THE NORTH LAKESHORE CHORUS
Coming Soon: Details of our 2018 European Tour!
Telling the Story of the North Lakeshore Chorus
and 'Till the Boys Come Home
‘Till the Boys Come Home, the vision of producer Michael Korn, pays tribute to the men and women of the First Contingent of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, who sailed to Europe 100 years ago in October 1914 to serve their King and Country in the Great War.
The North Lakeshore Chorus came into being after choral conductors Judy Scott-Jacobs in Toronto, Ian Juby in Kingston, and Debbie Fingas in Cobourg agreed to take part. Choristers rehearsed the same repertoire in these three cities and then came together to sing in various beautiful and historic Ontario churches. In August 2014 a very successful tour was launched: first at the Canadian War Museum and Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and then on to Quebec City, Saint John, Halifax, Lunenburg and Charlottetown. This tour was the catalyst for a highly successful two-week trip to England, Belgium and France in the summer of 2015. The choir travelled to Newfoundland in the summer of 2016 to pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont Hamel on July 1, 1916 and sang in many locations including St. John's, Conception Bay, Gander, Twillingate, Woody Point, St. Anthony, L'Anse Meadows, and Corner Brook.
Excerpt from King George V
“We can truly say that the whole circuit of the earth is girdled with the graves of our dead … and, in the course of my pilgrimage, I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon earth through the years to come than their massed multitude of silent witness to the desolation of war”.
King George V, Flanders, 1922
(G. Kingsley Ward and Major E. Gibson,
Toronto: McClelland and Stewart; 1989. P. 43.)
Our sincere and grateful thanks to Bob Cavanagh for the major updates he made to this website in early 2016, including the 2015 European Tour, the 2016 Newfoundland Tour and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment pages, as well as many minor changes.
Michael Korn and Claire Shragge
We are very grateful to Bob Cavanagh, Bill James and Carolyn Kirkup, all members of the Kingston Choral Society, for their stellar work in creating this website and getting it up and running in a very limited time.
Michael Korn, Producer, and Claire Shragge, Associate Producer, of The North Lakeshore Chorus