Sunday, May 17, 2015

Catching up with Good Noise

Good Noise has had a busy spring - it's time for an update.

Motown Meets Gospel 
Workshop and Concert Weekend

 The excitement started early in January as registrations started to pour in for our annual "Hallelujah Praise" workshop and concert weekend.  The weekend workshop was so popular we had to turn away a good number as we didn't have the space to incude them all.  This year our theme was "Motown Meets Gospel" with 75 community members joining with Good Noise to form a 160 voice mass gospel choir for our concert.

We raised the roof with great music by Motown artists:  "Reach Out and Touch" by Diana Ross, "Love's In Need of Love Today" and "Have a Talk With God" by Stevie Wonder, "We Are the World" by Michael Jackson - and many more.  The sold-out audience came ready to participate and participate they did.  There was dancing in the aisles and many singing along with the mass choir.

Our guest artist, Louise Rose, was her usual stellar self, playing and singing with the Good Noise band in a solo set that had the audience spellbound.  She joined with the mass choir in a grand finale - the audience members couldn't stay in their seats.  It was a joyful and powerful conclusion to a great weekend of learning music and singing in concert.

Hallelujah Praise Mass Gospel Choir with Louise Rose (photo credit: Shelle Chin)

Hallelujah Praise Mass Gospel Choir - Motown Meets Gospel with out sold out audience.

Good Noise On The Road

In March the choir traveled east to bring our signature gospel sound to the people of Abbotsford, singing at a benefit concert for Life Bridge Ministries.  We were joined by one of our favourite guest artists, Crystal Hicks, and together presented a concert of highlights from the Motown Meets Gospel concert and added a tribute set of music in honour of gospel great Andraé Crouch, who passed away in January of this year.  It was a special evening of music with the audience singing Crouch's "Bless the Lord, Oh My Soul" in powerful harmony and Gail and Crystal joining together with Good Noise to sing an Andraé Crouch favourite, "Take Me Back."

Even When We Relax - We Sing!

Good Noise meets weekly to rehearse, and often it's just not enough singing.  For one of our several social get-togethers during the year, we decided to have a sing-along to complement our spring choir potluck.  A song booklet was put together with many favourites from over the past few decades:  Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, Elton John, The Beatles, Peter Paul and many more.  It was a fun evening with every choir member outdoing themselves bringing fabulous food to share and their best voices to sing some fun classics.

Not to be outdone, the weather put on a spectacular show with a stunning sunset mixed with storm clouds rolling in over the North Shore mountains.  Here's a view from the front yard of our host's house.

Good Noise Spring Sing:  Sunset and Storm Clouds, Photo by Tara Wasney

Good Noise Spring Sing:  Fiery Sunset, Photo by Tara Wasney

Rehearsing at our "Home away from home". 

The choir is in full rehearsal mode preparing for our May 30th concert.  As our home at the Cathedral is closed due to renovations, we're rehearsing at our "home away from home" Shaughnessy Heights United Church until late fall.  Lots of excitement in rehearsal as we get closer to our final concert of the season, "Rise Up Singing - A Youth Choir Extravaganza"

Monday, November 3, 2014

Christmas Concert Ticket Giveaway

with guest artist
We're Giving Away Concert Tickets - Email us to enter! 
 (Emails must be received by 3 pm on the day of the draw for entry)

To enter the concert ticket give-away, just send us an email and in the Subject line indicate "Concert Ticket Give-away" and let us know your name. (Note:  One entry per name)  Each week at our Monday night rehearsals, we will draw a name and the winner will receive two free tickets to the Christmas concert of their choice (December 12 or 13 at Christ Church Cathedral or December 14 at Fraserview Church in Richmond) and on the final Monday we will have a grand prize draw of two Season Tickets and a Good Noise Christmas CD.   Once you have emailed us, your name will remain in the draw for all four Mondays:  November 10th, 17th, 24th and December 1st.  We will notify the winner of each Monday's draw via private email.  (Your email address will not be made public)  We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Special Audience Feature - 7 year old "J".

Good Noise caught up with one of our younger fans - we'll call him "J". He's a regular at our concerts and at 7 years old gave us a great interview. If you're thinking of bringing your children to a Good Noise concert, check out what "J" has to say. We love our younger audience members and we know they love the singing and the music (and clapping their hands!) Thank you Brice for the wonderful photo.

