Stronger Together – Our Biography
A “Singing Sisterhood” is a pretty accurate description of what we have become in a relatively short space of time. The Canadian Military Wives Choir began in the fall of 2013. We started with 14 ladies tentatively arriving at our first rehearsal and now hold a membership of over 50. The choir was formed after one of the founding members emigrated from the UK where the Military Wives Choir phenomenon originated. Having been a choir member in the UK she was keen to replicate the friendships and support over here and the rest as it is said, is history.
The Canadian Military Wives Choir (CMWC) is a three-part women’s choir, led by Musical Director, Allison Houston. We come together weekly to sing, laugh and support one another through the ups and downs of military life. No previous experience is necessary and there are no auditions, just a willingness to learn and have fun is all that is required. We sing a variety of songs and styles ranging from the likes of Bruno Mars and Serena Ryder, some blues and gospel style pieces and then more traditional hymns and choral music. We also sing a few original songs that have been written specifically for the Military Wives Choir movement.
The primary aim of the Canadian Military Wives Choir is to provide a support network for women in the military community through singing. We extend a strong and supportive hand of friendship to women in the military community through our rehearsals, performances and socials. Most of our members are wives or partners of serving or recently retired Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel, some of them are serving personnel themselves or have been in the past. Being a military spouse can sometimes be a lonely existence. When your partner goes away on course or a deployment or has to live apart from you because you can’t sell the family home, life still goes on and we have to pick ourselves up and carry on regardless.
We support the military community by performing at Veterans dinners, wreath laying ceremonies, military families events and Remembrance Day services. We support the Ottawa community by performing at senior centres, schools, churches and other community events in the area as well. We have also had the privilege to perform in the Parliament buildings, at the home of the Governor General and have undertaken a few live appearances on TV and radio shows.
It is the long-term vision of the Canadian Military Wives Choir that MWCs will spread across Canada just as they have across the UK. There are presently 10 choirs set up coast to coast across Canada.
Canada, UK, US Anthems
Media Enquiries for the CMWC can be made to:
Debbie Goodleff, CMWC PR Co-coordinator
Apr 8 2017, Black Watch Military Tattoo – Bell Centre, Montreal
Feb 15 2017, National Flag Day Ceremony – Parliament Hill, Ottawa
Dec 13/14 2016, Christmas with Central Band of CAF – Centrepointe Theatre,
May 2 2017, DCC Awards – National Archives, Ottawa
Jun 10 2017, Canada 150 Maritime Gala – Lac Leamy Casino, Gatineau
Sept 23 2017, Opening Ceremony Invictus Games 2017 - Toronto