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Carollers relax at end of season party at a local pub
Carollers relax at end of season party at a local pub
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "So Trinken Wir" by Arnold von Bruck (c. 1500 – February 6, 1554), a Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance, active in several Habsburg courts.

He was one of the most famous and influential composers in German-speaking areas during the first half of the 16th century.

Buy our CDs and help local charities :) This version of "So Trinken Wir" is available on our Madrigals from the Renaissance CD, "Audite nova”, released  October 2006.

Visit our blog  or our website  for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 1st, 2013.
Videographers: Valérie Auger-Voyer, Kevin Millington.
Video Editing: Pierre Massie

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We are at the Manotick Farmers Market again tomorrow! The Market is open from 9:00 till 2:00. Just hang a right on Mill Street off Main and we are right across the road from Watson's Mill.

So, come on out, buy some veg, grab a coffee, say hi, sign up for the newsletter, pick up a CD or MP3 and maybe even our 30th anniversary cookbook.
Or just come and say hi.
Here's a video filmed last week at the Market by Reg Coffey. His full article is here.
Last week was such a wonderful experience, we jumped at the chance to hang out with the farmers, street food vendors, craftsmen and artists showing their wares.
Come on out and visit us at the Market :)
Oh, and here's a video of us in concert, in case you are brand new to the Stairwell Caroller experience.
Holly

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St. Barnabas spring concert 2013
Audience waits for the concert to begin
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "La tricotea" by Renaissance composer Franco Alonso. Performed and recorded in concert June 1st 2013, St. Barnabas church, Ottawa, Canada

 This version of "La tricotea" is available on our madrigals from the Renaissance CD, "Audite nova”, released October 2006. All our CD sales help local charities in the Ottawa/Hull region.

Visit our blog http://www.stairwellcarollers.blogspot.com/ or our website http://www.stairwellcarollers.com/ for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 1st, 2013.
Videographers: Valérie Auger-Voyer, Kevin Millington.
Video Editing: Pierre Massie
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At the Manotick Farmers Market
What a great day we had at the Manotick Farmers Market! We met some new fans who signed up for the newsletter, sold some CDs and cookbooks and even met fellow musicians. All told, a fantastic day!
Our fellow vendors were so friendly and offered this newcomer perks like 1.00 coffee (really good coffee) from Coffeys Coffee (still only 1.50 for everyone else) and a dollar off a bag of crunchy Empire apples from Hall's Apple Market -- Yum!
Book lovers will appreciate the huge Carriage Shop used book sale in the building behind my tent (see pic below). I popped in briefly, but was too busy (yay) to shop -- next time!
Stairwell Caroller booth at the Manotick Farmers Market
Stairwell Caroller booth at the Manotick Farmers Market

I will definitely return -- and am planning next Saturday for sure! Open from 9:00am till 2:00.
The fun does not stop at the market -- there are lots of reasons to visit Manotick. Here are just a few events connected to Watson's Mill. It's a happenin' town
Here's a walking tour :)
I recommend anyone who wants to sell their produce, crafts, art work etc. at the Manotick Farmers Market to get involved now. The season goes till October 11th rain or shine and if you don't delay, there will still be room for a new vendor or two. Hint to vendors -- show up well before 8:30 for setup or you'll be jostling early market goers for parking space!
8:30 am at the Manotick Farmers Market
8:30 am -- the quiet before the storm

Thanks to Jack of Jack's fudge and 2 Broke Boys for inviting the Stairwell Carollers to join the party!
 The organizers from Watson's Mill, located just across the street, have even supplied us with a tent -- very posh. I got to have fun in the sun without giving up the lovely shade -- the CDs appreciated that for sure.
Nice tent at the Manotick Farmers Market
Nice tent at the Manotick Farmers Market
See you at the Mill!
Holly :)

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We are presently looking for voices for our upcoming Christmas season and recording sessions in January 2015 for our next Christmas CD. 

If you live in the Ottawa/Hull area and love to sing, set up your audition with us now!

We are auditioning ALL parts this time around -- Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses please contact us to book an audition slot. 

Thus far we have ONE night left for auditions, Wednesday, August 27th 2014. Don't delay!

Email Holly at info@stairwellcarollers.com.
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Photo copyright Holly Massie, all rights reserved
Patty and Holly, altos, take a spring walk near Manotick
Come see me, Holly, at the Manotick Farmers Market this Saturday, July 19. I'll be meeting and greeting, setting up auditions for the fall, and selling CDs and cookbooks too!

Manotick Farmers Market
Manotick Farmers Market

We will be premiering the use of Square register to take credit card payments on site! So we can now accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and even American Express! You can easily use Square at events and locations with WiFi or even your data plan -- feel free to ask me how it's done.
Square logo, property of Square,Inc.
Come on down, check out the organic vegetables, fudge, work by local artisans and of course, our music. And, you can ask me about the 37 year journey of our charitable choir, the Stairwell Carollers, created and directed by my husband, Pierre Massie.
Audition for the Stairwell Carollers, Ottawa area, Ontario, Canada
Audition for the Stairwell Carollers, Ottawa area, Ontario, Canada
If you love to sing -- and early music is your thing -- we'd love to see you at an audition!
Just email Holly at info@stairwellcarollers.com to set up your 15 minute audition Wednesday evening, Aug 27th 2014. We will be auditioning at St. Columba church, 24 Sandridge Rd. Ottawa.


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Ottawa Peace Tower where the Carillon resides, photo, Holly Massie all rights reserved
Our Dominion Carilloneur, Dr. Andrea McCrady, has honoured our Director, Pierre, by including his composition Mourning Dove in the Summer 2014 Carillon Program.


Mourning Dove, sung acappella by the Stairwell Carollers, is available on the Mourning Dove CD, or in MP3 format. You can also purchase the song as an MP3 on ITunes or CD Baby. As with all our recordings, all proceeds go towards helping needy groups in the Ottawa/Outaouais region.


The YouTube Concert video of Mourning Dove was recorded live at St. Columba Anglican Church, Ottawa in 2011. Live audio recording, as always, by Tom Barnes of Soundscribe, Ottawa's premiere location recordist.

Pierre combined Tom's audio with the video using Final Cut Express ( no longer available ) . For newer videos he uses Final Cut Pro.

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Stairwell Carollers Audite Nova Madrigal CD Cover        Audite Nova was our debut Renaissance Madrigal CD, recorded in May 2006.

Hilariously, while recording we had to stop singing and START AGAIN many times due to an unexpected airshow and the occasional city bus. St. Columba Church may have a few drawbacks, but its wood interior and fullness of sound produced by its unique acoustics still make it one of our favourite recording spaces. We still rehearse there year round with just a summer break.

As with all our CDs (also available in Mp3 format), proceeds are used to help the needy in the Ottawa/Outaouais region.
Stairwell Carollers Audite Nova Madrigal CD Song ListStairwell Carollers Audite Nova Madrigal CD LabelStairwell Carollers Audite Nova Madrigal CD AcknowledgementsStairwell Carollers Audite Nova Madrigal CD back Cover
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An InLinkz Link-up Top 3 
for May, the lovely Month of May --

Choral Arranging…the more I do the more I learn!

Blog post by Karen Boyce. A thoughtful commentary on her process for choir song arranging and a collection of resources for choral arrangers.

Embro Thistle Singers

Tonal Tuesday - Listening Part 1 - A Learned Skill 

-- an insightful treatise on why Listening doesn't necessarily come naturally !


Go back to the original by Charles Lines

A motivational look at a classic piece of music to illustrate clearing ones mind of clutter and focusing on the original idea in creative work.



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