Toronto Police Association Male Chorus
416-496-0461, X 249
Harmonizing our Community
The Toronto Police Association Male Chorus was formed in 1966 and since that time has performed throughout the GTA at corporate functions, benefit concerts, senior citizens' centres, churches and hospitals. The Chorus also performs for numerous police functions including the annual "Toronto Police Week" observance in May, and the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service held in Ottawa each September.
The Chorus performs a broad repertoire including songs representing the area's varied cultural mosaic, songs from favourite Broadway shows and movies, sacred and inspirational songs, popular favourites and classics, as well as medleys of country music. The arrangements are generally sung in three or four part harmony.
Over the years, the Chorus has travelled to Aruba and Bermuda as well as various cities in Canada and the United States. In July of 2000, an enjoyable week was spent performing and holidaying on Prince Edward Island. The Chorus has also had the pleasure of performing in concert with such stars of international reputation as Rita McNeil and John McNally. They also enjoy joining forces with other local choirs, and orchestras to bring music to the Community.
The Chorus has produced a number of recordings over the years. Two of these more recent recordings are a particular source of pride. They reflect a broad variety of musical styles and are available in either tape or CD formats. These recordings are available at most Chorus performances, and at the Police Association Building as well as the Police Services Headquarters Shop. Proceeds support the work of the Chorus in the communities it serves. (Click HERE to hear a sample of Gonna Rise Up Singin')
The Toronto Police Association Male Chorus is directed by Harry McCarthy who holds a degree in Voice as both performer and teacher from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto. Harry has become well known in the Toronto music scene, also doing musical direction and performing in numerous musical theatre productions.
Mr. Peter Sugden is the accompanist for the chorus. He is a talented jazz musician, organist and choir director and is equally at home at the piano, organ, or electronic keyboard. He also composes and records in the field of Classical dance.
The Chorus practises at the Toronto Police Association Building, 180 Yorkland Boulevard, on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and generally performs two or three shows each month at various venues.
The Chorus has opened its membership to men in the community who would like to share in male chorus singing and serving their community through song and carrying the message of the partnership of police and community working together for mutual benefit.
For details and further information, men who are interested in considering membership in and singing with the Chorus are invited to leave a message at 416-491-0461, Ext. 249.
Consider the Toronto Police Association Male Chorus for your next event.
The Chorus can provide quality male chorus harmony to open or close your event, as after-dinner entertainment, or as a partial or full evening of harmony as a fund-raiser or other function.
Call or write for information and availability.
Advance bookings are advisable since the Chorus is often booked from six-months to two years in advance.
TPA Male Chorus
Toronto Police Association
180 Yorkland Boulevard
Toronto, ON M2J 1R5