Rehearsal venue: Laidlaw it is!

It’s official: our rehearsal venue for this fall will again be Laidlaw Memorial United Church, 155 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton (southwest corner of Ottawa St. N. and Cannon St. E.).

Rehearsals will be on Monday evenings, from 7:00PM to 9:30PM.

First rehearsal: Monday, August 31st at 7:00PM

There will be no rehearsal on Labour Day (September 7th); regular weekly rehearsals will then resume on Monday, September 14th.

We look forward to the start of our fourth season; if you want to find out more about singing with us, visit the Sing with us! page, or show up for the first rehearsal!

Welcome, James!

The Hamilton Gay Men’s Chorus welcomes James Medeiros as Accompanist for the 2015-2016 season. Here’s what he has to say for himself:

J MedeirosJames is very excited to join the Hamilton Gay Men’s Chorus as accompanist for the upcoming season! A native of St. Catharines, James now calls Hamilton home after building many friendships in the city over the last several years. He has served as musical director for several shows in the Hamilton-Toronto area, including most recently Little Shop of Horrors, Suds, Godspell, Wedding Singer, The Last Five Years, White Christmas, Xanadu, The Rocky Horror Show and Blood Brothers. His absolute favourite composer and lyricist is Stephen Sondheim, although he is a sucker for Rogers and Hammerstein. James holds a Master’s degree in Music Literature and Performance – Voice, with a musical theatre specialization, from the University of Western Ontario. Notable roles include: Javert in Les Misérables, The Baker in Into the Woods and Collins in Rent. He has also been a featured guest soloist with several groups including Orchestra London, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Choralis Camerata and Chorus Niagara.

During the week, James commutes to Toronto for an office job in the health care sector. He has three cats and in his spare time he likes to collect/play retro video games and drink beer.

Welcome, James! We look forward to working with you this season.

Mondays this fall!

The HGMC is pleased to announce that it will be rehearsing on Mondays this fall, beginning with our first open rehearsal on Monday, August 31, 2015 from 7:00PM to 9:30PM.  The venue is still to be confirmed, but will be announced soon.  We will take a break on Labour Day (September 7th) and then continue with regular weekly rehearsals on Monday, September 14th.

This year it is easier than ever to sing with us, because for the first time there is no up-front audition.  Instead, we invite you to attend rehearsals for the first month before you sign up as an official member.  That way you can find out if singing with us is all you hoped it would be.  We are confident that you’ll find us a friendly group, and that singing with us will allow you to grow both musically and personally.

Those interested in singing should visit the Sing with us! page for more information. If you do plan to join us, please take a minute or two to fill out the HGMC Singer/Supporter Questionnaire, so that we know to expect you.

Read the rehearsal reminder here.

HGMC candid moments from June 2015

Here are a few candid shots from HGMC appearances in June 2015.

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If you have any photos of us from Hamilton’s 2015 Pride celebrations that you’d like to share, please let us know.

Welcome back, Tania!

T SheelerThe following message is from Mike Majcher, our president:

The HGMC welcomes Tania Sheeler back to the role of Music Director. Tania has actually been with this group since the beginning, three years ago, and has always been one of our biggest supporters. This past year she took on the role of Accompanist—and what a fine job she did.  But when John-Luke Addison announced that he would be moving on to new musical adventures, the role of Music Director opened up and Tania expressed an interest.  It seemed like a natural fit to have her back in the role; even though this group is not exactly the same as when she last directed us, it should still be a fairly easy transition. We look forward to the 2015-2016 season with you at the musical helm, Mrs. Sheeler.

Mike Majcher
President, HGMC