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Airdrie Community Choir to bring Singfest back

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 06:00 am

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For more than 12 years, the Airdrie Community Choir has brought residents the holiday tradition of Singfest.

“It’s a nice community event,” said the choir’s Artistic Director Paul Grindlay.

“It’s a grassroots charitable event to raise funds for the Airdrie Lioness’ Christmas Hampers.”

This year the event is bigger than ever with two performances scheduled on Dec. 8, at Grace Baptist Church.

The first performance is a matinee at 4:30 p.m. with special guests Diego Bechthold and the Bert Church High School Choir, and Grindlay and his family will also perform.

The evening show begins at 7 p.m. and features guest performances from Calgary singer/songwriter Don Kletke, Airdrie’s own country music performer Quentin Reddy and the George McDougall High School Choir.

Grindlay said he is a big fan of Reddy’s and calls Kletke a fantastic singer and guitar player.

“It’s a nice program to entice people to come,” Grindlay added.

Of course the Airdrie Community Choir will also be performing and Grindlay said to expect some beautiful newer carols along with, “some re-imagined older carols in different arrangements.”

“We will be doing some familiar carols as well and encouraging people to sing along with us,” he said.

Each of the two performances will be about an hour long but Grindlay said he wouldn’t be too surprised if the 7 p.m. show runs a little longer because of all the special guests.

Admission to the event is by donation to the Airdrie Lioness Clubs Adopt-A-Family and Christmas Hamper program.

The program, which was featured in the Nov. 21 edition of the Airdrie City View, provides low-income families in Airdrie with a Christmas dinner and extra food for the holiday season, gifts and hygiene items.

“We’ve chosen to support that particular charity because it is an Airdrie charity and it supports the citizens of Airdrie specifically,” Grindlay said.

The Airdrie Community Choir has been singing together for more than 25 years and currently made up of about 50 members that range in age from 18 to retirement age, he said.

“It’s a wonderful community of giving people,” Grindlay said of the choir.

The group does not require auditions and anyone can join.

“We are looking for men in particular because it’s always harder to find men to sing with us,” he said, adding the group is always looking for new members to add to their melody and to continue to present Singfest to the community.

“Thank you to the people of Airdrie who continue to support our event. It’s a nice opportunity to give back to the community,” he said.

“Come one, come all and bring a little something to share.”

For more information on the Airdrie Community Choir or to join, visit www.airdriecommunitychoir.org


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