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Stairwell Carollers
Canada's bilingual, award-winning acappella chamber choir. En francais, Les Chanteurs Stairwell, Ottawa, Ontario
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Lonesone GullNumber 4 on our TOP TEN YouTube videos,"Ay linda amiga", a melancholy Madrigal about the pain of lost love.
Spanish lyrics and an English translation are HERE
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "Ay linda amiga", a 16 century anonymous madrigal from Spain.

"Ay linda amiga" is on our Renaissance Madrigals CD, “Audite Nova”. All our Cds are available in both CD and MP3 formats.
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Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St-Charles Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada  June 8th, 2001.

Editing: Pierre Massie
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twinkling lights on a tree in Center Block, Parliament Hill, OttawaNumber 5 on our TOP TEN YouTube videosis an all-time favourite Christmas carol, "Carol of the Bells".
The lyrics are HERE
The Stairwell Carollers, perform "Carol of the Bells" by the famous composer, Anonymous, in a setting by Peter Wilhousky.

"Carol of the Bells" is recorded on "Qui Creavit Celum", the caroller's first Christmas CD.

All Stairwell Caroller CDs are available in both CD and MP3 format on our website.

The Stairwell Carollers are an a cappella Ottawa choir, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie. A non-profit organization, they raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Buy our CDs!!!  They make great Christmas gifts and they help local charities.

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Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Charles Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 18, 2009.

Editing: Pierre Massie
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Winters night and SteepleNumber 6 on our TOP TEN YouTube videosis a splendid compilation carol, "Past Three O'Clock".
You can read the lyrics HERE
"Past Three O'Clock" -- by Charles Wood and arranged by William Llewellyn -- sung by the Stairwell Carollers,  an a cappella Ottawa choir, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie.

A non-profit organization, they raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.
This version of "Past Three O'Clock" is on our "I Saw A Swete Semly Syght" CD. 

All our CDs are available on our website in both CD form and as MP3 downloads.

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Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at their December 8th 2000 Christmas concert at St. Charles church, Ottawa, Canada..

Editing: Pierre Massie
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Relief sculpture of Mary, St. Barnabas Church, OttawaNumber 7 on our TOP TEN YouTube videos,a Renaissance era Mass, "Missa secunda".
Latin lyrics and English Translation HERE
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "Missa secunda"  by Hans Leo Hassler (1564 - 1612), a German composer and organist of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras.

"Missa secunda" is available on our new sacred songs from the Renaissance CD, "Cantate Domino", released  October 2012. Available in both CD and MP3 format.

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Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 18th, 2011.
Videographer: Zoe Hart.
Editing: Pierre Massie
Stills: Holly Massie

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Number 8 on our TOP TEN YouTube videos,A John Rutter arrangement of "The Wexford carol".
You can read the lyrics HERE
The Stairwell Carollers perform The "Wexford Carol" arrangemant by John Rutter, at St Charles Church in Ottawa, On., Canada -- Christmas concert Dec 8, 2000.

This song is on Mourning Dove, the carollers third CD, produced to benefit local charity.

All our CDs are available in both CD and Mp3 formats.

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Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St Charles Church in Ottawa, On., Canada -- Christmas concert Dec 8, 2000.

Editing: Pierre Massie
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Holly in Victorian wear for the Rideau Hall Skating party
Number 9 on our TOP TEN YouTube videos.A fun and bouncy Renaissance Madrigal, 
"Fine Knacks for Ladies".
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "Fine Knacks for Ladies", a renaissance madrigal by John Dowland (1563 --  1626).

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Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St-Charles Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 8th, 2001

Editing: Pierre Massie
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Maple Leaf Number 10 on our TOP TEN YouTube videos.One of my favourite sacred Renaissance pieces, "Adoramus Te".
Song lyrics and an English translation are HERE
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "Adoramus te"by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 or  1526 -- 1594) -- an Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music.

This version of "Adoramus te" is available on our new Sacred songs from the Renaissance CD, "Cantate Domino", released  October 2012,  in both CD and Mp3 formats.

Visit our blog or our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 18th, 2011.

Videographer: Zoe Hart.
Editing: Pierre Massie

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Our first recording,
$53,791 for Ronald McDonald House
Way back in 1985, our first recording was on vinyl and was aptly named "Christmas with the Stairwell Carollers". All this time, we thought the album made about $15,000 for the house.

We were wrong.

In a good way...

Cheryl Lavasseur, director of Manoir Ronald McDonald House recently dug through the archives in the basement and discovered that the album actually made $53,791!
The Stairwell Carollers with Ronald at Ronald McDonald House 1986
The Stairwell Carollers with guests at Ronald McDonald House 1986
The Stairwell Carollers pose with Ronald at Ronald McDonald House 1986
The Stairwell Carollers sing Christmas carols at Ronald McDonald House 1986
The Stairwell Carollers relax in the kitchen at Ronald McDonald House 1986
The house is an amazing resource for the families of sick children admitted to CHEO, and is located right next door to the hospital. They charge families only $10 per night with no obligation to pay even that small amount if they are not able.

FYI
McDonald's commits a large amount of money each year to the running of each House but it amounts to about 30% of what our Ottawa location needs. They depend heavily on community support.

Read more about the House.

CLICK HERE to Donate to Manoir Ronald McDonald House
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Christmas Candle centerpiece
The Stairwell Carollers CONCERT SCHEDULE
CHRISTMAS SEASON 2014
O magnum mysterium

Friday, December 12th
Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar St, Ottawa (ON), 7:30pm.



Wednesday, December 17th
St Columba Anglican Church 24 Sandridge Rd, , Ottawa, (ON), 7:30pm.

For these two performances only, advance tickets can be purchased for $15,
using the following options...




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  • Purchase tickets at the following locations... • Leading Note, 370 Elgin St., Suite No. 2
    • Compact Music, 206 & 785 1/2 Bank Street locations OR
    • Books on Beechwood, 35 Beechwood Ave.Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $20.

  • Other concert listings Friday, November 28th
    St. Thomas Anglican Church, 1619 Stittsville Main St, Stittsville, (ON), 7:30pm.


    Saturday, November 29th
    First Unitarian Congregation Ottawa, 30 Cleary Ave, Ottawa, (ON), 7:30pm.

    Saturday, December 6th
    Église du Sacré Coeur, 591 Cumberland St, Ottawa, (ON),7:30pm..

    Sunday, December 7th
    National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr Ottawa, 3pm, in the Garden Court..

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