The Heart Attack Choir/L'Attaque de Choeur
Start date: 27 September, 2016
End date: 29 June, 2017
The Heart Attack Choir is a bilingual and intergenerational 30-voice ensemble composed of professional, semi-professional, and amateur singers who reunite in the Montreal borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal. Its mandate is to build a pop-repertoire featuring the songs of many local artists, for the purpose of lending its work to an “expansion choir”—an amateur 30-voice choir formed in the borough of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie.
The “base-choir” rehearses once a week from September 2016 to January 2017, the expansion choir from March to June 2017. The two choirs will combine for two grand events—one in each borough—at the end of June.
Nature of the Project Reach
The project will involve participants and audiences of two seperate and distanced Montreal communities and unite them for its grand events.
The main goal of the choir is to get more people singing—for the sheer pleasure it provides, for its benefits on mental health, and for the sense of community and togetherness it harnesses. The 2016-2017 pilot project aims to set a precedent, where on an annual basis the base choir builds a new repertoire for the purpose of providing an increasing number of expansion choirs with the material and organisational tools needed to get their schools/organizations/workplaces united through song.
The project reflects Canada’s social innovation, its cultural diversity and sense of inclusion, its bilingualism, and its rich artistic tapestry.
Both (base and expansion) choirs are still recruiting participants. Looking for public singers, shower singers, and people who say they can't sing. (!)