The East York Barbershoppers (EYBS) are a 40+ man chorus that sings close four part harmony in the barbershop style.
We rehearse weekly, perform in shows and at community events regularly, and compete annually against other barbershop choruses from all across Ontario (and on occasion Internationally). Our members come from all walks of life and all across Toronto, and even from outside the GTA, but are brought together by a passion for this great hobby of barbershop singing.
We also take great pride in serving our community through music education, outreach performances, and direct support for affiliated charitable organizations such as Harmony Hall Centre for Seniors and Harmonize for Speech.
Hello Barbershop Families, there is a great write-up and pictures in Snapd BeachDanforth. https://beachdanforth.snapd.com/events/view/1039410
49th Annual EYBS Auction
The East York Barbershoppers’ 49th annual auction and sale was held on Friday, May 5th at Harmony Hall, 2 Gower St. All money raised will be donated to the not for profit EYBS chapter which will allow them to continue supporting Harmonize for Speech as well as the Harmony Hall Centre for seniors in East York.
The auction featured household goods, theatre and sports tickets, golf foursomes, frozen meats, hanging baskets and plants and was conducted under the watchful eye of the eminently esteemed, funny and handsome (I was asked to say) auctioneer, Mike Penstone.
The Barbershoppers’ whose motto is ‘We sing so that they shall speak’ have raised well over $5 million for their charity, Harmonize for Speech, started by George Shields back in 1977 and who, at age 91 is still singing and was honoured with the Order of Canada back in 1987.
All the money - no board member is paid or takes so much as a penny - is used to help children who have issues with speech and stuttering. It has made an incredible difference to the lives of literally hundreds of children who have successfully overcome this often debilitating impediment which, if not dealt with in a timely manner, can cause a myriad of issues including extreme shyness, lack of confidence and ability to learn and interact with others.
Another great benefit of being a Barbershop Harmony Society Member. Take a look at the full week curriculum and the Faculty members (including some of our very own, here in Ontario) in store for those who are able to attend this year at Belmont University in Nashville Tennessee, where our society headquarters is based.
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