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Portrait of the photographers good sideA Soprano and a Bass on a Bike
Choristers drinking and eating -- who knew??A Tenors' proudest moment -- pulling the door prizeA Tenor pushing his luck
Our favourite venue is guarded by a giant ArachnidNerd Choir
Tenors are special
Tenors have unique hair -- all or nothingMoreTenor hair and a reticent AltoThe mighty Ghost Tenor -- with hairOh Yay Oh Yay Oh Yay -- in booming Bass tonesWhat is it with Tenors? Wait, he was a Bass..
SighAll tuckered out from recordingYoga ChoirZombie ChoirEating Dinner in Center Block, Parliament Hill -- yes we did
The Stairwell Carollers on Vinyl -- available on Ebay and in a second hand store near youAt the National Arts Centre -- oh, yes, we didRare Ancient Stairwell Caroller Photo from 1650 -- at the NAC
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Article first published en Francais in Horizons 27, pg 12   read the English version
par Denyse Mageau, soprano

?J'ai toujours voulu faire de la moto.

La réalisation de ce rêve arriva par le truchement du chant choral. Faisant partie des Chanteurs Stairwell depuis 1978, j'ai eu l'occasion de rencontrer des personnalités variées au cours de ces années. Là, je chante à côté d'une basse, René Voyer, qui nous impressionne non seulement par sa voix profonde, mais aussi par son costume de motard à son arrivée pour la répétition.

? À la réception de notre concert de printemps (chants sacrés et profanes de la Renaissance) , nous discutions notre dernier mercredi ensemble : une soirée au pub New Edinburgh sur la rue Beechwood. Ça ne me tentait pas. « Je vais venir te chercher en Kawasaki » suggéra René. Comment refuser? J'y rêvais depuis l'âge de 15 ans. Sa femme Michèle me prêta le nécessaire et en route pour le pub.

?Vroum vroum vroum. Mon coeur a sautillé légèrement dans ma poitrine.

Le bruit a résonné jusque dans mes entrailles, mais j'avais reçu de bons conseils :
Sois comme un sac de sable, suis le mouvement, surtout dans les courbes, faut pas te raidir, tu peux me parler mais pas aux arrêts, je dois alors concentrer sur mon équilibre... Je n'avais qu'à suivre. J'étais confiante. J'ai adoré l'expérience. La promenade de Rockliff ne permettait pas une vitesse affolante, mais ce n'est que partie remise. René m'a promis : « La prochaine fois, ce sera le niveau 2 : plus vite et plus loin. J'ai bien hâte. Il n'est jamais trop tard.

J'aurai 77 ans en août.

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Denyse, ecstatic after her first tour on a motorcycle
Article first published in Horizons 27, pg 12   L'article en francais ici
by Denyse Mageau, soprano

 "Music is not for Sissies" -- what does that title have to do with a motorcycle?

2014 group photo of the Stairwell Carollers, Denyse at rightI have sung in an a cappella choir, the Stairwell Carollers, since 1978 and have come to know quite a few eccentric singers during all those years. Since 2004, I have sung next to a bass, René Voyer, who often comes to the rehearsal on his bike, a flamboyant Kawasaki. In 2009, I missed singing the Christmas season because of sciatica. I boasted. "A friend came to see me on his Harley Davidson" (I knew nothing about motocycles) and brought me a book, Healing Back Pain Naturally. I am still grateful for this help.
Denyse sitting pretty with Rene on his Kawasaki

New Edinburgh Pub, Ottawa?This year, at our concert, Ave Maria, (a program of madrigals and sacred music from the Renaissance), the singers at the reception afterwards were discussing celebrating the end of the season at the New Edinburgh pub on Beechwood. I was reluctant. "I'll come and get you on my Kawasaki", offered René. How could I refuse? This was a long time dream. His wife, Michèle, lent me everything that was needed and away we went on the Rockliff parkway at 6:45 a.m. June 4, 2014. It was an exhilarating experience.

I have always said that as we grow older, we have to find new passions.

I don't intend to buy a motorcycle, but René offered me a second ride, " Faster and longer ". Vroom vroom vroom. It is never too late.

I'll be 77 in August.

?To see and hear us, check our web site at stairwellcarollers.com or You tube.


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The Stairwell Carollers 2014 Group Photo -- Holly Massie, All rights reserved
The sexy version of our 2014 group shot

It starts with making sure everyone can show up, in black, at a very specific time (this one just before rehearsal)

We were blessed with a cloudy day, but no rain! Yay! FYI When you want to take a great portrait and have no camera equipment except for the CAMERA, remote and a tripod -- choose a cloudy day -- always. Why? you ask (or don't -- I'm still going to tell you)

Soft, soft shadows.

So, never take a picture of anyone over 30 in harsh sunlight -- unless you are going for that craggy look -- in a woman. Nice.

But, I digress...

All but one important Stairweller made it to the photoshoot. We missed you Kelly!

Kelly, still singing

I set up the tripod and this happened

My best side

then this

Josee is so popular

and this...

Us being silly

There was no controlling them. Finally got the shot

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Pierre Massie composing
Pete composing in his sun porch
Our director, Pierre Massie, was recently interviewed for a feature on The Ottawa New Music Creators website. The feature reveals Pieree's musical versatility and wide range of contributions to the Ottawa Valley musical and educational communities.

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Collage of Stairwell Caroller choir rehearsal
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A flicker admires herself photo, Holly Massie, all rights reserved
A flicker admires herself photo, Holly Massie, all rights reserved
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "La, la, la je ne l’ose dire" by Pierre Certon (ca. 1520 – 1572) , a French composer of the Renaissance.
Performed and recorded in concert June 1st 2013, St. Barnabas church, Ottawa, Canada
Buy our CDs ! All proceeds benefit local charities. This version of "La, la, la je ne l’ose dire" is available on our madrigals from the Renaissance CD, "Audite nova”, released October 2006.
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Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 1st, 2013.
Videographers: Valérie Auger-Voyer, Kevin Millington.
Editing: Pierre Massie
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Painted Lady Butterflies on Yellow Coneflower -- Photo:Holly Massie
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