Community Engagement / Engagement Communautaire

SPK Choir

COUNCILLOR BLAIS DONATES TO ST. PETER’S CHOIR

Donation will help students perform at Disney

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais has donated $2,000 to the St. Peter’s High School Show Choir “Treble Threat” that will help 29 students travel to Orlando, Florida to sing as part of the Candlelight Processional at Disney World.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local students to showcase our community’s musical and artistic talent on a world stage,” says Councillor Blais. “To have been chosen to join a choir of 200 kids with applicants from all over North America really shows the SPK Knights are truly, dedicated to excellence.”

The St. Peters Show Choir Treble Threat is an impressive school based but community focused group of excellence. Not only do they perform on behalf of St. Peters, they have a long list of very successful events and shows that they have participated in and hosted. Canada-wide competitions are nothing new to this talented group, as they have placed in top spots at the National Show Choir Competition for the past 4 years.

“Treble Threat and the St. Peters Arts community greatly appreciate Councillor Blais’ generous donation, which will help the students get to the Candlelight Processional in Florida and represent some of the best musical talent we have in Ottawa and Canada,” stated Mr. Bernard Leger, Director of Treble Threat. “Councillor Blais’ commitment to the local arts and musical community in Ottawa truly helps showcase our talented students and encourages more to get involved and find their inner artist.”

Many of their students are members of the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program that focuses on musical theatre performance and production, leading to students’ professional theatre performances in Canada and Broadway, New York.

Treble Threat is not only a group of very talented individuals; they are a team of community leaders and volunteers. In the last two years, the SHSM program has provided workshops for elementary school children interested in show choir and musical talent performance.

“Investing in our local arts is an essential component to help ensure all of us enjoys a thriving community,” added Councillor Blais. “As a St. Peter Alumni, I’m proud to see these students striving to be leaders of tomorrow, whether it is through representing our local talent abroad or being leaders at home.”

This donation follows several thousand dollars Councillor Blais has raised for the Orléans artistic community, including helping fundraising efforts for Sir Wilfred Laurier arts students to travel and perform in Scotland, donating to local dance school Studio 360 for recital costumes and equipment, and a vibraphone for Gisele Lalonde’s music program.

The funds were raised by private donors through the annual Stephen Blais Golf Classic and donated on behalf of Action Orléans – a not for profit club that has been helping arts, sports, and other groups throughout Ottawa.

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