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This Spring we will bring Metro Vancouver together in harmony to share in the joy of singing as part of a large group. We’re inviting choirs and individuals to join our new free choral event for an uplifting and exhilarating experience, THE BIG SING Metro Vancouver, Saturday, April 27, 2019, to help us fill 800 Robson Plaza with song! Rehearsals are held in advance in Coquitlam, Vancouver, North Vancouver and Surrey.

Kathryn Nicholson returns to conduct our songbook which includes:

Lyrics to all songs

THE BIG SING Songbook with dance

Sign-up NOW for THE BIG SING rehearsals commencing in April to learn the songbook:

A Metro Vancouver grant is making it possible for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival to take THE BIG SING to three municipalities which will then be a part of THE BIG SING on the Vancouver Art Gallery South Plaza on April 27th.

Coquitlam Evergreen Cultural Centre on Sunday, April 7 from 1:30pm-3:30pm – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y3

Vancouver Roundhouse Community Centre Exhibition Hall on Sunday, April 14 from 2:00pm-4:00pm – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3

North Vancouver The Pipe Shop on Tuesday, April 16 from 6:30pm-8:30pm – 115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC V7L 0B2

Surrey City Hall Atrium on Wednesday, April 24 from 6:30pm-8:30pm – 13450 104 Ave, Surrey, BC V3T 1V8

Sing into spring while the city will be blooming pink and white cherry blossoms!

See the 2018 event video produced by Keith Blackmore, where participants ages 3 to 83 had an exhilarating experience!


The t-shirts have already been ordered and are on their way! T-shirts will be distributed to the first 500 people who have signed up (Only those who have signed up before Mar. 19 have guaranteed shirt sizes). Remaining shirts will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, pending on sizes. 

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New this year, choreographer Kelly McInnes has created some fun easy movements for you to learn and really feel our new Festival song, Cherry Blossoms For You & Me! Choreography is optional. Learn the moves here:


More about THE BIG SING Metro Vancouver

THE BIG SING Metro Vancouver builds on the launch and success of “Vancouver Sings One Song” (VSOS) 2018 when our new Festival song, Cherry Blossoms For You & Me, was born. Last year we brought together 350 voices from 30 registered choirs across our diverse communities! THE BIG SING Metro Vancouver is open to everyone regardless of one’s musical background or skill level. This new project is a means of artistic expression for individuals with a desire and enthusiasm to sing which meets the Festival mandate to promote active community engagement through arts and culture.

Inspired by this Festival Haiku Invitational poem:

blossoms bursting
each tree is a choir
singing to the sun

Oz Hershfield, Vancouver

2019 Artist Bios

 Kathryn Nicholson

Kathryn Nicholson, Music Director

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.

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

Kelly McInnes Kelly McInnes is grateful to be a settler based on the unceded Coast Salish lands and waters of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Kelly dances with the intention of healing and through this works as a choreographer, performer and facilitator. A graduate of Modus Operandi Contemporary Dance Training Program, Kelly continues her training regularly in contact improvisation at EDAM Dance and in somatic practices with Helen Walkley. Her work, which is often multi-disciplinary and site-specific, has been presented throughout B.C., in Toronto and in Mexico. As an interpreter, Kelly has worked for EDAM Dance, MACHiNENOiSY, Restless Productions, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, 605 collective, LINK Dance, Metal Dog, Chick Snipper, Anne Cooper, Daina Ashbee, Olivia Davies, Sammy Chien, Jacinte Armstrong & Ashley Whitehead. Community-engagement is an important part of her practice. She facilitates projects for youth and currently is artist-in-residence with the Roundhouse Community Dancers for the 18-20 season. Kelly is a member of the collective, Pressed Paradise, that focuses on activating public and unconventional spaces with performance alongside Arash Khakpour and Heather Lamoureux. She is also a member of Mutual Futures collective with a focus on the practice and performance of improvisation. (

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