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Rhythm of the Rockies sang at the Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at Heritage Park where 75 new Canadians were greeted by such dignitaries as Calgary's own major Naheed Nenshi.  Mayor Nenshi laid down the gauntlet to all Canadians to do three small to large "acts of kindness" over the next year.

Later that afternoon, Rhythm of the Rockies sang a set in front of the old Wainwright hotel and thrilled an audience of mixed generations. 

Rhythm of the Rockies sang "Hit me with a Hot Note" originally performed by Duke Ellington and an acappella version of Queen's "Don't Stop me Now".

Kudos to Alberta Gold Chorus for a wonderful job organizing and hosting this yearly event where 6 male/female acappella choruses and numerous quartets sing for each other while enjoying comradship, food and drink. As usual, fun was had by all!

Rhythm of the Rockie's trip to the Region 26 Contest in Saskatoon was an amazing success!  Friday's quartet competition had three of our quartets performing and all three brought home awards.  No Strings, who were the Regions 2015 champs, took first place AGAIN and will be heading to Las Vegas this fall to represent Region 26 in the International contest. As first place quartet, No Strings was provided with a Limo and champagne after the Contest to celebrate together and bask in the experience. Kaleidoscope, with their Jailbirds package, won the Open Division and Vox, with Rhythm member Nancy Ryan, won the Novice Quartet award.  Congratulations to all of these talented ladies!

This April, Calgary is hosting the JUNO music awards. (That's Canada's Grammys, eh!) And in celebration of this honour, our mayor Naheed Nenshi, declared 2016 the “Year of Music” in Calgary. A new committee called “Out Loud YYC” was formed and would act as the official host for the JUNO awards. They set out to find and present a variety of musical acts to Calgarians. Additionally, they offered grants to select musicians who could imagine events that showcase the talent, inventiveness and passion of the local music community. We were excited with the thought of being a part of this musically cultural experience! So, our fabulous marketing director, Kathy Helfrick, sent in a proposal on behalf of Rhythm of the Rockies.

Members of Rhythm of the Rockies have a busy weekend ahead as they welcome Ryan Heller as coach for their annual weekend retreat.  Ryan is the Master 700 Director of the Pride of Portland chorus and will be sharing his vast experience in Barbershop and a cappella music over the next 3 days.  To balance all of the hard work that happens on the risers, the amazing retreat "Dream Team' has organized a weekend of food, fun and friendship.

Rhythm wrapped up 2015 with an appearance on Global TV and Christmas performances around Calgary.   It was an exciting year of growth, a sold out show, outstanding fundraising, travel to the Las Vegas stage and new experiences for all of us!    We're looking forward to new adventures in 2016 including our upcoming retreat, Regional competition in Saskatoon and lots of time spent sharing our 4 part harmony in the community.   After a restful Christmas break we're back on the risers on Tuesday, January 12 at 7:15.  We have many new faces on the risers taking us into the coming year and we're always welcoming new voices.  Check us out right here on our website or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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