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The Stairwell Carollers Choir Blog
Stairwell Carollers
Canada's bilingual, award-winning acappella chamber choir. En francais, Les Chanteurs Stairwell, Ottawa, Ontario
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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.

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
1 day ago | |
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Christmas Candle centerpiece
The Stairwell Carollers CONCERT SCHEDULE
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...

  • BUY THEM NOW ONLINE through PayPal-----?

    Purchase online tickets for these two concerts.

    Choose a location.

    Instructions for your
    online purchase
  • 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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    3 days ago | |
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     Stairwell Carollers 2012 Concert season playbill cover (front and back)
    Corporations and Small Business owners -- Don't miss this excellent sponsorship opportunity!                              RESERVE YOUR AD NOW ! The Stairwell Carollers concert playbill.  Any company or organization, or anyone wanting to promote an event or celebration, is more than welcome to request to purchase space in our concert booklet.   Be aware, however, our concerts are family friendly and we reserve the right to refuse ads or companies promoting gambling, drug paraphernalia or adult content.

    Book your ad for 2014 NOW.   Deadline November 3rd...
      WHY ADVERTISE IN OUR PLAYBILL? This one playbill serves FIVE evening concerts in  Ottawa and in Stittsville! 

    Our concerts are well attended and often sell out!
    We perform in MANY VENUES throughout Ottawa and WE USE ONE PLAYBILL  for all our evening concerts, so ALL ADS ARE SEEN BY ATTENDEES AT FIVE evening CONCERTS THIS YEAR! 
      Our 2014 Christmas season Playbill cover is printed on glossy stock in colour. 
     The interior is printed in black and white on standard stock. 
    The size is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" (folded 8 1/2"x 11"). 
    Ads are mixed with concert info through the playbill to encourage viewing of sponsors ads.
     Ad PricesBUSINESS CARD ad = $75HALF PAGE ad = $1o0FULL-PAGE ad = $2o0
    INSIDE front or back COLOUR ad = $250
    BACK COVER COLOUR ad = $300

    Example Page

    Past years advertisers Campbell Douglas Keyboards - 1547 Merivale RoadClocktower Pub, 575 Bank StreetCD warehouseBooks on BeechwoodChristopher Wheeler Heating & CoolingGreat Books Great Gifts Ottawa U Book StoreLester's Barber Shop - 13 BeechwoodFraser Café - 7 Springfields at BeechwoodNew Edinburgh PubHampton Wellness Centre - 1419 Carling
    Ottawa Regional Youth Choir
    Farris-manning photography 
    Le Saint-Ô
    Campbell Douglas
      Charitable Contribution
    If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to the choir in someone's memory, or have a Christmas message placed, you can either supply your own artwork which we will scan or we can do it for you. Please describe the look you would like (font, type of clip art) as best you can, with the proper wording for your message, and Holly will design it accordingly.
    Email  NOW to book your ad !*****************
    Our latest CD, CANTATE DOMINO - a selection of Renaissance Sacred choral pieces.
    Cantate Domino is dedicated to the memory of Paul Churchill, Tenor, whose voice and heart will be forever remembered.

    If you live in the Ottawa area, you can purchase our CDs directly from choir members. 

    You can also buy them at Ottawa area stores, online, or at our live concerts.
    6 days ago | |
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    October colours on Ottawa maple trees
    October colours on Ottawa maple trees
    The Stairwell Caroller men work on Suo Gan, a welsh Xmas Carol
    The Stairwell Caroller men work on Suo Gan, a welsh Xmas Carol

    Well, we're madly practicing our Xmas carols now, getting ready for the 2014 Christmas season! Here's a special playlist for all you who want to just skip over Hallowe'en and get right to it.

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    I am very thankful for my wonderful family!
    I am very thankful for my wonderful family!
    Also, don't miss our last day at the Manotick Farmers Market TOMORROW, Saturday, October 11th -- open 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. Get your Renaissance music and Xmas Carol CDs from us, your pie pumpkins and onions and garlic from Fosters Family Farm, yummy lunch from Jack and Pierre of Two BrokeBoys, and maybe find a signed First edition (I did!) in the Mills used bookstore!
    Manotick  Farmers Market
    MANOTICK Farmers Market
    The Manotick Harvest Festival is also on, so there are LOTS of reasons to come on out. Just 20 minutes south of Ottawa, Manotick is an Isle on the River, as it sits between two waterways. Lots of gorgeous riverfront views, maple leaf fall colour and Watson's Mill too!

