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We’re On!

We’re On!

Tomorrow that is. We’re gonna get up there and strut our stuff. What fun! Take note of the following logistical details:

9:30 a.m. – Be at HARRP with your priced crafts, baked goods, and willingness to lend a hand setting up for the event – remember – many hands make for light work . . . . . . . .

10:00 a.m. – Choir practice/warm-up. U must be there – a cold vocal chord is a brittle thing.

10:30 a.m. – Doors open to the public for shopping and socializing

11:00 a.m. – You’re up! Singing our song list, then we lead a Xmas sing-a-long.

11:45 a.m to 1:30 a.m. – More socializing, shopping, and event clean up.

Our song list is as follows and please get your sheet music in a semblance of order. We still have some noise reducing song sheet folders for sale at the front desk – feel free to buy one.

            LAMASOUMAYOU (Rote)


            RISE UP OLD FLAME (Rote)



            HENAY MA TOV

But above all – remember to have some fun. I’m talking fun, fun, fun. We can miss some notes, stumble on a mark, but will we fail? Never. Cause we’re united in a purpose and a special endeavor. Do you guys have any idea how special you are?

Here’s to you.

Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer

Tighten Up the Loose Bits

Salutations Everyone

This coming Saturday November 25 we get to tighten up the loose bits of our upcoming concert song list. Forrest Gump became a ping pong titan when he internalized the words, “keep your eyes on the ball”. So shall you “keep your eyes on your choir leaders” Hanna and Sue – when united in time, we’re sure to succeed. And please organize your music in a noise reducing folder – we still have some for sale at the front desk if you hate shopping as much as I do.

This Saturday is also the last practice before the Dec 2nd Concert, Sing-a-long, Bake & Craft Sale. Feel free to invite your extended family and friends to this delightful Christmas starter. Just to recap the roadmap for the date:

  1. Choristers arrive at 9:30 to set up bake/craft tables and settle in.
  2. Choir warm up at 10:00
  3. Doors open at 10:30, shop and visit
  4. Concert and sing-a-long at 11:00
  5. Shop and visit until 1:30 closure

Table organizers Shirley & Susan would greatly appreciate knowing who’s bringing stuff so they can anticipate needs. Sign-up sheets will be at the front desk.

The Sunshine Singers, who are not affiliated with Hamilton Sings, leads a sing-a-long at Baywoods retirement villa once a month (summer excepted). If you are interested in participating, contact for further information and to join the mailing list. The commitment is not onerous and everyone is welcome. The Christmas season brings additional opportunities to sing out your joy.  Specifically…

… the Sunshine Singers will be participating in the December 2nd caroling at the ‘Tis The Season, Kenilworth Event. We assemble at 4:15 at Cannon and Kenilworth by the children’s crafts and will provide song books. Ask Lori about it.

Do you know where your voice files are? At of course – private members page. Practice at will at home and arrive Saturday mornings ready to lead your section. Most recent addition is Panther – thanks Sue, and Bob!

In closing, I’d like to apologize for not getting an update out to you all last week. A series of unforeseen events managed to stymie my efforts – would have been good material for a comedy show if it hadn’t been utterly infuriating. I’m in the restaurant biz and at this time of year, passions run high and professional life is something of an endurance test. But, my friends, I’m lucky enough to have you and the music we make on Saturday mornings to keep me centered. I’m blessed indeed.

You guys are awesome.


Brenda Atkinson
Hamilton Sings Volunteer

Details on December 2nd Concert

Hi folks,

Your team of Susan Noakes, Shirley Nigh, Kate Oxley and me are pleased to be helping to co-ordinate events on Saturday, Dec. 2nd
The layout of the day is:
  • to arrive and set up at 9:30,
  • choir warm up at 10:00,
  • open our doors at 10:30, shop & visit
  • Concert & Sing-a-long at 11:00
  • shop & visit some more after that
  • 1:30 – done and out   (we have extended time!)
Bake Table – Shirley Nigh is taking the lead on this – please sign up to let us know you’re bringing baked goods – there will be one cashier for this table.
Craft Table(s) – Susan Noakes has as sign up sheet at the back of the church on Saturday.  Please sign up if you are planning on bringing crafts – and please be prepared to staff your table (or find a partner), and manage your own float/cashier.  There is no charge for a table, and we ask that you be willing to contribute 50% of your profits…..thanks!
We won’t be having a 50/50.
Kate and I will be organising someone for the door to receive donations, give out song books, and other miscellaneous stuff.  Also, a few volunteers to clean up afterwards are needed, so please plan to stay to help……many hands……
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have questions, thoughts.
Thanks!  Happy baking & stitching, painting, knitting, crocheting……and so on 🙂

