Local Vocals Choir

Update: Lakeshore Arts took over administration of Local Vocals for 2 sessions in Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 before the pandemic, and ran an online session in the summer of 2021. The group was dormant for 3 years. Mary Bella, the director, is reviving the Local Vocals starting in March 2024 outside the auspice of Lakeshore Arts. Please visit localvocals.ca for more information and to join.


Local Vocals women’s choir is a sessional (usually 6-week) pop-up group that is fun, social and ever so musical! This 2021 summer session, Local Vocals offers an online, 4-week music and singing program for adults of all genders. Members will sing popular songs in a laid-back atmosphere among new and old friends. The fun, varied and often familiar repertoire is chosen in advance of each session, and practice tracks are usually made available for review between rehearsals. The Local Vocals choir has historically been a women’s fundraising group for the Mimico Children’s Choir and has performed in the Children’s Choir’s main concerts.

We welcome new members of all genders and abilities – no audition and no experience required! Although this year has a Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) fee, payment is not required to participate in this program.

Spring Concert 2018

Why Join?

You will learn new songs and celebrate old favourites that will lift your spirits and bring you a sense of joy and accomplishment. The choir is both social and stress-relieving and by taking time to nourish your creative self, you may come to think of your time spent singing as self-care. You will get to create, express and be part of a small community of friendly choristers. Since the program invites people from across Etobicoke and the GTA, you will have an inter-cultural and diverse art experience.

Spring Sing Video by Suzanne Kuperhause (2017)

2021 Summer Session

Local Vocals choir returns this year for a short 4-week online singing program where adults of all genders will sing popular songs in a laid-back atmosphere among old and new friends.From June 29 to July 20th, you will be joining Local Vocals Conductor, Mary Bella, every Tuesday from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM to sing to your favourite tunes. Spaces are limited to 20 participants and it will be determined based on first-come, first-served. We ask that people please only register if you are available for the full 4-week program.

This is a Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) program with a suggested contribution $25 per workshop, however payment is not required to participate in this program. For registration and program Terms & Conditions, click HERE.

The registration deadline is Monday July 5th. For any other inquiries, contact our program manager Nadijah at programs@lakeshorearts.ca.

About Local Vocals Conductor, MARY BELLA

Mary Bella

Mary Bella has a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and a Graduate Opera Diploma from the University of Toronto, and recently completed an advanced conducting intensive with Amadeus Choir and Lydia Adams. She has 6 years of choral conducting and 20 years of professional choral singing under her belt, including over 15 years with the Canadian Opera Company chorus. Mary has also served choirs for many years as both manager and board president. Alongside her musical exploits, Mary runs her own business, Maestra Web Design, which specializes in websites for artists, arts organizations and non-profits.

Feel free to email conductor Mary Bella with any questions or concerns at bellam32@marybella.com

We are always accepting applications for Mimico Children’s Choir. Click the registration button below to sign up for your children.

Join the LOCAL VOCALS Facebook group to connect between rehearsals.

2019 Winter Holiday Concert