Mimico Children’s Choir

The Mimico Children’s Choir engages children ages 7 to 14 years old in a singing and music program where children will sing songs, learn about music, use their languages, play games, and make new friends. The Choir is committed to community-building, giving children of all backgrounds and income levels access to high quality, affordable choral education and a sense of teamwork through rehearsals and performances together.

The choir was held once a week for an hour after school September through May at Mimico Baptist Church for rehearsals and concerts, however, the Mimico Children’s Choir will hold all sessions and concerts online until further notice due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety precautions.

The two main concerts are the highlight during each session; The Christmas in Mimico carol concert and Annual Spring Concert. Mimico Children’s Choir has partnered with a number of other prestigious musical groups in the Toronto area, including the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra and the Weston Silver Band.

Performing with the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra at the Assembly Hall, Feb 2016. Photo: Jeremy Sale Photography

A Little History

The Mimico Children’s Choir was founded in 2007 by Margaret Nealon and since has been providing accessible, high-quality musical education to children in South Etobicoke. The Choir delights audiences young and old through community-based performances at local events and seniors’ facilities. In 2015 the Choir was honoured to receive their first grant from the Ontario Arts Council and won a 2015 Gem of the Lakeshore Award for “Best Culture and Recreation” in Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

2021 Summer Session

This year, the Mimico Children’s Choir invites all children ages 7-12 to sing their hearts out! We are offering a 4-week online singing and music program where children will sing songs, learn about music, share their cultures and play games. The 2021 summer choir session will be held every Monday, July 5 to July 26 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Each session will have full-body movements, music education, singing, and games. Your child will be part of a community, celebrated, and can make new friends with others their age. Since the program invites children from across Etobicoke and the GTA, your child will have an inter-cultural and diverse art experience.

Directed by Raneem Barakat, we welcome children who have any levels of experience in Choirs to celebrate their unique voices.

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 the child is available for the full 4-week program.

This is a Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) program with a suggested contribution of $25 per workshop, however, payment is not required to participate in this program. If more than 30 participants register, we will offer two classes for smaller age groups (i.e. ages 7-9 at 4-5 PM, and ages 10-12 at 5-6 PM.) Staff will confirm enrollment via email and provide you with more details leading up to the program. Please know that all decisions made regarding program registration are at the discretion of the programming staff. For registration and program Terms & Conditions, click HERE.

The registration deadline is June 25th. For any other inquiries, contact our program manager Nadijah at programs@lakeshorearts.ca.

Meet our new Choir Director: Raneem Barakat

Raneem is a voice performer, a music teacher, and a pharmacist. She sang as a soloist and a choir member with many orchestras in Syria and around the world. Raneem loves mixing different music genres to create something new and unique.

2020 program shift

During our spring 2020 session, we shifted Mimico Children’s Choir rehearsals and Spring concert online. Choir Director Jenn Robinson and her team were offering e-rehearsal packages to singers on a weekly basis to continue their practice of music while physically distancing at home.

Using the power of technology and music to keep our young singers connected, we’ve been able to transform our in-person Spring Concert into a pre-recorded video performance of ‘You Can Count on Me’ parody with Mimico Children’s Choir. This allowed many of the choir members and directors to connect and sing from their homes.

We welcome you to view their performance and share in the joy of music!

2019 Winter Holiday Concert

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