Blueberry Deliveries Next Saturday

Good Morning Fellow Songsters

Ordered your blueberries yet? Jill will be more than happy to take your money tomorrow – last chance! A mere $20 bucks for a 2.2K bag of Nova Scotian deliciousness – don’t hesitate or you’ll heave a sigh and wish you hadn’t.  Delivery takes place next Saturday November 18th at noon, so bring along some sort of insulated wrapping to keep those blue jewels in good condition.

November 18th and November 25th are the last 2 rehearsals before our end of term concert, bake, and craft sale on December 2nd. These same rehearsals are mandatory if you wish to participate in the concert itself. Have you committed your husbands/wives/offspring to a volunteer role yet? Do it now I say! You also still have time to crochet something . . . .

I’ve just recently learned that a flock of starlings is called a “murmuration”. You know, like a flock of crows is called a “murder” or chickadees a “banditry”. So what would be a good word for our flock? We people, who gather together Saturday mornings to let fly our voices in collective pitch, melody, and harmony? The question has been running around my poor little head all week and I think I’ve finally found it – the word is “undulation”. Whatcha think?

Here’s to you guys.

Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer

Blueberry News

Good Morning Fellow Choristers

Do you have any idea how tasty your morning oatmeal will be, now that you have the opportunity to garnish it with succulent, wild Nova Scotia-grown blueberries? You must pre-pay with cash or cheque when you sign up for your bag(s) tomorrow and Nov 11th. Delivery will be Nov 18th at noon so you may want to bring an insulated container – newspapers work too it you’re a peasant like me. If you place an order and can’t attend on the 18th – you MUST make arrangements with someone for pickup. $20 for a 4.2 pound frozen bag with a whopping $9 of this going straight into the grateful coffers of your favorite community endeavor – Hamilton Sings. It’s a great way to make a contribution while ensuring a quality breakfast oatmeal (or muffin, cake, smoothie, blueberry balsamic glazed chicken, blueberry Brie & lemon curd grilled cheese – seriously, blueberries are a foodie essential. Check out this link for further culinary inspiration.

The Christmas season looms and so does our end of term concert/bake and craft sale on Saturday Dec 2nd. Are you practicing at home, utilizing those handy voice files found on our private members page? At the risk of repeating myself – those files are a darn useful learning tool. Check ‘em out!

Last week’s Halloween social was a big hit. Please see the attached photos for irrefutable proof of a good time had by all.

See ya.

Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer

Spooky Time & Other Dates

Hey Gang

Remember to bring a snack to share and your spookiest alter-ego to practice tomorrow. We’ll be rehearsing without a break until approximately 11:20 to allow time for our Halloween social in the back end of our rehearsal space before the string quartet shows up at 12:30. Your fellow chorister Lori has some party games up her sleeve, best costume prizes are to be had, and our choir leaders will rev up the fun with some popular Halloween tunes. Scary, very scary.

Friday November 10th. The now infamous James Street Art Crawl now includes you. We’ve been invited to perform at Christ’s Church Cathedral. Time and details to follow. Sign up sheets at the front desk tomorrow.

Saturday Dec 2nd. End of Term/Christmas Concert and Bake Sale. Bring yourself, your handmade stuff (edible or otherwise), your extended family – heck, your entire social circle is welcome!

Your contributions of time and/or legal tender are what allows us to carry on. It takes resources to make something as special as Hamilton Sings happen – and believe me, these resources are not funding a Malibu beach house. Music, rehearsal space, professional choir direction, must all be paid for – so sign up to help out, and/or shell out.. Our Treasurer Tom Ciancone would be most happy to meet you.

