St. John's Presbyterian Church Toronto

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ABOUT L’ARCHE

L’Arche Toronto is part of the International Federation of L’Arche that acclaimed Canadian and humanitarian Jean Vanier founded in France in 1964. Today there are more than 140 communities world-wide. In Toronto we have four homes where adults with intellectual disabilities and those who support them, live, work, and create home together. Home life is at the heart of our community where we share our joys and sorrows, and forgive each other as in a family. Those who choose L’Arche enjoy a simple lifestyle, which gives priority to relationships. L’Arche Toronto continues to be a sign of hope as we live and share the vision of Jean Vanier to ‘Create a World Where Everyone Belongs.’ L’Arche is founded in the belief that all people, no matter what their ability or disability are a gift, and that they have something to contribute to society. Our members are active in their own homes and in our community as well as our neighborhood through our outreach programs or their work and volunteer placements. For more information please visit us at www.larchetoronto.org.

ABOUT THE CHOIR

Dunmore Church Choir was formed in 1968 to celebrate the opening of the new parish church. There are 50 members in the choir, 32 of whom are travelling to Toronto.  The choir is the back bone of the local  Musical Society and have  presented many productions over the last few years including – ‘Calamity Jane’, ‘South Pacific’, ‘Oklahoma’, ‘Oliver’, ‘Westside Story’. ‘My Fair Lady’ and most recently ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ in April 2011. Their repertoire includes a wide range of music varying from classical Mozart and Bruckner to some lighter Jazz, Irish folk songs  and popular pieces. As an Irish choir they also perform many of the traditional and haunting Irish airs, which deal with Ireland’s history of famine oppression and immigration.

In 1996 they travelled to Dunmore's twin town - Querrien, in Brittany where they performed a series of recitals in conjunction with local French choirs. They have performed at many competitions in Ireland, including the prestigious Cork International Choral Festival. In 2005 they travelled to Italy and performed recitals in both Florence and Rome. They travelled to New York in 2007 and sang in Harlem as well as in the world renowned St. Patrick's Cathedral. In 2009 the choir performed at 'The Vienna Festival of Advent Music' in the famous Schonnbrun Palace.

 
ABOUT Sol Express

 

Sol Express is the creative arts program of L’Arche Toronto. Together with creative director Cheryl Zinyk, the performers explore universal issues such as inclusion, belonging, self discovery, conflict, peace, and hope.  Sol Express performers participate in all aspects of their original work from writing to performing and often work with professionals from the arts community. To their credit, Sol Express has had two consecutive sold out productions at the Todmorden Mills Papermill Theatre and were one of the first groups to perform at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts.  They have also participated in the Toronto Disabilities Arts Festival and have been featured in a short film for Bravofest.  Sol Express seeks to encourage the creative exploration of and reflection on the human condition through the unique interpretation and voice of people with intellectual disabilities.