Island Soul Choir offers burger, brew

Wednesday event at Smoke 'N Water to help fund performance trip to New Orleans

Members of the Island Soul Choir are no strangers to travel, but next spring they’ll really up their road game with a New Orleans performance tour.

To help fund the trip, the choir invites the public to a Beer & Burger night at Smoke ’N Water Restaurant Wednesday, Nov. 18. A $20 ticket will get you a sandwich and suds, and the evening will include live music and a silent auction.

The 140-member choir is based on the mid-Island and rehearses at Lantzville’s St. Philip-by-the-Sea Anglican Church. But its membership ranges from Port Hardy on the North Island to Victoria at its southern tip, and fourth-year musical director Karla Mundy travels from Vancouver to lead rehearsals.

To accommodate its far-flung membership, Island Soul Choir only rehearses every three to four weeks. But the group has proven so popular that it maintains a consistent membership of more than 100 singers, and recently had to cap membership at 140.

The choir will be limited to 54 members for the New Orleans tour, which will run from May 6-12, 2016. Applications will be accepted as part of the choir’s Spring 2016 registration. To register or find out more, visit www.islandsoulchoir.com.

The Burger & Brew event runs from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are advance only — no tickets will be sold at the door. To order tickets, contact Jo Graham at 250-468-9417, jograham5@gmail com, or Judy Gougeon at 250-468-0290, jbgougeon91@gmail.com

— NEWS Staff