Did somebody mention blueberries? Canadian grown, antioxidant-laden, purple orbs of deliciousness? Rumor has it that we members of the choir may have an in on some 5lb bags of frozen berries at a very attractive price but I’ll let Jill expand on this delightful possibility tomorrow .

A non-affiliated group of singers who just can’t seem to get enough, The Sunshine Singers, meet a couple of times a month for practice at noon in HARRP’s downstairs lounge and invite you to join in. The Sunshine Singers lead a singalong on the last Wednesday of every month (excluding December, July, and August) from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at the Baywoods long term care facility, located at the corner of Victoria and Main. We were there this past Wednesday and the big hit was Witch Doctor – who knew such gyrating could be done in a mobility device? Awesome..

Hoping to be petrified by you all tomorrow.


Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer

Halloween Costume Ready?

Hi Folks 

So, have you got a Halloween costume pulled together yet? If you’re like me, with the imagination of a stinging army ant, you can lean on your creative friends for ideas. I’m relying on a work mate who is particularly gifted at that sort of thing. We’ve wavered between a paper bag princess, forest nymph, and Bette Miller, but I just can’t decide! I’m immovable on one detail – my costume must be made from stuff I already have around the house. I’m so looking forward to seeing what you all come up with for our social next Saturday Oct 28th after practice. Don’t forget to bring some snacks to share.

Reminder that a Tuesday evening iteration of our Saturday singing fun is about to launch October 28th, for a six week run at Delta United Church. Sign up via our membership page on Cost is $120.

We’ve been invited to sing at Christ’s Church Cathedral for the art crawl evening of November 10th. More details to follow and a sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk for those interested.

Our end of term concert and bake sale is Saturday December 2nd (it’s going to be Christmas before you next blink folks). We really need you all to volunteer your unsuspecting family/neighbours/associates/yourself for the number of tasks required to help us make it a great success. Sign up today! 

I mean tomorrow actually.

Hugs to all

Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer


Hi there

Hope this missive finds you all happy, healthy, and chock full of song. Tomorrow we gather together to raise our collective voices yet again. Have you ever heard of the butterfly effect? I like to think of what we do as the “swan effect” – somewhere else in the universe becomes more graceful and light due to the sounds we emanate Saturday mornings.

Please consider donating your time (or your children’s – friends’ – neighbour’s) towards making our term end concert a smash success. Read up on the virtues of volunteerism as stated on the United Nations web site:

“Volunteerism generates well-being for people and their communities. Volunteers are motivated by values such as justice, equality, and freedom, as expressed in the United Nations charter. A society that supports volunteering is likely to be a society which also supports the well-being of it’s citizens.” “Nuff said. Make your commitment at the front desk when you check in tomorrow!

Dates to remember:

Saturday October 28th – Halloween Social after practice in the downstairs lounge. Prizes for best costume, trivia games, and bring hand-held munchies to share.

 Saturday December 2nd – End Of Term Concert, Bake and Craft sale. Take note that your attendance at the two prior rehearsals is mandatory for participation in this concert.

For those of you who just can’t get enough and/or are languishing on our waiting list – Hanna and Sue are offering a 6 week Tuesday night workshop, largely duplicating what we do Saturdays, 7 to 9 pm, from October 24 to December 5th. Location to be Delta Church, 47 Ottawa Street South. Cost of participation is $120. Interested individuals can contact to register by October 20th. A minimum of 10 participants is required to cover the cost of venue rental and music.

Lamentably, board member and fellow voice Darlene Simpson, has had to depart us suddenly to return to Brantford. Best of luck on your future endeavors Darlene!

See you guys tomorrow.


Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer

What? Hallowe’en?

Hi Everyone. . . . .

Welcome members! We are a forward thinking, optimistic, community-based entity, determined to promote these same values through song. I’m tickled pink to have the opportunity to meet with you Saturday mornings and look forward to a successful and enjoyable term. You guys are the best.

