The a capella vocal group Cadence has released a special holiday CD called Cool Yule. The group, whose members include Beacher Ross Lynde, has produced a collection of holiday music that will be sure to be among your favourites at this time of the year.
Songs include Sleigh Ride, Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Joni Mitchell’s River, and The Christmas Song. It’s fun to remember that there are no instruments involved in this recording… except the wonderful voices of these four talented young men: Ross Lynde, Aaron Jensen, Carl Berger, and Kurt Sampson.
Cadence held a CD release party last evening (Dec. 12) at the Trane Studio. The place was packed, and everyone had a great time.
To order a copy of Cool Yule, visit the website at www.cadence-unplugged.com.

Guitarist, singer-songwriter and poet, Mark Battenberg, is performing a special Winter Solstice concert called The Longest Night, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m., at the Children’s Peace Theatre, 305 Dawes Rd.
The event begins with an outdoor lantern procession and peace flag ceremony at 6:30, followed by a pot luck dinner at 7, with the concert to follow.
Joining Battenberg will be Debbie Danbrook, on shakuhachi flute; sirellist Mark Korven, and narrator Pep Duhaime.
“This free, family-friendly celebration of the Winter Solstice is a chance for the community to reflect on the past year, and get inspired for the year ahead,” said Artistic Director Karen Emerson. “On the longest night soar to that magical place where anything is possible.”
There will be special lantern-making workshops on Dec. 17 and 18 from 12 to 4 p.m. in preparation. Lanterns will cost five dollars each. For more information, or to sign up for a workshop, call 416-752-1550, or email karen@childrenspeacetheatre.org, or visit www.battenbergmusic.com.

The Grinder’s Sunday Music Series is still going strong with live folk and roots music every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. On Dec. 18 Crissi Cochrane will be performing  tunes from her new EP, Pretty Alright. Cochrane is coming all the way from Windsor to help promote this new recording. For more information visit her website at www.crissicochrane.com.
Opening for Ms Cochrane is Toronto singer-songwriter Alex Goyetche.
The Grinder is located at 126 Main, south of Gerrard.

Do you like to sing? But has everyone you have ever sung around told you not to quit your day job? Do you care? I mean, it’s really fun to sing, isn’t it? Don’t you secretly wish you had joined the Glee Club in high school? Now you can get your wish by joining My Pop Choir right here in the Beach.
My Pop Choir is a successful venture that began out in Oakville, and has spread across the city, offering people who like to sing an opportunity to be in a choir with other non-professional singers, learning, exploring and eventually mastering the art of choral singing. Talented choirmasters with experience in teaching beginners will lead you and other members of your choir through the techniques of melody, harmony, tempo, and choral blending, until by the end of a 10-week session you will be part of a real choir.
My Pop Choir is coming to the Beaches Rec. Centre beginning Jan. 12, 2012. A 10-week session will only cost $200, and if you’re not quite sure if you’ll stick, try a ‘pop-in’ session for only $20. For more information, or to sign up, call 647-382-8261, or visit www.mypopchoir.com.

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