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    One of our fine Tenors, David Rain,  is again running WILD for Diversity. Support this worthwhile cause by visiting this website and donating generously. The website is embedded below.
    15 days ago | |
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    Yummy Fall Apples
    Gorgeous Fall Apples
    Here, for your Renaissance enjoyment, is a new playlist from the Stairwell Carollers, perveyor of acappella song of the highest order.

    24 uplifting songs recorded at the St. Barnabas Spring concert, June 1st, 2013, James Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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

    16 days ago | |
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    Portrait of the photographer's good sideOK, kids here's a Listicle for you, Choir-style. Pic #1 Me not quite making it back before the shutter goes off. Full story HERE

    Denyse gets her first Motorbike ride. Read more about it...A Soprano and a Bass on a Bike
     #3End of season celebration with my choir chums at the New Edinburgh Pub, Ottawa. Blog post to come once I decide which pics are not too self-incriminating.Choristers drinking and eating -- who knew??
    Door prizes at every Stairwell Caroller concert!  Read more about it here.A Tenors' proudest moment -- pulling the door prize
     #5Photo bombing -- the new pass-time of the young. Selfies, the new pass-time of the ever so slightly older.A Tenor pushing his luck
     #6Maman, Ottawa's largest sculpture (I think) looms over Parliament Hill, outside of the National Gallery of Canada -- all while we sing our little hearts out in the gorgeous atrium. A favourite of ours during both Spring and Christmas seasonsOur favourite venue is guarded by a giant Arachnid
     #7Singing Xmas carols in the Byward Market brought out the inner toque lovers in all of us.Nerd Choir
     #8With Tenors like these who needs enemas?That made no sense, but seemed funny in my head. Tenors are special
     #9Morgan has gone through many hair evolutions since joining the choir. Currently he sports the full beard so loved by hipsters the world over.Pete made an executive decision about his hair.Tenors have unique hair -- all or nothing
     #10A fly-by shot. Slight photo bombing and major paparazzi avoidance.More Tenor hair and a reticent Alto
     #11We sing in churches -- it was bound to happenThe mighty Ghost Tenor
     #12NO ONE can ignore Keith when he wants attentionOh Yay Oh Yay Oh Yay -- in booming Bass tones
    #13The inevitable photo bombed selfie -- and they were all in on it. And me trying hard to look all prettyWhat is it with Tenors? Wait, he was a Bass..
    #14What   EverSigh
    Recording a CD is a marathon.
    It takes a teen to give in and sleep face down on the ancient church floor runner.
    All tuckered out from recording
    #16Ha -- the choir has never seen this one -- I'm in trouble nowYoga Choir
    #17I'm pretending to sing, I don't know what everyone else is doingZombie Choir
    #18We sang for the tree lighting ceremony, mentioned we had no supper, and they set up a table right in front of the governor generals office
    -- in center block -- Parliament Hill.Yes, the one in OttawaYes, the one with the airport style security now.Yes, I'm old now... and second from the right -- with lots of young choir hair.Eating Dinner in Center Block, Parliament Hill -- yes we did
    #19This was a record albumWe recorded it in 1986 It was VinylYes, I'm oldThe Stairwell Carollers on Vinyl -- available on Ebay and in a second hand store near you
    #20I'm young hereI'm not telling you what year this wasAt the National Arts Centre -- oh, yes, we did
    #21Four of us in are still in the choir -- and not old at all :)Rare Ancient Stairwell Caroller Photo from 1650 -- at the NAC
    'Nuff Said...

    21 days ago | |
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    Choral Music Link up Banner showing choristers with music binders
    LINK up your Music - related  articles, compositions, videos, vines, Pinterest discoveries, photos, and blog posts here :) 

    An InLinkz Link-up
    21 days ago | |
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