I sent you all the password to the active members page last week – did you note it? Our web master, Bob Edmonds, has made it really easy for you to find the voice files needed for at-home practice. Take advantage of this super resource so you can wow your voice mates with your prowess. Speaking for myself, I find it easier to practice my alto part a few times at home during the week so I don’t have to think about it Saturday mornings. Thinking is hard.

Fall is here and with that – a bigger day comes for some than Christmas. Yes my friends – I’m talking HALLOWEEN! Join your fellow singers for a Halloween social after practice on Saturday October 28th, noon till 1pm. Bring in a treat to share and compete for best costume prizes. That minx Hanna won last year, so don’t let it happen twice.

Just a reminder about a few social details:

  • If you are sick, stay home. Share the love, not a virus.
  • Choose to wear unscented personal hygiene products please – seeing you is enough, nobody needs to smell you approaching.
  • Bring spare dry shoes and leave your wet ones at the church door.
  • A non-spill refillable water container is vastly preferable to a single-use plastic one – you don’t want to know about plastics and the Pacific gyre garbage patch.
  • Consider investing in a music presentation folder – the sound of 80 loose leaf paper pages turning is deafening. We’ll be selling them at the front desk tomorrow for a mere $5, with all proceeds supporting the choir.

Remember to have fun, fun, fun. Repeat after me, fun.

Lastly, many of you will now be familiar with guest song leader Brendan Taaffe. Brendan will be collaborating on an event this coming January 27th – February 3rd, 2018, in the blissfully warm Caribbean setting of Cahuita, Costa Rica. Further information can be found here:

Best to all.

Brenda Atkinson

Hamilton Sings Volunteer

Precious Little & Sunshine Singers

Greeting Folks

I’ve got precious little to tell you this week. Which is probably fine, as everyone is generally far too busy these days. Between family and work obligations, alongside the ever present noise of the internet and social media, we’ve all now got the attention span of a barnyard pullet.

But I digress. You have one very important detail to absorb here. There is a new password for the active members page. Check out the page frequently for very, very handy voice files that allow for practice at home. “Repetitio mater studiorum est” Repetition is the mother of all learning. Wise words carved into a statue somewhere . . .

This private members page is for YOUR EXCLUSIVE USE ONLY and is not to be shared with anyone. If Sue hears a copyright lawyer knocking at her door, it won’t be to chat about the weather. You get my drift?

Additionally, please read below for a message from fellow member Lori Borsellino regarding the Sunshine Singers group.

See y’all tomorrow

Brenda Atkinson
Hamilton Sings Volunteer

Hello From Lori Borsellino ( fellow singer, huggie bear, and Sunshine Singer administrator)

We have some members who do a monthly sing-along at a Hamilton Long Term Care Home on the Last Wednesday of each month. Though the Sunshine Singers are from Hamilton Sings! they are not an affiliated group. However, Hamilton Sings! is always excited to collaborate when they can.

The Sunshine Singers meet Saturdays noon to one at HARRRP, and sing at Baywoods Place Long Term Care Home, located at 330 Main St. E. (just east of Victoria Avenue South) on the last Wednesday of each month, October, through June. (excluding the last Wednesday of December) arriving at 6:15 ready to sing from 6:30 to 7:15.

The Sunshine Singers are meeting new members Saturdays at 12:00 noon in the downstairs lounge at St. Peter’s HARRRP for about an hour to discuss songs and practice a few. The song list is fluid, fun, with oldies, popular hits, and campfire songs. The focus is on entertaining and encouraging the residents to participate. All degrees of talent and experience are most welcome.

If you have any further questions about the Sunshine Singers, please contact me at rather than using the Hamilton Sings address. Looking forward to seeing you after practice on Saturday.

Hugs to all,

Lori Borsellino


Brenda’s Updates

Now on the Site for Choir Members

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New Songs for Fall 2017
  • Panther (I Will Walk and Never Get Tired): alto, tenor, and bass
  • Ver Mee O: spoken and sung
  • Tsmindao Ghmerto: high, middle and low parts
  • Bright Morning Stars: high and low parts
  • Tourdion: many parts
  • Amavolovolo: soprano, alto, tenor, bass parts
  • By the Glow of the Kerosene Light: three part harmony performance by The Once

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