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rhp is turning 20!

Did you know that RHP is turning 20 this year?!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, we have planned some very special activities, culminating in our our special Platinum Pride concert in conjunction with Winnipeg Pride Festival for 2019!

CONCERTS & EVENTS

Many Friends - RHP’s Winter Concert
Saturday, January 26, 2019
7:30pm
Crescent Fort Rouge United Church

Platinum Pride - RHP’s Spring Concert
Featuring Alumni, Past Directors & Special Guests!
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Concert - 7:00pm, Crescent Fort Rouge United Church
After-party - 9:30pm, Buccacino’s

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Calling all RHP Alumni

Alumni CHoir Participation form

Rainbow Harmony Project is turning 20 this year! To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are very excited to present our special Platinum Pride concert in conjunction with Winnipeg Pride Festival for 2019!

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 7:00pm, followed by after party at 9:30pm
Place: Crescent Fort Rouge United Church 

To make our 20th anniversary concert even more special, we are searching for past members of the choir to join us in singing a few past favourites and some new tunes as well!

You are considered alumni if: 
-You have been a member at any point in the past (up to and including the 2017-18 season)
-You are not currently a paying member of the choir

If you are joining the alumni choir, please mark these dates down on your calendar!

Saturday, March 16 (9:00-5:00)
Music retreat: Practice music for the concert, socialize with choir members, and participate in reconciliation workshop

April 29, May 6, & May 13 (7:00-8:30)
Regular Monday rehearsals with the choir at First Unitarian Universalist Church

Wednesday, May 15 (Evening, TBD)
Pre-concert Rehearsals at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church

Wednesday, May 22 (Evening, TBD)
Pre-concert Rehearsals at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church

Saturday, May 25 (Afternoon call time, TBD)
Platinum Pride concert and after party at Buccacino’s

* In order to join the alumni choir, you must attend at least two of the three Monday rehearsals and one of the Wednesday, pre-concert rehearsals.

All alumni are asked to pay a nominal fee of $25 for the term. This will cover the cost of your participation at the select rehearsals and events this season, music, learning tracks and musical instruction. Click here to pay online or you can pay in person by cheque or cash.

Name *
Name
Voice Part *
Please select the voice part you will be singing in the alumni choir.
Special Edition 20th Anniversary T-Shirt *
Special edition 20th Anniversary T-Shirts are available for purchase for $25 (cash or cheque). If you would like to purchase a t-shirt please select the style (round or v-neck, unisex/ladies) and size below:
 
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RHP’s spring concert - platinum pride

Join us for our special 20th anniversary concert Platinum Pride on May 25, 2019! This will be an official Pride event and will feature an alumni choir, past directors and special guests. And the celebration will continue after the concert at the after-party at Buccacino’s!

Platinum Pride - RHP’s Spring Concert
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Concert - 7:00pm, Crescent Fort Rouge United Church
525 WarDLaw Ave.
After-party - 9:30pm, Buccacino’s, 155 Osborne St.
Tickets $15 / $20 at the door
After-party $15
Concert + After-party $25 / $30 at the door

Buy Concert Tickets & Products

Join us for some exciting concerts and events in our 2018-19 season! And take home a limited edition 20th anniversary t-shirt.

Upcoming events and products for purchase include:

  • Many Friends Winter Concert - January 26, 2019, 7:30pm, Crescent Fort Rouge United Church

  • Uncorked! A Fundraiser for RHP - April 13, 2019, 7:00pm, Young United Church

  • Platinum Pride Spring Concert - May 25, 2019, 7:00pm, Crescent Fort Rouge United Church
    After-Party 9:30 - midnight, Buccacino’s, 155 Osborne St.

  • Platinum Pride T-shirts - V-neck or round neck styles, sizes S-3XL - AVAILABLE AT RHP’S MANY FRIENDS CONCERT

  • More events & products to come!

Purchase your CONCERT tickets here.

Announcing the Winners of the Platinum Pride Choral Composition Competition!

As part of their 20th Anniversary Celebration, Rainbow Harmony Project launched a new choral composition competition, Platinum Pride. Platinum Pride will be a biennial competition that welcomes unpublished and unperformed works by Canadian composers. The competition is unique in that it invites Canadian composers to incorporate the lived stories and experiences of the LGBTQ2* community into their compositions, thereby contributing to Canadian LGBTQ2*- specific choral repertoire.

Several compositions were received and adjudicated by a panel of professional musicians that included RHP’s Artistic Director. In addition to receiving individual awards, two finalists were chosen to have their works performed and recorded during RHP's 20th season.


1st Place: The Platinum Pride award of Distinction

The first place winner of the competition is, Nicholas Tristan, for his beautiful piece, entitled "Three Songs of Sappho”.

Nicholas Tristan

Nicholas Tristan

Nicholas made the following comments about his piece, “In my work as a queer composer, I’ve worked with numerous texts by those who have identified as gay over the years -- Walt Whitman, WH Auden, James Baldwin, the great Richard Blanco -- but I’ve realized that my own writing, like most other writing, looks primarily to the work of men for inspiration.

We don’t know a lot about Sappho, her life and how she identified, but there is something marked and different in her poetry. She describes women frequently as figures of erotic desire, all while simultaneously writing of longing, of feeling trapped, of her own uniqueness. Sappho has endured as an icon of queerness, with the adjective sapphic being named for her works. Whatever Sappho felt in her life, some of that has been transmuted through time and become part of our shared queer identity.

Knowing that so much of her surviving work exists in short fragments, I decided I would adapt three short songs to be performed as a miniature cycle, lasting less than six minutes. In my search through her works, I found many longing and loving poems, but I also found something that excited me equally.

This final text in the cycle is We Shall Enjoy It. In a world where so much queer art deals with unrequited love and heartbreak, and the oppression and terrors the world has inflicted on us, we must also acknowledge and celebrate the ecstatic jubilation that permeates and defines our community. Choirs like Rainbow HarmonyProject embody this radical queer camaraderie, and I wanted my submission to reflect that feeling as well.”

Nicholas is a composer, producer, writer arranger and director based out of Toronto, Canada. He has worked with artists as diverse as alt-rock legends Guided by Voices, Iranian pop group Abjeez, Latinx hip-hop collective Los Poetas, Ethiopian jazz pianist Hailu Mergia, and many others. His choral compositions have been performed across North America and in Europe at festivals and showcases, and his work has been heard on CBC Radio's Choral  Concert. From 2013 - 2017 he served as the Artistic Director for the Concord Vocal Ensemble, who performed regularly and recorded the 2015 album "Hymns & Carols". He is incredibly excited and honoured to be working with Rainbow Harmony Project this season.


2nd Place: The Platinum Pride award of Resilience

The second place finalist of the competition is, Michael Gordon Bennett, for his LGBTQ2* anthem, entitled "Not Just Passing By”.

Michael Gordon Bennett

Michael Gordon Bennett

Michael has shared the following comments about his composition: “In Toronto in the mid 1990’s, it was becoming easier for young gay people to come out. Easier. But not easy. There was no “It Gets Better” and role models in the media were still not common. Like many, I had known my entire life that I was different. I suffered from bullying and homophobic insults at school. Traumatic and yet I knew they were right. I was gay. I had always known but could not admit it to myself. I knew it would not go away and yet hoped it would.

My life was stalled. I had finished 6 years of university but had no career, or ambition. Friends were moving on with their lives, getting married, having children. Life seemed to be passing me by. I felt like I was drowning in a fog of fear, doubt and indecision.

I remember the day when it all changed. The day I realized that it was either sink or swim. I had been in a long “semi-unrequited” relationship that even I finally had to admit was going nowhere. While stopped at a traffic light, I heard my inner voice. It was so clear that it almost seemed as if I had said the words out loud.

“I can’t do this anymore.”

That was it. I was gay. I had to come out and begin living my life. Within weeks I was out and had met Rob, the man who was to be my partner (and still is) for the past 23 years. I became a teacher, and with Rob’s encouragement, joined Singing Out, Canada’s largest LGBTQ chorus. I began to put my thoughts down as music and have now composed and arranged many songs for choirs. I have found my place, my voice.

Those long-ago feelings are gone but their effects still linger. They make us who we are. Strong and proud. A cliché perhaps, but true. This song tells (part) of my story.”

Michael has been a member of Singing Out, The LGBTQ Chorus of Toronto since September of 2000. Joining Singing Out was a life changing event for Michael. It has provided him with opportunities he never thought possible. It has given him a voice and place in the LGBTQ community. In 2005 Michael began writing and arranging music. Since then has written several LGBTQ-themed songs for Singing Out including The What’s Under the Christmas Tree for Me Blues, Married Again (For the First Time) and Gay Village Whiplash. His poem, The River Sings My Song, is being arranged for Singing Out by Canadian composer Matthew Emery. In addition to LGBTQ compositions, Michael has written mainstream holiday songs and songs for children: Dandelion Wishes (Remembrance Day), and Terry’s Dream (Terry Fox).

After a career as an elementary music teacher, Michael is enjoining an early retirement filled with music, photography and travel with his partner Rob (24 years).