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Inspired by this Festival Haiku Invitational poem:

blossoms bursting
each tree is a choir
singing to the sun
Oz Hershfield, Vancouver

View our press release here: VSOS Press Release

Do you aspire to be part of a massed choir, receive direction from our well-known and wonderfully inspiring choral director, Kathryn Nicholson. You will sing with her dynamic vocal ensemble and our Host Choir, Sound Eclectic for a very special experience to remember.  The 12th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival invites individuals, professional, amateur, children, church and youth choirs, as well as everyone who loves to sing, to add their voice to Vancouver Sings One Song (VSOS), co-presented with the Canadian Music Centre.

Registration to participate in our massed choir event, Vancouver Sings One Song at Christ Church Cathedral 6:30pm to 9:30pmTuesday, April 3rd is free and now open with the first 400 singers to sign up receiving the event branded t-shirt displayed below compliments of Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd. The evening will unfold as follows with time for a Meet and Greet while t-shirt distribution goes on. Kathryn will begin rehearsal with some fun vocal warm-ups with singers and then teach the melodies and harmonies in ‘singer-friendly ‘ways. Sight-reading skills are always helpful but not necessary for this event. For those who may find harmonizing too challenging – you can always just sing the melody line. Once Kathryn can sense what the ‘crowd’ needs or is able to do she will share some of her various coaching/teaching techniques. Rehearsal of the four songs continues until the final performance for filming and going live on social media platforms from Vancouver’s landmark church, Christ Church Cathedral, concluding with one group photo.

Register HERE  

Can’t make it to our massed choir event? We’ve got  VSOS PoP-Up Choir events that you can sign up for HERE by March 30, 2018

The Festival Songbook launches our new original song, Cherry Blossoms For You & Me composed by JUNO award-winning Tom Landa and Robin Layne, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, the haunting Navajo chant Now I Walk in Beauty, and Japanese folk song Sakura Sakura in honour of Japan’s gift of cherry trees to our city in celebration of international friendship. Choir conductors are encouraged to incorporate rehearsals of this repertoire into their schedules and then come together for the one massed choir rehearsal/performance.

Video Rehearsal with Sound Eclectic and conductor Kathryn Nicholson at Chown Memorial & Chinese United Church
Cherry Blossoms For You and Me
Ode to Joy
Sakura, Sakura
Now I Walk In Beauty

Festival Songbook Music Scores are below.
Cherry Blossoms For You and Me
Ode to Joy
Sakura, Sakura
Now I Walk In Beauty

Lyrics Only for All songs

If you have any musical questions please email Kathryn Nicholson, our conductor, at [email protected]

We hope singers will be inspired to also pop-up to sing at VCBF feature events under cherry trees in full bloom – additional performance opportunities are listed below.  When hundreds of voices come together under the canopies of cherry blossoms, we know Vancouver Sings One Song will bring much joy to singers and audiences alike. Audiences at all events will be invited to sing along from songsheets under the inclusive and joyful direction of Kathryn Nicholson! After all, Chicago sings Christmas carols to the animals at their zoo and so, Vancouver will sing to our cherry blossoms this Spring!

  • Tuesday, April 3, Christ Church Cathedral, 6:30pm-9:30 pm – Massed Choir Event 
  • Thursday, April 5, Cherry Jam Downtown Concert, Burrard SkyTrain Station, lunchtime – Optional
  • Weekend, April 14 & 15, Sakura Days Japan Fair, VanDusen Botanical Garden, daytime – Optional
  • April 14, The Big Picnic, Queen Elizabeth Park, 12:00pm- 3:00 pm – Optional
 2018 Artist Bios


 Kathryn Nicholson

Kathryn Nicholson, Music Director, Sound Eclectic Vocal Ensemble

Kathryn Nicholson is a dynamic conductor and an irrepressible spirit who inspires choir and audience members alike with her joy and enthusiasm.  As an accredited music therapist, she has often witnessed and experienced the extraordinary power of singing to promote health, healing and happiness!

Kathryn has sung with the Canadian Opera Company Chorus, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, National Arts Centre Cantata Singers and Pandora’s Vox women’s ensemble.  She now sings with EnChor. She was Musical Director of the Vancouver Universal Gospel Choir for many years.

Sound Eclectic

Sound Eclectic is a small, talented and spirited vocal ensemble of men and women of all ages. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, our group is led by accomplished musical director, Kathryn Nicholson.

Sound Eclectic came together in the fall of 2012 for all the right reasons: to indulge our love of music and singing in harmony, to give back to our community, and to enrich the lives of those who listen. Our name comes from our desire to sing a variety of genres – from classical to jazz, from pop to world music.

Tom Landa


Tom Landa

In his relatively short time on the planet, Tom has been a musician, an actor, a radio host, a festival organizer and artistic director, an emcee (not the hip-hop type), a composer, a Canada Council recipient, a JUNO award winner, a photographer, a major label recording artists, a reluctant booking agent, a manager, a music producer, a record label owner, a music journalist, a waiter, a father, and even a lawyer. He also cooks a mean chile relleno.

Tom was born in Mexico, although his mother is Canadian of Irish ancestry. He is a San Patricio through and through. Like him, his music is a mixture of genres and cultures. Tom has spent the last 19 years touring the world with his JUNO Award (the Canadian Grammy) winning group, The Paperboys.

Robin Layne

Robin Layne

Robin grew up in Victoria and had the good fortune of being mentored by renowned percussionist and educator Sal Ferreras at UVic as a teenager, studying classical percussion with a major focus on marimba. Robin soon fell in love with the rhythms of salsa and Latin percussion and followed this passion to the LA Music Academy where he studied jazz, latin and pop percussion.

Since 2008 Robin has become a regular fixture on the B.C. festival circuit, collaborating with a wide spectrum of folk and world artists.  He currently performs with world music groups Locarno, Mazacote, Tambura Rasa, and The Robin Layne Band. Recent highlights include working with Juno Award-winning artists Quique Escamilla, The Paperboys, Donne Roberts (African Guitar Summit), Alpha Yaya Diallo, Celso Machado and Silk Road Music. Equally, at home on a festival stage or in a classroom, Robin strongly believes that the gift of music should be accessible to everyone. He is the senior percussion instructor at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and the Artistic Director of the World Rhythms for Youth Society.