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Watch Interviews with our Director, Erin Howden
 Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Following our international win in October 2017, our "new" Master Director 700, Erin Howden, was asked to do an interview with FloVoice.  FloVoice is a vocal music channel that focuses on a cappella singing, including barbershop choruses.

Watch and enjoy Erin in her four-part interview!  

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
A Cappella Challenge, February 16, 2018
 Thu, 4 Jan 2018

North Metro Chorus introduces the 1st Annual

On the evening of February 16th, 2018 North Metro Chorus will host the 1st annual A Cappella Challenge for choral groups of youth under the age of 30. The festival will be held at the beautiful Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. 


Meet The Finalists:

Bella Nove
C’est Jazz

Enter A Cappella 

GC Harmony


Nothin’ But Treble

Surround Sound

Young Singers


Meet the Judges

Heather Bambrick


As one of Canada’s top Jazz vocalists, Heather has collaborated with some of the best around, including Phil Nimmons, Fred Hirsch, Gene DiNovi, Guido Basso, Lea Delaria, Anne Hampton Callaway, Carol Welsman, Jackie Richardson, Ian Shaw, as well as the late Rob McConnell and Peter Appleyard.

More than just a vocalist, Heather is also one of Canada’s busiest voice actors, appearing on numerous commercial campaigns, as well as voicing characters on several Emmy-nominated animated series, including those for Disney, PBS, Comedy Network, and NBCKids. Since 2001, she’s become a beloved host at JAZZ.FM, Canada’s only all-Jazz radio station, and has twice been named National Jazz Awards’ Broadcaster of the Year.


Josh Grossman


Josh Grossman is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance Program where he studied trumpet with Chase Sanborn and Kevin Turcotte. Josh is the founding Artistic Director and Conductor for the Toronto Jazz Orchestra (TJO), an 18-piece big band featuring some of Toronto’s top emerging jazz talent. 

For four years Josh was Performance Manager for The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory of Music. He left The Glenn Gould School in 2007 to accept positions as Manager with the High Park Choirs of Toronto – a 120-voice, four-division children’s choir – and Administrator for Continuum Contemporary Music, one of Canada’s top contemporary chamber ensembles. He continues with Continuum today.


Scott Pietrangelo


Scott Pietrangelo is truly a jack of all trades in the Toronto music and theatre scene. Music Director credits include Beauty and the Beast (Capitol Theatre, Port Hope), Anne and Gilbert (RuBarb, Moose Jaw) and Rocky Horror (Randolph Theatre, Toronto). As a performer, Scott has appeared in the Canadian premiere of The Hobbit (Grand Theatre, London), A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Rose Theatre Brampton), and most recently two productions of The Last Five Years (Big Benn Productions/Sarmiento Productions, Broadway World Award nominee). He spent six years as Music Director of newchoir, Toronto’s first rock choir, and is now the Founder and Artistic Director of Toronto’s first large-scale a cappella ensemble, SoundCrowd (www.soundcrowd.ca), who performed in the sold out Total Vocal concert lead by Deke Sharon (The Sing-Off, Pitch Perfect) at Carnegie Hall in April of 2017. He is thrilled to be judging for the North Metro A Cappella Challenge and is excited about the future of a cappella in the GTA!


More Information

Watch our Semi-Finals and Finals Package
 Fri, 20 Oct 2017
If you didn’t have a chance to see our competition packages live or on the webcast, they are available on YouTube, courtesy of Sweet Adelines International. Sharing with permission, click on the links:

Semi-Finals Set:  https://youtu.be/Yk4PQD6nm8I
Finals Package: https://youtu.be/ETr--7vImBo

(Toronto’s) North Metro Chorus Wins Gold at International Competition!!!
 Wed, 18 Oct 2017
North Metro Chorus Wins Gold at International Competition

The North Metro Chorus from Toronto competed in the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada last week, placing first overall, becoming the 2018 International Champions. Thirty-three choruses from several countries were involved including Australia, Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden. 

North Metro is one of the largest Sweet Adelines International choruses in the world, made up of 140 women who hail from all over Ontario.  The chorus has had several breakthroughs during their illustrious history, including the first chorus outside of the U.S. to win “gold” and the first chorus to present character-driven “packages” at the international level that tell a story in song and dance. Their most well-known are Newsies, Toy Soldier, Anchors Aweigh, Mary Poppins, Oliver, the Irish set, and Paint Your Wagon.

Certified Director Erin Howden, a renowned choreographer with the organization, led the chorus to their gold medal win through two competitions.  In the first round semi-finals on Thursday, North Metro performed two songs against 32 other choruses who each qualified to compete by being top scorers in their own region.  North Metro was Region 16’s highest scoring chorus, (an area which comprises choruses from Ontario and New York State). 

North Metro qualified from their semi-final performance with one of the top ten highest scores, thereby putting them into the final competition.  On Saturday, each top ten chorus presented a performance package of up to 15 minutes in length.  North Metro emerged with the highest score, winning their gold medal.  Choruses are judged by 8 judges in 4 different categories including Sound, Music, Expression and Showmanship. 

