Grand River Chorus (GRC) kicked off its 25th anniversary season by celebrating a $30,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation Resilient Communities Fund. The choir announced the major boost alongside Brantford-Brant MPP, Will Bouma, at its November 5th concert, Songs of Remembrance.
“The Grand River Chorus has a proud history of presenting a diverse season of concerts with music ranging from choral classics to pop anthems,” said Brantford-Brant MPP Will Bouma. “I am pleased to be a part of a government that supports the performing arts and wish you all the very best for your 25th anniversary season.”
The OTF Resilient Communities Fund grant, first awarded in March 2022, has helped Grand River Chorus rebuild and recover from COVID-19 by funding consultations to oversee equipment purchases and to redesign programming to create a digital platform for performances and to enhance revenue.
“One year ago, we returned to in-person concerts after a very challenging hiatus due to Covid,” says Susan Zakamarko, President of the Grand River Chorus Board of Directors. “This grant has helped us bounce back in a way that we never imagined and cement our choir as an integral part of the community’s performing arts scene. We’re grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for helping us deepen our connection with the community.”
Grand River Chorus is a mixed voice, auditioned community choir, that provides high quality choral music performances to residents of Brantford and surrounding areas. Roughly sixty members contribute their voices to the choir each year, learning a repertoire of classical, opera, jazz, gospel, opera, and broadway music. The choir was founded in 1999 and became a registered charity in 2000.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations celebrates 40 years of grant-making in Ontario and making a lasting impact in communities. Last year, OTF invested over $110M into 1,022 community projects and partnerships. Visit otf.ca to learn more.