Since 1986

Our Third Decade


OGMC 2009.
The OGMC pose following their spring concert in 2009.

Credit: OGMC Archives

The chorus hit a new stride in its third decade together. Joseph McEachren would take the helm in 2007 as Musical and Artistic Director, holding the role for the next thirteen years.


Despite an abated AIDS emergency and our right to marriage secured, we would continue to find cause, as much as ever, to be a voice for our community. We were still losing many friends to AIDS and we were still being harrassed in the street. We were also becoming more aware of changing needs in the community, as it too diversified. In 2009, the Chorus would again sing alongside the Ottawa Police Chorus and local queer choirs for the Pride concert Building Bridges, in an ongoing effort to bring about a greater understanding of our community by law enforcement.

The OGMC marches in the 2009 Ottawa Pride Parade.
The OGMC marches in the 2009 Ottawa Pride Parade.

Credit: OGMC Archives

A Gay Ol' Time Cabaret 3

Credit: OGMC Archives

a gay ol' time

In 2010, the OGMC attended the Unison Festival in Winnipeg. In 2011, the OGMC adopted its current logo. 

The OGMC launches the successful Gay Ol’ Time Cabaret series to showcase the musical and stage talents of chorus members and invited guests. Held at the NACs Fourth Stage, this fundraiser draws out a diverse audience and raises the profile of the OGMC in the broader community

OGMC Co-hosts UNison 2014

The OGMC co-hosts Unison Ottawa 2014 Many Voices, One Song with Tone Cluster and In Harmony in Ottawa. Over 500 delegates from 19 choirs are in attendance.

Unison Ottawa 2014. Many Voices, One Song
Longtime member Claude Dufresne and Joseph McEachren take to the airwaves to promote the OGMC and its upcoming 30th anniversary events.

30th anniversary

The OGMC would celebrate its 30th Anniversary with an open air performance by the choir and guests and picnic at Minto Park.