Media Release

April 20, 2010



On May 21 – 24, the Rainbow Harmony Project will welcome nearly 500 choral singers from across Canada to the 2010 Unison Canadian Choral Festival, at Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton Street.

First time in Winnipeg, Unison 2010 marks the fourth festival of choruses consisting of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, two spirit and straight (but happy) singers from across Canada. Like the Olympics, the festivals occur every four years alternating with the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA) in the USA.

At the previous festivals in Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver, participants and audiences from all walks of life descended upon the respective cities and were overwhelmed by the talent and pure joy of the Festival. “We expect no less here in Winnipeg”, notes committee chair, Ray Desautels. “Our participants will be featured in concert, trained at workshops and treated to a traditional Manitoba Social and a gala banquet with keynote speaker Manitoba’s own Heather Bishop”.

In the spirit of celebrating diversity, the Festival kicks off with an opening night concert on Friday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. Featured is Winnipeg’s own Rainbow Harmony Project along with seasoned song and dance man, designer and director, Edward Ledson and high school biology teacher/massage therapist/ singer/songwriter, Deborah Romeyn.  

Five extraordinary honourees will be recognized that evening for their pioneering efforts towards the advancement of human rights in Canada:

Heather Bishop – Order of Canada recipient, musician, instrumental in first Winnipeg Pride Festival

Ruth Krindle – First federally appointed lesbian judge and counsel for the first gay club in Winnipeg

Chris Vogel & Richard North – First couple to challenge marriage laws in Canada

Glen Murray – First openly gay mayor of a major Canadian city

On Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23, 14 choruses from British Columbia to Nova Scotia will perform during 30 minute concert blocks. Closing Exercises on Monday, May 24, at 11:00 a.m. will feature the Soprano/Alto, Tenor/Bass and Mixed Unison Festival Choruses conducted by Marg Stubington (Ottawa), Spencer Duncanson (Winnipeg) and Scott Leithead (Edmonton).

Tickets are $15.00 for each concert and each of the 3 concert blocks and are available at the door. Opening night concert tickets are also available at The Happy Cooker, Kustom Kulture, McNally Robinson Booksellers, Rainbow Resource Centre, online at and from members of Rainbow Harmony Project. Please visit for further information and detailed schedules.


For interviews, please contact Vic Hooper at (204) 775-9224 or


November 17, 2009


Contact: Vic Hooper
Unison Festival 2010 Winnipeg
(204) 775-9224
Press Release and Promo Kit

Unison Festival 2010 to be hosted in Winnipeg by Rainbow Harmony Project May 21-24, 2010

Winnipeg, MB, November 17, 2009 — GLBTT* choruses from across Canada gather every four years to share their music at what has come to be known as Unison Festival. Approximately 17 choirs and 450 singers will perform during 30 minute concert blocks on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23, 2010 in the historic Knox United Church located in the heart of Winnipeg. “This event has proven not only to be a musically moving festival but an affirming, educational and fun packed weekend.” says Vic Hooper, artistic director of the Rainbow Harmony Project.

Opening Night Concert on May 21, 8 p.m. will feature the magic sounds of Rainbow Harmony Project. Also included will be a performance by a special GALA Choruses Choir** composed of singers from throughout the USA. A tribute will be presented to Manitobans that have contributed nationally to the GLBT community.

Closing Exercises on Monday, May 24, 11 a.m. will feature the Women’s, Men's and Mixed Unison Festival Choruses conducted by Marg Stubington (Ottawa), Spencer Duncanson (Winnipeg) and Scott Leithead (Edmonton).

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* Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit

** Gay And Lesbian Association of Choruses -

Previous Festivals:

  • 1998 Edmonton
  • 2002 Toronto
  • 2006 Vancouver

Rainbow Harmony Project is a voluntary, not-for-profit community chorus incorporated to provide an opportunity for people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit and their supporters to sing together. The primary purpose of the organization is to promote musical excellence in performance.
Rainbow Harmony Project is a registered charity #884292517.









Be Fabulous in Winnipeg
May 21-24, 2010

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