We’ve all heard it said that actions speak louder than words, however members of the Shout Sisters Brockville Choir are using their voices to take action against homelessness this February.
Their upcoming show is open to anyone in the Brockville community, and all that’s required is that audience members make donations at the door.
Every June, the fully-female choir, led by director Georgette Fry, puts on a final recital to showcase all the songs and techniques they’ve learned over the years. They also use this performance as an opportunity to raise funds for various charities that are near and dear to the group’s hearts.
For the first time this year, the choir is hosting a winter edition of their show to support the local sector of Habitat for Humanity. Georgette Fry said she specifically wanted to partner with Habitat for Humanity this time around, explaining “homelessness and hunger now is just an epidemic.
“We go out and perform to try to raise money for meaningful charities,” Fry shared with Brockvilleist. “We used to just focus on women and children’s issues but these days, homelessness and hunger is affecting everyone.”
In terms of the musical line-up, Fry explained that she likes to offer a broad and diverse range of songs, spanning all the way back to the 1930s.
“I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s so there will be lots of classic music like the Beatles and Neil Young.”
She also enjoys incorporating suggestions from choir members, noting that she’s always looking for new, different things to challenge the women.
“February is a month where people could use some cheering up and our shows are very entertaining. It’s really an unorthodox approach to choral singing. Our audiences are growing every time we go out to perform,” Fry said to Brockvilleist.
The event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 10 Church Street, Brockville. Donations will be made at the door toward Habitat for Humanity in lieu of physical tickets, and the Shout Sisters are also encouraging attendees to drop off any non-perishable food items they can spare as they arrive for the food bank.
Angela Campbell, Manager of Fundraising and Community Connections for Habitat for Humanity Thousands Islands, will be present at the performance to show her support for the choir’s efforts.
The Shout Sisters Kingston will also be putting on a performance in Kingston on International Women’s Day on March 11 at 7 p.m. at the Crossroads United Church at 690 Sir John. A MacDonald Blvd. This event will be in support of the Ban Righ Centre, a non-profit with Queen’s University which helps women-identifying students of all ages.
For those interested in using their voices for good and joining a Shout Sisters choir, Georgette Fry is currently running five different chapters throughout Brockville, Picton, Kingston, and Belleville. She encourages folks of any age, background, or musical skill set to join in on the fun. You can learn more at https://www.shoutsisterchoir.ca/