Good Noise: What do you like best about being at a Good Noise Concert?
J: The best part is when all the people sing at the same time and I can hear all the different notes.

Good Noise: Do you have a favourite song?
J: I have three favourite songs. They are: Clap Your Hands, Walk Together Children, and Go Where I Send Thee. I like all the numbers in Go Where I Send Thee.

Good Noise: If you could play any of the instruments, which would you play? (piano, saxophone, bass, drums, organ)
J: I choose all of them. But I really like the drums. Drums are.....AWESOME!

Good Noise: Do you think other kids would like Good Noise concerts?
J: Not little kids, but it's good for older kids like me. Some songs are easy and fun to sing along. And clapping too. Kids like clapping.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Singers of Good Noise - A Special Tribute


Margo Soprano

This week we pay special tribute to Margo, who is retiring from Good Noise. Margo had an active and distinguished career as a professional singer and after retiring from singing professionally, continued to contribute her vocal and musical expertise singing in several community choirs.  As a special treat, we found a recording of Margo, from an album called Cest Magnifique which featured well known singers from Montreal between 1953-1968.  A lovely recording of I Wonder As I Wander.  

Thank you for your wonderful vocal and musical contributions to Good Noise these past years Margo!  We will miss you. 

From The Canadian Encyclopedia
Margo (Christine) MacKinnon. Soprano, teacher, b Windsor, Ont, 21 Apr 1931; ARCT 1948, B MUS (Toronto) 1951; Artist Diploma (Toronto) 1954. She sang on radio station WJR in Detroit when she was about 14. Later she studied at the RCMT and at the University of Toronto with Herman Geiger-Torel, Dorothy Allan Park, Emmy Heim, and Ernesto Vinci. She obtained several scholarships between 1955 and 1957 and was a Rose Bowl winner at the Toronto Kiwanis Festival and at the CNE. During these years she sang with the TSO at pop concerts and appeared on several CBC TV programs, including 'The Big Revue' and 'Your Hit Parade.' After taking part in productions of Candide and Oklahoma! in 1955, she was seen in the annual revue Spring Thaw in 1956, 1957, and 1960. In addition she performed in 1957 on the CBS TV program 'Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts.' In 1963 she married the clarinetist Al Baculis and moved to Montreal.

In 1966, in the SMCQ's inaugural concert, she performed Serge Garant'sAnerca and Ishtar's aria from R. Murray Schafer's opera Loving. Subsequently she premiered several works with the SMCQ Ensemble, including John Hawkins'Waves (1971), performed again in Paris and Brussels in 1973; Bruce Mather'sMadrigal V (1973); Gilbert Amy's Sonata pian' e forte (1974); and Jean Barraqué's Chant après chant (1979). In Montreal she also sang Alan Heard'sVoices in 1970 and Norma Beecroft'sRasas III in 1975. She sang and acted in the Quebec film Réjane Padovani and was a soloist on the soundtracks of the films Bingo and A Star Is Lost, and of several NFB films including If You Love This Planet. She has recorded more than 300 jingles. On CBC TV she sang with groups in variety programs and was a soloist in other programs, including the 1975 production of Neil Chotem's ballet Pythagore 1 à 7. She has taught singing at the Vanier Cegep in Ville St-Laurent (1977-86) and at Concordia University (1982-6).

Monday, May 26, 2014

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm concerts
     Christ Church Cathedral, Georgia & Burrard, Vancouver BC                Click below to purchase tickets online or call 1-800-838-3006                    Tickets available at the door. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Singers of Good Noise - Week #5

Mai Alto

When in your life did you realize that music and singing were important to you?   “Although my parents always had great music around when I was growing up—I remember waking up on weekends to my dad “quietly” blasting CCR and Simon and Garfunkel LPs—I didn’t really start singing until I was in eighth grade. My sister and I would come home from school, and she would want to watch TV, so I’d crawl into a closet in my room and sing along to whatever was on the radio.“

When was the last time you laughed? “It’s tough to pinpoint a moment. I try to surround myself with funny people, so it means I’m almost always finding something silly, funny, or absurd. But I’m willing to bet that the last time I laughed to the point of near asphyxiation, it was at my own expense. I think if you open yourself up to being made fun of in a good-natured way, you open yourself up to some of the best laughs of all.”