Amazingly, this was Howden’s first international competition as director, having taken over from her mother, esteemed Master Director June Dale last year when Dale injured her leg and was unable to direct.  Howden upset other choruses in this division who are long-time gold medalists.  There were 120 members on stage, each participant singing  in one of four parts, tenor, lead baritone or bass. 

Previously under the direction of June Dale, North Metro was gold medal champions for the years 2013, 2003, 2000, 1997.

Also happening during the week in Las Vegas were other competitions including the quartet competition and Harmony Classic Division A and AA for smaller choruses. North Metro’s own quartet Spritzer, with 3 of their members in our chorus, won fourth place in the Quartet contest. 
Sweet Adelines International Competition
 Thu, 5 Oct 2017
North Metro will be competing in Las Vegas the week of October 9 - 14. If you can't be there, check us out via the webcast: http://www.sweetadswebcast.com/. Sweet Adelines Intenational offers this for free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Have a webcast party! Challenge your friends and family! We would love to have you all watch. Cheer wildly for Erin Howden, first time directing at International! Cheer on Spritzer! Cheer on all the Region 16 competitors, we are going to be a mighty force! Spreading the harmony!
 Wed, 21 Jun 2017

North Metro is excited to be preparing for another International Competition this year in Las Vegas.

We are also thrilled to say that Erin Howden has been appointed to the position of Director of North Metro Chorus in addition to continuing to share her creativity as Choreographer. June Dale, who has been directing us for the past 45 years, has left a lasting legacy and has now handed the baton to her daughter. Erin has already taken us to regional competition but will be stepping onto the International stage as Director for the first time this fall.

Erin is well known within the Sweet Adeline organization as a member of the International Faculty and is actively involved in coaching, educating and motivating performers worldwide and we are very excited to welcome her to the International stage as our new Director.

We look forward to seeing you all in Las Vegas and send good wishes to all competitors.

Shirley Marconi
President, North Metro Chorus


 Fri, 19 May 2017

June Dale – Master Director 700

Submitted by Shirley Marconi, President, North Metro Chorus

No one sets out to be a leader but becomes one by the quality of their actions and the integrity of their intent.   As a member of Sweet Adelines for more than 56 years, June Dale has demonstrated that she truly is a leader.

When June agreed to direct the 17-member North Metro Chorus 46 years ago, it was realized right from the beginning how very blessed our chorus was to have this creative Director with her tremendous talent, patience, enthusiasm and creativity who always ensured that all our performances would be done with class and professionalism.

Since then, North Metro has grown to over 140 members and has won every Regional competition we have competed in during the past 46 years.  The chorus has placed in the top three Internationally for the past twenty-one years, and we are very proud to be four-time gold medalists.  We have June to thank for our success.

With June’s vision and innovative approach to barbershop, she sought out to break new grounds through character and theme performances such as Newsies, Sailor and Mary Poppins.

June is recognized and highly regarded both in the Regional and the International Sweet Adeline organization.  She has been a member of the International Faculty, is a Certified Arranger and has been an International fourth place quartet medalist.

Under June’s direction, North Metro was the very first chorus to break the 700 score at the regional level earning June the title of Master Director 700.  

Unfortunately, more than a year ago, June had a very serious fall and broke her leg badly.  As a result, following extensive surgeries, June has endured many months of pain and difficult rehabilitation, but is finally on the road to recovery.

However, after more than 46 years as the Director of North Metro Chorus, June has made a decision to step down from competitive directing which is a very enormous emotional decision for her and for all of the chorus.  Fortunately, she is not leaving the Sweet Adeline world altogether.  Her passion for music and for the chorus will continue in non-competitive venues, such as directing the chorus in shows and sharing her arranging and coaching skills.

One of June’s biggest accomplishments has been her influence on members of her own family which has resulted in another wonderful asset to the organization.  We are very excited to say that her daughter, Erin Howden, already well known within the Sweet Adeline organization, has stepped into the Director position in addition to continuing to share her creativity as Choreographer of North Metro.   She will be directing us in the upcoming International Competition in Las Vegas following our qualification at the last regional which was also under Erin’s direction.

North Metro will be forever grateful to June for sharing her amazing journey with us as an incredible Director and wonderful friend.    We love you!   Your legacy will live on!

Congratulations Julie Orchard!
 Thu, 29 Dec 2016
Congratulations to Julie Orchard for winning the Region 16 Assistant Director Award for 2016!  Well deserved!
Save the Date! Saturday, September 16, 2017.
 Wed, 16 Nov 2016

North Metro Show

North Metro is having a show …. Saturday, September 16, 2017 
2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Global Kingdom Ministries (401 & Markham Rd, Scarborough, Ont). 

Congratulations Lynn Reisch!
 Thu, 7 Jul 2016
Congratulations to Lynn Reisch, our Costume Designer/Visual Coordinator, for winning the 2016 "Barbie" Award for the design of North Metro's toy soldier costume worn for our Denver international winning package!
Check out our Denver finals package!
 Wed, 23 Oct 2013
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