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Tone Cluster returns to the live stage at last on June 5

By Samara Caplan and Laura Gauthier on May 31, 2022



Laura and Samara spend their days as non-profit unicorns and fill every spare minute exploring the world of musical theatre as BFFs (that’s Broadway Friends Forever). Follow @bffs613 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Tone Cluster is back—live and in person! For their first concert in over two years, Ottawa’s LGBTQIA2S+ choir Tone Cluster —quite a queer choir—is taking to the stage.

With each passing day, it feels like the world is growing more and more divided, and after a challenging few years it can be easy to focus on our differences, but what unifies us? This concert will reflect on the human experience and what it is that connects us to each other, with the concert aptly titled Many Voices, One Song.

Under the leadership of artistic director, Deirdre Kellerman, Many Voices, One Song will feature music by Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, Laura Hawley, Ysaye Barnwell, Jason Robert Brown, and many more, including the world premiere of “Face the World,” written for Tone Cluster by Shane Raman.

Kellerman shared the vision behind Many Voices, One Song: “This concert was originally going to be the singers as individuals—their backgrounds, families, races, sexualities, genders, and life experiences. I surveyed the membership, asking them to share personal stories and words that describe themselves, and what I got back was a clear message: We are all human. Everyone was sharing the same themes—love and loss, growing pains, family rollercoasters, friendships, navigating change… from there, the concert programmed itself! It is now a testimony to our shared humanity. “

L–R: Heather Daley, Keith Duncanson, Rob Bowman, Mike Schilder, Gordon Josephson, Andrew Sacret, Colum Grove-White. Photo: Andrew Sacret.

And since this is Tone Cluster’s first concert back in person, we had to know what that felt like for Kellerman. “Wonderful!! This will be my first in-person concert with Tone Cluster, as I started working with them just after the pandemic started. This is a group of people who are not afraid to be vulnerable and leave it all on the stage, so I’m so excited to feel the energy in the room on June 5. And a little applause never hurts!”

For the safety, comfort, and enjoyment of everyone in attendance, Tone Cluster requests that all attendees wear a mask and recommend that household units practice self-distancing by sitting separately from other people.

So grab your nearest and dearest, mask up, and get excited to see the choir back on stage, with a one afternoon only performance—it’s a comeback you won’t want to miss!

Many Voices, One Song takes place on June 5 at Centretown United Church starting at 3 pm. Tickets are pay-what-you-can with a suggested price of $25 and are currently available for sale on Tone Cluster’s website or can be purchased at the door.