4th Annual Show Choir Canada National Championships Return to Toronto, 4/12
Following in the sequined heels of the highly successful TVO fall 2013 documentary UNSUNG: BEHIND THE GLEE, the 4th annual Show Choir Canada National Championships returns to Toronto, featuring a brand-new competition format and divisions, at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts, April 12, 2014.
New this year, Nationals participants can look forward to a number of innovations to the competition format, including more focused division categories: Arts Schools/Non-Arts, Large Ensemble/Non-Arts, Small Ensemble.
"We are always looking for ways to improve the experience for participants," says Peter da Costa, Co-Founder and Executive Producer, Show Choir Canada. "Over the past three years, we noticed that every choir had different resources. In the spirit of fair competition, we needed to find a way to even the playing field and ensure that every choir had a fair shot at the title and prizing."
Twelve of Canada's best new and returning show choirs will take to the stage to vie for more than $25,000 in prizing courtesy of Yamaha Music Canada, and the prestigious title of "Canada's Show Choir champion." As in past years, a judging panel consisting of top industry experts from across North America and Europe will assess competitors, with awards and prizes will be given for the top choirs and bands, and recognition for individual performers.
Another first this year for Show Choir Canada is the Can-Am Invitational, pitting Canada's best show choirs against their U.S. counterparts on April 13, 2014 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
Making show choir history, Show Choir Canada will welcome two U.S. choirs who will compete alongside the top 6 ranked Canadian show choirs (determined by the preceding day's National Championship) in in the first-ever Can-Am Invitational.
"Ultimately, Nationals is not about prizes and titles, its about education," says George Randolph, Co-Founder and Executive Producer, Show Choir Canada. "The Invitational is an unprecedented opportunity for the participants to develop their skills in a free and fun exchange of knowledge, skill, and ideas in the art of show choir. We are excited to be the Canadian leader in the show choir world by welcoming our southern neighbours for the first time as competitors."
For the third year running, junior/middle school show choirs - the future of show choir - will also once again get a chance to perform and compete in front of adjudicators, and receive valuable feedback at the Junior/Middle School Invitational, on the morning of April 12, 2014 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.