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‘One Voice’ concert a multi-generational celebration of women in Parksville

March 9 event will unite choirs from Island and Vancouver
Knox United Church in Parksville, 345 Pym St. (PQB News file photo)

More than 100 people will sing in the One Voice project in Parksville on March 9.

The One Voice project will bring together treble choirs (sopranos and altos) from the Island and Metro Vancouver at Knox United Church for a concert starting at 4 p.m., according to a news release.

The multi-generational event will present the music of favourite singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Susan Crowe, Loreena McKennitt and Dolly Parton.

The four visiting choirs are the Island Bel Canto Singers and Island Flora Girls’ Choir (both of Nanaimo and directed by Fiona Blackburn), Grace Notes from the Comox Valley (directed by Stephanie Eakle) and the British Columbia Girls Choir of Metro Vancouver (directed by Cassie Lubspring) and each will sing their own set.

The grand final will see the choirs combine with local singers from the Village Voices, Craig Bay Choristers and Oceanside A Cappella to sing three pieces: ‘All Together We Are Love’, ‘Kahkisaw Oskâyak’ (‘All the Young People’ in Cree) and ‘One Voice’.

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Organizer Blackburn said ‘Kahkisaw Oskâyak’, composed by Sherryl Sewepagaham, will start with just the youth singers, who will be joined by the adults.

The song, sung in both Cree and English, is about children singing and how the future is in the hands of young people, Blackburn said.

Singers will come to Knox United Church (345 Pym St.) from as far away as Campbell River down to Duncan and Cowichan Bay, including some from the Parksville Qualicum Beach area.

Tickets are available through the Port Theatre Box Office website for $27.50 for adults and $15.50 for students up to age 24. Tickets will also be available at the door with cash.

Before the concert there will be a workshop for sopranos and altos from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information and registration are available online at

— NEWS Staff

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