In 1967 as part of a Centennial Project, several members of the Hamilton Theater Incorporated (HTI) started a break-out group for those members interested in choral singing. They decided to form a group which specialized in singing Broadway-based show tunes. The idea was a hit, auditions were held, and the Harlequins were born!
The first show was performed during the 1967 holiday season under the direction of Marilyn Alex with Gloria Oakes accompanying. Spring of 1968 saw the Harlequins performing music from Brigadoon, Camelot and other still-loved Broadway tunes. Since 1968, the Harlequin Singers have been proud to be one of the few community choirs specializing in singing such music.
The Harlequin Singers have enjoyed the musical direction of artists, such as Marilyn Alex, Brenda Uchimaro, Doug Fields, Joan Heels, Jack Packer, Michael Barber, Tania Sheeler and Michael Pin who has returned to take the Harlequins into their 53rd season. Since 1993, the Harlequin’s have benefited from the incredible talent of collaborative pianist Laura Pin, who ‘must be one of the most accomplished accompanists in Canada” (Hugh Fraser, The Hamilton Spectator). The Harlequin Singers also enjoy the talent of other highly sought-after musicians from the region.
The Harlequin Singers continue to showcase two concerts each season, as well as performing at several senior-living centres in the area. The Harlequins have shared their talent and love of music with charitable causes such as ‘Out of the Cold, Feed the Children, community tree lighting, and other benefit requests. Our repertoire and professional sound continue to attract new members each year and we are pleased that the Harlequin Singers have a membership that includes singers ranging in ages 20 to 70!
We love to entertain at corporate events and private functions. See our Bookings page for information on how we can entertain you at your next event