What You Can Expect

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our regular in-person Saturday Choir sessions were cancelled. Since April 2020, the choir has continued, having  Choral Connections online via Zoom at 10:00 on Saturdays.

In September 2022, the choir returned to live in-person sessions, now at Ryerson United Church, 842 Main Street East, between Sherman and Gage at the corner of Springer Ave.

Street parking is available, but please pay attention to the signs. There is very limited parking on church property. The dental building on the east side of Springer Ave., and the Credit Union just west of the church are both closed on Saturdays, so their parking lots are available for our use.

Please note: do not park at Adelaide Hoodless School on Springer Ave.


Getting There By Transit

  • ROUTE 5 Delaware Eastbound or Westbound
    Stop at Maplewood / Springer and walk north on Springer
  • ROUTE 1 King Eastbound
    Stop at Main / Ashford and walk east on Main, then south on Springer
  • ROUTE 1 King Westbound
    Stop at King / Fairholt and walk east to Barnesdale, then south to Main, then east to Springer
  • ROUTE 10 B-Line Express Eastbound
    Stop at Main opposite Melrose, and walk west to Springer
  • ROUTE 10 B-Line Express Westbound
    Stop at King / Melrose and walk south to Main, then west to Springer

The new HSRNow Trip Planner can help you plan your transit journey.

Here’s How It Goes

In normal times—and hopefully in post-COVID times—sessions go like this:

We meet downstairs in the Assembly Hall. Enter through the beige doors on the Springer Ave. side. There is also a handicap-accessible elevator entrance at the orange door at the south end of the building, and this elevator opens downstairs right in the Assembly Hall.

You’ll see a registration table. There, you sign in and then collect the music for the day. Best to get there a bit early, say around 9:45.

We encourage you to wear a mask if you wish to.

People mill about, chatting, introducing themselves, and everyone’s excited about singing. We’ll set out chairs, likely in a semi-circle.

Choristers generally sit within their own section (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass). Find the section where you think you might fit in, and say “Hello!”

Some choir members stand behind their section, so they can slide over to the next section if a particular piece of music is too high or too low for their voice. You’re not stuck to one place—it’s whatever best suits you. You can stand or sit anywhere that suits your voice and your COVID preferences.

The choir leaders will face the choristers, and lead the rehearsal with the assistance of a piano and voice mic/amplifier. At 10:00, Hanna or Piper will start the choir off with warmup and voice building exercises. Then it’s on to the first song. There may be sheet music, or you may learn by simple repetition. In any case, your fellow singers are there to help.

We’ll take a break mid-morning, hear some announcements, and finish up around 12:15.