Join Us

Although we are not doing a full Membership Drive at the moment, Canadian Showtime Chorus is always interested in talking to prospective New Members.

If the joy of singing is in your heart and the idea of our CSC family appeals to you, please send an email to [email protected].

Please watch this space for the dates of our next intake program in the fall of 2022.  Here is how it works.

After an initial assessment to see how your voice will fit in the chorus, you will learn more about singing in the Barbershop Style, and chorus life in general. The six-week program also includes learning a new song or two, and a visual plan, all under the guidance of our amazing director Joe Connelly and our Four Fabulous Assistant Directors, as well as our Visual Design Team. You will be well prepared for your performance readiness audition at the end of the program. 

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Radiate Passion through singingReal Women. Real Harmony. Real Fun.

Do you like singing in groups, at church or before an audience?  Do you want to make music with other women? Do you want to improve your vocal skills and be part of a great group of women who compete internationally? If so, come out and sing with us!

You'll meet a warm and friendly group of women from all walks and different  stages of life who share the uncommon joy and wonder of singing in harmony. We don't all have "great" voices, but we learn to perform in the art and technique of singing four-part a cappella harmonies that make the hair stand up on the back of your neck!

Joining Canadian Showtime can be a great weekly night out for you, where you’ll enjoy the company of new friends. After rehearsal, you’ll have a  great feeling of satisfaction, knowing that you're a better singer, artist and performer than you were at the start of the evening. It's not only fun seeing the transformation in our own abilities – it's even more fun being part of a group learning to perform and compete with the highest degree of excellence at the international level.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are you looking for new members and if so when can I join?

We welcome new singers to try their voices at 4-part harmony singing with us beginning again this fall . Please refer to the New Members section for more details.  Most new singers get hooked and sing with us for many years. We hope you do too!

 Where do you rehearse and how often?

We rehearse every Tuesday from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at the Nepean Creative Arts Centre (NCAC), 35 Stafford Road, Bells Corners. We also have special coaching sessions, usually two weekends (Friday night and all day Saturday) per year with either our Director or a visiting coach / choreographer. These coaching sessions help us work together to bring our performances to a higher level.

Could I visit a rehearsal?

Yes - we love an audience!! However, like every good host, we do like to know when to expect guests. Please contact our Membership Services Coordinator in advance, at [email protected], to let us know you're coming.

Not at all! If you've never experienced the joy of belonging to a singing group, then it's an experience you won't want to miss. You will love the experience of sharing your voice in a four-part harmony setting. 

On January 14 2020 and in May 2020, we will welcome singers who can sing melody or love to harmonize to join our high performance chorus as we begin the next leg of our journey.  If the competitive sport of 4-part harmony singing sends shivers up your spine, then come join our team!  Keep watching the site for updates!!

Do I need to be able to read music?

We provide digital learning tracks and sheet music to learn our music. The ability to read music is an asset, but not a requirement. If you’ve ever wanted to sight-read music, this is just one of the many skills you can learn by singing with us.

Do I need to pass an audition before joining?

Yes, please come prepared to sing a song - any song - without accompaniment that really showcases your vocal talents.  After you’re invited to join our program, we’ll give you the opportunity to get to know the chorus while learning and performing a piece of music with us on the risers, surrounded by our incredible harmonies.  Our designated music specialists will meet with you regularly to support your learning, guide practice in a small group, answer your questions and provide feedback. 

We will work together to determine your suitability for Canadian Showtime. Once you are ready, a performance readiness check is completed in a small, friendly setting.  Although it might sound daunting, rest assured we try to make the experience not only a learning one, but one of encouragement and support along the way.


Do I have to attend all the rehearsals?

After joining Canadian Showtime Chorus, that question will answer itself. You will have so much fun making music with your friends that you won't want to miss a rehearsal. Rehearsals are where all the magic and plans for our shows and competitions come together to make being on stage the wonderful experience it is. Of course, we prefer our members attend all rehearsals.  However, we also recognize that people lead busy lives that may lead to missing the occasional rehearsal - this is when you call a friend and catch up on what you missed.

How are the chorus affairs managed?

This is an appropriate spot for the saying "Many hands make light work”. With a chorus of over 80 female members, the opportunity to get involved in just about anything from costuming, show production, sets, administration, fundraising etc. is yours for volunteering.

We do have a management team that is elected by members to take on the task of managing the affairs of the chorus. Management team positions comprise: Team Coordinator, Finance Manager, Chorus Program Coordinator, Membership Growth Coordinator, Membership Ambassador, Fundraising Coordinator, Public Relations Coordinator and Secretary & Communications Coordinator. The Chorus Director is also a member of the Management Team.

How many productions/shows/competitions in a year?

Regional competition takes place every spring in St. Catherine’s, ON, at their beautiful new convention centre. Picture yourself on a spring weekend away with 1000+ women... singing, learning, laughing, meeting and making new friends from choruses in our Region.

Since 2002, Canadian Showtime has received the wildcard nod with the highest 2nd place score internationally. We are the reigning 2018 Region 16 Champions and had a fantastic time representing our region internationally in New Orleans last fall. Our next regional competition is not until spring 2021. We expect to win or wildcard and thus have the honour of representing our region at the International level – this time in Phoenix, Arizona in fall 2022!, We've had a great time on the road to internationals in Nashville, Indianapolis, Hawaii, Las Vegas (three times!) and New Orleans.  Can you feel the rush belonging to this chorus brings?

We regularly produce public shows, which we stage in Ottawa. These are some of the best times the chorus has - especially backstage waiting for the lights to go on and the curtains to go up. Add to that several local performances a year, and you have a good idea of what belonging to this great chorus is all about.

What are the costs involved?

Every hobby entails costs and this one is no different. As a chartered chorus of Sweet Adelines International, we pay membership fees at local, regional and international levels. As with any competitive sport, there are also travel costs,  however, we try to keep the costs down through our fundraising efforts.