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SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival
A cappella extravaganza hits Harbourfront Centre
Friday, April 13-Sunday, April 15, 2012

TORONTO, ON – Harbourfront Centre will be the site of a spectacular singing celebration from Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 15, 2012 for SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. The festival gathers a cappella groups from near and far for concerts, workshops and more.

Toronto’s first festival of its kind features a range of artists, from choral ensembles to pop groups, beatboxers to eighties enthusiasts, up-and-comers to veteran performers and Grammy-winners to local favourites. Over the weekend, more than 60 events including performances and master classes, the bulk of which are FREE, will fill Harbourfront Centre with the sounds of singing.

Concert highlights include the UK vocal sensations the Swingle Singers, Grammy-winning New York Voices, seven-time gold- and platinum-record-selling group the Nylons, the internationally-renowned chamber choir Elmer Iseler Singers and Canada’s entry in Serenade! 2012 International Choral Festival, Countermeasure.

They are joined by groups representing traditional music from hundreds of years and thousands of miles away – Darbazi performs Georgian music while Lachan Jewish Chamber Choir showcases Semitic sounds – and many others. Renowned singer Michael Burgess will be on hand to receive a SING! Legacy Award, while workshops for all ages and backgrounds offer access to industry pros for invaluable guidance on matters vocal, performance and behind-the-scenes. The festival’s school outreach program will bring hundreds of area students together to learn from the best, while Intimate and Interactive sessions bring performers and audience members in close contact. An ongoing YouTube competition will see one lucky – and talented – group chosen to open for the Nylons. A mass singalong will unite thousands of singers in the performance of two songs, one of which is a world premiere penned by John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner and festival artistic director Aaron Jensen.

This season, Harbourfront Centre presents programming that questions the BIG iDEA of “Perspective.” From April 13-15, gain perspective on a wide variety of voices, from swinging jazz, bouncing beatboxing, classical choirs and beyond.

Detailed listings of events are available by visiting www.torontovocalartsfestival.com and harbourfrontcentre.com or by calling the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay W, in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

Tickets for events at SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival are available through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office: Call 416-973-4000, email tickets@harbourfrontcentre.com or visit harbourfrontcentre.com

ABOUT SING! THE TORONTO VOCAL ARTS FESTIVAL
SING! Toronto Vocal Arts Festival is Toronto’s inaugural a cappella festival dedicated to celebrating Canadian and International vocal artists, and joined in collaboration by the same goals: to illustrate that the voice knows neither limits nor constraints of genre, language or cultural background; to inspire and educate today's youth; and to foster a new and revitalized patronage for the vocal arts.

The festival is co-produced with Harbourfront Centre, with support from Macquarie Private Wealth, Songwriters Association of Canada, Centennial College, Booster Juice, Pitney Bowes, Centauri Summer Arts Camp, Sanderson Entertainment Law, David Steingart C.A., Joseph's Estate Wine, Novotel as official Host Hotel, Metalworks Studios, Steve's Music, and Long and McQuade's Musical Instruments. Web media sponsor is Toronto ON Demand. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront. harbourfrontcentre.com

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Catalyst Communications
Caroline Horcher
caroline@catalyst-communications.ca
(416) 487-4415

Harbourfront Centre
Jon Campbell
jcampbell@harbourfrontcentre.com
416-973-4655
media.harbourfrontcentre.com

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