Statement Concerning COVID-19, March 20, 2020

Le Chœur Gai d’Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus (CGOGMC), like everyone else in our community, is taking COVID-19 very seriously.  With that in mind, the Board of Directors of the CGOGMC would like to update our supporters, followers, friends and family on the steps the chorus has taken to keep our members and our audiences safe.

First, in line with recommendations from health officials, the chorus is taking an initial three-week break from rehearsals.  During this time chorus members are encouraged to practise social distancing to help “flatten the curve.”  

While the chorus may not be meeting to rehearse during the three-week period, we are encouraging chorus members can keep practising their music. After all, practice makes perfect! 

Second, the board cancelled one of our favourite fundraisers, the spring cabaret, which was scheduled to take place on March 20, 2020.  We hope everyone who was planning to perform or attend can join us in October for our fall cabaret (date to be confirmed).

Third, given the interruption of regular rehearsals and the uncertainty surrounding the current public health crisis, the board has decided to push back our spring concert, “CGOGM Goes to the Movies” to mid-June (date to be confirmed). While we are all disappointed with the postponement, the great selection of songs from the movies along with the additional rehearsal time, promise to make our spring concert one of our best concerts yet!

Finally, the chorus wishes to thank you for your generous support over the past year. Community-based choruses such as ours depend on your continued support so that we keep on singing! You may make donations at: CanadaHelps. As registered charity, the CGOGMC issues tax receipts for all donations over $3.

Looking forward to singing for you again soon!

Le Chœur gai d’Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus