While the global pandemic has put a hold on getting together in Niagara, Hamilton, and Toronto, we are finding new ways to connect. With weekly Zoom choirs starting soon, our Executive Director, Todd, has put together a Spotify playlist (on the left) of all the songs the kids have sung together in the past to share with the choir, and our fans!
As he was putting together the playlist, Todd start to reminisce. Here are some of the memories these songs sparked:
In the first-ever rehearsal in 2017, the kids learned Hey Ho by The Lumineers which was a hugely popular song at the time. It also gave the opportunity to split the kids out as they took turns on verses and shouting “Hey” and “Ho!” I will always remember the smiles on parents’ faces when they came to pick up the kids that day. It’s been incredible to see the range of songs the kids have sung from oldies such as Can’t Help Falling in Love to recent pop hits by artists such as Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran.
When we developed the concept of Tomorrow’s Voices, it was always important to give kids a voice in what we do. The kids often make requests for songs throughout the season or do impromptu jam sessions during breaks and these songs often make their way into our sessions.
The repertoire has also been hugely influenced by guest artists who have kindly invited our kids to perform including Royal Wood, Serena Ryder, Neko Case, Dan Mangan, Scott Helman, Ria Mae, and Chantal Kreviuzak.
In each season, we have what I would call unofficial theme songs based on personal favourites including Count on Me by Bruno Mars (check out Mayor Walter Sendzik dancing with the kids!), Thoughts on Fire by Ria Mae and Robots by Dan Mangan.
We hope you enjoy the playlist and tell us what songs you would love to hear the kids sing!
Todd Green, the executive director and founder of Tomorrow’s Voices, is a huge fan of music and loves to see how singing serves people. He is also an Associate Professor of Marketing at Brock University with a focus on social responsibility in marketing. He has combined his two passions to bring Tomorrow’s Voices together in partnership with Mendelt Hoekstra. Todd is so excited by the support the choir has received from the community and is incredibly proud of the kids in the choir.