Welcome to Sing for Joy!

Sing for Joy is an all-inclusive community of choirs in the City of Toronto. We welcome all voices, and require no singing experience – just a desire to sing with others in harmony. Our songs are learned by ear in the oral tradition of call-and-response, drawing from many cultures and backgrounds. We have two locations to choose from.

Songs

Sing for Joy is unique from traditional choirs in that we don’t use sheet music or written words. Our songs are learned by ear, and reflect a diversity of roots, origins, and inspirations. We sing songs of many themes, including songs for courage and justice, joy and peace, comfort and healing. We choose songs that you can weave into the rhythm of your daily life, and take home to share with your loved ones.

Community

Sing for Joy is a member of the Ubuntu Choir Network, a global community of singing groups who believe that the joy of singing is a universal birthright, and that together, regardless of musical background, we can help improve the world by joining voices in song. Ubuntu is a Zulu word, meaning “I am because we are”. To learn more about Ubuntu singing, click here.

Diversity

We live in the most diverse city in the world, and our singing community reflects that diversity. For us, being all-inclusive means that all voices are welcome, regardless of age, ethnicity, cultural background, and musical experience. We strive to share songs that are universally accessible, that celebrate the diverse roots and origins of where we come from. This is how true harmony is made.

Benefits of Singing

Did you know that singing together has all kinds of proven benefits, from physical and mental health and wellbeing, to increased energy and confidence, to a heightened sense of belonging and connection? If you’re new to choirs or group singing in general, check out these 5 reasons to start singing today.

Fall Schedule

Tuesdays in Riverdale – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Rise & Shine Morning Choir – All voices and ages welcome!

January 16 – April 3, 2018

Location – TBD

Our Tuesday session has been held in the historic building of St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, in Riverdale Park. Sadly, we have just been informed by the City of Toronto, which manages the facility, that renovations will be taking place in the New Year. We are looking at a number of different locations in Riverdale to hold our choir, and should know shortly where we will be meeting.

 

Wednesdays in the Annex – 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

January 17 – April 4, 2018

Lotus Yoga Centre, 100 Harbord Street, 2nd Floor

Our Wednesday session meets at the Lotus Yoga Centre in the Annex. Located on Harbord Street, next to the Almond Butterfly bakery, this location is a short streetcar ride or walk from Spadina subway station. There is free parking on the side streets, as well as bicycle lanes out front.

Register for our fall season, or drop in to give it a try! For more info, CLICK HERE.

Questions?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more info.

Sing for Joy changed my life. Learning to sing with Mila was a waking-up kind of experience. It felt like breathing. I now know that I'm going to be singing for the rest of my days. ~ Parker Glynn-Adey
I am a shy person and didn’t know that I could sing. Mila made me feel so welcome and comfortable, I was able to let go and sing with all my heart. I’m now sharing these songs with my family. ~ Roula Ouroumov
As a first time participant, I had a delightful time. Mila creates a fun, safe environment for singing together. Using call and response, it's easy to participate and learn new songs. ~ Michael Sahota
Mila is a gifted guide. She helps people get in touch with that inner voice that we all have. I felt so fulfilled when I left each night, I kept humming for days! ~ Ryan Patrick

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