Podium Festival 2022: Virtual Concert Passes


Did you love a concert at Podium 2022 and want to see it again?
Do you want to share it with your choir/singing group and family and friends?
Good news – all 8 Podium 2022 Concerts are now available to view online!
For the first time, Choral Festival concerts were recorded and are now available for virtual concert ticket holders, with viewing access until June 10, 2022.
Each concert sold separately – $10/each (+taxes and fees)

Job Posting – Sing Summer Assistant Cook


Dates: Saturday, August 13th – Saturday, August 27th, 2022

Location: Berwick United Church Campgrounds

As assistant cook, you will report to the head cook and work alongside a team of youth hired for dishwashing and food service duties. The assistant cook will assist the head cook in the preparation of meals and the day to day running of the kitchen, including cleaning the equipment, checking supplies and rotating food stock. You’ll be responsible for catering to a limited number of special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, celiac, and gluten-free. The camp cook will be responsible for the preparation of 3 meals per day and light refreshments to be served to campers. We are looking for somebody who is comfortable in a camp kitchen environment and with a variety of equipment (camp), and who likes to be hands-on. Accommodations will be provided to the selected candidate on the Berwick United Church Campgrounds. 

To apply, contact: ryan@nscf.ca

Key responsibilities:

  • Ordering and organizing the inventory storage
  • Meal preparation and cooking
  • Maintaining a clean kitchen, including all equipment, pots, and pans 
  • Making sure the kitchen is a safe and hygienic place to work
  • Control portion costs by working out the number of portions per food batch

Work Load

Sing Summer consists of multiple programs with varying enrolment numbers. The two core programs are our Junior & Youth Choir Camp (which runs from August 14th – 20th) and our Adult Choir Camp (which runs from August 22nd – 27th). The first week will consist of 3 meals per day for approximately 75 campers and staff. The second week will consist of 3 meals per day for approximately 100 campers and staff. Additional programs over the weekends will mean additional participants at select meal times. This will be communicated in advance to the head cook. 

Compensation

Compensation for this role will be $2000. Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan amounts will be deducted.

Experience

  • Experience of working in a fast paced kitchen chef
  • Some management experience will help
  • Ability to multitask

Qualifications

  • Health and safety or food hygiene qualifications are essential to this position

Others Requirements

  • Ability to work long days and weekends
  • Ability to work in fast paced environment
  • Attention to details in work is important. 
  • Food and safety certificate. – WHMIS certified

 

Job Posting – Sing Summer Head Cook


Dates: Saturday, August 13th – Saturday, August 27th, 2022

Location: Berwick United Church Campgrounds

As kitchen supervisor and head cook, you will be leading a team consisting of an assistant cook and youth hired for dishwashing and food service duties. In addition, the head cook will be responsible for preparing meals and overseeing the day to day running of the kitchen, including cleaning the equipment, checking supplies and rotating food stock. You’ll be responsible for catering to a limited number of special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, celiac, and gluten-free. The camp cook will be responsible for the preparation of 3 meals per day and light refreshments to be served to campers. We are looking for somebody who is comfortable in a camp kitchen environment and with a variety of equipment (camp) and who likes to be hands-on. Accommodations will be provided to the selected candidate on the Berwick United Church Campgrounds. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Ordering and organizing the inventory storage
  • Planning menus, apportion ingredients and use food surpluses 
  • Meal preparation and cooking
  • Maintaining a clean kitchen, including all equipment, pots, and pans 
  • Making sure the kitchen is a safe and hygienic place to work
  • Managing the kitchen and dining room staff
  • Control portion costs by working out the number of portions per food batch

Work Load

Sing Summer consists of multiple programs with varying enrolment numbers. The two core programs are our Junior & Youth Choir Camp (which runs from August 14th – 20th) and our Adult Choir Camp (which runs from August 22nd – 27th). The first week will consist of 3 meals per day for approximately 75 campers and staff. The second week will consist of 3 meals per day for approximately 100 campers and staff. Additional programs over the weekends will mean additional participants at select meal times. This will be communicated in advance to the head cook. 

 

Compensation

Compensation for this role will be $2500. Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan amounts will be deducted.

Experience

  • Experience of working in a fast paced kitchen chef
  • Some management experience will help
  • Ability to multitask

Qualifications

  • Health and safety or food hygiene qualifications are essential to this position

Others Requirements

  • Ability to work long days and weekends
  • Ability to work in fast paced environment
  • Attention to details in work is important. 
  • Food and safety certificate. – WHMIS certified

To apply, contact: ryan@nscf.ca

JOB POSTING – EVENT COORDINATOR

Unison Choruses Canada is a federal not-for-profit organization created to produce the Unison Festival, for 2SLGBTQIA+ choirs, every four years. The festival brings together choirs from across Canada for a non-competitive celebration of choral music in the queer community. This exciting and fun-filled festival is being held in Halifax NS from May 19 to 22, 2023, at the Halifax Convention Centre; and will host over 500 delegates and hundreds of local concert goers.

