Common Thread Community Chorus of Toronto is a 80-voice SATB choir that promotes community and social justice through music. Our repertoire primarily comes from multicultural folk music traditions. With our diverse and meaningful repertoire, we aim to change the world one song at a time — and have fun doing it!
As a non-audition performance choir, we welcome singers from a wide range of musical experience and cultural backgrounds, all the while offering vocal and ear training opportunities to increase musical abilities. The only requirements for membership are the desire to sing and the time and commitment to attend regular rehearsals.
We rehearse weekly on Wednesday evenings, from the first Wednesday after Labour Day until the end of May. We also have two one-day retreats a year, one per term, on weekends. Rehearsals begin at 6:45 pm and end at 9:00 pm (9:30 in the month before a major concert) and are held at the Cecil Community Centre, 58 Cecil St., one block south of College St. and just east of Spadina Avenue.
We sing for recreation, for reverence, for learning and laughter, for struggle, for hope, and for understanding. One of our goals is to encourage people to sing in their everyday lives: To that end, we often invite our audiences to sing along. We aim to “put a song on people’s lips, not just in their ears!”
If you enjoy singing and are interested in celebrating community and nurturing social justice, you have come to the right place!
We have three main goals:
- To build a culturally diverse group that performs music in languages from around the world
- To develop a sense of community within the chorus and between the chorus and the broader community
- To promote social justice through music
Would you like to join us? Let us know! (Complete this form if this is the first time you are letting us know that you may want to sing with Common Thread in the future. We’ll get back to you soon. After you hear from us and after you have attended an information session and have made a definite decision to sing with the choir we will give you the information you will need to register.)
Common Thread Community Chorus acknowledges that, for thousands of years, the place where our choir meets has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently the Mississaugas of the New Credit. The treaties bound the people to share the territory and protect the land and resources around the Great Lakes.
Subsequent Indigenous nations and peoples, Europeans, and all newcomers, have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.
Today, the meeting place of Tkaronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. We are grateful to have the opportunity to sing, to live, to work, to play, to serve, and to participate in Truth-telling and Reconciliation on this Territory.