Why does this Carleton Place Gem go Unnoticed?


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Photo by Michael Gauthier

Author’s Note and Personal Opinion:

They say that singing brings about significant psychological and health benefits.  Maybe that’s why we all do it.  We sing– but we never think of ourselves as ‘singers’ because we just like to do it.

Of course for most of us,  we only sing when no one can hear us– except if we get the chance to sing in a group like the Carleton Place Town Singers. Now, imagine singing in a non-church choir, where you don’t have to have any musical training or know how to read music.  That’s right–you sing for sheer fun, joy, and laughter.

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The Carleton Place Town Singers are loved by our community, and they pack and bring the house down when they perform, yet I have never seen front page coverage ( i.e. -newspapers, radio, television) about them. One would think that a group so popular would surely deserve the media anticipating their every move before they perform.  After all, it’s an innovative concept of enabling a singing access/experience in a comprehensive community mode. That of course would be our very own community where this popular group drafts their own singing strategy for the enjoyment of all. How wonderful is that!  We all look forward to their spring session which include some special Canadian arrangements to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. 

Click on their Facebook page and PLEASE LIKE it —CP Town Singers

Thank you to Brian Turner for sending this write-up below and congratulations goes out to all of you for a job well done. If you can not watch the video below and not be brought to tears– well I just don’t know- as I can no longer type due to the sheer emotion I am feeling from this amazing video.


 Photo by CP Town Singers

Town Singers Celebrates Ten Years in Style by Brian Turner

The Carleton Place Town Singers, currently in their 10th season, presented their holiday concerts December 4 and 6 to full houses at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.  The appreciative and thoroughly entertained audiences gave standing ovations both evenings to the over 90 community singers.

The Town Singers begin rehearsing for their Christmas concerts in September and, while some may cringe at the thought of starting seasonal music that early, all singers quickly connect with the various arrangements and few ever complain of the tuneful ear-worms that keep playing through their heads for months.


 Photo by CP Town Singers

Last week, audiences were treated to some traditional favourites such as ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ and ‘Carol of the Bells’, along with some more contemporary tunes such as ‘Blue Christmas’ (with soprano Katie Landriault backed by the tenors and basses) and a beautiful arrangement of ‘Noel, c’est l’amour’.  A small ensemble singing a Christmas Processional highlighting chant-like harmonies opened each performance.  As in some of the past Christmas concerts, the audience was invited to join in for some traditional carols and their voices raised the church roof in a true testament to the spirit of the season.

The group will begin rehearsals in February for their June 2017 shows.  New members are always welcome!  The spring session will include some special Canadian arrangements to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.  You can learn more about the Town Singers by checking out their FaceBook page at CP Town Singers.

Click on their Facebook page and PLEASE LIKE it CP Town Singers






Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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