The Halifax-based Festival Planning Committee is looking for an Event Coordinator. The ideal candidate is an energetic, detail-oriented, and dedicated person who can work both independently and as part of a dynamic team. The Coordinator reports to, and takes direction from, the Festival Co-Chairs; and works in collaboration with the Festival Artistic Directors, the Unison Administrator, and volunteer committees. The Coordinator will organize, promote and execute the concerts, workshops, social events, and other activities that make up the Festival schedule. Key responsibilities include event management and administration, financial coordination, and relationship management with local partners and supporters. In addition, the Coordinator will work in cooperation with team members in marketing communications and volunteer coordination.

DETAILED JOB DESCRIPTION

BEFORE THE FESTIVAL

• Work extensively with Integra Planner software in collaboration with Unison Administrator; manage registrations; provide first-level support to choruses and delegates; prepare for in-person registration and delegate badge pick-up

• Manage contracts and coordinate logistical details for Festival venues and event sites, social events, delegate accommodations, delegate services, and hospitality

• Manage contracts and coordinate logistical details for guest artists, accompanists, workshop leaders, guest speakers, other professionals hired for the Festival

• Arrange and manage food and beverage contracts

• Manage logistics such as transportation, parking, schedules, and signage

• Oversee production of passes, tickets, delegate packages, festival programs, and other materials required for the Festival

• Coordinate Festival updates on Unison website

• Provide support as needed to marketing communications and volunteer coordination

• Assist the financial team with developing cost projections

• Provide administrative support to the Festival Planning Committee and subcommittees

• Reports to the Co-Chairs and updates the Festival Planning Committee regularly. Keeps other stakeholders fully informed of Festival preparation progress. Stakeholders may include the Festival Artistic Directors, Unison Administrator, venue managers, volunteers, etc.

• Liaise with Festival Planning Committee members, other Unison personnel, key volunteers, contractors, vendors, and Unison partners

• Maintain records and official documents pertaining to the Festival

• Ensure the Festival follows all applicable standards for health and safety, legal and insurance obligations

• Act as principal liaison with the Halifax Convention Centre (Festival venue)

• Direct the work of an Assistant Coordinator

• Other duties as may be required or assigned

DURING THE FESTIVAL

• Oversee and manage onsite registration, information, and orientation for delegates and contracted staff

• Oversee and manage Festival Store

• Oversee set-up, operation, and take-down for Festival events

• Serve as a point of contact for venue personnel and outside vendors, contractors, and suppliers

• Ensure that the Festival is run according to plan and troubleshoot problems that arise onsite during the Festival

• Assist in the collection of data about Festival event attendance, market impact, and other relevant statistics as determined by the Unison Board of Directors

AFTER THE FESTIVAL

• Manage post-Festival wrap-up of contracts

• Produce a post-Festival report for the Festival Planning Committee and Unison Board of Directors, detailing the activities carried out by the Event Coordinator and documenting lessons learned

• Assist in the collection of feedback from delegates, volunteers, and audience members

• Ensure that all documents relevant to the Festival are transferred to the Unison Administrator

QUALIFICATIONS

• Proven event management experience

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to both lead and work with others

• Excellent English communication skills, both written and verbal

• Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, email, etc.) and facility to learn new software quickly, such as the Integra Planning Software

• Excellent time management and organizational skills

• Demonstrated ability to identify key issues and creatively and strategically overcome internal and external challenges and obstacles

• Previous experience working with not-for-profit artistic organizations is considered an asset

• Previous experience working with choirs or choral music programs is considered an asset

• English and French bilingualism would be considered an asset

EDUCATION

The successful candidate will have appropriate university or community college education and at least three years of experience in managing similar events.

CONTRACT PERIOD AND COMPENSATION

The contract period is from mid-August 2022 to early June 2023, and will not exceed 500 hours. Months leading in to the Festival will ramp up as needed with more hours required as the event draws near. During the Festival itself, the time commitment will be at least 12 hours per day. The Coordinator is required to be available and onsite for the duration of the Festival (May 19 to May 22, 2023). During the lead-up, the Coordinator must be available to accommodate evening and weekend activities such as Planning Committee Meetings and Unison events. The Coordinator is responsible for providing their own workspace and basic computer equipment. A valid driver’s licence and access to a personal vehicle is required for the position. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Expenses will be reimbursed as per Unison policy.

TO APPLY

Submit letter of application and resume to positions@unisonfestivalunisson.ca by 4:30 pm on June 17, 2022. Letter should include a clear statement of contract fee expectation. Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Unison Choruses Canada values the diversity of the people it hires and serves. Diversity for us means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. We value new perspectives, original ideas, and individuals who support this same commitment. We strongly encourage members from the Indigenous, Black, racialized, 2SLGBTQIA+, persons with disability, refugee and newcomer communities to express interest in the position.

The Unison Festival will take place within Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship”. We acknowledge and honour the Mi’kmaq people who have cared for and continue to care for this land. Unison Chorus Canada is continuing to learn and evolve, to walk together with the many Indigenous nations of Canada in the preservation and celebration of cultural traditions.

JOB POSTING – FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR

Unison Choruses Canada is a federal not-for-profit organization created to produce the Unison Festival, for 2SLGBTQIA+ choirs, every four years. The festival brings together choirs from across Canada for a non-competitive celebration of choral music in the queer community. This exciting and fun-filled festival is being held in Halifax NS from May 19 to 22, 2023, at the Halifax Convention Centre, and will host over 500 delegates and hundreds of local concert-goers.

The Halifax-based Festival Planning Committee is looking for a Fundraising Coordinator.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Unison Choruses Canada is looking for an outgoing, determined, and energetic individual with a proven track record in event-based sponsorship and funding. The Coordinator reports to, and

takes direction from, the Festival Co-Chairs and works in collaboration with the Finance & Fundraising Committee, Festival Artistic Directors, the Unison Administrator, and volunteer

committees. The key responsibility of the Fundraising Coordinator will be to secure financial support through cash and in-kind sponsorships, donations, and grants for the festival as components of overall festival income generation.

GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION

• Work with the Festival Planning Committee and the Finance & Fundraising Committee to source, nurture and expand relationships with the community and with corporate partners

• Seek out and apply for grants from all possible sources

• Develop a timeline of income target achievement

• Implement, maintain, and add to, the Unison Sponsorship Framework

• Secure and implement all cash and in-kind sponsorships for the festival, including local media sponsorships

• Achieve the fundraising goal of $52.5K to $72.5K by April 30, 2023

• Prepare sponsorship agreements for approval by the Finance & Fundraising Committee

• Ensure all sponsorships are implemented and fulfilled as per the terms of the agreements

• Ensure all sponsorship materials are received by Unison by April 30, 2023

• Maintain oversight of sponsorship activities including, but not limited to, tracking proposals, agreements, activation schedules, delivery of sponsor materials, shot lists for event days and reporting to meet obligations as prescribed in specific sponsorship agreements

• Attend Festival and Fundraising Committee meetings and make progress reports

• Contribute to post-Festival reporting, knowledge development and future sponsorship capacity by detailing the activities carried out and documenting lessons learned

• Share and celebrate the values of Unison Festival 2023 to cultivate new sponsors that align with organizational values, through the development of a strong message and compelling narrative about the festival’s purpose and need, in print and online

• Other duties as may arise throughout the contract term

QUALIFICATIONS

• Demonstrated track record of fund development in the not-for-profit sector

• Experience with event-based sponsorship generation

• Experience in the Arts sector is an asset

• Demonstrated success in sourcing and creating sponsorship relationships in support of organizational goals and values

• Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial and communication skills

• Membership in a Fundraising body is considered an asset, but not required

EDUCATION

The successful candidate will have appropriate education and at least three years of experience in sponsorship-related revenue generation and engagement, donations, and grants

CONTRACT PERIOD AND COMPENSATION

Term of work will be from mid-August through to early June 2023 and will include a final wrap up report to the Finance & Fundraising Committee after the Festival. The position is a part-time contract with a total remuneration package of $8,000 to be paid in equal monthly payments.

Additionally, a cash bonus of up to $2,500 is available as follows:

• When the minimum fundraising goal of $52.5K is achieved from all sources, a $1,500 cash bonus will be paid.

• If the fundraising achievement reaches $60K+, an additional $1,000 cash bonus will be paid.

TO APPLY

Submit letter of application and resume to Positions@unisonfestivalunisson.ca by 4:30 pm on June 17, 2022. Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Unison Choruses Canada values the diversity of the people it hires and serves. Diversity for us means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. We value new perspectives, original ideas, and individuals who support this same commitment. We strongly encourage members from the Indigenous, Black, racialized, LGBTQ2S+, persons with disability, refugee and newcomer communities to express interest in the position.

The Unison Festival will take place within Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship”. We acknowledge and honour the Mi’kmaq people who have cared for and continue to care for this land. Unison Chorus Canada is continuing to learn and evolve, to walk together with the many Indigenous nations of Canada in the preservation and celebration of cultural traditions.

Job Posting: Valley Voices Seeks Branding & Graphic Design Quote

Valley Voices is an a cappella chorus that welcomes all women. Based in Kentville, Nova Scotia, members come from communities throughout the Annapolis Valley and beyond.

