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“Voices Rising” with guest Bruce Cockburn — Online Benefit Concert for Mozambique

Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 7:00pm

directed by: Cathy Baker and Dick Jackson

with special guests: Bruce Cockburn, as well as musicians from Mozambique

The Gettin’ Higher Choir is delighted to announce that their next online benefit concert will take place June 19 at 7pm PDT, and will feature renowned songwriter, guitarist, compassionate humanitarian and activist, Bruce Cockburn. Also, for the first time, we will welcome collaboration with musicians from the Caia district of Mozambique, for this our 23rd annual concert to support development projects in that region.

The event will feature recorded messages and musical performances by guest artists. The GHC will present “virtual choir” videos of songs celebrating our vital bonds to one another, near and far, and to the earth we share. This season’s uplifting songs come from South Africa, from classic rock, and from current songwriters including local star, Chris Frye of The Bills.

Tickets:

To attend the concert on Zoom, click this link to register, make sure you have Zoom installed on your device, and watch for an update email on the day of the concert. Or watch the full concert on YouTube Live, or during the week after, at this YouTube link. We have a limit of 1000 participants on Zoom, so if that is full when you connect, please use the YouTube Live link. 

Instead of buying tickets, on or before June 19, please make a donation to The Caia Connection through Canada Helps. This will support our long-standing development projects in Mozambique, including village schools, scholarship programs for nursing and agriculture students, distance learning, food security and water access, and an award-winning valimba music program.

 
If you’re outside of Canada, please be aware that Canada Helps receives donations in Canadian dollars, that your credit card may incur “foreign transaction fees”, and that your donation will only be tax-deductible to you if you have income sources from Canada that you declare on your own country’s annual tax return.

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a benefit for: our 23rd annual concert for Mozambique, through The Caia Connection (learn more)

venue: Online using Zoom or YouTube Live

“For Our Future World” – Online Benefit Concert by GHC and Wavelengths, with Lea Morris and Greg Greenway

Saturday, January 30, 2021, at 7:00pm

directed by: Cathy Baker, Dick Jackson and Denis Donnelly

with special guests: Lea Morris and Greg Greenway
* Last-minute change due to unforeseen circumstances

The Gettin’ Higher Choir and Wavelengths Community Choir join to offer their second online concert together, “For Our Future World” on Zoom.

The concert will feature the choirs presenting songs ranging from Joni Mitchell to Italian opera chorus to current country-rock, in the premiere showing of their “virtual choir” videos, plus appearances by our two special guests:

  • Lea Morris is a brilliant singer-songwriter based in Alexandria, Virginia who has been very active in the online community singing world. We welcome her for our first collaboration with our choirs!
  • Greg Greenway, appearing live from Ashland, Virginia. Described as “a profoundly rich poet and musician,” his guitar, piano, and ukulele reflect inspiration from all over the map–gospel, rock, blues, jazz, and world music. Greg was the GHC’s guest artist in 2018—welcome him back!

Tickets:

To attend the concert on Zoom, click this link to register, make sure you have Zoom installed on your device, and watch for an update email on the day of the concert.

Or watch the concert Live, or during the week after, at this YouTube link.
To see the “virtual choir” videos after the concert, see the Gettin’ Higher Choir YouTube channel.
 
Instead of buying tickets, on or before January 30 please make a donation to one or both of our charities through Canada Helps:

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For more information about the choirs:

a benefit for: Habitat Acquisition Trust, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria and Area

venue: Online using Zoom or YouTube

“Connecting Through Song” Online Mozambique Benefit Concert with Wavelengths Choir, Joe Jencks, Ann Mortifee and Shari Ulrich

Saturday, June 27, 2020, at 7:00pm

directed by: Cathy Baker, Dick Jackson and Denis Donnelly

with special guests: Joe Jencks, Ann Mortifee and Shari Ulrich

The Gettin’ Higher Choir & Wavelengths Community Choir present their annual concert for Mozambique, as a combined effort. The choirs will present songs ranging from neo-folk to Canadian classic rock, from Ukraine to Africa, in the premiere showing of their “virtual choir” recordings. Our guest artists will perform live from their home studios.

GHC co-directors Dick Jackson and Cathy Baker, and Wavelengths director Denis Donnelly, organized the concert to continue over 20 years of fundraising for The Caia Connection.

Joe Jencks is a celebrated American folk singer based in Chicago who has toured Vancouver Island three times, including once with the trio Brother Sun

World-celebrated singer-songwriter Ann Mortifee is a longtime friend and champion of the GHC and the Caia Connection, being our first guest artist in 1999.

Juno award-winning Shari Ulrich is one of B.C.’s most-beloved singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, and has shared the stage with the GHC twice before.

Tickets:

To attend the concert on Zoom, click this link to register, make sure you have Zoom installed on your device, and watch for an update email on the day of the concert.

