Radość-Joy Song and Dance Ensemble
The Radość-Joy Song and Dance group was founded in 1992 by Ms. Ania Piwowarczyk, who has been an organist in our parish for more than 30 years. Initially the group sang in both Polish and English only during Mass. A year later, the group performed in a Christmas pageant called “Betlejem Polskie” (Polish Bethlehem) in Toronto. Over the years, the ensemble has grown to encompass various age groups. It has developed its repertoire to include Polish folklore, patriotic songs, artistic skits and modern dance. The group performs in colourful and stylized costumes designed especially for its members. Radość-Joy has performed in Canada and the United States, as well as in Poland and Taiwan. The group has recorded a number of CDs which were warmly received by the public. It has been recognized by an award of Merit from the Canadian Polish Congress, the Citizens of the Year 1996 award in the Music Category funded by the AmPol Eagle, Buffalo NY, and has won first place in the International Festival of Religious Song in Mississauga on two occasions. Weekly rehearsals in the parish hall, frequent trips and performances permit the youth not only to develop their musical and dance talents and artistry, but also to build lasting friendships. The group continues to participate in parish events. Many talented individuals have left a lasting mark on Radość-Joy, inspiring the more than 150 members who are currently involved with the group.
For more information, please contact A. Piwowarczyk at (905) 275-9262.
Agnus Dei Parish Choir
The first parish choir called “Harfa” was formed in 1980 and initially sang during Masses in the auditorium of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Secondary School. Its members were individuals for whom praising God through song was a passion and a joy in their daily life, and above all, a way to actively engage in their parish community. An important event in the Choir’s history was placing first and receiving a gold medal at the International Festival of Choirs of Sacred Music in Poland in 1998. In 2003, the Choir underwent a significant transformation which included changing its name to “Agnus Dei”. Its Director is Ewa Czepielewska.
Jubilee 2000 is the name of our children’s choir, which was founded in the Jubilee year by Father Janusz Jajeśniak. During weekly meetings, children learn vocal technique and the fundamentals of music theory, while they play and sing. There is an emphasis on the fundamentals of proper singing technique, including posture, breathing and diction, as well as vocal exercises. The group’s repertoire is religious songs. The children’s choir is not only a school of voice, it is also an excellent example of how to develop empathy and learn through art, and allows young people to actively express their emotions. Child-like spontaneity and the joy of singing in a choir are the foundation of the choir’s artistry. This choir warmly welcomes all children who have a love of singing.
For more information, please contact Sr. Karolina Szymkowiak MChR, 905- 848-2420, [email protected]
Youth Choir “Chorek”
Our youth choir was formed in 2012 and sings on alternate Sundays during the 7:00 pm Mass. The core members are post-secondary students who love to sing. In addition to providing the music liturgy that corresponds to the liturgical calendar, the choir has a rich repertoire of religious song in both English and Polish, which it performs to the accompaniment of a variety of instruments played by its members. In 2012 this choir won first place at the International Festival of Religious Song in Mississauga.
For more information, please contact J. Ruta at (905) 542-1237.