Just Voices (justvoices.ca) is a community-oriented activist choir in Ottawa, on un-ceded Algonquin territory.
We formed in 2004. We have about 25 members, most of whom typically show up for rehearsals so numbers going will usually be 15 to 25 (more than indicated on the meetup listings).
We use our voices to celebrate life, inspire social change and contribute to movements for social and environmental justice, peace, racial and gender equality, and struggles against violence, war and poverty. We seek to challenge the status quo through engaging and energizing music, and we encourage the wider community to join us in raising our voices and opening our minds to the possibility of a better world!
Just Voices welcomes new members who share our commitment to social and environmental justice and who have some musical background or introductory vocal abilities. Members are not required to read music, but it is expected that members can learn and carry their part, which is often in harmony with other sections of the choir. We have mp3 amd midi files for each part on our special practice website, which you can access. To join the choir we ask that you attend three rehearsals on a trial basis, after which our director, Jeran, will meet with you to discuss whether you're a good fit. She may ask you to sing a small part of a song the choir has been practicing. We are an enthusiastic amateur choir, and we welcome singers from diverse backgrounds. Our priority is in singing music that makes a difference and sounding good while we do it.