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Goderich Harbouraires male choir singing and serving since 1947.
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Choir History

The Goderich Harbouraires Male Choir was founded in 1947 by George Buchanan. George wanted to begin a choir after hearing several male choruses while serving overseas. The name was chosen to honour our county seat on Lake Huron and because the first practices were held in the hangar in the local airport. For many years, the choir was associated with the Associated Male Choruses of Ontario and attended Big Sings in Kitchener, Toronto, New York, Hamilton, Port Huron, Amherst, and Buffalo. In 1990, the Harbouraires represented Ontario at the Big Sing in Marquette, Michigan.

Each year, the choir sings at various church services of all denominations, in nursing homes, and it regularly performs in fund-raising concerts.

Since 1955, the choir has sung at the annual Mariners’ Service at Knox Presbyterian Church, Goderich where we also practice weekly during non-summer months with the kind permission of the congregation. The choir also combines with other local groups twice annually - to bring the music of Christmas to the area and to showcase choral talent in a Spring concert at the Sound of Goderich event.

In 1977, the Harbouraires produced Precious Men, a recording of WW2 songs for the Canadian Legion. Selections from the recording can be heard regularly on CBC on November 11th annually.

To celebrate the new millennium, the choir made a CD with four of the other musical ensembles in Goderich.

The choir numbers around 35 men drawn from Goderich and the surrounding area as far away as 50 miles. The ages of the members range form 18 to 92. One of the founding members still sings with us.

We have a varied repertoire which includes traditional songs, hymns, spirituals, anthems, show songs and other numbers. We enjoy singing anywhere, anytime.

We are an amateur choir and we sing because we enjoy it. We pay our own expenses, but we depend on appreciative audiences to help buy new music and other necessities.

We also enjoy sharing a piece of pie or cake and a cup of tea or coffee with our audiences (hint, hint..). Singing builds an appetite for chatting and sharing.

If we can help you raise funds for whatever cause, please contact us at (519) 525-8631 or email .

We prefer all requests in writing with clear time and dates noted. We travel reasonable distances for the pleasure of our audiences.