Harbourfront on the 26th (which is invitation only due to space limitations). I personally won't be at all the performances but you are sure to enjoy them nonetheless.

The Complaints Choir got started during a winter day walk of Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen in Helsinki. Perhaps it was due to the coldness of the day that they ended up discussing the possibility of transforming the huge energy people put into complaining into something else. Perhaps not directly into heat – but into something powerful anyway.

After the first Complaints Choir in Birmingham, Kalleinen and Kochta-Kalleinen have facilitated Complaints Choir workshops in Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, Chicago, Singapore and Copenhagen. Meanwhile several Complaints Choirs have been initiated by other people around the world. It started with the Poikkilaakso Complaints Choir formed at a school near Helsinki by Matti Salo and Elisa Hilli, the Bodø Complaints Choir, organized by Kari Koksvik and Mikael Rönnberg and the Pittsburgh Complaints Choir, initiated by Jenn and Ray Strobel. (That's Bryce in the picture!)

Here's a video teaser of us in rehearsal - I'm in the pink t-shirt - second row in the middle!

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