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The Festival

The Unison Festival is a quadrennial weekend choral festival featuring Canada’s 2SLGBTQIA+ choruses. The first festival was in Edmonton in 1998 and festivals have since been held in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Calgary. For more information, see our festival history page.


Dates & Location

June 30 (Thursday) – July 3 (Sunday), 2022 in Halifax, NS.


Theme

Open Harbour


Performers

The festival will bring together around 22 choirs from all over Canada. In addition, there will be invited performers. It is expected the festival will have between 600 and 1,000 participants.


Host Choruses

The Women Next Door and the Halifax Gay Men’s Chorus


Venue

The festival concert blocks will be at the Spatz Theatre at Citadel High School.


Accommodation

Two large hotels near the Spatz Theatre are being considered as primary accommodation for delegates.


Opening Concert

Thursday, June 30, featuring the host choruses and special guests. The venue for this event is the Rebecca Cohn Theatre at Dalhousie University. A reception is planned before the concert.


Concert Blocks

There will be four concert blocks for participating choruses:

    • Concert Block 1: Friday afternoon (12:30 – 2:30 pm)
    • Concert Block 2: Friday afternoon (3:15 – 5:15 pm)
    • Concert Block 3: Saturday afternoon (12:30 – 2:30 pm)
    • Concert Block 4: Saturday afternoon (3:15 – 5:15 pm)

Social Activities

There will be a program of social activities throughout the weekend to suit everyone, as well as organized events to explore Halifax and nearby attractions.


Friday Night Concert

Music of the Maritimes. Venue to be announced.


Banquet

Saturday, July 2 at the Cunard Centre.


Closing Concert

Sunday, July 3 (afternoon). Venue to be announced.


 

Updated May 2021