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Shining Lights Choir

Over 20 years ago, the Shining Lights Choir grew out of conversations with participants at Welcome Housing's Centre. Staff members had just returned from a Montreal conference on homelessness where they were introduced to a street choir. Our participants enthusiastically embraced the idea of singing in a choir as they fondly remembered singing in church choirs or camps in their youth.

David McDow, a tenant and the choir’s first director, wrote several songs addressing issues of addictions, poverty and homelessness. All these years later, the choir has performed at hundreds of venues including the annual Homelessness Memorial, dozens of churches, special events, celebrations and memorials. The choir has been featured on CTV’s Live at Five, CBC’s The National, CBC Nova Scotia's 6 o'clock news, CBC Radio and The Chronicle Herald.

This Spring, the Shining Lights Choir will be celebrating their 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for event details.