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Led by Jim LeFrancois (piano) and Rob Joy (guitar)
Workman Arts Mainspace

Every Monday, unless notified otherwise on the Choir’s Facebook page. 

OPEN TO SINGERS, GUITARISTS and PERCUSSIONISTS – beginners and professionals welcome!

Every Monday afternoon, Workman Arts is a hotbed for round-the-piano collaboration (1:00-2:00 p.m. arrival and coffee, 2:00-4:00 p.m. rehearsal). The goal is to collaboratively tackle contemporary selections which lend themselves to group vocals. Our current repertoire picks include Sia’s CHANDELIER, Yazoo’s ONLY YOU, Bob Dylan’s I SHALL BE RELEASED and Ed Sheeran’s THE A-TEAM.

All levels of proficiency welcome – more experienced musicians help anchor/teach the material to the more novice singers in their “section.” The goal is for us to create in a positive, collaborative and organic fashion. It’s a musically focused initiative with a good dash of “fellowship” – a good reason to get out of the house in the dead of winter. We’ll see what we can achieve together, as we work towards performance opportunities intermittently throughout the year.

It’s a great and healthy start to the week, and we’d love for you to join us – the more, the merrier!

If you are not a member but are interested in joining us, contact Membership Manager Justina Zatzman at justina_zatzman@workmanarts.com.

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Singing in a choir can boost your mental health, a new study has found… Researchers carried out an online survey of 375 people who sang in choirs, sang alone, or played team sports. All three activities yielded high levels of psychological well-being – but choristers stood out as experiencing the greatest benefit … people who sang in a choir had a stronger sense of being part of a meaningful group and there is a suggestion that there is something unique about the synchronicity of moving and breathing with other people. Previous studies have found that a group of singers actually synchronise their heart beats.”  -The Telegraph (UK)

Current Repertoire:

CHANDELIER by Sia

I SHALL BE RELEASED by Bob Dylan

THE A-TEAM by Ed Sheeran

ONLY YOU by Yazoo

 

Previous Repertoire  (which may be dusted off for upcoming performances):

TROUBLED MIND by Richard Jones

CRAZY by Gnarls Barkley

LOVE YOURSELF by Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber

THE WIND by Cat Stevens

HAPPY by Pharrell Williams

ALIVE by Sia

 

LEAD ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Jim LeFrancois is an award-winning artist and producer. Of note, he enjoyed a 10-year stint with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as Artistic Producer, and received a Dora Mavor Moore Award (Outstanding New Musical) for his work on Buddies’ 2007-08 Season Opener, ARTHOUSE CABARET (created with David Oiye). Jim was the inaugural winner of the Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award, which “recognizes 10 years of demonstrated commitment to the performing arts, in addition to having made an impact on the industry in Toronto” (administered by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts). He is also the recipient of a Harold Award and a Silver Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Jim is a trained pianist and singer, and holds a BFA in musical theatre performance from the University of Windsor. He is a proud Member of Workman Arts and is the company’s current Musician in Residence.

Rob Joy has been touted by Toronto Life Magazine as “one of Toronto’s biggest names in pint-sized entertainment” and is a past winner of the Parents’ Choice Award for children’s entertainment (City Parent Magazine). He entertains for children in the duo Soli & Rob and produces musical puppet shows for performance in schools, theatres, libraries and child care centres in and around Southern Ontario. Before he was a children’s entertainer, he toured and recorded with bands Sid Six and Shadow Puppets. His songs have appeared on television series Dawson’s Creek, Strong Medicine and Witchblade, and he won top prize in the Unisong international songwriting contest in 1997.

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THROWBACK PHOTO! Bruised Years Choir leaders Jim LeFrancois (left) and Rob Joy (right) circa 1991 on a cross-Canada road trip. We’ve been collaborating musically since we met at Etobicoke School of the Arts in our teens.