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Unison Festival 2023 – Festival Guide

Festival concerts

All concerts take place at the Halifax Convention Centre,1650 Argyle Street, Halifax.

Tickets are available for each concert individually. Save $20 with a weekend Concert Pass.

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Opening Concert

Friday, May 19, 2023
7:30 – 9:30 pm

The Unison Festival Opening Concert features Halifax host choruses The Women Next Door and Halifax Gay Men’s Chorus with Indigenous guests and guest choir Polaris.


Concert Block 1

Saturday, May 20, 2023
12:30 – 2:00 pm


Bridge City Chorus (Saskatoon)
Calgary Men’s Chorus
Edmonton Vocal Minority


Concert Block 2

Saturday, May 20, 2023
3:30 – 5:15 pm


Community Spotlight: Local Choirs
Chœur gai d’Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus
One Voice Chorus (Calgary)
Forte – Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus


Queer Songbook Orchestra

Saturday, May 20, 2023
7:00 – 9:00 pm

The Queer Songbook Orchestra (QSO) is a Toronto-based 13-piece chamber pop ensemble, dedicated to exploring and uplifting 2SLGBTQ+ narrative in pop music. With the queer lens intact, they look through the last century of popular music and bring forward obscured 2SLGBTQ+ historical narratives, alongside the personal reflections from members of the community. A highly collaborative project, the QSO incorporate members of the local community to participate in every performance. From high school students to elders, and from well-known artists to novice performers, individuals are invited on stage to co-present these narratives, and to foster dialogue and nurture deepening community.

Proudly supported by Rosie Porter, Royal LePage Atlantic

This concert is not included in the Unison Festival 2023 Concert pass.


Concert Block 3

Sunday, May 21, 2023
12:30 – 2:15 pm


Ensemble vocal Ganymède (Montreal)
Ensemble vocal Extravaganza (Montreal)
Tone Cluster – quite a queer choir (Ottawa)
Singing Out (Toronto)


Concert Block 4

Sunday, May 21, 2023
3:30 – 5:15 pm


Spectrum Queer Choir (St. John’s)
Rainbow Chorus Waterloo Wellington
Singing Out Ensemble (Toronto)
Vancouver Men’s Chorus


Closing Concert

Monday, May 22, 2023
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

The three Festival Choruses (SATB, SSAA and TTBB) take the stage to close the Unison Festival. This powerful concert will feature world premieres of three pieces commissioned by Unison Choruses Canada to help raise awareness around the LGBT Purge in Canada. The three pieces are inspired by stories told in the course of the LGBT Purge class action lawsuit and they shine a light on the tragedy and the toll of the LGBT Purge. Read more about the commission project