Valley Voices is requesting quotations for a rebranding of the organization, including:

  • new professional visual branding, including logo, for Valley Voices
  • meeting Harmony Inc standards
  • eye catching, appealing and representative for recruitment of new members
  • belonging to us and be totally “owned” by Valley Voices
  • suitable for multiple uses, including but not limited to digital uses (high and low resolution), pamphlets, bookmarks, business cards, banners, name tags, clothing
  • Deliverables:
    • jpg, pdf, png formats
    • varying file sizes, including ability to be enlarged to poster size
    • B&W and colour versions
    • RGB and CMYK list of colours used

For full details, click here.

Please send any quotations or inquiries to fierybrook@gmail.com.

Choir of the Earth: Help Spread the Music of the Shchedryk Children’s Choir

A MESSAGE FROM CHOIR OF THE EARTH:

There are times in life when we can really make a difference.

This is one of those times.

There is an internationally renowned Children’s Choir in Kyiv and they need our help. Not financially – musically.

They recorded two pieces of music just before the war in Ukraine and they sent these pieces last week to Saul Zaks, who taught us MISATANGO. Saul immediately called us to see if we can help to spread this beautiful music to the world. On your behalf, I said we would do everything within our power to help.

Please read our webpage, listen to the two tracks and pass on the link to as many people as you can.

https://choiroftheearth.com/shchedryk-childrens-choir-kyiv

We can help by spreading their music across the globe and making a difference.

Always here when you need us,

MARK STRACHAN
mark@choiroftheearth.com

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo: Call for Youth Choristers!

The Children’s Choir In The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is looking for choir members. This is an exciting opportunity for children in grades 4, 5, 6, and 7. Singers should be fast learners, responsible, love to sing, and follow directions. Choir experience is an asset.

The choir rehearsals begin in May on Sunday evenings as well as the first two Sundays in June. The intensity and frequency of rehearsals, once in the Scotiabank Centre, begins near the middle of June.

Here’s an early rough draft of the rehearsal schedule at the Scotiabank Centre:
  • June 14 –17 – Evening rehearsals beginning at 1900 hrs
  • June 18 – 19 – Some day and evening rehearsals
  • June 20 – 22 – Evening rehearsals beginning at 1900 hrs
  • June 23 – Student Matinee (first dress rehearsal) – begins at 10:00 am
  • June 24 – Second Dress rehearsal (Could be afternoon or evening)
  • June 25 – Preview show 19:00 – 22:00
  • June 26 – Matinee show, 14:00
  • June 27 – 30 – Evening performances 19:00 – 22:00
  •  July 1 – 2 – Matinee shows 14:00.
Some things to consider for student performers
  • Fast learners, responsible, love to sing, follows directions 
  • memorization of all music is required.
  • there will be no social distancing on the stage.
  • while performing, we will not be wearing masks
  • we move quickly in the dark while loading and unloading the set
Additional information
  • costume parts are provided, white dress socks and black dress shoes are not.
  • Choir members will receive 
    • two complimentary tickets to the Preview show
    • a cast T-Shirt 
This information is meant to be helpful for any prospective choral singers.
 
To schedule an audition please contact the Tattoo Office at: info@nstattoo.ca and mention Children’s Choir in the subject box.

The choir rehearsals begin in May on Sunday evenings as well as the first two Sundays in June. The intensity and frequency of rehearsals, once in the Scotiabank Centre, begins near the middle of June.

Here’s an early rough draft of the rehearsal schedule at the Scotiabank Centre:
  • June 14 –17 – Evening rehearsals beginning at 1900 hrs
  • June 18 – 19 – Some day and evening rehearsals
  • June 20 – 22 – Evening rehearsals beginning at 1900 hrs
  • June 23 – Student Matinee (first dress rehearsal) – begins at 10:00 am
  • June 24 – Second Dress rehearsal (Could be afternoon or evening)
  • June 25 – Preview show 19:00 – 22:00
  • June 26 – Matinee show, 14:00
  • June 27 – 30 – Evening performances 19:00 – 22:00
  •  July 1 – 2 – Matinee shows 14:00.
Some things to consider for student performers
  • Fast learners, responsible, love to sing, follows directions 
  • memorization of all music is required.
  • there will be no social distancing on the stage.
  • while performing, we will not be wearing masks
  • we move quickly in the dark while loading and unloading the set
Additional information
  • costume parts are provided, white dress socks and black dress shoes are not.
  • Choir members will receive 
    • two complimentary tickets to the Preview show
    • a cast T-Shirt 
This information is meant to be helpful for any prospective choral singers.
 
To schedule an audition please contact the Tattoo Office at: info@nstattoo.ca and mention Children’s Choir in the subject box.