We also plan to stream on Facebook Live and YouTube. See www.gettinhigherchoir.ca, or the GHC Facebook page or YouTube channel.
 
Instead of buying tickets, on June 27 please make a donation to The Caia Connection through Canada Helps.

Every dollar raised in June can help The Caia Connection win a $20,000 bonus!

Welcome to forward this to friends or family worldwide — all welcome!

a benefit for: our 22nd annual concert for Mozambique (learn more)

venue: Online using Zoom, Facebook Live or YouTube

“Singing the Deeper Story” Power of Hope Benefit Concert with Barbara McAfee

Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 7:30pm

directed by: Cathy Baker and Dick Jackson

with special guest: Barbara McAfee

featuring: Oliver Swain

Our winter concert brings our wholehearted, uplifting songs in support of the excellent work of The Power of Hope. While some songs are chosen for having a good message in a fun package, this time many of them have a deeper story that our singers tell us resonates in their hearts. We’re sure our audience will feel the same.

The choir will sing new arrangements of songs from Joni Mitchell, a current Broadway musical, the Indie Pop charts, Nashville, and the choral tradition, as well as a couple of our favourite songs from years past.

We are thrilled to have as guest artist Barbara McAfee from Minneapolis, who is a well-known vocalist, songwriter, TED-talk speaker and leader of workshops on the power of the voice. Barbara will perform a solo set of her songs, some with help of the choir. The evening will also feature our friend Oliver Swain on double bass.

The Gettin’ Higher Choir is proud to support The Power of Hope, an organization dedicated to the empowerment and emotional well-being of young people in our community. Through experiential camps that leverage arts-based activities to foster inclusion and community, the Power of Hope encourages at-risk youth to express their authentic selves and realize their potential.

a benefit for: our 23rd annual concert for The Power of Hope (learn more)

venue: Alix Goolden Performance Hall, 907 Pandora Ave, Victoria

“Songs of Hope; Songs of Home” Mozambique Benefit Concert with Samara Jade

Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 7:30pm

directed by: Cathy Baker and Dick Jackson

with special guest: Samara Jade

Our Spring concert features a diverse and uplifting repertoire, from African folksongs to Leonard Cohen; from contemporary folk to an opera chorus by Verdi and a 1990’s Broadway musical.

Our guest artist this season is the remarkable Samara Jade, a modern folk troubadour and musical seamstress who stitches together a unique tapestry of sounds with intricate guitar playing and an acrobatically emotive voice. Weaving diverse musical strands colored by folk, jazz, blues, world-fusion and even Broadway musicals, Samara’s songs cut through truth, open hearts, stimulate minds, and perhaps best fall into the nutshell of a fan-coined genre: “Philosopholk.” Originally from North Carolina, Samara is now based in Port Townsend, Washington.

All proceeds from the Spring concert will go to The Caia Connection, the long-standing partner charity of the Gettin’ Higher Choir. The Caia Connection is a grassroots charity based in Victoria that is dedicated to raising funds and supporting health, food and education programs in Mozambique. The 2019 Spring concert is especially important as Cyclone Idai ravaged through our long-supported communities and floods, hunger and water-borne diseases are a greater threat.

a benefit for: our 21st annual concert for Mozambique (learn more)

venue: Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Ave, Victoria

Power of Hope Benefit Concert “Listen to the Music!” with Pat Wictor

Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 7:30pm

directed by: Cathy Baker and Dick Jackson

with special guest: Pat Wictor

The winter concert features upbeat songs highlighting the diverse spirit of the Gettin’ Higher Choir. The Choir’s wide-ranging, inspirational repertoire has roots in England, Finland, Lebanon, Cameroon and South Africa, including songs by MaMuse, Dave Gunning, Ysaye Barnwell and The Doobie Brothers. Our guest artist this season is the fabulous Pat Wictor, a renowned global roots folk artist based in New York, who finds inspiration in the intersection of gospel and the blues. Pat, along with recent GHC guest artist Greg Greenway, is a founding member of the trio Brother Sun, and believes passionately in the power of music to unite us all. 

a benefit for: our 22nd annual concert for The Power of Hope (learn more)

venue: Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Ave, Victoria

Mozambique Benefit Concerts: “The Song Will Never End”

Friday, June 15, 2018, at 7:30pm
and Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 7:30pm

directed by: Denis Donnelly, Cathy Baker, Dick Jackson and Founding Director Siobhan Robinsong

with special guests: Denis Donnelly and Friends

with guest appearances by: Lanny Pollet, Tuli Porcher, Oliver Swain, Kim Willoughby and an ensemble from Soundings

special appearance by: Ann Mortifee

a benefit for: Caia District communities of Mozambique (learn more)

venue: Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Ave, Victoria

Power of Hope Benefit Concerts with Greg Greenway

Friday, February 2, 2018, at 7:30pm
and Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 7:30pm

with special guest: Greg Greenway

a benefit for: our 21st annual concert for The Power of Hope (learn more)

venue: Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Ave, Victoria