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.
It's great to see so many members continue to show up to our virtual rehearsals this far into quarantine! It's been difficult every week not being able to actually sing in harmony with each other.
To address this particular issue, we've mixed things up this week by having members send in solo sound clips. Thanks to Barry Tripp who overlayed all the tracks together, we were treated to our first "EYBS Virtual Quartet" during practice, and boy was it good.
Hearing our voices harmonize wasn't the only new exciting thing however. In anticipation of East York's 70th anniversary, we ended our practice with a very special guest - Barbershop Harmony Society CEO, Marty Monson!
We discussed the challenges all singers face during these times; how other Chapters are adapting to practicing virtually; and how BHS wants to support everyone in practicing their craft. We wrapped it all up discussing how singing can positively impact our well-being, and the mental and physical benefits it can bring to those we interact with.
Keep the whole world singing!
The East York Barbershoppers had been looking forward to a couple of days of fun and singing at the Spring Convention this weekend, not to mention celebrating the end of our tenure as Ontario District Chorus Champions, but given the state of the world it was clear weeks ago that this was not going to come to pass.
Like a lot of other choruses around the world, we've moved a lot of our activities virtual with the help of technology - keeping socially connected even in the midst of social distancing.
In lieu of singing away our championship and gathering with wonderful barbershoppers and their families, we'll have to settle for going down memory lane with our winning performance from last year. We hope you enjoy it.
Keep safe, keep healthy, keep singing!
Your friends at EYBS