Gather Round Singers

2022-23 SEASON

First rehearsal on Thursday September 29th 6-8pm.

This season, the Gather Round Singers are rehearsing live at The Ground Floor (132 Fort York Blvd), every Thursday from 6-8pm. Our season includes new works by Andrew Balfour and Suba Sankaran, as well as remounts of the Odaabanaag Song Cycle and What Was My Backyard. Rehearsals are open to singers of all experience levels and ages; no registration required. We look forward to welcoming you! For info e-mail

The Gather Round Singers perform Take This Card (Emilie LeBel) at the Gardiner Museum, 2016


The Gather Round Singers is a radically inclusive community choir, made up of singers of mixed ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Our choir upholds core values of access by: avoiding auditions; learning music by ear; providing transportation, healthy food, language interpretation/translation, personal care workers, on-site childcare; using step-free venues, and welcoming new members at any point in the process (sometimes up to and including the day of a performance!).

For over a decade, the Gather Round Singers have performed many newly-commissioned works, with partners including Continuum Contemporary Music and Soundstreams, and with composers including: Juliet Palmer, Jason Doell, Alex Eddington, Britta Johnson, Emilie LeBel, Cathy Nosaty, Alejandra Nunez, Binaeshee-Quae Couchie-Nabigon, Daev Clysdale, Rosary Spence, Lieke van de Voort, Monica Pierce, Robert Fleitz, Christina Volpini, Martin and Arie van de ven, Melody and Beverley McKiver, and Hussein Janmohamed.



Shifra Cooper (Founding Choir Director) has over ten years experience working as a community-engaged artist, choir conductor and educator and has worked with organizations including MABELLEarts, Vancouver Moving Theatre, Thinking Rock Community Arts, and The United Jewish People’s Order. Shifra has received a nomination for the Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting, a Metcalf Performing Arts Internship, and completed a Masters of Teaching at OISE (University of Toronto), with a research speciality in supporting singing in primary classrooms.

Ahmed Hegazy (Choir Manager) is a cultural worker originally from Cairo, Egypt. He has worked on community engaged projects with the Toronto International Film Festival, Paprika Festival, Toronto Ward Museum and Community Arts Guild. He is interested in exploring the ways that technology could be used as a tool to support community engagement and art making amidst the global pandemic.

Natalie Fasheh  (Assistant Director) is a Palestinian-Jordanian singer, poet, community-engaged artist, choral conductor, and composer. She leads vocal ensemble experiences rooted in empowerment, cultural awareness, and artivism. She is the co-founder of Mosaic Music Collective: joining newcomers and long-standing residents through multicultural song. Natalie writes poetry on themes of cultural identity, nature, and humanity.

ASL Coordinator/Liason: Tijana Spasic
Communications/Participant Support: Catherine Moeller, Rakefet Arieli
Choir Assistants: Hodan Ibrahim, Tasmeen Syed
Associate Artists: Karis Jones-Pard, Áine Schryer-O’Gorman, Daev Clysdale, Tamyka Bullen, Sharada Eswar & others

Selections from previous Gather Round Singers performances