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Our Second Decade

1996-2006

Under the Rainbow. Sous l'arc-en-ciel. June 21, 1997

CANADIAN FESTIVAL RETURNS

In 1997, the recently renamed Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus performed with In Harmony, Tone Cluster and Vox Femina, in a Pride concert organized by the Ottawa Rainbow Choral Alliance, an initiative to assemble the city’s 2SLGBTQ+ choruses together in song, on the same stage.

The following year, the OGMC attended the inaugural Canadian GALA Choruses Festival in the spring of 1998 in Edmonton. The festival would be held every four years.

 

Colour Me Proud, a joint concert with the Ottawa-Carleton Police Chorus in June 1998, was a big step in helping bridge the rift between the local police force and the gay community at the time. This was Gordon Johnson’s last concert directing the chorus.

It is a momentous time when community members gather together to listen to song and music. It is a historic time when the communities are the local police and gay men’s choruses.

Brian J Ford, Chief of Police, Ottawa

INTERNATIONAL GALA 2000 - SAN JOSE

Marg Stubbington (who then conducted Vox Femina and Tone Cluster) would work with the choir as Musical Director between 1998 – 2002, with Paul Wharram guest conducting during 1998, and Peter Workman taking the reins as Musical Director in 2002 and 2003.

Marg Stubbington would direct the chorus at the international GALA Festival 2000 in San Jose, California.

International GALA Festival 2000. San Jose, California.
The Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus with Marg Stubbington attending the international GALA festival in San Jose, 2000.

Credit: OGMC archives

The Stage for AIDS 5: Popsicool. June 2, 2000.
The Stage for AIDS 5: Pop Si-Cool in 2000.

Credit: OGMC archives

The stage foR aids 5: pop si-cool

The chorus would share the stage with multiple Canadian artists at the NAC for “The Stage for AIDS 5: Pop Si-Cool” in 2000. The Chorus also attended the Canadian GALA Festival in Toronto in 2002 with Marg at the podium.

GALA Choruses VII International Festival, Montreal 2004.

Credit: OGMC Archives

GALA VII - MOntreal

Leith Chu took over as Musical Director in 2003 and the Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus gave its first concert at the Fourth Stage, National Arts Centre, in July, 2003. 

In 2004, Leith and the OGMC took the stage at the international GALA VII festival, this time, held close to home in Montreal.

20 Years of Song

In 2005, Steve Alexander takes the baton as Musical Director until 2007. 

In 2006, the Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus celebrates two decades as a choir with 20 Years of Song.

Steven Alexander (2005-2007)
Steven Alexander rehearses with the Chorus in the choir room.

Credit: OGMC Archives