Hello, Choir Nation blog readers! Murray Foster here, CEO and co-founder (along with the unredoubtable Todd Green) of Choir Nation.
Choir Nation Roster
Busy days these days at Choir Nation Headquarters. We’re always approaching new artists to add to our roster, and we’re thrilled that Elliott Brood, Peter Katz and Wayne Peti (Cuff the Duke) have all recently agreed to come on board.
We’ve also added a new Emerging Artists section to our roster – part of our mandate is to create a new revenue stream for musicians, and there are dozens of amazing new emerging musicians who we are thrilled to partner with. For now, our first three emerging artists are Katey Gatta, Sarah Siddiqui, and Laura Tremblay.
Choir Nation Benefit Concert
But what has been taking up the bulk of our time is preparing for our first Choir Nation Benefit Concert, on Tuesday, August 16th at Lula Lounge. This event is designed to benefit our three music charity partners: MusiCounts, Unison Benevolent Fund and Momentum Choir. It will also serve as our unofficial launch party, as it’s the first event we’ve hosted.
At the event, there will be two choirs performing that night with musicians: one made up of KPMG employees and one of Chubb Insurance employees. We’re thrilled to have these companies involved, and from what we understand these employees are excited to be part of the event and singing in a choir, many of them for the first time.
We’ve also just confirmed the two musicians who will be performing as well: KPMG will be backing up the fabulous Miranda Mullholland, doing one cover song and one original song. And the Chubb Insurance choir will be singing with the fantastic Devin Cuddy (again doing one cover and one original). Both of the choir members will be submitting a list of ten cover songs to their respective artists, who will then pick from that list the song they will perform together. I’m sure both artists are very curious about what songs are going to be on that list…
Members of Momentum Choir will also be doing a couple songs that night, but they will be singing without an accompanying musician. Rumour has it that they will be performing a very popular pub standard by Neil Diamond. Attendees should be ready to stand on their table and sing…
The night will also feature a raffle and a silent auction, and we’ve already been able to put together a great list of items, including Blue Rodeo tickets, brewery tours, tickets to the CNE, and even a signed guitar donated by Long and McQuade (we haven’t actually figured out who’s gonna sign it, but it’ll be someone cool).
Todd and I are both passionate about music, and we see Choir Nation and this benefit as an extension of that passion – creating new opportunities for people to sing in a choir, supporting local musicians, and contributing to three music-related charities that we both strongly believe in.
The focus of Choir Nation is team building, and we’re pretty happy to be able to offer companies a team building option that is, we think, quite cool. We hope that you do too – and that we see you at Lula Lounge on August 16th.