1) We are sad to report that one of our long-time supporters, Ken Whitehead, passed away on Sunday July 8th. Ken and his wife Helen are among our earliest and most ardent supporters, and their son Matthew has been our lead percussionist from the beginning. Visitation, funeral and donation information is as follows:

The family will be receiving friends at HILLSIDE FUNERAL SERVICES, 362 Airport Rd, North Bay on Friday July 13th, 2018 from 6pm until 9pm. A funeral service will be held at St Andrew’s United Church, North Bay on Saturday July 14th 2018 at 2pm with a reception to follow, which will be held at HILLSIDE FUNERAL SERVICES. Burial will be held at a later date in Delhi, Ontario in the Whitehead family plot.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Nipissing Serenity Hospice.

The full obituary can be found at

2) Chantal Phillips has extended an invitation for a contingent from NNV to march under our choir banner in the upcoming North Bay Pride Parade on Saturday July 21, 11:30-12:30 to be followed by a community BBQ. Any allies/supporters as well as self-identified LGBTetc. folk are welcome. If anyone is interested in joining this endeavour, please advise asap.

3) Congratulations to our own Elizabeth Peters on her operatic comeback in the recent production of Jonathan’s Storm — a children’s and community-oriented opera produced and performed in Parry Sound, ON. A contingent from NNV attended one of the performances and we were pleased to celebrate with Elizabeth afterwards.

4) Adam recently attended the International Symposium on Singing and Song II (formerly the Phenomenon of Singing International Symposium) and the Podium 2018 National Choral Conference and Festival in St. John’s, NL. His symposium paper was a discussion of issues of recruitment and retention as they impact decision-making in our choir (part of the larger study on Choir Economics) and his conference presentation was a lecture-workshop on engaging in interdisciplinary performance art with one’s choir. Both were very well received and sparked a lot of follow-up discussion. While there, he also provided a private consultation on boys and singing with a teacher from Manitoba, and another consultation on narrative and performative research with an emerging researcher from Guelph, ON.


Casey’s Choir Social Time, summer hours (meet at 8:00 pm) commences this week. Attendance varies weekly so I suggest that anyone who is interested post to Facebook Group and see who else is attending that day. OR just show up n takes yer chances. If you don’t use FB, you can always email Adam or Ray or someone else in the group who does and we can post your attendance intentions for you. Half-price apps don’t kick in til 9 so those of us who are cheap usually wait to order food.

We have a Facebook Group that is a great way to communicate with people within the choir. If you are on FB, please search and join, like it and link news to your own page.

We also have a public Facebook Page where we post concert announcements and information for the community: