Calling Toronto's Groaners, Complainers & Singers for the Complaints Choir

At the risk of sounding inappropriately enthusiastic, I think this is a marvelous idea!


Calling all Grumblers, Groaners, Whiners – and Singers!
For The World Stage Complaints Choir

TORONTO, ON (Nov. 17, 2010) Harbourfront Centre is currently collecting beefs, gripes and nuisances for the World Stage 2010-11 Complaints Choir. For anyone with a penchant for complaining, this is the perfect opportunity to participate in a community-based project and express grievances great and small through song.

Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage has enlisted the talents of award-winning composer Bryce Kulak to transform these exasperations into lyrics and compose the song that the Complaints Choir will sing at various locations during the week of March 21-26, 2011.

This is the perfect opportunity for anyone, of any age or gender, to participate in the high-spirited Complaints Choir both by submitting their gripes and joining the choir to turn daily frustrations and negative issues into an affably harmonious community composition.

Those interested in contributing their complaints and participating in this enriching experiencing can visit www.lifestinks.cs or call 416-973-4430.

Choristers will meet in mid- to late-January with rehearsals taking place in early March. People of all singing abilities are encouraged to participate. Submission of complaints and participation in the choir is absolutely free of charge. Light refreshments will be served.

Developed by Finnish artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, the first Complaints Choir was organized in Birmingham, U.K. in 2005. After sweeping successes in Europe, the U.S. and Canada, the Complaints Choir movement has reached the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. To learn more visit

Images courtesy of and depict Complaints Choirs in St. Petersburg, Birmingham (in the pub,) and Helsinki, along with a poster for the ultimate CC Symphony in Hong Kong.

Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage 2010-11 gratefully acknowledges the support of Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and Intercontinental, the official host hotel of World Stage.