A Soirée for Sweethearts With Jubilee Chorale

Contributor Hanna Dykstra shares news of Jubilee Chorale’s upcoming ‘Sweetheart Soirée’ concert in Orillia

If you happen to be looking for fun things to do in Orillia, maybe a musical performance is something you might be interested in exploring?

Orillia Ontario’s first community based choir, the Jubilee Chorale, hosts a number of popular performances throughout the year. One upcoming event worth mentioning is the group’s Sweetheart Soirée, a cabaret-style evening of great music and entertainment featuring a variety of local talent. Scheduled to perform are pianist Brent Mayhew, rhythm and blues pianist Blair Bailey, soloists Brenda Reynolds and Kent Dempsey, and instrumentalist Jim Harris, to name just a few.

Hosted at St Paul’s Centre at 62 Peter Street North in Orillia on Sunday, February 23rd at 2:30pm, this free concert is being held as a fundraiser for Helping Hands Orillia. Helping Hands is a community in home care service for adults and seniors living with a physical disability. Established in 1972, this important community service has had a proud history of serving clients in Orillia by assisting them to live independently, supporting them in their journey of aging, and helping maintain and enhance their quality of life. (Instead of charging an admission, a free will offering will be taken during the show, should you wish to donate to this very worthwhile cause.)


Jubilee Chorale – Sweetheart Soirée


The choir’s rich history and the unique ambience their performances generate have resulted in their gaining a reputation for the quality of their shows. Formed in 1958 as a young people’s choir within the Christian Reformed Church in Orillia, the group now practices regularly at the Sundial Retirement Residence and has grown exponentially, with a broad base of singers from across Orillia and the surrounding area.

The Jubilee Chorale not only creates a strong sense of community for its members through their programs and performances, but also use their talents to have an impact on the community in which members live. Along with Helping Hands Orillia, the group has donated to the  Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the St David's Anglican Church Breakfast Club program, to just mention a few.

Under the leadership of Director Brent Mayhew – who also serves as Jubilee Chorale’s accompanist – this group creates music within the community based on pure joy. Which is why prospective members aren’t asked to audition, but rather need to simply display the right attitude. (If interested in joining, the choir encourages prospective members to join them for rehearsals at Sundial Retirement Residence every Wednesday from September to May, 7-9pm.)

And if you’re in the Orillia or Simcoe area this coming February 23rd, be sure to add Jubilee Chorale’s Sweetheart Soirée to your calendar. Be sure to also make note of their Spring Concert, taking place Sunday May 31st at Westmount United Church.

To learn more about Jubilee Chorale visit their website at www.jubileechorale.org.




Hanna Dykstra is Riley Media’s go-to social media expert. You can learn more about her work at www.cabinmuskoka.com.