What is your greatest accomplishment?  “Becoming a home owner. I’ve wanted my own place since forever and not a day goes by that I don’t feel actively thankful for my little shoebox of an apartment.”

What has been one of your greatest challenges?  “I’m working on being at peace with job uncertainties.”

What is the best gift you’ve ever given?  “I’ve organized /helped organize two surprise parties for a couple of special people in my life, and it’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve done. The first surprise, which I co-organized, actually involved people jumping out from behind large boulders. Throughout the process of planning there were a few major curveballs thrown our way, so it felt truly special when it all finally came together in the end. Surprises involve a mix of sneakiness and creativity that appeals to me.”

What’s the most important thing you learned in school? “You can do well at things you have no natural inclination towards, but you just have to be okay with trying really hard.”

What’s the biggest remaining goal in your life yet to be accomplished?  “This is not the biggest, but I guess it’s the next big goal: Getting to the point where my life is stable enough that I can adopt a dog.”

What is the most meaningful “Good Noise” song for you.  “Having not grown up in this particular religious context, my only experience with gospel music prior to joining Good Noise was the soundtracks to Sister Acts I and II. When the choir did “Let the Redeemed” (Hezekiah Walker), it was a major turning point for me. I’d never heard anything like it, with so much power and energy and so deliciously funky. It blew my mind. I started to think of gospel music not just as something I sang in a choir, but also my go-to genre of music for when I need something upbeat and uplifting.”

What’s your most favourite song of all-time?  Cast Your Fate to the Wind (Vince Guaraldi). It’s a beautiful and clever piece that conveys a real sense of adventure. I just imagine being in a boat with no idea where the wind is going to take me and what turbulences I’ll encounter, but trusting that it all resolves in the end.”

Friday, May 9, 2014

Singers of Good Noise - Week #4


When in your life did you realize that music and singing were important to you? “Music has played a role in my life for as long as I can remember, although I have fluctuated in my participation in it.  My family values music and it is a part of our gathering, I have played multiple instruments over time, but currently play none well.  Singing is where I find myself, I hum when I am happy and can pull myself out of a funk with a good song, and equally nothing can put me in a bad mood faster than a “bad” song.”

What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?  “The act of kindness that continues to resonate with me was a simple gesture made by the attending nurse at my first daughter’s birth.  She brought me a hot cup of tea with milk and sugar.  It was the best cup of tea I have ever had, exactly what I needed and she gave it with a caring that I can still feel.”

Someone I admire is _______________ because……   “Someone I admire is my paternal Grandmother because she practiced kindness and generosity everyday and with everyone she met.  She lived simply but in abundance, sang freely, baked bread and made soup for her neighbors and made time for herself.”

What’s your favourite thing about being a son/daughter/cousin/brother/sister/niece/nephew/father/mother/uncle/aunt/grandmother/grandfather?  (Choose one)   My favorite thing about being a mom is the unexpected unconditional love that shows up just when you need it.”

What’s the most important thing you learned in school?  As a teacher I think I am still learning important things at school - Creativity and perseverance, valuing diversity and trusting your instincts.”

Are you a “glass half full” or “glass half empty” person?  “I just try and be grateful for having a glass with something in it.”

If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people what would it be?  “Vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, it demonstrates a tremendous strength of character.”

What is the most meaningful “Good Noise” song for you.   “My favorite “Good Noise” song changes every season.  There is always one that speaks to me louder than the others; whatever makes me feel the most joyful, or connected, or that I can relate to.  Sometimes I can’t contain the energy I feel while singing and other times I have to fight through the tears.”

Why gospel music?  “Gospel music speaks in a way that I haven’t experienced before.  I have always been drawn to and in awe of the effortless expression and complete commitment that I witnessed in Gospel choirs or solo musicians in this genre.  It was a secret desire that I didn’t share for a long time.  There is a connectedness that happens when you commit to the power of the music and find your own truth in the meaning of the words.  We find common ground in the message.”